Twitchen, South Molton, Devon, EX36

Under Offer ££795,000 Guide
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Key Features

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Attractive residential smallholding
Detached 5 bed farmhouse with self contained annexe.
Pair of attractive holiday letting cottages.
Further useful outbuildings.
Adjoining productive pasture land with stream frontage.
In all approx 11.02 Acres

About This Property

An attractive Residential Smallholding enjoying an outstanding rural position comprising a five bedroomed farmhouse, two holiday letting cottages, outbuildings and productive pasture land. In all about 11.02 Acres.


West Millbrook comprises a most attractive and adaptable residential smallholding enjoying a delightful rural position. Having been in the ownership of the current vendors family for over 57 years, this is believed to be the first time the property has actually been offered for sale on the open market for some 140 years. The sale thereby affords prospective purchasers an extremely rare opportunity to acquire a most versatile rural property, affording significant residential, holiday letting, equestrian and smallholder appeal.
The property is centered upon a detached farmhouse, believed to date from around 1900 and incorporating a self contained annexe, the whole providing spacious five bedroomed accommodation and enjoying wonderful views over its own gardens and the beautiful North Devon countryside beyond. Set within the farmyard is a detached traditional building containing two attractive holiday cottages affording significant alternative income potential, with space to sleep up to 14 guests. The property also benefits from further useful outbuildings and an excellent block of productive pasture land, sloping gently down to a pretty stream. West Millbrook extends to about 11.02 Acres (4.46 Ha) and is offered for sale as a whole. Please note, the property may be available with less land, subject to negotiation.

West Millbrook is situated on the southern periphery of Exmoor, lying just outside the National Park enjoying an exceptional setting with wonderful views. This attractive and undulating band of countryside consists a predominantly agricultural landscape primarily comprising pasture and arable land interspersed with an abundance of woodland and pretty river valleys.
Despite its peaceful rural position West Millbrook still enjoys easy access to the surrounding districts and further afield. The sought after village of North Molton provides a thriving local community offering a primary school, village shop/post office, garage, sports club and popular public house. The bustling North Devon market town of South Molton to the south west provides a good range of local services, including shops, bank, recreational facilities, primary and secondary schooling. The larger centre of Barnstaple to the west affords a more extensive range of commercial, educational and recreational facilities befitting those of an important regional centre.
The nearby Exmoor National Park offers 267 square miles of beautiful protected landscape with many foot and bridle paths and the stunning North Devon coastline. To the west are the popular sandy beaches of Instow, Saunton Sands, Croyde Bay, Putsborough and Woolacombe. The property is surrounded by picturesque North Devon countryside providing a wealth of recreational activities including walking, horse riding, cycling, fishing on the rivers Bray, Mole and Taw, hunting, shooting and golf courses at High Bullen, Barnstaple and Tiverton. From South Molton the A361 North Devon Link Road provides easy access to Tiverton and the M5 motorway (Junction 27) with mainline Intercity rail links available at Tiverton Parkway (Paddington approx. 2 hours) and international airports at Exeter and Bristol.

The property is approached from the council road over a private gated entrance drive, flanked with privet hedges, flower and shrub beds and gardens. This drive continues past the house to a car parking and turning area, adjacent to which is situated a Single Garage, 5.5m x 3m. On the lower side of the parking area is a useful Workshop/Store, approx. 8.9m x 3m, with power and water connected. The farmhouse overlooks a smart and well maintained formal garden which has been terraced to provide two lawned areas with flower and shrub borders. Beyond this are raised and gravelled gardens and sitting out areas, with a gate leading out to a Children's Play Area. To the rear of the house are further pretty raised gardens with stone steps and pathways.

The Farmhouse
The farmhouse, which is not listed, affords spacious family accommodation entered via a double glazed entrance porch which leads into a welcoming entrance hall with stairs rising to the first floor. Off to the left is a well proportioned south facing sitting room with an open fireplace in an attractive stone surround. A large dual aspect dining room contains a former fireplace recess inset with an oil-fired Rayburn Royal stove for cooking and domestic hot water, with a built-in shelved cupboard to one side. The farmhouse style kitchen/breakfast room boasts a good range of fitted base cupboard and drawer units with work surfaces over, tiled splashbacks, matching wall cupboards and an inset 1 bowl sink. A Grant oil-fired boiler provides the central heating. An inner hall, with a well appointed utility room off, leads from the living room through to the study, with a side entrance porch leading to outside. A separate door to the front elevation provides access to a self contained ground floor annexe, comprising a hallway, cloakroom, shower cubicle, kitchen and large south facing living room/bedroom. This part could easily be incorporated back into the main house if required, with linking doors from the main hall and kitchen. The stairs rise to a half landing with steps up to a front landing leading to two good sized south facing double bedrooms enjoying beautiful countryside views and both benefiting from wash hand basins and built-in shelved cupboards. Situated off the rear landing are two further double bedrooms with similar facilities and former fireplace recesses, the family bathroom and a separate cloakroom. For approximate room dimensions and layout please refer to the enclosed floorplan.


Outside
The property is approached from the council road over a private gated entrance drive, flanked with privet hedges, flower and shrub beds and gardens. This drive continues past the house to a car parking and turning area, adjacent to which is situated a Single Garage, 5.5m x 3m. On the lower side of the parking area is a useful Workshop/Store, approx. 8.9m x 3m, with power and water connected. The farmhouse overlooks a smart and well maintained formal garden which has been terraced to provide two lawned areas with flower and shrub borders. Beyond this are raised and gravelled gardens and sitting out areas, with a gate leading out to a Children's Play Area. To the rear of the house are further pretty raised gardens with stone steps and pathways.


The Holiday Cottages
Known as Lower Barn and The Old Granary, these comprise an attractive pair of holiday letting cottages, situated in the former farm yard and accessed via a separate private entrance drive. Primarily occupied as two separate self contained cottages, a linking door in the entrance hall allows the flexibility for them to be occupied as one large unit if required. The accommodation may be briefly described as follows:-Lower BarnThis is the larger of the two cottages and provides an entrance hall, fitted kitchen, a south facing dining room opening through to a lovely large sitting room, two good sized double bedrooms, a bathroom and further occasional bedroom containing the Worcester oil-fired boiler for central heating.The Old GranaryThis cottage comprises an entrance hall, living room, fitted kitchen, double bedroom and shower room on the ground floor, with a partially below eaves loft space over, accessed via a loft ladder. For the accommodation layout of the cottages please refer to the attached floorplans.


Outside
Ample parking and turning space is provided to the front of the cottages with a detached Games Room, 9.1m x 4.4m, situated in the yard. Overlooking this yard is a large raised vegetable garden, whilst on the opposite side is a Stable, 3.3m x 3.2m, and adjoining Store, 2.9m x 2.7m. Further part stone, part block and gi roofed range used as a General Store, approx. 12.3m max. x 10.7m max., with double doors. From the main yard, a gate leads to an enclosed upper yard, with a separate gated access from the road and further gate leading into a former sheep handling area. A small natural watercourse forms an attractive feature crossing the upper yard.


The Land
The land comprises an attractive block of gently sloping, south facing pasture running down to a small stream at the bottom of the valley. Forming one large field, the land is currently utilised for the grazing of livestock, although it may be well suited to a variety of smallholder, equestrian, conservation or other amenity uses. West Millbrook extends in total to about 11.02 Acres as shown shaded green on the attached identification plan. The property may be available to purchase with less land subject to negotiation.


Tenure and Possession
Freehold with vacant possession available upon completion.


Services and Outgoings
The property benefits from mains electricity and a private water supply. Drainage of the farmhouse and holiday cottages to private systems. The self catering holiday units are subject to business rates although these currently qualify for Small Business Rate Relief. North Devon Council Tax payable on the farmhouse, together with the usual service and environmental charges.


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


Designations
The land is not currently subject to any agri-environment schemes. The holding lies within a Less Favoured Area (SDA) and a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.


Sporting and mineral rights
The sporting and mineral rights, insofar as they are owned, will be included in the freehold sale.


Town & Country Planning
Planning consent was obtained in 1976 for the conversion of the holiday cottages, with occupation allowed from the 15th March to the 15th November in each year.The general store is subject to a covenant preventing its use for the housing of livestock.


Fencing Obligation
The purchaser of West Millbrook will be responsible, within two months of the completion date, for the erection and future maintenance of a new stock proof fence between points A and B shown on the identification plan.


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


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.


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.
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