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Lee Bay, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34
Price on application | 7 bedrooms | 110.29 acres

Property features

• 1896 Manor House
• 7 Bedroom Suites
• Private Entrance Drive
• Sea Views
• Three Holiday Letting Units
• Farm / Managers Cottage
• Modern Buildings
• 110.29 Acres

An impressive manor house on North Devon's coast with three holiday letting cottages, a manager's cottage and a superb range of modern farm buildings, set within 110.29 acres of pasture and woodland. Access to Lee Bay near the end of the driveway. EPC Band F.
Lee Manor and Lee Manor Farm are situated in an elevated position near the North Devon coast, between Mortehoe and Lee Bay. Lee Manor overlooks Lee Bay, a quiet rocky inlet bay on the North Devon Coast. Lee is a pretty, unspoilt village within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Coastal Preservation Area, a Heritage Coast and An Area of Tranquility.

The well-known coastal town of Woolacombe, known worldwide for its four-mile sandy beach, lies approximately 3.5 miles to the west and offers a small range of shops. The nearby town of Ilfracombe has the Landmark Theatre, a doctors surgery as well as banks, shops and supermarkets.

The market town of Barnstaple, about 13 miles away, holds a weekly pannier market, and provides an extended range of shops including numerous major retailers and supermarkets, as well as leisure and commercial facilities.

The sandy beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Putsborough are within easy reach of Lee Manor and the Exmoor National Park and coast provides wide opportunity for walking and riding. The Tarka Tennis centre and North Devon Leisure centre are found in Barnstaple with golf available at Saunton.

Schooling is available in Ilfracombe, Braunton and Barnstaple as well as the well-regarded West Buckland School for which there is a bus service within three miles of Lee Manor.

The A361 is within three miles at Mullacott Cross, which leads to the North Devon Link Road at Barnstaple and with easy access to the M5 motorway. There are regular trains to London from Tiverton Parkway, while Exeter and Bristol each have international airports serving UK and overseas destinations.

Lee Manor and Lee Manor Farm are available as a whole, or in individual lots as follows:

Lee Manor overlooks the village of Lee with wonderful far- reaching views over Lee Bay and out to sea beyond, but sheltered by 49.59 acres of ancient woodland. At the same time the house enjoys a high degree of privacy and is approached through a stone pillared entrance with wrought iron gates leading into a beautiful wide, tree-lined drive approximately a third of a mile long. The beach is accessible just a few steps from the end of the driveway.

The house, which is not Listed, is built of granite stone under a slate roof, and boasts a wealth of period features including mullioned windows, Gothic style panelling, stained glass windows throughout and exposed Chestnut beams. It has been exceptionally well maintained by the present owners and provides very spacious and comfortable living accommodation.

Alternatively the manor house could provide a wonderful venue to let out for events.

Lee Manor was built in 1896 for the Squire of Lee, Charles Bernard Mervyn Drake Cutliffe. The Squires daughter Avice, tapped the ceremonial foundation stone, inscribed with her initials N.A.D.C. As it was laid over a silver coin of the same year. The house was completed in 1898 and Squire Drake Cutliffe is buried in the family vault at Ilfracombe.

A Gothic-style timber door opens into an impressive Entrance Porch with original tiled floor, stained glass windows and exposed stone walls, one of which bears the Drake Cutliffe coat of arms. An inner lobby opens into the magnificent Reception Hall with an open stone fireplace, part wood flooring and triple transom stone mullioned stained glass window. A feature is the impressive double minstrel gallery and wide three tiered staircase.

The L-shaped Drawing Room has a fireplace housing a wood burning stove and French Doors to the garden, with wonderful views to the sea. The spacious dual-aspect Dining Room has an unused fireplace with ornate carved timber screen whilst the adjoining Study also has French Doors to the garden.

The Kitchen is fitted with a range of units under granite work surfaces with a double Belfast Sink and a two-oven oil fired Aga with an accompanying electric cooker, also with two ovens and hob over. There is an adjoining Breakfast Room, as well as a range of Utility Rooms, including a Cloakroom, Laundry Room, store rooms and access to a cellar which is dry, light, spacious and divided into separate rooms. It also provides access to the terrace.

An impressive solid Chestnut staircase leads to the double minstrel gallery which overlooks the Reception Hall. The Master Bedroom Suite has sea views, a spacious bedroom with Juliette balcony, luxurious bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath, separate Jacuzzi shower and a large Dressing Room with fitted wall to wall Oak wardrobes and central dressing table.

There are Six Further Bedrooms on the first-floor, all double rooms with en-suite facilities, and an additional Bathroom. A secondary staircase returns back to the ground floor.

There is a detached Double Garage of stone construction under a tiled roof. There are also three purpose built dog kennels with outdoor runs and a log store.

The gardens surround the house and provide a peaceful area from which to enjoy the sea and surrounding views with a patio area and various lawn areas and shrub beds which burst with colours through the different seasons.

In front of the house there is a terraced area known as The Crows Nest providing fantastic sea views and spectacular sunsets and along the entrance drive are a number of further openings overlooking Lee Bay.

The woodland at Lee Manor is classified as ancient woodland and provides privacy and protection for the house as well as providing a natural habitat for flora, including bluebells and orchids in the spring months, and a wealth of wildlife. The trees are mostly mature and deciduous, with a stream flowing along the eastern boundary.

Lee Manor Farm occupies a stunning location with an uninterrupted outlook towards the sea.

The farm was previously home to the well-regarded Lee Manor Herd of Pedigree Red Ruby Devon cattle and presently includes a farm worker's / manager's cottage, three five star holiday cottages, a range of modern farm buildings, all set within 60.70 acres of pasture land.

A 2 bedroom detached farmhouse which has consent to be used as a residential dwelling by persons employed in connection with Lee Manor Farm or as a holiday letting unit.

Farriers End has been cleverly converted from a traditional stone building. It has spacious accommodation with a beamed living room with woodburning stove, hand-made kitchen with granite work surfaces and dining area. There is a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and bathroom.

It is centrally heated and includes some delightful features including stained glass windows and solid oak floors throughout. It also has a secluded patio area with pretty stone walls and a large lawned garden, providing sea views.

On the opposite side of the lane to Farriers End are the three holiday cottages, all with a fantastic outlook over the farms land towards the sea. All three holiday cottages have double glazing and oil fired central heating.

Sleeps 12 - The accommodation includes a very spacious open plan living / dining area with patio doors providing fantastic sea views and a well equipped kitchen area. There are three double bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, three twin bedrooms and a separate bathroom.

Sleeps 6 - Including an open plan living / dining area area and a well equipped kitchen. There are patio doors out to a terrace with views over the farm towards the sea. There is one double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, two twin bedrooms and a separate bathroom.

Sleeps 6 - The accommodation is similar to Lundy Sound, with a good sized living room living room with patio doors. Steps lead up to the kitchen/dining area. There is a double bedroom with en suite bathroom, two twin bedrooms and a separate bathroom. Outside there is a patio area providing fantastic sea views.

There is also a traditional stone built building which has been completely renovated to provide a shower, WC, kitchen facilities and a seating area with woodburning stove. This building is currently used as a wash and rest room and for overnight stays during calving.

Double entrance gates provide access into the farmyard, where the buildings are situated, most of which have electricity connected.

GENERAL PURPOSE BUILDING 75' x 30' (22.86m x 9.14m)
Steel framed general purpose shed, under a cement fibre roof with an earth floor. Lighting is connected. Used for straw and tractor shed Built in 2004.

LIVESTOCK BUILDING 75' x 48' (22.86m x 14.63m)
Steel framed stock building under a cement fibre roof, with an earth floor. Lighting and 10 automatic water troughs connected. Concrete feed passage with loose housing either side. Built in 2004.

BULL SHED 75' x 22' (22.86m x 6.71m)
Steel framed bull shed, under a cement fibre roof, earth floor. Lighting connected. 6 bull pens, each with water troughs 5 pens have stable doors and could readily be converted into stabling. Built in 2008.

There is planning consent for an agricultural building measuring 37m x 12.5m).

SECOND GENERAL PURPOSE BUILDING 105' x 45' (32.00m x 13.72m)
Steel framed general purpose building. Fibre cement roof. Built in 2012. (No electricity connected).

There is outside lighting and CCTV fitted to farm buildings and Lee Manor Farm Farm.

The pasture land offers much privacy and protection for Farriers End and the holiday units. Most of the pasture enjoys stunning panoramic sea views and forms part of Englands 33% of scenic coastline conserved as Heritage Coasts. You can see out across the Bristol Channel to Lundy Island and the Welsh coast beyond.

The pasture is currently used for grazing cattle and is well divided by attractive Devon bank hedges, which contain a wonderful variety of wild flowers, including honeysuckle, wild roses, primroses, wild orchids, foxgloves, bluebells and violets. The farm has been re-fenced and all of the fields have access to a mains water supply. One field is bordered by a stream and there are two natural ponds.

Lee Manor - Mains water and mains electricity. Private drainage and oil-fired central heating.
Lee Manor Farm - mains electricity, mains water, private drainage, oil-fired central heating.

The land has been registered for the entitlements under the Basic Payment Scheme. The Entitlements can be made available by separate negotiation, if required by the purchaser.

Farrier's End is subject to an occupancy restriction and is permitted to be used for short term holiday accommodation or a rural workers dwelling. The occupation of the property as a permanent dwelling is limited to a person solely or mainly employed in agriculture or in forestry, or in any other permitted activity undertaken at Lee Manor Farm.

North Devon District Council. Telephone: 01271 327711 (

Lee Manor - Band H.
Farriers End - Awaiting assessment.
Quay West - Council Tax Band F
Lee Shore - Council Tax Band D
Lundy Sound - Council Tax Band D.

All fixtures and fittings, unless specifically referred to within these particulars, are expressly excluded from the sale of the freehold.

The sale is subject to all rights of support, public and private rights of way, water, light, drainage and other easements, quasi-easements and wayleaves, all or any other like rights, whether mentioned in these particulars or not.

There is a public footpath which runs through the woodland, south of Lee Manor linking Lee Manor Farm with Lee Bay.

Given the potential hazards of a working farm we ask you to be as vigilant as possible when making your inspection for your own personal safety, particularly around the farm buildings. Under no circumstances should any of the property be viewed without the company of the selling agents or the vendors.

Strictly by confirmed appointment with the vendors agents, Stags: 01271 322833 or 01392 680059. Knight Frank LLP 01392 423111.

These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.


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