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Swimbridge, Barnstaple
Guide price £1,495,000 | 5 bedrooms | 14.6 acres

Property features

• 5 bedroom period farmhouse
• 2 bedroom annexe/holiday cottage
• 5 holiday cottages
• Rural views
• Outdoor swimming pool
• Games room
• Outbuildings with potential (stp)
• In all about 14.6 acres

Situation
Situated off a country lane Lower Hearson Farm is a south facing property in the heart of the North Devon Countryside. Visitors are attracted by the surrounding countryside and good access to the safe, sandy, surfing beaches at Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe. The stunning beauty of Exmoor is about half an hour's drive away.

For day to day amenities, the villages of Swimbridge and Landkey are both about 2 miles. Barnstaple, with the area's main business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues, is less than 5 miles away. At Barnstaple there is easy access to the North Devon Link Road which in turn leads to J27 of the M5 and Tiverton Parkway station where there are fast trains to London Paddington.

Introduction
Lower Hearson Farm is a handsome five-bedroom period farmhouse with adjoining two-bedroom annexe set in 14.6 acres of land, including pasture and woodland, in the heart of the North Devon countryside. There are five attractive holiday cottages which bring in a useful income and there are outbuildings with potential for further development. Being sold for the first time in nearly 15 years this is an excellent opportunity for a new owner to take over an existing business.

The Farmhouse
Believed to date back to the 1600s this substantial and attractive farmhouse is not Listed. With the benefit of an adjoining 2-bedroom annexe this offers opportunities to re-configure the layout to suit.

Please see the floor plan for more detail but in brief the accommodation comprises:
Fitted kitchen with tiled floor, large fireplace incorporating the original bread oven and oil fired Rayburn and the rear stairs to the first floor. Door into the good-sized utility room with further door to the dining room with slate floor. The sitting room and living room also have slate floors, exposed beams and wood burning stoves. To the rear is a further reception room with potential for a variety of uses. A second set of stairs leads to the first floor where there are five double bedrooms (one en-suite) and a shower room. There is potential to create an en-suite bathroom to bedroom 1.

The Annexe
Adjoining the farmhouse this 2-bedroom annexe is currently used for holiday letting but offers a new owner potential for multi-generational living or to re-incorporate it back into the farmhouse.

The Holiday Cottages
Stone barns were converted into five holiday cottages ranging in size from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms. The welcoming accommodation differs in style and where possible period features including exposed beams have been retained. The cottages have oil-fired central heating.

To the east of the farmhouse and annexe are The Roundhouse (sleeps 2), The Threshing Barn (sleeps 4) and The Grain Store (sleeps 4). To the side of the entrance drive are The Linhay (sleeps 5) and The Shippon (sleeps 7).

The Business
On the market for the first time in nearly 15 years this established self-catering business attracts families and couples looking to explore the North Devon countryside, it's lovely beaches and range of tourist attractions. The business is promoted via www.hearsoncottagesdevon.co.uk and a variety of other websites. Accounts can be made available to interested parties following a viewing.

Guest Facilities
In the grounds is a heated, covered open air swimming pool (approx. 38' x 16') and a games room with pool table, small snooker table, table tennis table and table top football. In the gardens are children's play areas with play equipment and there's plenty of space for family games such as football and cricket and of course BBQs.

Outbuildings
To the south of The Shippon holiday cottage is an old stone barn and in front of the farmhouse is an attractive single storey stone building. Both offer potential for conversion to alternative uses subject to obtaining the relevant consents. There is a useful greenhouse in the vegetable garden.

The Land
The farmhouse has its own private garden to the rear. The holiday cottages either have their own garden space or outdoor seating areas. Within the grounds is a vegetable garden and the south facing land slopes down to a stream (with ford) and then opens up into fields and woodland. In all the property amounts to approximately 14.6 acres.

Fixtures and Fittings
Only those mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale. All others are excluded but may be available by separate negotiation. However, the majority of furniture, contents, fixtures, fittings and equipment in the letting cottages will be included.

Outgoings
The farmhouse is in Council Tax Band F. The holiday cottages (including The Annexe) have a Rateable Value of £11,250.

Local Authority
North Devon Council www.northdevon.gov.uk

Services
Oil fired heating to farmhouse. Oil fired central heating to cottages. Private drainage. Private borehole water supply. Mains electricity.

Viewing
Strictly by appointment through Stags Holiday Complexes department on 01392 680058.

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

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