Farringdon is a picturesque hamlet in East Devon, 6 miles east of the vibrant city of Exeter. The history of the village is
believed to date back to Neolithic times; flint tools found suggest Farringdon may well have been occupied during the Palaeolithic period, (Old Stone Age) as far back as 250,000 years ago. Many settlements in Farringdon can be dated back to the 12/13th century, such as Denbow and Crealy. Rosemond House is believed to be on the site of a former Priory. Just one mile away is an excellent farm shop including fish and butchery departments as well as a cafe. The M5 motorway is only 4 miles away. The East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is just to the east where Woodbury Common is found, providing excellent facilities for walking, riding and cycling. The Exe Estuary is 5 miles away and the coastal towns of Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth are also within easy reach.HISTORY
Farringdon Court is a Grade II Listed conversion of a group of mid-19th century "model farm" buildings that replaced much earlier farm buildings. They formed part of the Home Farm of the Farringdon House Estate. In the early 20th century the building housed the prize-winning Friesian herd of the then owner of the estate, with the main part of number 4 along with numbers 1, 2 and 3 being the cattle house, and the current kitchen area being the dairy. Some of the original winding mechanisms for the dairy equipment are still preserved in the property as a feature. The barns were converted towards the end of the 1990s into 8 exclusive homes. No. 4 was converted by the developer as his own private house where he lived for a number of years before selling it privately, which explains the substantial size of this barn and the extensive private grounds.DESCRIPTION
No.4 Farringdon Court is an intriguing Grade II Listed barn conversion of over 3,600sq ft, attached, as part of the original farm buildings, to two neighbouring barns. The developer created a 'show home' of style and innovative design incorporating a few of the Victorian features of the dairy farm including preserving the wall tiles, cheese press wheels, along with the exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings and revealed beams. The unique layout of accommodation offers wonderful entertaining areas, galleried seating area, 4 bedrooms, kitchen, utility and garden room. The barn is set in half an acre with stunning landscaped gardens, 2 single garages and ample parking.THE BARN
On entering the property, the inner hall has reclaimed Northumberland slate flooring and a wall of glass bricks with a door opening to the kitchen. The Nolte kitchen has an array of fitted base and wall units, central island, Northumberland slate worktops and fitted appliances including an electric hob, double oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher and is finished with impressive reclaimed Italian slate flooring. The kitchen also includes the original dairy wheels in the ceiling. Off the kitchen is a utility with base and wall units, sink, space for appliances, door to boiler cupboard and door to inner courtyard. The unique and
spacious entertaining area has a large feature window with garden views, a striking wall of Victorian tiles, vaulted double height ceiling and a feature fireplace with an inset wood burner. On the back of this central sitting room are two further reception areas used for dining and a lounge area. Stairs, of maple and glass, lead to a wonderful galleried area providing further entertaining space which has been used as a library or recreation room. To the right of the inner hall are a cloakroom and a charming garden room, dual aspect with garden and inner courtyard views, large display windows, exposed brick
walls and revealed ceiling beams. A 2nd set of stairs leads up to the first floor.
The master bedroom suite is accessed from the galleried area providing a unique layout with an internal window looking out over the main reception and through an arched window to the garden. This vaulted room has six velux windows, stairs leading to a mezzanine dressing room with fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom with a bath, corner shower, wc and dual basins.
Bedroom 2 has views over the inner courtyard, vaulted ceiling, built-in wardrobes and revealed beams. Bedroom 3 has a dual aspect with a mezzanine storage area, built-in wardrobes and revealed beams. Bedroom 4 is a single room with a garden aspect, built-in cupboards and additional internal access to the master suite. The family bathroom provides a bath with
shower over, wc and basin.THE GROUNDS
The gardens incorporate a striking east facing garden, designed by landscape architects. This enclosed area is beautifully set out in a minimalist style with a contemporary pond, patio area and a wisteria covered pergola. Steps lead up to a central strip of lawn with stone rill troughs and stone mill, framed with box hedges, roses and lavender. Beside the formal lawns is a vegetable plot with Gabriel Ash greenhouse. The orchard has an array of fruit trees, silver birch and meandering paths. Overall 0.5 of an acre.
Steps lead from the garden to a parking area providing ample parking and a double garage.SERVICES
Mains water, mains electricity and private drainage. Oil-fired central heating.DIRECTIONS
From Exeter and the M5 motorway head east on the A3052 towards Sidmouth. Continue on this road for 2 miles into Farringdon, turning left signposted Village Centre. After 1 mile the entrance to Farringdon Court is on the left, follow the drive to No. 4 which is the first on the left.