West Down, Devon
Perfect for those wanting to escape the rigours of urban living, this delightful 5 bedroom Grade II listed period farmhouse, thought to date from the early 17th century, is a registered small holding sitting in its own large gardens and grounds of approximately 21 acres and enjoying an
Lower Aylescott farmhouse is a handsome period Grade II listed farmhouse, packed full of unique features and having an abundance of character and charm. The house is believed to date from the early 17th Century (circa 1606) and has retained many fantastic architectural features throughout. The property is a registered small holding and has large grounds which include delightful south facing landscaped gardens with terraces and lawns with a large pond, an orchard and outbuildings suitable for small animals, as well as a large 45ft x 19ft general purpose barn/workshop. A tree-lined track leads to a large paddock suitable for horses or livestock and there is a further large field which has recently become a plantation for over 1000 new trees including Oak, Maple and Cherry. Furthermore, an additional 8 acres of mature woodland and copse sits on the opposite side of the lane to the farmhouse and is a real haven for wildlife.
The property is ideal for those looking to escape from busy city living and has particularly versatile accommodation perfect for those working from home, with plenty of space provided for a home office. Equally, the house could be adapted to form an annexe or for dual family occupation. Lower Aylescott is a wonderful opportunity for a purchaser who loves outdoor living. The present owners keep pigs, chickens and ducks with the larger paddock being suitable for horses and livestock. The general purpose barn/workshop could be adapted to form stabling and the former tennis court area provides a hardstanding for a variety of wooden pigsties and coups for the ducks and the chickens. There is also further opportunity for planting vegetables or fruit and sowing a variety of crops.
The house itself has seen great improvements over recent years with the present owners sparing no expense in sympathetically modernising areas of the property yet carefully retaining the full period character and charm. A great example of this is the delightful 1950's American Diner themed kitchen/family room with its Art Deco fitted units blending beautifully with a unique open gallery from the first floor landing above. The wide heavy studded oak front door welcomes guests into a large reception hall which has unmistakable character and gives the immediate feeling of space. The fantastic original beamed ceiling is a delight and the beautifully crafted wooden latch doors open into the various rooms throughout the house. The cosy snug/sitting room has beautiful oak panelling and a similar original beamed ceiling with a stone Minster fireplace providing the focal point to the room. The lounge has an imposing inglenook fireplace with a large wood burner. The superb features continue on the first floor with the 40ft long landing having an original long drop toilet at one end with arguably the best view in the house! At the opposite end is the superb open gallery that overlooks the kitchen. The bedrooms are generously proportioned throughout, the master having an en suite shower room and a dressing room. There is a further particularly characterful room at the rear of the house on the first floor which could suit a variety of purposes including a fifth bedroom but is currently set up as a music room and entertainment area. There is a 14ft high vaulted ceiling with 'A-frame' beams and a stone built fireplace.
Back on the ground floor, at the rear, there are two large multi-purpose rooms which could be used for a variety of pursuits or purposes or could be adapted along with the first floor rooms above to form an annexe or similar (subject to any necessary consent).
The property also benefits from 22 Solar PV Panels on the roof of the Barn. These provide a feed in tariff to the National Grid. There is an Opti Immersion Panel and a Thermo Dynamic Panel which run the hot water along with an electric back. The oil fired boiler runs the central heating which is also supplemented by the back boilers from the wood burning stoves in the lounge and kitchen. There are also a number of new windows and French doors.
Lower Aylescott Farmhouse is situated in an idyllic rural position, about a mile from the popular unspoilt working village of West Down. Whilst tucked away and in a more private position, the property is not isolated and is within easy reach of the village centre and the neighbouring larger towns and villages. West Down in located within the rolling, unspoilt and beautiful countryside of North Devon and is only 4 miles from the coast. The village enjoys the benefits of a locally run community village store, a Primary School which continues to receive the 'Outstanding' rating from Ofsted, a Public House serving food and the pretty 14th century St Calixtus church all combined with a thriving community spirt. West Down is within close proximity to some of the areas stunning golden sand beaches at nearby Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, all popular with visitors from around the UK and the surfing community. The coastline has many peaceful coves, dramatic cliffs, scenic walks and the rugged charm of the Exmoor National Park to explore. Saunton also has two links golf courses (one at Championship standard).
The closest town is Ilfracombe, being just 4 miles away. There are a range of further facilities within the town including its quaint harbour and sea front, some excellent restaurants, including the Michelin starred 'Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room', a theatre, Infant, Primary and Secondary Schools, banks and a Post Office and Tesco, Lidl and Co-Op supermarkets. The village of Braunton is also just four miles away and has similar facilities.
Barnstaple, North Devon's regional centre, is about 9 miles away. There are leisure and shopping amenities, as well as a District Hospital and College. At Barnstaple there is access to the North Devon Link Road which leads on, in about 45 minutes, to junction 27 of the M5 Motorway and where Tiverton Parkway Rail Station offers direct access to London Paddington in just over 2 hours. The nearest airports are at Exeter and Bristol.
The accommodation throughout the house is well-presented. The entrance porch has a flagstone floor and wooden seats to the side. The fabulous 22ft x 17ft reception hall has all of the main rooms leading off and the stairs that rise to the first floor. The impressive 18ft x 16ft lounge with its inglenook fireplace also benefits from French doors that open on to the front terrace and enjoy the far reaching views to the south over the wooden valley. Across the hallway is the snug/sitting room, arguably the most characterful room in the home with its superb oak panelling, Minster fireplace and heavy beamed ceiling. Again, French doors open onto the terrace and south facing rural views. There is useful practical area of the house comprising a utility room, ground floor cloakroom and boiler room with an oil fired boiler. The 21ft x 13ft kitchen/family room with its American Diner theme has plenty of space for a family sized dining table and chairs and the high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams opens to the first floor gallery. A Morso wood burning stove with a back boiler provides heating and hot water and sits in a deep recess. There is a bottled gas fired/electric 'Stoves' cooking range with extractor canopy over and a flagstone floor.
A rear lobby with a flagstone floor and doors to both sides leading out onto the gardens, gives access to the two multi-purpose rooms. The first is a 15ft x 12ft room, formerly the dairy, which is now used as a food preparation area/workroom. The second room is a larger 18ft x 14ft room which has an imposing inglenook fireplace with former bread oven and a large wood burner. There are stripped floorboards and open views up the valley.
Moving to the first floor, the superb long landing gives access to the majority of the remaining rooms. The 16ft x 15ft master bedroom has a cast iron ornamental fireplace feature and enjoys the delightful views across the valley. An archway leads through to the en suite shower room which has a vaulted ceiling feature with exposed beams and includes a large walk-in shower cubicle, hand basin and a low level wc. The en suite leads through to the dressing room which has a range of fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 2 has extensive storage to the length of one wall with some of those cupboards housing the various workings of the heating and hot water system. This room is currently used as a study and has a dressing area leading off. Bedrooms 3 and 4 and double sized characterful rooms with bedroom 3 enjoying rural south facing views and bedroom 4 having an 'A-framed' beamed ceiling. Bedroom 4 has an interconnecting door through to Bedroom 5 which is currently the music/entertaining room. The 14ft high partially vaulted ceiling has exposed beams and there is a stone built fireplace as well as views over the grounds and countryside to the east. The family bathroom comprises a modern white suite with a shower over the bath, a low level wc and a hand basin.
Outside, access to the Farmhouse is achieved via a right of way through the car park belonging to the small neighbouring holiday complex. Double gates then lead into a parking and turning area for several cars. Adjacent to the house is a large stone built sun terrace with an area of lawn in front. There is a water harvester system with pump and outside tap for watering the garden or washing the car together with double power socket. Surrounding the house to the southern and eastern sides area a number of terraced sitting areas which enjoy the delightful and far reaching rural views. The terraces have a colourful backdrop of plants, shrubs and bushes and provide areas ideal for al-fresco dining, barbecues and sun bathing. The terracing opens on to a large lawned garden on the eastern side where this a vegetable plot and greenhouse. Within the garden is an orchard of about 20 fruit trees.
A track leads from the parking area and down on to the main areas of the land and out to the general barn/workshop. The barn measures approximately 45ft x 19ft and is built with concrete block and timber cladding. It has a concrete floor and is currently used predominantly as a store/workshop but could be adapted to form stabling, garaging or other purposes to suit. On the lower (southern) side of the track are further large lawned gardens and a pond as well as the tributary of the River Caen with a Weir. The former tennis court area provides a yard for the pigsties and other wooden outbuildings ideal for small animals etc. There is also a chicken coup and run.
A 5 bar gate opens onto a tree lined track which leads to an 8 acre field providing grazing for horses or livestock and has its own water supply. There is also a separate vehicular access into this paddock from an independent lane. Back nearer to the property, there is a further field which has become the plantation of over 1000 new trees. There is also the additional woodland/copse of approximately 8 acres which sits on the opposite side of the lane.
Lower Aylescott Farmhouse has some truly unique features and offers the owner many different lifestyle options and a delightful rural retreat away from the more urban areas. The property has great versatility and we fully recommend you come and take a look for yourself to appreciate the wonderful period character and charm and the peaceful and picturesque setting and surroundings.
The property benefits from mains electricity and mains water. Mains Water: Lower Aylescott Cottages (neighbour) reimburse the Farmhouse for usage based on a sub meter reading. There is oil, calor gas and septic tank drainage as well as the solar PV panels and Thermo Dynamic Panel as mentioned earlier.
There is a public right of way that crosses the land.
Reception Hall 26'8" x 16'9" (8.13m x 5.1m).
Snug/Sitting Room 16'2" x 13'9" (4.93m x 4.2m).
Lounge 18'6" x 16'2" (5.64m x 4.93m).
Kitchen/Family Room 21'4" x 13' (6.5m x 3.96m).
Utility Room 8'7" x 7'7" (2.62m x 2.31m).
Cloakroom/WC 5'6" x 3'10" (1.68m x 1.17m).
Rear Lobby 12'5" x 5'9" (3.78m x 1.75m).
The Dairy/Workshop 15' x 12' (4.57m x 3.66m).
Reception Room 18'2" x 14'6" (5.54m x 4.42m).
Long Rear Landing 55'3" (16.84m).
Bedroom 1 16'6" x 15' (5.03m x 4.57m).
En Suite Shower Room 10'5" x 9'5" (3.18m x 2.87m).
Dressing Room 10'9" x 6'6" (3.28m x 1.98m).
Bedroom 2 16' x 10' (4.88m x 3.05m).
Dressing Area 6'10" x 3'8" (2.08m x 1.12m).
Bedroom 3 16'4" x 13'2" (4.98m x 4.01m).
Family Bathroom 10'4" x 9'8" (3.15m x 2.95m).
Bedroom 4 15'4" x 11'8" (4.67m x 3.56m).
Music/Entertainment Room/Bedroom 5 18' x 17' (5.49m x 5.18m).
General Barn/Workshop 45' x 19' (13.72m x 5.8m).
From the M5 motorway at Junction 27 take the A361 North Devon link road towards Barnstaple. At Barnstaple remain on the A361 towards Ilfracombe continuing through Braunton and Knowle. Immediately after the Foxhunters Inn, turn right towards West Down and continue up the lane, passing the primary school on the left. As you enter the village, at the junction turn right keeping the village stores on your right. Continue down this lane towards Aylescott for approximately 1 mile and after a sharp right hand bend the entrance to Lower Aylescott Farmhouse is on the left hand side over the initially shared access with the small Holiday Complex adjoining.
- Delightful idyllic rural location
- Early 17th Century Grade II listed farmhouse
- Packed full of superb period features, character and charm
- Versatile accommodation that could be arranged in a variety of way
- 21 acres of gardens, orchard, woodland, paddocks and outbuildings
- Registered smallholding ideal for small animals, horses, livestock or planting
- 45ft x 19ft multi-purpose barn
- South facing rural views over the wooded valley and countryside
- Easy reach of the village centre and the neighbouring larger towns and villages
- Ideal for those who love outdoor life and wish to escape the busy cities