A country retreat nestled in a sheltered valley adjoining open moorland. Thatched Grade II Listed, granite house with 5 bedrooms, 2 stone cottages (one with protected tenant); extensive range of traditional barns with potential (STP). Lake, wetland and conservation areas, orchid meadow, pasture, woodland, waterfall and stream. Available as a whole or in 4 lots.
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Higher Hurston Farm forms part of the hamlet of Hurston, which occupies a sheltered valley at the end of a no-through road, about 2 miles south of the village of Chagford. Nestling within the rugged beauty of Dartmoor National Park, Higher Hurston includes a beautiful run of meadows with woodland and conservation areas and a mountain stream running off the moor itself and feeding the picturesque lake. Higher Hurstons land comprises a number of enclosed pasture fields running up to open
moorland on the western side, with a beautifully restored moorland wall, giving one the opportunity to ride or walk out direct from the property.
Nearby Chagford is an ancient Moorland Stannary town which offers a wide range of day-to-day shops, eating houses, a primary school, a Montessori pre-school, parish church, doctor and dentist surgeries, small library, pubs and hotel. There are excellent sports facilities including tennis, football pitch, cricket pitch with pavilion, bowling green, children's playpark and a seasonal open air swimming pool.
Dartmoor National Park offers over 365 square miles of beautiful, unspoilt moorland countryside in which to enjoy a wide range of outdoor pursuits including walking, horse riding, trekking, cycling and course fishing for salmon and trout on the glorious rivers, North Teign, South Teign, Upper Teign and River Dart.
The cathedral and university city of Exeter lies about 25 miles to the East and can be accessed via the A30 at Whiddon Down or the B3212 Moretonhampstead to Exeter road. Exeter offers a full range of recreational, social and shopping facilities, Including private schools, mainline railway station and international airport. A private school bus runs from Whiddon Down to Exeter every week day.Introduction:
Higher Hurston Farm comprises a medieval Grade II Listed stone longhouse, two cottages one with a protected tenant, a courtyard of traditional barns with potential for alternative uses (STP) and approximately 131 acres of pasture land, with some woodland and conservation areas, as well as a lake and stream. The property is enhanced and maintained under a Stewardship Agreement.
Higher Hurston was originally built from income derived from the mining industry, and there are many historical stories Associated with the property, including some from passing sea men using the nearby Mariners Way which links the North and South Devon coasts, and others involving visiting royalty.
Available as a whole or in up to 4 lots, the farm would suit those looking for a small country estate with letting income and potential for further development.Lot 1: Higher Hurston Farmhouse, Lake, Pasture and Woodland. In all 33.74 Acres
Higher Hurston Farmhouse is a wonderful example of a traditional Dartmoor longhouse, constructed in granite under a thatched roof with three chimney stacks.
The main house occupies a south-facing position with courtyard garden to the front and substantial enclosed lawned area to the rear. The house retains immense charm and character, including period features such as original fireplaces, Sweet Chestnut and Oak timber flooring, exposed beams, a dovecote and leaded light windows.
With modern improvements, including a fabulous kitchen with Aga, and oil fired central heating, the house now forms a very comfortable family home, whose spaciousness and layout is shown in the floor plan but briefly comprises: Covered Porch opening into cross passage Hall with doors off to Sitting Room with large granite stone fireplace with wood burner, parquet flooring and exposed beams, and Dining Room with granite fireplace with bread oven and wood burner. Steps lead up to Kitchen/Breakfast Room with oil-fired Aga set into former granite fireplace, complete range of hand built oak and pine kitchen
units with central island unit and French doors on the garden. Utility Room with Belfast sink and space for washing machine and tumble dryer. Granite steps lead to outside. Door to Shower/Wet Room with tiled floor and housing boiler. Separate W.C.
Granite stairs rise to the first floor, where there is a master bedroom with dual aspect, linen cupboard and door to rear garden, four further south-facing bedrooms and a family bathroom.Outside
To the front of the farmhouse is an enclosed walled garden, with cobbled seating area, sheltered by the surrounding granite walling and flower beds. Vegetable garden with adjoining wood shed. To the rear of the house is a walled garden.The Farm Buildings
Workshop/Barn (12.85m x 9.28m) Timber barn with corrugated roof and elevations.
Stable Barn (18.42m x 5.60m) Timber frame with corrugated roof and elevations with 5 stables.
Open fronted Machinery StoreThe Land
The land included in Lot 1 extends in all to about 33.74 Acres and includes an ancient stone track which leads to the north, towards the open moor, passing the stocked trout lake. The lake is served by a stream that runs off the moor via a small waterfall, through some attractive woodland.
The pasture land offers good grazing, while the woodland and wetland areas provide conservation appeal, with wild orchids and rare butterflies often to be seen in the Spring and Summer.Lot 2: Ash House Cottage, Barn Cottage, Courtyard Of Traditional Barns & 4.39 Acres
Ash House Cottage is a lovely, architecturally designed barn conversion with a large open-plan Living Room with feature granite fireplace with inset wood burner. To the rear is a modern Kitchen/Breakfast Room with good range of wall and base units, fitted electric oven, hob and extractor and backdoor. Door off to downstairs. Shower/W.C.
Feature wooden stairs lead to Three Double Bedrooms and a Family Bathroom. Outside is the original Ash House, rare in its rectangular shape.
Barn Cottage is attached to Ash House Cottage and is a granite and slate house, with Kitchen, large Sitting/Dining Room and downstairs W.C on the ground floor, and Two Double Bedrooms and a Family Bathroom on the first floor. Outside Barn Cottage is a small store. Barn Cottage is occupied by a protected tenant. Further details are available from the agent.
to the rear of the cottages is an old roundhouse with original beams, which houses the boilers for both dwellings but which could offer potential to expand, subject to the necessary consents.
A courtyard of lofted barns offer potential for conversion to alternative uses, subject to planning. The barns contain a number of original features including shippon divisions, feed mangers and root house. Above the southern tranche of the courtyard is a studio (75 x 12), fully lined with boarded floor and storage areas, accessed by exterior granite steps to the eastern end.
To the front of the cottages are two paddocks and an area of mature woodland, running down to a stream.Lot 3: Farm Buildings and 65.69 Acres of Land
Situated to the west of the main farmstead, Lot 3 offers an excellent combination of useful farm buildings suitable for agricultural or equestrian uses and a productive block of farmland with a beautifully restored boundary stone wall running alongside the moorland.
The land is predominantly level and gently sloping pastureland with traditional hedge boundaries.Farm Buildings
Livestock Barn (18.15m x 11.84m) Steel frame with part timber elevations and clad roof
Open-fronted Straw Barn (18.50m x 5.90m) Steel frame with part corrugated elevations and corrugated roof.Lot 4: Pasture Land of 35.54 Acres
A productive and attractive run of pasture land with separate access providing useful additional grazing and mowing.General Remarks Services
Lot 1: Mains electricity. Private water reserved from a spring rising from Lot 3. If sold in lots, Lot 1 will be given a right to install a new septic tank in the field of Lot 2.
Lot 2: Mains electricity. Private drainage. Private water supplied by Lot 1. A new water meter will be fitted, and water charged for at SWW rates.
Lot 3: Free water from the supply of Lot 1.
Lot 4: Private water available from Lower Hurston land.Tenure
Freehold with vacant possession with the exception of Barn Cottage (Lot 2), which has a protected tenant.Rights of Way
The Two Moors Way, The Mariners Way and a bridleway cross the farm.Local Authority
Dartmoor National Park Authority - Tel: 01626 832092 / www.dartmoor-npa.gov.ukBasic Payment Scheme
Entitlements will be made available. The current years payment is reserved from the sale and the purchasers will take over the cross compliance responsibilities on the land.Schemes
The Farm is entered into an Entry Level and Higher Level Stewardship Agreement which ends on 31/01/17. As part of the purchase of the farm the purchaser(s) will undertake to take on this agreement.Moorland Grazing Rights
There are moorland grazing rights on Chagford Common and The Forest of Dartmoor for a total of 49 cattle and 210 sheep. If the farm is sold in lots these will be split accordingly.Specific Rights, Fencing Convenants, Rights of Way
Lots 2 & 3 will be granted rights of access over Lot 1.Sporting Rights
The sporting rights insofar as they are owned are included with the freehold.Fixtures and Fittings
All fixtures and fittings, unless specifically referred to within these particulars, are expressly excluded from the sale of the freehold.Wayleaves, Rights of Way etc
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of any wayleave agreements in respect of any electricity or telephone poles, wires, stays, cables etc., or water or drainage pipes etc., either passing upon, over or under it. The property is also sold subject to and with the benefit of any public or private rights of way or bridleways etc.Plans and Boundary Fences
A plan, which is not to scale and is not to be relied upon, is attached to these particulars. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to its accuracy.Warning
Farms can be dangerous places. Please take care when viewing the property, particularly in the vicinity of the farm buildings.Viewing
Strictly by appointment with Stags Farm Agency on 01392 680059.Directions
From the M5 at Exeter take the A30 for approximately 14 miles. At Whiddon Down exit left sign posted A382 Moretonhampstead and Whiddon Down. In Whiddon Down village follow the signs towards Chagford, turning left onto the A382 and entering Dartmoor National Park. After 3 miles turn right to Chagford on B3206 turning right in the square opposite the Ring of Bells pub. Continue following signs to Fernworthy Reservoir and then at Tunnaford Cross continue straight on sign posted Postbridge, then turn right signposted Corndon and Hurston. After a quarter of a mile turn left at Corndon Cross signposted Hurston and follow the road for about a mile, keeping left at the entrance to Higher Hurston Farm.