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Accommodation Summary

Drawing room
Kitchen/breakfast room - planning permission for utility room
Dining room
Study
Playroom
Principal bedroom/bathroom suite
Four further bedrooms and shower room
Extensive range of traditional barns and outbuildings around a courtyard
New double stables, tack room and yard
Modern farm building
Landscaped gardens & grounds with lake and pond, including the Troney River
Mature orchards and pastureland
Approx 38 acres

Directions

We do not advise using SatNav to locate the property.
From Exeter and the M5 motorway follow the A30 towards Okehampton. After about 10 miles turn left signed to Cheriton Bishop. In the village about 100 yards beyond the Old Thatch Inn, turn right signposted to Yeoford. Continue along this road. Pass the first cross roads and at the second cross roads (Threegates) turn left. Follow this road for about 2 miles until you get to a ford. Over the ford, turn immediately right up the hill and at the next T-junction take a right. After about 100 yards there is an oak tree on a triangle of grass. Turn left signed to Great Heale, continue down this lane and the driveway to the property is located at the bottom on the right hand side. Continue up the driveway and bear left to the house.

Situation

Great Heale is situated in the heart of the beautiful, unspoilt, rolling countryside of mid Devon, overlooking the Troney Valley, to the south west of Crediton. The nearest village is Yeoford, about 2 miles away, which has a pub, church and primary school. A few miles to the south is Dartmoor National Park, renowned for its spectacular scenery and providing many opportunities for walking, riding and fishing. Crediton provides a full selection of local amenities including shops and secondary education. In Okehampton to the west, there is a Waitrose store. In Exeter there are a good selection of private schools.

In Yeoford there is a railway station with trains to Exeter, from where there are mainline connections to London. There is quick access to the south on to the A30 dual carriageway, leading west to Cornwall and east to Exeter, where there is access on to the M5 motorway and Exeter airport. The well reputed Duck Public House is situated in the village and there is easy road access to the market towns of Crediton and Okehampton with their wider range of shopping and schooling amenities.

Description

A beautiful detached Devon farmhouse approached by a private gated driveway and set in the most idyllic location with landscaped gardens and high quality pastureland. Great Heale offers immense character and charm with notable period features including exposed beams and timbers, timber mullioned lead light windows, elm boarded floors and wonderful open fireplaces.

The accommodation has been renovated, restored, recently re-decorated and enhanced by the current owners and features spacious reception rooms, including a drawing room, dining room, playroom, study, modern fitted kitchen, breakfast room and planning permission for a utility room.

The first floor has five lovely sized bedrooms, including a large principal bedroom with en suite. The grounds feature an extensive range of traditional barns and outbuildings including a new stable block and a fantastic barn converted into a wonderful entertaining space with log burner, bar and seating area. There are approximately 38 acres of largely southerly pastureland along with landscaped gardens and grounds with lake, pond and including the River Troney. A wonderful setting for hunting, shooting and fishing.

The listing document states “Great Heale is a fine example of an early 17th century house of rich yeoman or lesser gentry status. For Devon it is unusual, being a single period house although the medieval layout may suggest an early 17th century rebuild of an earlier house”. For 200 years the farm was let by the Sillifant family, who owned the Combe Estate, to the Stoneman family. In 1919 much of the estate was sold and the Stonemans bought Great Heale and owned it up until 1987. The farm has been meticulously and lovingly restored since then with great care taken to retain the period character, charm and many notable features. The current owners have continue that restoration, renovation and improvement programme since they bought the property in 1999.

ENTRANCE HALL Quarry tiled floor, exposed ceiling joists and timbers, antique oak doors and staircase.

DRAWING ROOM19'8" x 17'5" (6m x 5.3m). A beautiful room with southerly views across the farm and surrounding countryside and many original period features including inglenook fireplace with log burner and wooden beam with name carved dating back to the 18th century, oak floor, ornate antique carved panelling (dated to 1610 by English Heritage) and with fitted bench below, built-in cupboard, timber mullioned windows with shutters and built-in window seats, exposed carved beams and ceiling joists, fitted Bang & Olufsen TV behind ornate carved shutters, door to:

DINING ROOM17'2" x 17' (5.23m x 5.18m). Another room of great character with southerly views across the valley, granite flagged floor, stone fireplace with log burner and beam over, timber mullioned window with built-in window seat, exposed beams and ceiling joists. From the drawing room, a door leads to the staircase lobby with staircase rising and doors to:

CLOAKROOM Comprising wash hand basin, WC and heated towel rail. Boarded floor.

BREAKFAST ROOM16'6" x 13'6" (5.03m x 4.11m). Slate flagged floor, oak cupboards and dresser with granite work tops, French doors to York flagstone terrace and gardens, gas fired Aga, fitted Bang & Olufsen TV and underfloor heating. Doorway to:

KITCHEN34' x 9'8" (10.36m x 2.95m). Slate flagged floor, extensive range of oak cupboards with granite work surfaces, double butler’s sink and drainer, Lacanche oven with five ring gas hob, electric oven, Miele microwave/convection oven, 2 Miele dishwashers, dryer and washing machine, fridges and freezers including wine coolers, downlighting, part glazed panelled roof with electric blinds, underfloor heating, fitted Bank & Olufsen TV, stable type door to terrace and gardens and further back door to yard. From the entrance hall a door leads to:

PLAYROOM17'1" x 9'11" (5.2m x 3.02m). Quarry tiled floor, fitted shelving, timber mullioned window with shutters, exposed ceiling joists, door to:

STUDY14'6" x 12'8" (4.42m x 3.86m). Beautiful southerly views across the valley, timber mullioned windows, fitted bookshelves, exposed beam. From the inner staircase lobby off the drawing room and kitchen the rear newel elm staircase rises:

LANDING Exposed timbers, built-in airing cupboard with ornate carved panelled doors, timber mullioned windows (one with shutters), box store above staircase, doors to:

MASTER BEDROOM17'8" x 17'7" (5.38m x 5.36m). A beautiful room with high ceiling and southerly views across the valley, fireplace incorporating woodburner with beam above, timber mullioned windows, exposed roof timbers, two built-in oak wardrobe cupboards.

BATHROOM Limestone tiled floor with underfloor heating, freestanding bath beside the window with stunning views over the gardens, lake and valley and beyond to Dartmoor. Large shower cubicle, twin circular stone wash basins with cupboard below and WC. Heated towel rails.

DRESSING ROOM/BEDROOM TWO12' x 7' (3.66m x 2.13m). Built-in hanging cupboards and further shelved cupboard, timber mullioned window, door to landing, access to insulated and boarded loft. From the rear landing steps lead down to an inner landing area with door to:

BEDROOM THREE15'10" x 8'10" (4.83m x 2.7m). Exposed timbers, timber mullioned window. From the inner landing an oak staircase rises to:

BEDROOM FOUR18'5" x 17'5" (5.61m x 5.3m). Exposed rafters and roof timbers, built-in hanging cupboard with ornate carved panel door, timber mullioned windows. From the entrance hall, the main staircase rises to:

MAIN LANDING Elm boarded floor, timber mullioned window, doors to:

SHOWER ROOM Shower cubicle, wash basin and WC. Heated towel rail.

BEDROOM FIVE14'4" x 14'3" (4.37m x 4.34m). Former cider house with timber mullioned window overlooking the farm and valley, exposed roof timbers.

THE GARDENS From the land the long tarmac entrance drive leads over a stone bridge across the river and up through the pastureland/parkland and around, via a cattle grid between stone pillars, with electric security gates and side pedestrian gate to extensive parking and turning areas, from where high double oak gates open to the outbuildings courtyard. A gate and stone steps, with step lighting, rise through stone retaining walls topped by clipped yew hedges to cobbled terrace areas and the entrance porch. The house is surrounded by landscaped lawned gardens fringed by plant and shrub borders and including ornamental trees and a summerhouse. From the gardens there are stunning views across the surrounding countryside and to Dartmoor. Doors from the kitchen and breakfast room open to broad flagstone terrace areas leading around to a detached garden room/conservatory and there is lighting around the gardens.
To the north of the house a fence separates the gardens from a grassed bank area with further ornamental trees.
To the south of the house and barns, are further extensive landscaped mown areas interspersed with ornamental trees. Adjoining the wall of the courtyard is a filtered ornamental Koi pond with fountain and below the house, within this area, are a lake and pond, both fringed by water loving plants and stocked with specimen carp and tench. Again, from these areas, there is a beautiful outlook across the unspoilt, partly wooded valley. The whole garden and grounds area is entirely surround by dog and vermin proof fencing.

OUTBUILDINGS Planning approved for further extension of the property incorporating enclosed rear yard. Plans available.
Doors from both the courtyard and the kitchen/breakfast room lead to a small enclosed rear yard incorporating boiler house built of timber beneath a tiled floor including the oil fired boiler and hot water tank and pig sties built of stone and timber beneath a tiled floor.
To the west of the house is a delightful range of traditional period barns of cob and mostly rendered, clustered around a part cobbled courtyard and comprising STABLES 10.06m x 6.10m (33’ X 20’) internals, with some of the original fittings and loft above. CIDER BARN, 10.97m x 6.10m (36’ x 20) internally, including the original horse driven apple crusher with loft and cider press above. THRESHING BARN, 12.50m x 5.18m (41’ x 17’ internally. The Roundhouse, being timber frame and corrugated iron clad incorporating a further horse engine. The OPEN FRONTED SHIPPEN, 15.24m x 3.81m (50’ x 12’6”), with fitted mangers, hay racks and loft above.
GARAGE 6.93m x 3.51m (22’9” x 11’6”) With concrete floor, lighting connected and separate WC with wash basin.
From the courtyard and barns, a covered gateway leads through to a gravel and grass yard with converted cart shed, 10.36M X 5.49M (34’ X 18’) which has been renovated to provide an entertaining area/games room with log burner and TV connection.
Situated some distance along a track to the east of the house and buildings is the 6 BAY OPEN FRONTED TIMBER FRAMED COVERED YARD, 27.44m x 8.84m (90’ x 29’) with space board cladding, corrugated roof, concrete yard and electricity and water connected.

LAND The land entirely surrounds the house and buildings and consists mostly of pastureland with essentially southerly aspect divided by traditional Devon banks and hedges and sloping gently down to the River Troney, which forms the south east boundary and also incorporates two large orchards (one behind the barns and outbuildings and one beside the drive). The orchard field to the west of the property has recently constructed DOUBLE STABLES with tack room and yard. There is water connected to new modern troughs around the farm.

AGENTS NOTE The vendor advises that the property has the benefit of two sets of solar panels located on the roof of the cattle shed (away from the main property). The contract is with EDF and the total payment received for the period April 2018–April 2019 is approximately £1,300.
We are also advised that the land is registered under the Single Farm Payment Scheme – further details are available on request.
Mains electricity. Private water and drainage. Oil fired heating.

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