Development land and planning specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt are selling a farm in North Devon that has come to the market for the first time in more than half a century.

Gillards Farm, West Down, near Ilfracombe, is being offered at a guide price of £1M. It provides an exceptional renovation, conversion and development proposition.

Mark Chugg, Partner at Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “Gillards Farm offers the rare opportunity to live in a desirable and sought-after location, within easy access of some of the region’s most beautiful sandy beaches, peaceful coves, stunning cliffs, scenic walks and the rugged charm of Exmoor National Park. Yet it is within reach of all the services, facilities and amenities that the area offers and good communication links to the wider region.”

The property is on the eastern edge of the vibrant village. It comprises a period, three-bedroom farmhouse for renovation, a range of traditional barns and a modern farm building for conversion and other ancillary land. It extends to around 4.09 acres (1.65 hectares)

A pre-application enquiry has been submitted to North Devon Council for the development of 15 new dwellings and the conversion of two barns into two homes on the site.

The council confirmed in June 2021 that it considers the traditional and modern farm buildings suitable for conversion, subject to being structurally sound.

“In our opinion the technical design matters in relation to the development of the land are not insurmountable and could be overcome by appointing landscape, heritage and highway consultants,” said Mr Chugg.

The seller has commissioned a land surveyor to prepare topological and measured surveys; a highway consultant to prepare a transport technical note and an ecologist to provide a preliminary ecology assessment.

Interested parties can book into a series of viewing days that are taking place on November 10,17, 24 and December 1, from 9.30am-12.30pm. To book please ring 01823 334466 or email or

Submission of offers, on an unconditional basis, must be received by 12 noon on Friday, December 10.