A charming 18th Century seven bedroom farmhouse in an idyllic valley setting with three letting cottages, 41 feet music/gallery room, stone outbuildings, all set around a courtyard. Beautiful gardens with stream and ponds. In total 12.3 acres. EPC Band G.
Barkham is set in an idyllic position, offering complete privacy at the end of a private drive. The house and cottages sit in a sheltered valley amongst some of the most stunning countryside on Exmoor. The property is surrounded by wonderful scenery, yet has good road access, being only 6½ miles from the North Devon Link road which gives access to Junction 27 of the M5.
North Molton, 4 ½ miles away offers a convenient range of amenities including a shop and post office, primary school, village hall, church, garage, sports club and a public house. South Molton, 8 miles away offers an extensive range of day to day amenities including schooling up to secondary level, a variety of shops, banks, churches, livestock and pannier markets.DESCRIPTION
Barkham is a handsome, non-listed, south facing farmhouse nestled in a secluded valley giving it complete privacy. The farmhouse has a very attractive facade under a pitched slate roof and offers spacious family accommodation with income potential in the form of three cottages all set around a picturesque courtyard. The three cottages are currently used together with the Barkham Gallery where concerts and exhibitions have been held. The Gallery has excellent acoustics due to the vaulted ceiling, stone walls and timber flooring. The property includes stone outbuildings, natural ponds and sits within 12 acres of gardens, rough pasture and woodland.ACCOMMODATION FARMHOUSE
From the courtyard, steps lead up to the porch and front door which leads into a reception area with staircase to the upper floor. There are three generously proportioned reception rooms as well as a large traditional farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room. Steps lead down from the hallway to the large dual aspect drawing room, a quite magnificent and unexpected feature to the house. The room overlooks its own gardens, ponds and wooded valley beyond and has a striking large stone fireplace with beam over and a wood burning stove. The elegant dual aspect dining room is a real feature of the house with its beautiful oak panelling on all walls. The traditional farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room is furnished with a selection of fitted cupboards, a large inglenook inset with a four door oven Aga, space for a large kitchen table and Fired Earth floor tiles. The large dresser is included in the sale. The practical and attractive tiled flooring runs through to a front snug area which looks over the courtyard. The sitting room is a cosy room with a feature stone fireplace, beam over and inset with a wood burner and a fitted bookcase to one side. Also on the ground floor is a small study, an old dairy larder, rear hallway and boot room.
On the first floor, a spacious landing runs along the rear of the property giving access to all the bedrooms. The master bedroom is a superb double aspect room with windows to the front and overlooking the valley, served by an en suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 is set to the western end with a generous bedroom and an adjoining en suite bathroom. Bedroom 3 is another double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Bedrooms 4 and 5 are well presented doubles and served by the family bathroom. Bedroom 6 is a large single room with views to the front. Stairs lead up to the second floor attic which provides considerable extra storage space or could be used as a large study/work area.BARKHAM GALLERY/MUSIC ROOM
Barkham Gallery is a real feature of the property where the current owner has held many concerts and exhibitions. Converted from a large stone barn it is a most attractive room with its high vaulted beamed ceiling, wooden floor and space to seat up to 40 people. Parties and a wedding reception have also been held at Barkham.COTTAGES
Adjacent to the main house and framing the central courtyard are three cottages, converted from redundant farm buildings in the early 1990s and used as holiday cottages and latterly in conjunction with festivals and concerts held at Barkham.
Turnip Cottage (sleeps 4)
A double storey cottage with kitchen, dining/sitting room, double bedroom, a twin bedded room and bathroom.
Dobbins Cottage (sleeps 4)
A double storey cottage with open plan kitchen/living room, double bedroom, twin bedded room, a single room and a bathroom.
Old Copse (sleeps 5)
A double storey cottage with kitchen, dining/sitting room, two double bedrooms, one single room and a bathroom.OUTSIDE
The property is approached from the road along its own driveway to a large parking area to the front of the house. A central archway from the courtyard leads to the main gardens which are situated mostly to the west of the property with large areas of lawns, interspersed with a variety of mature planting, trees and natural spring fed ponds. A terrace provides a sheltered seating and dining area whilst retaining the open outlook stretching right down the valley. Below the gallery is a large store room. There are also two further stone barns used for storage/workshops. To the side of the house is a very productive vegetable garden facing south, fully enclosed by stone walls, together with a greenhouse and two sheds. Beyond is a further area of lawn and an orchard which hosts a variety of fruit trees.SERVICES
Mains electricity, private water and drainage. Broadband available. Oil fired central heating in the main house. Gas central heating in the cottages.VIEWING
Strictly by appointment with the agents please. Stags Dulverton Office 01398 323174 or email@example.com.DIRECTIONS
From the M5, Junction 27 take the A361 towards Tiverton/Barnstaple. After 6 miles at the roundabout take the 2nd exit and continue on the A361. After approximately 17 miles, take the turning signposted towards North Molton. Go through the village, down the hill and over the hump bridge at the bottom. After 4 miles turn left signposted Simonsbath. After 500 yards turn right down a lane, passing the house at the top and continue on down until you reach Barkham.