Witheridge, Tiverton, Devon, EX16

Land
Under Offer ££240,000 Guide

Key Features

Attractive pasture and amenity land with pockets of woodland
Convenient rural position
Gently sloping
Divided into a number of convenient fields
Good road access
Lot 7 extends to about 35.94 Acres
Detached bungalow (3 beds) for renovation, barn for conversion (4 beds), new build house plot (3 beds), further pasture and amenity land also available.

About This Property

An excellent block of gently sloping and productive pasture land incorporating an attractive parcel of traditional unimproved moorland, together with pockets of mixed deciduous woodland, enjoying an outstanding rural position, with good road access.

Lot 7 extends in total to about 35.94 Acres

East Betham extends in total to about 92.46 Acres and is offered for sale by private treaty either as a whole or in lots as follows:-

Lot 1: Bungalow & Pasture Land extending to about 4.01 Acres - Guide Price £325,000

Lot 2: Barn for conversion & Pasture Land extending to about 6.70 Acres - Guide Price £295,000

Lot 3: Building plot & Pasture Land extending to about 4.84 Acres - Guide Price £225,000

Lot 4: Pasture Land extending to about 9.14 Acres - Guide Price £80,000

Lot 5: Pasture & Woodland extending to about 14.13 Acres - Guide Price £100,000

Lot 6: Pasture Land extending to about 17.70 Acres - Guide Price £120,000

Lot 7: Pasture & Amenity Land extending to about 35.94 Acres - Guide Price £240,000

The sale of East Betham represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a most attractive and adaptable residential smallholding occupying an outstanding rural position. Having in part been in the ownership of the current vendor’s family since the 1960’s this sale affords prospective purchasers an extremely rare opportunity to acquire a most versatile rural property, affording an eclectic mix of residential, development, agricultural, conservation and amenity appeal.
The property is centered upon a detached bungalow, believed to originally date from the 1930’s with a later extension, enjoying privacy and seclusion within beautiful Devon countryside. Whilst now requiring complete refurbishment and modernisation, the dwelling provides well-proportioned three bedroomed family accommodation set in delightful mature gardens, to be approached over a proposed new private entrance drive. A former agricultural barn has recently obtained planning permission for conversion to a large four bedroomed detached dwelling, whilst consent has also been granted for the erection of a new three bedroom detached house, affording the potential to create two most attractive country homes. Adjoining the farmstead and extending to the north, is an excellent block of agricultural and amenity land, contained within a ring fence and principally comprising level and gently undulating pasture incorporating attractive pockets of mixed deciduous woodland and a superb area of unimproved moorland, affording considerable wildlife and conservation appeal.
The land may be well suited to a variety of agricultural, equestrian, conservation or other amenity uses. In total, East Betham extends to about 92.46 Acres (37.41 Ha) and is offered for sale as a whole, or in up to seven lots, as described within these sale particulars and shown on the attached identification plan.

The property occupies a quiet and peaceful, yet readily accessible rural position lying between the popular villages of Witheridge and Rackenford. Despite its rural setting East Betham still enjoys easy access to the surrounding districts and further afield. Witheridge itself offers a useful range of local services including a general store, post office, hairdressers, doctors surgery, primary school, public house, parish church and village hall. The nearby sought after village of Rackenford also provides a good range of local amenities including an historic public house and parish church, with a pre-school nursery, primary school and village stores/post office also available. The bustling market town of South Molton provides an excellent range of everyday services including shops, schools, restaurants and banks, together with a Sainsbury’s supermarket, health centres, recreational facilities and a cottage hospital. The A361 North Devon link road is within easy driving distance providing access to the larger regional centre of Barnstaple as well as Tiverton and the M5 motorway (Junction 27).
East Betham lies in the lovely band of countryside between South Molton and Tiverton, a predominantly agricultural landscape primarily comprising pasture and arable land interspersed with an abundance of woodland and pretty river valleys. Exmoor to the north offers beautiful moorland scenery with many foot and bridle paths, whilst the North Devon coast is easily accessible with lovely sandy beaches at Instow, Saunton Sands, Croyde Bay, Putsborough and Woolacombe. Mainline intercity rail links are available at Tiverton Parkway (London Paddington approx. 2 hours) with international airports at Exeter and Bristol.

Lot 1 - Bungalow, Outbuildings & Pasture Land extending to about 4.01 Acres (Shaded Pink)
The BungalowThe detached traditional bungalow comprises brick and stone elevations beneath a slate roof, with a later single storey flat roofed extension adjoining to the rear elevation. Currently providing well-proportioned three bedroomed accommodation, the dwelling now requires extensive renovation and modernisation, affording the potential for improvement or possible redevelopment/enlargement, subject to obtaining any necessary planning consent. The accommodation is entered via a brick and slate roofed porch with two bench seats, leading into a long entrance hall. To the left is a good sized living room containing a fireplace recess inset with a wood burning stove (disused) on a stone hearth. A door leads through into the kitchen/dining room, a large dual aspect living space containing a stainless steel sink with a cupboard under, and an oil fired Rayburn stove (disused). A useful walk-in pantry is situated off the kitchen. The bathroom contains a panelled bath, wash hand basin and enclosed Airing Cupboard, with a separate WC. A half glazed door leads out from the kitchen to a polycarbonate covered walkway adjoining to the rear. Situated off the entrance hall are three good sized double bedrooms, two containing fireplaces. For approximate room dimensions and layout please refer to the enclosed floorplan.The property is set back from the road, currently approached over a narrow gated entrance, although planning consent has recently been obtained for the creation of a new vehicular access, parking area and the erection of a double garage. Adjoining the bungalow is a lean-to former garage and further store, whilst situated to the rear is a part block, timber and gi roofed store shed, with a brick and concrete floor. The bungalow is set in large gardens containing a number of mature conifers, as well as established oak, beech, cherry, rowan and monkey puzzle trees.The land associated with Lot 1 comprises an attractive single enclosure of level and very gently undulating pasture lying immediately to the west of the bungalow. Benefiting from good road frontage, the only current access from the gardens is via a pedestrian gate to the rear of the bungalow and the purchasers may therefore need to create a new vehicular access into this adjoining land, subject to obtaining any necessary consents. The land is currently utilised for the grazing of livestock and fodder production, although it may be well suited to a variety of equestrian, smallholder or other amenity uses. Lot 1 extends in total to about 4.01 Acres.


Lot 2 - Barn & Pasture Land extending to about 6.70 Acres (Shaded Green)
Situated to the east of Lot 1 is a concrete farmyard containing a large block and gi roofed agricultural building, formerly used as a cubicle house and workshop, overall approx. 20.5m x 7.55m max., with a concrete floor. Situated a short distance to the west of the cubicle house is a former shippon (roof partially collapsed) with a lean-to dairy adjoining to the rear.The former cubicle house and shippon range benefit from full planning consent for the erection of a linking extension and conversion of these two buildings to create one large detached dwelling, together with consent for the erection of a new three bay garage/store/carport. This development affords the potential to create a highly individual and architecturally interesting four bedroomed family home. The approved plans allow for its conversion to a spacious single storey family dwelling comprising the following accommodation:-Reception/Dining Hall with bi-folding doors and a Cloakroom off, opening through to a Kitchen/Breakfast Room, also with bi-folding doors to outside. A useful Utility is situated off the kitchen with an outside Veranda. Large Living Room with two sets of bi-folding doors. Master Bedroom with En-suite and Dressing Room, a further En-suite Second Bedroom, Two further Bedrooms and a Family Bathroom. For the accommodation layout please refer to the attached proposed floorplan. The large dilapidated pole barn in the farmyard will need to be removed as a requirement of the planning consent. Please Note: The roofing materials used in the construction of the shippon and adjoining dairy may contain asbestos cement which may require specialist disposal. Prospective purchasers are advised to make their own enquiries.Included in the sale and accessed from the farmyard is an adjoining attractive parcel of gently sloping pasture land. This field enjoys road frontage and gated and access from the council road on the western boundary.


Lot 3 - Development Site & Pasture Land extending to about 4.84 Acres (Shaded Dark Blue)
Lying to the east of Lots 1 and 2, enjoying a separate gated access from the road, is a development site currently containing a static caravan. Full planning consent has been obtained for the removal of the caravan and the erection of a replacement two storey detached dwelling. This development affords the potential to create an attractive three bedroomed family home, with the approved plans comprising the following accommodation:-Entrance Hall, open plan Kitchen/Dining/Living Room Hall with double doors to outside and a rear Entrance Porch. A Study, Family Bathroom and Double Bedroom are also situated on the ground floor. On the first floor a Landing serves the En-suite Master Bedroom and a further Double Bedroom. For the accommodation layout please refer to the attached proposed floorplan. Lying to the east of the proposed development site, and included within Lot 3, is a block of principally level and productive pasture land. Access to the land will need to be gained direct from the proposed site or via the creation of a new gateway leading from the road to the south, subject to obtaining any appropriate Planning/Highways consent.


Lot 4 - Pasture Land extending to about 9.14 Acres (Shaded Yellow)
Situated immediately to the west of Lot 1, enjoying frontage to and access from the road which runs along the western boundary, this comprises an attractive single enclosure of principally level and very gently undulating productive pasture land.


Lot 5 - Pasture & Woodland extending to about 14.13 Acres (Shaded Mauve)
Lying to the east of Lot 3 and accessed from the quiet council road on the southern boundary, this comprises a level and gently sloping block of productive pasture land, divided into two fields and incorporating an attractive parcel of mixed deciduous woodland on the northern periphery. Benefiting from good road access, this lot affords considerable agricultural, equestrian, conservation and amenity appeal.


Lot 6 - Pasture Land extending to about 17.70 Acres (Shaded Orange)
Adjoining Lots 2 and 3 this comprises a larger block of gently undulating pasture land currently run as one field, bisected by a small watercourse. This lot also enjoys gated access from the road to the west.


Lot 7 - Pasture, Moorland & Woodland extending to about 35.94 Acres (Shaded Light Blue)
Forming the northernmost part of the holding this comprises a larger block of principally gently sloping and productive pasture accessed from the quiet council road on the western boundary. Divided into a number of convenient fields this lot also incorporates an attractive parcel of traditional unimproved ‘culm grassland’ style moorland, together with pockets of mixed deciduous woodland. This lot undoubtedly affords considerable agricultural, conservation and amenity appeal.


Tenure and Possession
Freehold with vacant possession of all parts available upon completion.


Services & Outgoings
Mains electricity and water supplies are currently connected to the farmstead. Drainage of bungalow to a private system (not inspected). North Devon Council Tax on the bungalow - Band C and on the caravan - Band A, together with the usual service and environmental charges. In the event of the property being sold in lots adequate provision will need to be made for appropriate easements and rights for services. The purchasers of Lots 1, 2 and 3 will need to install their own independent private drainage systems.A shared mains electricity supply is currently connected to Lots 1, 2 and 3. In the event of these lots being sold separately, this supply will remain with Lot 1 and the purchasers of Lots 2 and 3 will need to connect new electricity supplies. Adequate provision will need to be made for appropriate easements and rights for these connections. It is understood that a water company distribution main is situated in the council road which runs along the western boundary of the holding. In the event of Lots 1, 2, 3 and 5 being sold separately, where required, easements may be reserved over Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 to enable the provision of new mains water connections. It is anticipated that the existing mains water supply will remain exclusively with Lot 1. It is believed that a separate mains water supply was previously connected to Lot 7, although the current state of this supply is unknown. The land lots will be sold without any mains services of any kind and prospective purchasers should make their own enquiries as to the availability of any services.


Basic Payment Scheme
The Vendors will be claiming and retaining the basic payment on the land for 2022 and the Purchaser(s) will be required to farm the land in accordance with the cross compliance regulations until the 31st December 2022. If required, 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.


Designations
We understand that the land is currently not subject to any agri-environment schemes. The land lies within a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone.


Town & Country Planning
In August 2022 planning consent was obtained from North Devon Council for the ‘Conversion of two barns and erection of a linking extension to create a new dwelling and erection of 3 bay garage/store/carport’ - Application No: 74002. Planning consent was also granted for the ‘Erection of a replacement dwelling and removal of caravan’ - Application Reference No: 74003, and the ‘Creation of a new vehicular access, erection of garage and creation of parking area to serve the existing dwelling’ - Application No: 74001. Copies of the approved plans together with the relevant supporting documentation are available to view via the North Devon Council Planning Portal using the above mentioned Application Reference Numbers.


Fencing Obligation
In the event of Lots 1, 2 and 3 being sold separately, the purchaser of Lot 1 will be responsible, within one month of the completion date, for the erection and future maintenance of a new boundary fence between points B, C and D shown on the insert identification plan. The purchaser of Lot 2 will be responsible, within one month of the completion date, for the erection and future maintenance of a new stock proof boundary fence between points A and B shown on the same plan. Furthermore, the purchaser of Lot 2 will also be responsible, within one month of the completion date, for the erection and future maintenance of a new boundary fence between points E and F shown on the insert plan.


Rights of Way
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 nor their Agents will be held liable for any damage or injury that may occur when interested parties are visiting the property.Please Note: Persons viewing the property are not permitted to enter the former workshop, which has an inspection pit in the floor, and the former shippon where the roof has collapsed. ‘Do Not Enter’ signs are posted on the relevant buildings.Ref: STM190147
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