Guide Price £840,000
Sterridge Valley, Berrynarbor, Devon
FANCY THE PEACE AND QUIET OF THE COUNTRYSIDE? A delightful and charming 4 bedroom detached CHARACTERFUL FARMHOUSE together with an additional 1 bedroom HOLIDAY COTTAGE and outbuildings, ideal for a HOME and INCOME, situated in large gardens and grounds of approaching 3/4 ACRE in an
Higher Rows Farm is a delightful, much improved and well-presented detached characterful farmhouse situated in an idyllic rural location in the picturesque and tree-lined Sterridge Valley in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the outskirts of the popular and award winning picture postcard village of Berrynarbor. The property is on the market for the first time in over 30 years having been loved as a home for a growing family over that time. The property sits in its own large beautifully landscaped and well-kept gardens and grounds which amount to just under 3/4 acre and is surrounding by open fields with very few near neighbours. Despite the property's privacy and rural location, it sits just 1/2 a mile from the centre of the village.
As well as the delightful main house, the property also has the benefit of 'Jan's Barn'; a charming and attractive detached stone built building which consists of a 1 bedroom holiday cottage together with a range of very useful outhouses comprising garaging, workshops, stores and garden sheds which could be utilised in a variety of ways or converted to for additional accommodation if required and subject to any necessary consent. Jan's Barn is ideal for those looking for a home with a supplementary income stream and, over the years, has been popular with visitors to the area from around the UK. Indeed when fully run as a holiday cottage, the property built up a considerable following and many repeat customers who contributed to a successful lifestyle holiday business.
Jan's Barn has consent for use for holidays but should not be occupied for more than 28 consecutive days. However, it is considered that the unit could be suitable for ancillary use and has potential for a dependent relative or extended family. Consent may be required if the property were to be utilised in different ways.
The Sterridge Valley is located 2 miles from the coast and offers considerable peace and quiet and delightful rural views. Berrynarbor is an attractive Olde Worlde picture post card village and has won several awards over the years for the "Best Kept Village" and from Britain in Bloom. The amenities include a primary school which continues to receive the 'outstanding' Ofsted rating, 2 public houses serving food, a community post office/general stores and a church. The village also has a thriving community with many social clubs and events taking place throughout the year.
There is a bus service which comes into the village and has links to neighbouring towns and villages including Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. Barnstaple, which is North Devon's main trading centre is approximately 14 miles away and has many of the big name shops, a rail link to Exeter which connects directly with the major stations in London, and also has direct access onto the A361 North Devon Link Road which joins the M5 at junction 27 (Tiverton). Also close by is the Exmoor National Park with its fabulous countryside and dramatic coastal scenery and the superb golden sand beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton are just a short car journey away. As well as the village Primary School, there are larger schools for all ages in nearby Ilfracombe and Barnstaple with private education available at the well-known West Buckland School which has an excellent reputation.
THE MAIN HOUSE
Higher Rows Farm consists of a spacious and characterful cottage packed full of charm. An entrance porch leads through in to the entrance hall which has a wide staircase leading to the first floor. Cottage style 'latch' doors lead off to the lounge and sitting room. The main lounge is a particularly cosy room measuring an impressive 18ft x 14ft and enjoying a pleasant open outlook up the tree-lined Sterridge Valley. There is a feature stone built fireplace with a slate hearth and a heavy wooden mantle over provides a focal point to the room and houses a gas fired 'wood burner' style stove. A beamed ceiling adds to the characterful feel. The lounge leads though to a study/office which again enjoys the rural views. There is a former fireplace recess and a door leading out on the rear courtyard within the garden. There is also a separate cloakroom/wc.
On the opposite side of the entrance hall is a 15ft x 14ft sitting room. An imposing stone built fireplace surrounds a wood burner set on a slate hearth with a heavy wooden mantle over. There is a beamed ceiling and a useful under stairs store cupboard. Doors from the sitting lead on to the kitchen and the conservatory. The conservatory is a splendid room allowing full enjoyment of the garden and surrounds whatever the weather. There are views in all directions over the gardens, neighbouring fields, the Sterridge Valley and countryside. Double doors give access on to a patio within the garden and there is a tiled floor.
At the rear of the house is a 23ft long kitchen which has a range of recently fitted base and wall units and includes a 4 ring gas hob with an oven under and extractor canopy over. There is an integrated fridge and wine rack unit. Within the room is space for a table chairs. Leading from the kitchen is a large utility room which has a further range of fitted base and wall units and plumbing for an automatic washing machine and space for a tumble dryer. There is a beamed ceiling and slate floor and a door out to the garden.
Moving to the first floor, the landing has all of the remaining rooms leading off and a large walk-in airing cupboard/boiler room which houses an insulated hot water tank, the gas fired boiler for the heating and hot water and an array of slatted shelving. There is also a hatch to the loft space. The master bedroom suite comprises a generous sized bedroom which enjoys views along the Sterridge Valley and countryside. There is a dressing room which has extensive built-in mirror fronted wardrobes. A separate en suite shower room provides excellent facilities and includes a walk-in shower cubicle, low level wc and a hand basin with mirror, vanity light and shaver socket over. There are three further bedrooms, 2 doubles and one single, and all three enjoy the outstanding a far reaching rural views. Bedrooms 2 and three have built-in wardrobes. The family bathroom comprises a white suite which includes a bath, low level wc and a hand basin with a mirror, vanity light and shaver socket over. Next to the bathroom is a separate shower room.
The main house benefits from gas fired (LP Gas) central heating and uPVC double glazing. In addition, there are Solar Photo Voltaic panels on the roof which supplements the domestic electricity supply and provides a feed in tariff which gives a return in the region of £250 - £300 per annum.
JAN'S BARN (Holiday Cottage)
Jan's Barn is a separate stone built detached building which sits across the driveway. Over the years the property has been successfully run as a holiday letting unit and has turned in an income a number of years ago of around £8,000 per annum. It is considered that circa £10,000 should be achievable in today's market.
The entrance to the accommodation is located on the ground floor at the front of the building and stairs lead from the entrance hall to the first floor. The landing has all rooms leading off and an airing cupboard with an insulated hot water cylinder. The living room comprises an open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area which enjoys the views across the Sterridge Valley. The kitchen has a range of fitted base and wall units, a sink, cooker and fridge. A stone built fireplace provides a focal point to the room.
Across the hallway is a large 15ft double bedroom which has a twin aspect and delightful far reaching views. The shower room comprises a white suite including a walk-in shower cubicle, low level wc and hand basin.
The ground floor of Jan's Barn is made up of a series of very useful garages/workshops and stores. The main workshop area measures a spacious 21ft x 11ft and has double doors to the rear, light and power and an under stairs store cupboard. Adjacent to the workshop is a garage with double doors and a light and at the far end there is an open front car port/store which again has light and power and a tap. Back around at the front of the building there are two useful storage areas (currently used to keep the logs for the wood burner), both with their own lights and at the very front there is a garden store shed with light and power. It is considered that these areas could provide further accommodation if required and subject to any consent.
Jan's Barn has electric heating. The electricity and water supply are derived from the same supply as the main house. There is no gas in this unit.
THE GARDENS AND GROUNDS
A 5 bar gate opens on to a private driveway which leads up to a parking and turning area and the garaging/workshops that form part of Jan's Barn. There is ample parking space for numerous vehicles with Jan's Barn having its own parking area in front of the building.
The front garden sits immediately in front of the main house. A gate opens under an arbour with climbing roses and provides the entrance on to the pathway which meanders up though beautifully maintained and well-stocked colourful 'cottage gardens' with a wide variety of different flowering trees, shrubs, bushes and plants. A stone paved and gravelled walkway sits to the left hand side of the central pathway and wanders between the numerous flowerbeds. An upper level comprises a gravelled sitting area which enjoys views up the Sterridge Valley and across the countryside. There is a lawned section of garden on the right hand side of the pathway which is well screen, private and surrounded by a backdrop of colour.
Immediately in front of the conservatory is a paved patio area which also enjoys the picturesque view. A pathway extends around to the left hand side of the house and leads around to the rear. Colourful roses and a Honeysuckle climb upon the front of the cottage.
In front of Jan's barn are the remaining various stores/shed as mentioned earlier and the parking area ideal for visiting guests. The LP Gas tank is well screened from view.
Immediately adjacent to Jan's Barn is a decked sitting area with an outside light and this area opens on to a large lawn interspersed with flowerbeds, an apple tree and a soft fruit garden which includes raspberries, blackcurrants and rhubarb. The lawn extends out to the right hand side and stretches away from Jan's Barn and the main house. There are two large aluminium framed greenhouses with an adjacent productive vegetable plot behind. The large side lawn forms 'park like' gardens scattered with mature flowering trees, apple trees, shrubs and bushes and at the bottom end is a further attractive and peaceful sitting area.
The gardens sweeps around to the rear of the main house where there is a carefully positioned summer house which takes full advantage of the day's sunlight and the far reaching views up the valley. A paved path leads through the lawned garden, passing further apple, plum and pear trees and a drying area. Directly behind the house is a large and raised stone paved garden which has many well stocked and colourful flowerbeds and a covered sitting area with a light and power points. This space is ideal for al-fresco dining and barbeques. Steps lead down on to a large courtyard which can be accessed from the utility room or the study and has outdoor lighting and a covered bin store. There is also a further very useful outhouse/store which is attached on the side of the main building and has a window to the front, light and power.
In all, the gardens and grounds amount to just short of 3/4 acre.
Entrance Porch 6' x 3'8" (1.83m x 1.12m).
Entrance Hall 4'7" x 3'10" (1.4m x 1.17m).
Lounge 17'8" x 14'1" (5.38m x 4.3m).
Study/Office 14'4" x 8' (4.37m x 2.44m).
Sitting Room 15'1" x 14'1" (4.6m x 4.3m).
uPVC Double Glazed Conservatory 11'4" x 10'7" (3.45m x 3.23m).
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 23'1" x 7'7" (7.04m x 2.31m).
Utility Room 12'5" x 7'2" (3.78m x 2.18m).
Landing 26'5" (8.05m).
Master Bedroom Suite
Bedroom 14'1" x 13'6" (4.3m x 4.11m).
Dressing Room 7'6" x 6'5" (2.29m x 1.96m).
En Suite Shower Room 10' x 7'7" (3.05m x 2.31m).
Bedroom 2 13' x 10'10" (3.96m x 3.3m).
Bedroom 3 15'9" x 9' (4.8m x 2.74m).
Bedroom 4 10' x 6'2" (3.05m x 1.88m).
Family Bathroom 9'8" x 7'10" (2.95m x 2.39m).
Shower Room 4'7" x 3' (1.4m x 0.91m).
Entrance Hall 9'1" x 3' (2.77m x 0.91m).
Living Room/Dining/Kitchen 14'8" x 14'1" (4.47m x 4.3m).
Bedroom 15'3" x 8'3" (4.65m x 2.51m).
Shower Room 6' x 5'10" (1.83m x 1.78m).
Workshop 20'10" x 10'9" (6.35m x 3.28m).
Garage 15'6" x 8' (4.72m x 2.44m).
Car Port/Store 16'4" x 12'3" (4.98m x 3.73m).
Store 1 13'1" x 5'4" (3.99m x 1.63m).
Store 2 12'5" x 8'2" (3.78m x 2.5m).
Shed 12' x 5'10" (3.66m x 1.78m).
Applicants are advised to proceed from our offices in an easterly direction heading out of town on the A399 towards Combe Martin. Continue along this road for approximately 4 miles turning right opposite the Saw Mills Public House sign posted Berrynarbor. Follow this road for half a mile turning first right sign posted Sterridge Valley. Follow the road around to the left and continue on following the road for a further 1 and 1/2 miles, passing the Berrynarbor Park and up through the Sterridge Valley. The driveway to Higher Rows Farm will be found on the right hand side shortly after Pink Heather.
- Fabulous rural location in an area of outstanding natural beauty
- Considerable privacy, peace and quiet yet accessible to the village amenities
- Excellent home and supplementary income opportunity
- 4 bedroom, 3 reception room, 3 bathroom detached farmhouse
- Additional 1 bedroom detached holiday cottage
- Range of useful outbuildings including garaging, workshops and stores
- Large beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds of nearly 3/4 acre
- Delightful far reaching views across the tree-lined Sterridge Valley and countryside
- Short drive from the coast, Exmoor and the golden sand surfing beaches
- Ideal rural escape from busy urban life