The desire to “escape to the country” and create a stunning rural home is seeing a spike in demand as would-be buyers embrace ambitious re-development opportunities.

The clamour for a redundant, disused prefabricated bungalow, which had not been lived in for decades’ illustrates the point.

Set in glorious, unspoilt countryside it has an unusual planning permission Q that allows a rebuild on the footprint of the existing structure. Offers in excess of £300,000 were invited for the site.

Property specialists Greenslade Taylor Hunt held more than 30 viewings at Hele View, Clayhanger, near Wiveliscombe, a single storey frame dwelling, built in the 1930s and last occupied in the 1960s.

Those viewings created a real enthusiasm for the project with Graham Ford, Partner at the firm, overseeing a number of busy view days. There was even interest from a celebrity keen on an away from it all location to create a unique hideaway.

The viewings translated into 10 serious bids with interest from self-builders wanting a project and to create a fabulous country getaway. Some wanted to live there 24/7, while others saw a business opportunity and wanted to create a property to appeal to the booming staycation market.

The successful bidder is moving from South Devon and is looking forward to enjoying the seclusion and the wonderful views.

The building has a footprint of 1083 sq ft (100.61 sq m) and sits in a completely private position with exceptional panoramic rural views towards the Blackdown Hills and sweeping towards Mid Devon.

It is set within an unspoilt valley close to the Devon/Somerset border, with views across the hamlet of Clayhanger. The small thriving towns of Bampton and Wiveliscombe are around six miles away, while Dulverton, the gateway to Exmoor National Park is just 10 miles from the property.

Set in an idyllic “away from it all” location it is only 20 minutes from the M5 and rail links to London at Tiverton Parkway and Taunton.

Mid Devon District Council granted permission in 2020 for the main building to be a home under Class Q and agreed a second application for change of use of the land to a domestic garden. Together these permissions permit the structure to once again be used as a private residence.

For more information about similar opportunities please contact Graham Ford on 01823 334466 or email