28 Jul Extensive Dartmoor farm with house, range of stone barns and 123 acres
Property for sale – 24th July 2020
Address: Higher Farm, Scoriton, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, TQ11 0JB
Guide price: Offers in excess of £2,000,000 for the whole, or in 14 separate lots
Agent: Rendells, Newton Abbott, 01626 353881, www.rendells.co.uk
Details at: https://tinyurl.com/yy76chkh
The Newton Abbot branch of Rendells, the long-established firm of chartered surveyors, auctioneers, valuers, land and estate agents, is thrilled to offer for sale a unique unspoilt Dartmoor farm consisting of a large detached farmhouse with adjoining stone buildings, threshing barn, stone granary, village plot and approximately 123 acres of farmland.
The farm was purchased from the Brook Manor Estate in the early 1900s by Mr John Mann of Brixton, and has remained in the Mann family for four generations, being managed as a typical Dartmoor farm with a dairy herd of South Devon cattle and a flock of Whiteface Dartmoor Sheep. Summer grazing extended onto the Commons of Buckfastleigh and the Forest of Dartmoor, while latterly the farm has focused on pasture production for the sale of grass by tender to neighbouring hill farmers. The structure, character and landscape of the farm have changed little since the nineteenth century.
Sitting within the Dartmoor National Park around 3.5 miles from Buckfastleigh and around 5 miles from Ashburton and the main A38 expressway, the extensive Higher Farm is for sale at an asking price in excess of £2,000,000 for the whole, in 14 single lots or in any combination of lots.
Lot 1 – Guide price £750,000
The farmhouse, courtyard and buildings, garden and land totalling 16.28 acres.
The south-facing stone-built farmhouse is a typical Dartmoor longhouse. In the entrance hall is a built-in utility cupboard. To the west of the hall is a sitting room with window seating and an open fireplace. Beyond this is an annex comprising two bedrooms and a bathroom. To the east of the hall is the heart of the home – the kitchen/breakfast room fitted with solid units and integrated appliances and featuring exposed beams, an open fireplace, ‘snug’ area and window seating, and a door leading to the former dairy dining room with doors opening onto the front garden. Behind these is a rear porch and boot room, utility and churn room/washhouse, now used for storage.
Upstairs, the bathroom features a roll-top bath and there are two double bedrooms as well as a large double master bedroom with a fireplace, dressing area, built-in wardrobe and en-suite. Above the annex is a generous roof storage area with an external door and stairs leading outside.
To the east end of the house is the two-storey shippon and dairy suitable for conversion, subject to the necessary consents. To the front is a stone walled garden with cobbled path. The granite pillared entrance gateway leads to a garage and into a traditional yard, beyond which is the former calving house, currently used for log storage, a two-storey stone block barn, three stables and a tractor shed/workshop with the old pulp house and first floor hay store offering potential for further ancillary accommodation, subject to consents. A lawned garden with fruit trees provides a secluded garden area.
The adjoining farmland, which consists of six pasture fields, extends to just over 16 acres.
Lot 2 – Guide price £100,000
12.37 acres of land at Holybrook
Made up of three pasture fields and a meadow with a natural water supply, adjoining Holy Brook, to the north of Scoriton Lane. This lot can easily be connected with Lot 1.
Lot 3 – Guide price £140,000
8.36 acres of pasture and 14.75 acres of woodland
Bordering Holybrook River to the north, the three pasture fields have access from the ‘Two Moors Way’, and there is separate access to the woodland and rough pasture. This lot has a natural water supply and can easily be connected with Lots 1 and 2 to create a substantial Dartmoor farm.
Lot 4 – Guide price £100,000
19.30 acres of land at Higher Scoriton Down
This lot consists of three pasture fields with a natural water supply and direct access off ‘Two Moors Way’, and an area of woodland with access to Holybrook River to the north.
Lot 5 – Guide price £40,000
6.31 acres of land at Lower Scoriton Down
With direct access onto the ‘Two Moors Way’, these two, level south-facing pasture fields have been cut for hay most years.
Lot 6 – Guide price £250,000
27.77 acres of land including a farm building at Combe Fields
This block of eight gently sloping pasture fields runs from the ‘Two Moors Way’ down to Higher Combe and includes a mains water supply as well as a timber and galvanised iron pole barn.
Lot 7 – Guide price £50,000
Post Box field of 3.71 acres
This south-facing pasture field has a mains water supply and is accessed from Combe Bridge Road.
Lot 8 – Guide price £15,000
Garden plot of 0.11 acres at Combe Bridge Road.
Lot 9 – Guide price £70,000
6.99 acres of land at Higher Stumpy Oak
With a mains water supply, these two pasture fields have gateway access off the public highway, one with road frontage on two sides.
Lot 10 – Guide price £40,000
1.54 acres of land at Lower Stumpy Oak
With direct access through a gateway above Cullaford Cottage, this gently south sloping pasture field comes with a right to lay a pipe to connect the mains water supply.
Lot 11 – Guide price £115,000
Dribble Park Barn, vegetable garden and 1.39 acres
This fine stone and timber frame barn has double doors at the front to a large hard-standing area. To the rear is a south-facing vegetable garden. With separate gateway access, the pasture field adjoins the barn and garden plot.
Lot 12 – Guide price £20,000
This village plot near the middle of Scoriton would make an interesting investment.
Lot 13 – Guide price £80,000
The Granary with approximately 0.08 acres part of Meadow Field
This stone and slate barn with wool loft above sits on Scoriton Lane opposite the farmhouse, with its own separate access and an adjoining pasture field measuring 0.8 acres. In recent years, the barn has been re-roofed and the guttering replaced.
Lot 14 – Guide price £180,000
Higher Court Barns – a range of traditional buildings with 1.50 acres part of Meadow Field
This old stone threshing barn has a fantastic oak timber frame and a galvanised sheet roof, and has been extended with adjoining pole barns. The range of buildings together with the meadow extends to around 1.60 acres in all.
The farm holds Sporting and Mineral Rights, as well as Common Grazing Rights over Buckfastleigh Moor and the Forest of Dartmoor.
Rendells, said: “The sale of Higher Farm in Scoriton represents a whole host of opportunities for one, or a number of buyers. Sitting in a unique part of the Dartmoor National Park, adjoining Scoriton Down, this substantial property with its land and buildings offers scope and potential, subject to any necessary consents, and we would advise any interested parties to contact us as soon as possible.”
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