Bondleigh, North Tawton, Devon, EX20

Farm
For Sale ££2,975,000 Guide

Key Features

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Attractive and versatile commercial Arable Holding
Large six bedroomed farmhouse
Substantial traditional barn with alternative use potential
Range of adaptable modern farm buildings
Excellent block of productive arable and pasture land
Parcels of mixed deciduous woodland
Frontage to the River Taw
In all about 305 Acres

About This Property

A rare opportunity to acquire an attractive and versatile commercial Arable Holding enjoying a superb rural position with panoramic views to Dartmoor, the whole affording considerable agricultural, residential, conservation and amenity appeal - In all about 305 Acres.

Comprising a spacious detached farmhouse providing six/seven bedroomed family accommodation. Substantial traditional barn with conversion potential, subject to planning, together with a range of adaptable modern farm buildings. Exceptional block of gently undulating arable and pasture, currently cropped mainly to cereals with short term clover rich pasture leys.   EPC-F

Occupying a readily accessible rural position within this sought after part of Devon, Penson Farm comprises an attractive detached farmhouse providing spacious six/seven bedroomed family accommodation, enjoying a peaceful and elevated rural position with panoramic views towards Dartmoor. The property benefits from a substantial stone barn, which may offer the potential, subject to obtaining the appropriate planning consent, for conversion to residential, holiday letting, offices, studios or other ancillary uses. A further range of modern farm buildings are currently utilised for grain handling and storage, although these may be adaptable to a variety of alternative enterprises.
The majority of the farm has been in the current vendor's ownership for over 25 years and throughout that time has been managed to an exceptionally high standard. The main enterprise has been arable cropping with a rotation in recent years incorporating Winter Wheat, Winter Oats and Spring Barley, with Maize and Stubble Turnips also grown to supply local livestock holdings. Having benefited in recent years from the application of large quantities of farmyard manure and slurry, the land is in excellent heart.
Despite the current dominance of arable enterprises Penson Farm is an adaptable and versatile unit which could be equally well suited to livestock grazing and forage production. The land, which is interspersed with small pockets of amenity broadleaved woodland, is bordered to the south east by the River Taw, affording further conservation and amenity appeal.
Extending in total to about 304.88 Acres (123.38 Hectares), the property is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole, as detailed within these sale particulars.

The property occupies an outstanding position in a peaceful rural location between Dartmoor and Exmoor, overlooking the upper reaches of the picturesque Taw Valley. The surrounding gently undulating and unspoilt Devon countryside, affords a predominantly agricultural landscape of mainly arable and pasture land interspersed with an abundance of wooded valleys.
Nearby Winkleigh provides a vibrant village community offering a range of local services including a well regarded primary school, village hall and sports centre, post office, general stores, butchers shop, two public houses, a vet and doctor's surgery. The small town of North Tawton also provides a thriving and very active local community which has managed to retain a good range of local services including a primary school, sports centre, post office, various shops, a health centre, dentist, public houses and restaurants.
Despite its rural position the property still enjoys easy access to the surrounding districts and main routes of communication with easy links to the larger towns of Crediton, Okehampton and Barnstaple, each providing an extensive range of everyday shopping, banking, recreational and educational facilities. The A377 provides quick and easy access to Exeter and the M5 motorway (Junction 30). There are nearby rail stations on the Barnstaple to Exeter (Tarka) line at Lapford and Morchard Road, with main line services available at Exeter and Tiverton Parkway. International airports are available at Exeter and Bristol.
The Dartmoor National Park offers beautiful moorland vistas with many foot and bridle paths, whilst the Devon coast affords stunning scenery, popular surfing beaches and the South West Coast Path. Penson Farm is surrounded by picturesque Devon countryside affording an abundance of recreational and sporting activities.

The property is approached from the quiet council lane over a private stoned entrance drive with a very large car parking and turning area situated adjacent to the farmhouse. A large lawned garden adjoins the house to the front and side elevation with attractive flower and shrub borders and a gate leads out to the land to the rear, with further steps leading down to a large grassed area which the house and barn overlook.
The Traditional Buildings
This comprises a substantial Traditional Barn (refer to floor plan for dimensions) with stone, part cob, part brick and rendered elevations beneath a corrugated cement roof, with a further stone and slate roofed section. This building has a useful number of door and window openings, with a loft over part and is currently used for agricultural storage purposes, with a vehicular access at the southern elevation, where a separate stone track leads from the council road, also providing access to the adjoining land.
The Farm Buildings
Situated off-lying from the farmhouse, conveniently located within the land, these are currently utilised for grain handling and storage, although they may be adaptable to alternative enterprises. The buildings briefly comprise the following:-
Nine bay modern Grain Store, 41.16m x 13.72m (135' x 45'), of steel framed and corrugated fibre cement roofed construction with block grain walls, part profile steel, part corrugated cement cladding and concrete floor.
Adjoining nine bay Fertiliser/Seed/Machinery Store, 41.16m x 9.38m (135' x 30'), formerly a cattle shed, of steel framed and corrugated cement roofed construction, with concrete floor.   Two bays at one end housing a redundant Bentall grain dryer. Steel sheeted double doors to one end allow combine/machinery access
Further adjoining five bay steel framed and gi roofed Dutch Barn Fodder/Machinery Store, 22.86m x 8.84m (75' x 29'). Two bays currently used as a hay barn, one bay with a concrete access leading through to the grain store and two bays housing redundant grain handling equipment with high level loft over part.
Three bay steel framed Machinery Store, 13.72m x 8.23m (45' x 27').
Lean-to former Dairy/Tank Room 8.97m x 1.95m (29' x 6'6") divided into two parts, each with steel sheeted sliding door opening through to the grain drying area.
Situated at the southern end of the grain store is a redundant concrete and block slurry loading ramp and hardstanding area.
The Land
The land associated with Penson Farm comprises an exceptional block of gently undulating, highly fertile arable and pasture, currently cropped mainly to cereals with short term clover rich pasture leys. There are few non-productive areas and the land benefits from extensive road frontage and access, with widened internal gateways requiring minimal road work. The land is predominantly free draining and conveniently contained within good sized parcels.
As well as being commercially productive, the holding also possesses considerable amenity and sporting appeal, with small pockets of mixed deciduous woodland and frontage to the River Taw. Penson Farm extends in total to about 304.88 acres (123.38 Ha) as shown shaded pink on the identification plan.

Introduction The sale of Penson Farm enables prospective purchasers the rare opportunity to acquire a first class commercial arable holding affording considerable residential, agricultural, conservation and amenity appeal, occupying an outstanding position within rural Devon.
The property is offered for sale following the Vendor's recent decision to retire, having successfully farmed the holding for over 25 years. Farms of this size and calibre rarely come to the market in this region. Originally put together by the current vendor through an amalgamation of the land from two separate holdings known as Penson and Bidbeare, Penson Farm is widely regarded as one of the best commercial holdings in the area.

The Farmhouse An attractive brick, rendered and tiled farmhouse constructed in about 1969 as a replacement for an earlier dwelling with a later addition adjoining to the eastern elevation. The house has replacement double glazing and oil-fired central heating with spacious accommodation, which would now benefit from updating in some areas, conveniently arranged over two floors as follows:-

Ground Floor

. Steps lead up to a recessed Entrance Porch.

Large Entrance Hall with enclosed under stairs cupboard and stairs rising to first floor.

Dining Room a lovely double aspect reception room with sliding glazed door to…

Kitchen/Breakfast Room a large L-shaped living space, containing a range of fitted base cupboard and drawer units with work surfaces over and further matching wall cupboard. Inset stainless steel double drainer sink with mixer tap, space and plumbing for washing machine and electric cooker point. Solid fuel Rayburn stove with base cupboard units and work surfaces to either side.

Freezer Room/Pantry containing fitted shelves, built-in shelved cupboard and tiled floor.

Workshop/Boiler Room with the Boulter Camray 2 oil fired boiler for central heating and domestic hot water.

Side Entrance Hall

Bathroom currently disused, containing a panelled bath, wall mounted wash hand basin with shaver socket over, low level WC, plumbing for washing machine and tiled floor.

Lean-to Store with space for log storage and door out to gardens. An area to the rear contains the private water supply treatment equipment, with a separate door to outside.

Sitting Room enjoying a double aspect, formerly two rooms opened to create one large space containing a corner feature fireplace in stone surround inset with a Villager wood burning stove set on a raised slate hearth.

Study/Office

First Floor

Large Landing with access hatch to roof space.

Bedroom 1 formerly two double bedrooms now one very large double aspect room, enjoying far reaching views towards Dartmoor.

Bedroom 2 also enjoying a double aspect to the rear and side elevations.

Bathroom with fully tiled walls containing a panelled bath and wall mounted wash hand basin with shaver socket over.

Cloakroom containing a low level WC.

Dressing Rm/Airing Cupboard with fitted shelving and hanging rails, also containing the hot water cylinder complete with immersion heater.

Bedroom 3 containing a built-in wardrobe with cupboard over.

Bedroom 4 another large double aspect bedroom with a built-in wardrobe and cupboard over.

Bedroom 5 with a cupboard built into the chimney breast.

Bedroom 6 a very large double aspect bedroom enjoying superb countryside views.

Box Room/Bedroom 7

Outside The property is approached from the quiet council lane over a private stoned entrance drive with a very large car parking and turning area situated adjacent to the farmhouse. A large lawned garden adjoins the house to the front and side elevation with attractive flower and shrub borders and a gate leads out to the land to the rear, with further steps leading down to a large grassed area which the house and barn overlook.

The Traditional Buildings This comprises a substantial Traditional Barn (refer to floor plan for dimensions) with stone, part cob, part brick and rendered elevations beneath a corrugated cement roof, with a further stone and slate roofed section. This building has a useful number of door and window openings, with a loft over part and is currently used for agricultural storage purposes, with a vehicular access at the southern elevation, where a separate stone track leads from the council road, also providing access to the adjoining land.

The Farm Buildings Situated off-lying from the farmhouse, conveniently located within the land, these are currently utilised for grain handling and storage, although they may be adaptable to alternative enterprises. The buildings briefly comprise the following:-
Nine bay modern Grain Store, 41.16m x 13.72m (135' x 45'), of steel framed and corrugated fibre cement roofed construction with block grain walls, part profile steel, part corrugated cement cladding and concrete floor.
Adjoining nine bay Fertiliser/Seed/Machinery Store, 41.16m x 9.38m (135' x 30'), formerly a cattle shed, of steel framed and corrugated cement roofed construction, with concrete floor.   Two bays at one end housing a redundant Bentall grain dryer. Steel sheeted double doors to one end allow combine/machinery access
Further adjoining five bay steel framed and gi roofed Dutch Barn Fodder/Machinery Store, 22.86m x 8.84m (75' x 29'). Two bays currently used as a hay barn, one bay with a concrete access leading through to the grain store and two bays housing redundant grain handling equipment with high level loft over part.
Three bay steel framed Machinery Store, 13.72m x 8.23m (45' x 27').
Lean-to former Dairy/Tank Room 8.97m x 1.95m (29' x 6'6") divided into two parts, each with steel sheeted sliding door opening through to the grain drying area.
Situated at the southern end of the grain store is a redundant concrete and block slurry loading ramp and hardstanding area.

The Land The land associated with Penson Farm comprises an exceptional block of gently undulating, highly fertile arable and pasture, currently cropped mainly to cereals with short term clover rich pasture leys. There are few non-productive areas and the land benefits from extensive road frontage and access, with widened internal gateways requiring minimal road work. The land is predominantly free draining and conveniently contained within good sized parcels.
As well as being commercially productive, the holding also possesses considerable amenity and sporting appeal, with small pockets of mixed deciduous woodland and frontage to the River Taw. Penson Farm extends in total to about 304.88 acres (123.38 Ha) as shown shaded pink on the identification plan.

Tenure and Possession Freehold with vacant possession available on completion.

Services Mains electricity. Private borehole water supply and private drainage system. Oil fired central heating.

Outgoings These are believed to comprise local Council Tax on the farmhouse - Band E, together with the usual service and environmental charges.

Fixtures and Fittings All fixtures and fittings, unless specifically referred to within these sale particulars are otherwise expressly excluded from the sale.

Basic Payment Scheme Basic Payment Scheme entitlements for the relevant area of land will be included in the sale and the Vendors agree to use their best endeavours to transfer the entitlements to the Purchaser subject to receiving written instructions. On request of this transfer the Purchaser will be responsible for the Vendors Agents reasonable costs incurred in completing the relevant transfer documents.

Rights of Way, Easements etc Penson Farm has the benefit of an agricultural right of way leading from the council road at the farm buildings into the southern corner of field NG 1105, as shown coloured brown on the identification plan. A public footpath runs along the track to the north of Penson Cross, known as Pope's Lane.
The property is offered for sale subject to and with the benefit of all matters contained in or referred to in the property charges register of the registered title together with all public and private rights of way, wayleaves, easements and other rights of way whether these are specifically referred to or not.

Designations The land is not currently subject to any agri-environment schemes.

Sporting and Mineral Rights The sporting and mineral rights insofar as they are owned will be included in the freehold sale. The fishing rights on the River Taw are excluded from the sale.

Town & Country Planning The current use of the farm buildings is agricultural although there may be scope for prospective purchasers to consider alternative uses within the farm buildings, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consent.

Local Authority Torridge Council, Riverbank House, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QG. Tel: 01237 428700.

Important Notice All persons wishing to view the property do so entirely at their own risk. Neither the Vendors or their Agents will be held liable for any damage or injury that may occur when interested parties are visiting the property.
Greenslade Taylor Hunt for themselves and for the Vendors of the property whose agents they are give notice that:- 
- these particulars are set out as a general outline only for the guidance of intending purchasers and do not constitute, nor constitute part of, an offer or contract. Prospective purchasers should seek their own professional advice.
- all descriptions, dimensions, areas, reference to condition, necessary permissions for use and occupation, and all other details are given in good faith and are believed to be correct. Any intending purchasers should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them.
- no responsibility can be accepted for any expenses incurred by any intending purchasers inspecting properties that have been sold, let or withdrawn.
No person in the employment of Greenslade Taylor Hunt has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to the property or the particulars.

Measurements & other information All measurements are approximate. The field numbers and areas shown on the attached plan are based on the Ordnance Survey and are for identification purposes only. They do not necessarily correspond either with the National Grid plan numbers or with those produced on the Rural Land Register.
Whilst we endeavour to make our sales particulars as accurate and reliable as possible, if there are any point which is of particular importance to you please contact the office, especially if you are contemplating travelling some distance to view the property. We have not tested any of the equipment, appliances, central heating or services.

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