A most attractive house and income lifestyle property. Situated, as it is, in some of the most appealing South Hams countryside, the property offers a superb opportunity to enjoy a country life, with your own space to enjoy.
The current owners have significantly improved the property since 2013, including conversion of the large barn into three holiday cottages, installation of biomass boiler system for the whole site, a 30kw solar array and building a large state of the art indoor swimming pool. This, together with outbuildings, a menage and extensive land and grounds including gardens, orchard and pasture paddocks, offers a wealth of opportunity for expansion for both lifestyle and holiday business income.SITUATION
The property lies in a highly convenient but tucked away location, just one mile from Broadhempston. The village provides a recently built village hall, community shop with Post Office, primary school, two public houses and playing fields. Surrounding, the popular towns of Totnes, Newton Abbot and Ashburton, all lie within six miles. Totnes is a historic medieval market town at the head of the River Dart. It offers day-to-day amenities and has a reputation for music, art, theatre and natural health. Both Totnes and Newton Abbot have rail stations. The A38 Expressway is a convenient 3½ miles, linking to the M5 at Exeter.THE FARMHOUSE
The farmhouse is a grade 2 listed detached period house thought to date from c.18th century with later additions. The house offers fine period features with well proportioned rooms and high ceilings. The accommodation, in brief, comprises central hall with staircase, cloakroom with WC. The drawing room is off the hall with double doors connecting to the dining room, both with excellent garden and country views. The open plan kitchen/breakfast room incorporates a large living room area with fireplace. Beyond this is the large utility and boot room. A cellar is accessed from the hall and provides a sizeable space and useful storage.
On the first floor are five bedrooms, the master having dressing room and en-suite shower room, while the remaining four bedrooms are served by two family bathrooms and a secondary back staircase.THE HOLIDAY COTTAGES
The collection of four cottages comprise, three converted by the owner in 2013 and the fourth is attached to the farmhouse and whilst having been used as a holiday let, we understand had residential annex permission in the past. All the cottages are well presented, have character and style and benefit from hot water and heating via the biomass boiler. Planning exists for a fifth cottage within an outbuilding, which offers further potential.
The cottages comprise:
Cottage 1 - Sleeps 2 - 1 Bedroom, 1 bathroom
Cottage 2 - Sleeps 4 - 2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Cottage 3 - Sleeps 6 - 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Cottage 4 - Sleeps 6 - 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Each cottage has been sympathetically furnished and well-equipped and have some outside sitting space.INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
The pool was built at the same time as the cottage conversions and is a very attractive building with timber cladding and decked veranda with hot tub and open views. The pool and tub are heated via the biomass boiler. The pool building has a shower, changing area and WC.THE BUSINESS
Developed by the current owners since the conversion and building work, all four cottages have been let through the year. The owners have used an agent to manage the majority of bookings, with a number of direct bookings to repeat customers and friends. Potential exists to be more active in marketing and social media and generate more direct bookings, if desired, although the current owners have been very happy with the level of bookings and income over the years. Accounts can be made available to bona fide purchasers after an initial viewing.GARDENS, OUTBUILDINGS AND LAND
Gardens surround the house, with formal lawns and terraces providing space for entertaining and relaxing, with open views from the south side. Beyond the garden are further lawns and a productive orchard and menage. To the rear of the house is a small walled garden with lawns and greenhouse. A yard separates the house from three of the cottages, with Cottage 1 attached to the side of the house. The cottages each have outdoor sitting areas backing onto the yard.
A stone barn adjacent neatly conceals the biomass boiler and woodchip storage system. Beyond this a further single-story barn providing workshop, storage and bike store, but has planning for conversion to another holiday let, if required. Beyond this is the swimming pool building, car park and further outdoor hard standing and storage.
The remainder of the land, approximately 11.76 acres, lies across a byway to the north. The land is laid to permanent pasture and is formed from four fields which are gently sloping. The 30kw solar photovoltaic array is located in the first field. The land provides ample opportunity for equestrian or livestock use/rearing, and represents the ideal smallholding opportunity.THE BIOMASS BOILER AND SOLAR
A biomass boiler was commissioned in 2014, which serves the heating, hot water, pool and hot tub, for the whole site and generates a useful income stream from RHI payments, which are index-linked and will continue until 2034. Another money saving investment is the 30kw solar photovoltaic array with FIT payments generated for the same period. These installations provide a useful income, but also cost savings on utilities.SERVICES
Mains electric with 3-phase connected, mains water is connected and used for the house and cottages with an existing borehole supplying the land, pool and garden. Private drainage.OUTGOINGS
The Farmhouse - Council Tax Band G
Business Rateable Value - £12,000
EPC exempt as Grade II listedFIXTURES 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 lettings cottages will be included.RIGHTS OF WAY
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of any public or private rights of way or bridleways, in particular, a public byway dissects the main land block from the house, cottages and orchard.DIRECTIONS
From southbound A38, turn left at Alston Cross, signposted Woodland/Denbury. Follow the road for approximately 3 miles, passing the Rising Sun public house, to the crossroads called Bramble Oak Cross and turn right. At the next crossroads, Knowle Cross, go straight over. Proceed for 0.2 miles and the property is on the right. Turn right down the gravel lane at the "Parking" sign to find the car park entrance after 50 metres.VIEWINGS
Strictly by appointment through Stags Holiday Complex Department on 01392 680058.DISCLAIMER
These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.