Set in the favoured Taw Valley, Ford Farm represents a great opportunity to create a fantastic small holding, capable of generating an income through rental units and enjoying a mixture of farmland and woodland bordering the River Taw. The land would be suitable for a number of agricultural or horticultural opportunities, certainly with a commercial aspect (subject to planning) given its location close to the A377.
The former farmstead is a group of farm buildings surrounding a central courtyard. The buildings comprise a former cow shed, which has been converted to a two-bedroom cottage, a former threshing barn with planning consent to convert to a four-bedroom detached home, and a former stable building with planning to convert to a one-bedroom barn; all with full residential use. The farm buildings are located on the top of the eastern side of a shallow valley of the River Taw, with much of the land and woodland running down the hill to the base of the valley.
Additionally, the property has a large open fronted outbuilding housing a former cattle shed with stone troughs, and two stables. There is a separate farm office housing the UV filtration system for the water supply, and on the end of the building is a large open fronted tractor shed. It should be noted that this pole barn will need to be dismantled before occupation of Barns One and Two as a condition of the planning permission.
Is a former cow shed which was converted some twenty years ago and now provides a comfortable two-bedroom semi-detached house with a large kitchen/dining room and a cosy living room with views over the courtyard, and also to Haywood Woods. The house would benefit from some improvements however would provide a perfect base while the four-bedroom barn is converted or the potential for rental income of around £600 a month.
The accommodation, with approximate measurements comprises:
Part glazed wooden door into
ENTRANCE LOBBY 6'9 x 6' (2.06m x 1.83m) with door to
INNER HALL with storage cupboard and radiator.
KITCHEN 17'9 x 11'8 (5.41m x 3.56m) range of Oak fronted units providing ample cupboard and drawer space, matching fitted wall cabinets, beech block effect working surfaces, inset stainless steel sink, tiled splash back and radiator.
LIVING ROOM 17'4 x 13' (5.28m x 3.96m) A light dual aspect room with wood laminate flooring, exposed ceiling beams and radiator.
Semi-galleried landing with airing cupboard
BEDROOM ONE 17'3 x 10'1 (5.26m x 3.07m) A light and spacious dual aspect room with splendid views, pedestal wash basin and radiator.
BEDROOM TWO 11'6 x 9' (3.51m x 2.74m) Front aspect and radiator.
BATHROOM 10'11 x 5'10 (3.33m x 1.78m) (max) corner bath with shower over, wash basin, low level WC.
Barn One is a spacious one-bedroom barn, formerly a stable and thought to date from the mid-late 19th century. The building is constructed of bob on a local stone rubble front to the front elevation, while the remainder of the building is of local stone. There is a large loft, with a hay loft loading hatch, as well as two rooms on the ground floor, providing a stable and a separate tack room. The stable floor has a stone cobbled floor still evident in parts.
The building has full planning permission for a one-bedroom barn conversion, comprising a welcoming living room on the ground floor, steps leading down to a bedroom with en-suite shower room, and steps leading up to a well-proportioned kitchen/dining room.
Barn Two is a substantial detached barn believed to date from the end of the 17th century, built of cob on a low stone rubble footing and with a corrugated cement roof which would have once been thatch. It is a traditional threshing barn with doors at the front and rear elevations, and the threshing floor made of sturdy wooden floorboards. There is evidence of ventilation and draught control, from the manual threshing of wheat, to blow away the chaff during the hand flailing process.
The building has full planning permission to be converted into a four bedroom, two-bathroom family home, with a balcony to take full advantage of the superb views of Haywood Forest on the other side of the valley.
The Land extends to about 18 acres, being a mixture of productive pasture, arable, and broadleaf woodland. The woodland was planted under a grant in 2000, which has now come to an end, but offers an established and mature amenity woodland with wide tracks, and a large clearing. Given the various habitats the area is a haven for wildlife, including otters, deer, badgers, king fishers and herons, there is also evidence of Barn Owls nesting at the property.
The property is situated on the edge of Eggesford Forest, and close to the Fox and Hounds Country Hotel, and Eggesford Garden Centre. Eggesford train station is just down the road providing rail access to Barnstaple, and Exeter.
The nearest town is Chulmleigh, which has a range of traditional shops including, butcher, baker, hardware store and public houses. There is a health centre, short 18-hole golf course, sports hall and both primary and secondary schooling. The historic towns of Barnstaple, Crediton and South Molton offer further amenities whilst the cathedral city of Exeter offers a wider range of shopping, recreational and educational opportunities.
From our High Street offices take the A377 towards Barnstaple passing through Copplestone, Morchard Road and Lapford and onto Eggesford. Approximately 200 yards past the Fox and Hounds look out for the entrance to Ford Farm, and proceed down the track, keeping left.
SERVICES: Private Water and Drainage. Mains Electricity. Riverview Cottage has LPG Heating.
ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE: F/25 (Riverview Cottage)
COUNCIL TAX: Band A (Riverview Cottage). The council tax banding is subject to change.
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Mid Devon District Council
PLANNING CONSENT: The barns were given full planning consent by Mid Devon District Council on 31st March 2017 under planning reference number 17/00035/FULL.
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