High Bickington, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37

Farm
For Sale ££1,640,000 Guide

Key Features

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Detached Traditional 5/6 bed Farmhouse
Excellent range of traditional and modern farm buildings
(could suit conversion
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Productive pasture & arable land
Deciduous woodland and stream
In all about 196.16 Acres

About This Property

A most attractive Residential and Commercial Livestock Holding enjoying an elevated rural position with superb countryside views.

Substantial detached traditional farmhouse (6 beds) with potential for dual occupancy. Excellent range of adaptable traditional and modern farm buildings. Surrounding productive pasture and arable land with parcels of amenity woodland, the whole affording considerable agricultural, residential and amenity appeal. (Epc=F)

In all about 196.16 Acres (79.38 Hectares).

For sale by private treaty as a whole or in up to 4 lots as follows:-

Lot 1: Farmhouse, traditional and modern farm buildings, pasture and woodland, extending in total to about 69.35 Acres - Guide Price £895,000

Lot 2 - Pasture, arable and woodland extending to about 88.91 Acres - Guide Price £525,000

Lot 3 - Pasture Land extending to about 29.60 Acres - Guide Price £170,000

Lot 4 - Pasture Land extending to about 8.30 Acres - Guide Price £50,000

The farm is centred upon a substantial detached traditional farmhouse, which is not listed, providing well-proportioned six bedroomed family accommodation, which despite now requiring some updating and modernisation, affords the potential to create a superb country residence. Having formerly been occupied in two parts the farmhouse may offer scope for dual occupancy, subject to any necessary planning and building regulation consents. The property is a truly outstanding example of a substantial detached period farmhouse, believed to date from the late 18th century.   
The holding benefits from an excellent range of traditional farm buildings which may offer the potential, subject to the appropriate planning consent, for conversion to separate residential dwellings, holiday cottages, offices, studios, stables or other ancillary uses. A further extensive range of modern farm buildings have been designed primarily for the housing and rearing of livestock, although these may also be adaptable to a variety of alternative enterprises. The farmstead is conveniently situated within its own land, primarily comprising productive pasture and arable which is in exceptional heart offering excellent mowing and grazing, with some cereals and maize crops also having being grown. Attractive parcels of deciduous woodland and small streams run along parts of the boundary adding conservation, sporting and amenity interest.
Lee Farm extends in total to about 196.16 Acres (79.38 Ha) and is offered for sale by private treaty, either as a whole or in a combination of up to 4 lots as described within these sale particulars.

The property occupies an outstanding position in a peaceful rural location between Exmoor and Dartmoor, lying a short distance to the west of the popular village of High Bickington. The surrounding gently undulating and unspoilt countryside, affords a predominately agricultural landscape of mainly pasture and arable land interspersed with an abundance of wooded valleys.
The pretty village of High Bickington provides a vibrant village community offering a range of local services including a primary school, post office, doctor's surgery, community centre, parish church, two public houses and sports fields with active cricket and football clubs. Despite its rural position the property still enjoys easy access to the surrounding districts and main routes of communication with the B3227 and A377 routes providing easy links to the larger towns of Great Torrington, South Molton, Barnstaple and Crediton, each providing an extensive range of everyday shopping, banking, recreational and educational facilities. From South Molton the A361 provides quick and easy access to the M5 motorway (Junction 27). There are nearby rail stations on the Barnstaple to Exeter (Tarka) line at Umberleigh and Chapelton. Main line rail services are available at Exeter and Tiverton Parkway, with international airports at Exeter and Bristol.
The Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks 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. Lee Farm is surrounded by picturesque Devon countryside affording an abundance of recreational and sporting activities.

The holding benefits from an excellent range of traditional farm buildings which may offer the potential, subject to the appropriate planning consent, for conversion to separate residential dwellings, holiday cottages, offices, studios, stables or other ancillary uses. A further extensive range of modern farm buildings have been designed primarily for the housing and rearing of livestock, although these may also be adaptable to a variety of alternative enterprises. The farmstead is conveniently situated within its own land, primarily comprising productive pasture and arable which is in exceptional heart offering excellent mowing and grazing, with some cereals and maize crops also having being grown. Attractive parcels of deciduous woodland and small streams run along parts of the boundary adding conservation, sporting and amenity interest.
Lee Farm extends in total to about 196.16 Acres (79.38 Ha) and is offered for sale by private treaty, either as a whole or in a combination of up to 4 lots as described within these sale particulars.

Introduction Lee Farm is believed to have been in the occupation of the current Vendor's family since the late 1800's originally as tenants of the Pinkham Trust from whom the property was purchased in 1913. The holding, together with additional rented land, formerly ran a herd of about 120 Holstein dairy cows, with associated followers, beef cattle and sheep, on a grass and maize silage system. In recent years stock numbers have been reduced in anticipation of the Vendor's planned retirement. The sale thereby affords prospective purchasers the opportunity to acquire a most attractive and versatile livestock holding affording considerable residential, agricultural and amenity appeal, occupying an outstanding position in an unspoilt part of rural Devon, enjoying far reaching views to both Exmoor and Dartmoor.

Lot 1: Farmhouse, Farm Buildings and Land extending to about 69.35 Acres

The Farmhouse This comprises an attractive traditional detached farmhouse of stone elevations with brick quoins beneath a slate roof. A stone porch provides entry to the spacious accommodation leading into the main entrance hall with stairs rising to the first floor. The lovely large main reception rooms are situated to the front of the house, comprising a living room with an open fireplace, a sitting room which has a deep fireplace recess inset with a wood burning stove set on a slate flagstone hearth, and a dining room which also has a large former fireplace recess housing a solid fuel Rayburn stove (currently disconnected and disused), with deep built-in cupboards to either side. The main kitchen contains a range of timber fronted fitted units with some built-in appliances and a secondary staircase leading up to the rear landing. To the rear of the living room is a secondary kitchen containing a good range of modern fitted units, with a rear hall off leading to a downstairs bathroom and useful cupboard storage space. The former dairy has a flagstone floor and slate cold shelves, adding to the traditional farmhouse ambience. On the first floor are five/six good sized bedrooms, with a large rear landing providing a bathroom and separate cloakroom.
The property benefits from partial oil fired central heating and double glazing to the majority of openings.
For approximate room dimensions and layout please refer to the enclosed floorplan.

Outside The property may be approached from the road via two separate gated private entrance drives providing access to the farmhouse and farm buildings. To the rear of the farmhouse is a stoned yard area providing space for car parking and turning. A lawned garden is situated to the front of the house enclosed with attractive stone walling topped in part by a timber fence. Two pedestrian gates and pathways lead to the front and side of the house. The lawned garden wraps around the eastern side of the farmhouse to an enclosed small Yard area adjoining to the back door.

The Traditional Farm Buildings: Situated adjacent to the road, to the west of the farmhouse is a substantial stone, cob and part rendered Traditional Barn beneath a slate roof, with double timber doors to the front and rear elevation. A stone, block and slate roofed lean-to Store adjoins to the rear elevation. The barn contains a former Tank Room with double doors to the front elevation and loft over.
Adjoining the traditional barn at right angles to the rear is a further range of stone, part rendered and slate roofed traditional buildings containing a former Dairy with loft over, a six abreast Parlour with feed bins over, a Dog Kennel, Shippon and Bull Pen with outside run.
Situated on the north east periphery of the farmyard is a large stone, part cob and part block Traditional Barn beneath a gi roof with an adjoining stone and slate roofed Root House. Adjoining to the rear of the barn is a superb former Round House/Granary, of stone and slate roofed construction, with the original beam still in situ. A former Sheep Dipping/Handling Area adjoins this range.
For the approximate dimensions and layout of the traditional farm buildings please refer to the floor contained within these sale particulars.

The Modern Farm Buildings: These comprise an extensive range of traditional and modern construction which may be briefly described as follows:-
Horns seven bay Cattle/Sheep Loose House, 105' x 75' (32m x 22.86m), with part concrete floor and central feeding passage. Situated adjacent to this building are two self-emptying Bulk Feed Bins.
Four bay steel framed and corrugated fibre cement roofed building, 75' x 60' (22.86m x 18.28m), housing a Covered Yard with a central feeding passage, a Collecting Yard and the 8/16 Herringbone Parlour with adjoining Tank Room, containing a stainless steel 6,000 litre Mueller bulk tank.
Six bay steel framed Cubicle Shed/Feeding Yard, 90' x 34' (27.4m x 10.4m), containing a row of 23 cubicles with raised beds and steel divisions, a feed manger and covered feeding yard.
Adjoining the above is a six bay lean-to Cubicle Shed, 90' x 36' (27.4m x 11m), containing 69 raised cubicle beds in three rows with steel divisions and two concrete scraping passages.
Situated adjacent to the feeding yard is a four bay Loose Yard, 60' x 30' (18.3m x 9.1m), with part concrete floor and feed manger. A concrete Running Out Yard adjoins.
Further adjoining four bay Covered Yard/Fodder Barn, 60' x 30' (18.3m x 9.1m), also with a feed manger and concrete floor.
Situated to the rear of the farmhouse is a three bay steel framed and corrugated fibre cement roofed Young Stock/Fodder Shed, 48' x 44' (14.6m x 13.4m).
Boythorpe circular above ground Slurry Store, approx. 1,000m³³ with reception pit.
Situated on the opposite side of the council road, with a separate gated access are two concrete panelled Silage Clamps, approx.105' x 36' (32m x 11m) and 105' x 23' (32m x 7m), with concrete floors and concrete pad to front.

The Land: The land associated with Lot 1 adjoins the farmstead to the north east comprising a superb block of productive pasture benefiting from trough and natural watering to the majority of fields. An attractive parcel of steeply sloping unmanaged deciduous woodland comprising a mix of oak, ash, holly, birch and hazel, the understorey containing bluebells and other wild flower species, are situated on the periphery. Known as Lee's Wood and Parker's Wood, the woodland slopes down to the Hill Brook which forms the eastern boundary and is a small tributary of the River Taw. In total Lot 1 extends to about 69.35 Acres.as shown shaded pink on the identification plan.

Lot 2 Pasture and Woodland Land extending to about 88.91 Acres.

. This is an exceptionally attractive block of versatile agricultural land situated immediately to the south of the farmstead, enjoying extensive road frontage and access. The land principally comprises productive pasture with two fields having been cropped to spring barley. A steep bank of rough grazing on the south eastern periphery slopes down to a small stream, with attractive parcels of copse and mixed woodland. As well as being agriculturally productive this lot also possesses considerable amenity and sporting appeal and is shown shaded green on the identification plan.

Lot 3: Pasture Land extending to about 29.60 Acres.

. Situated off-lying to the south of the main farmstead this is another exceptionally attractive and versatile block of level and gently sloping productive pasture land divided into three convenient enclosures with gated road access available to each field. Lot 3 is shown shaded light blue on the identification plan.

Lot 4 Pasture Land extending to about 8.30 Acres.

. A further single enclosure of off-lying gently undulating and highly productive pasture land with stream frontage and double gated road access. Lot 4 is shown shaded dark blue on the attached identification plan.

General Remarks:

Tenure and Possesssion Freehold with vacant possession available on completion.

Services Mains electricity and water supplies. Drainage to a private system. Oil fired central heating. In the event of the property being sold in lots adequate provision will need to be made for the appropriate easements and rights for services.
We understand that Lot 3 benefits from a mains water supply. Lot 4 benefits from natural watering only.

Outgoings These are believed to comprise local Council Tax on the farmhouse - Band F, 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, Wayleaves etc 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.

Town and 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. It is understood that all the traditional buildings were considered to be in agricultural use in March 2013 and may therefore meet the criteria for prior approval under Class Q of the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015.

Live & Deadstock Sale The right is reserved to hold a sale by auction on the premises of the live and dead farming stock prior to the date of completion.

Local Authority Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4QD. Tel: 0345 155 1015.
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. A working farm is a potentially hazardous environment and for prospective purchasers own personal safety please be vigilant when viewing the farm, particularly around the farmyard and in fields containing stock.
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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