Any attempt to summarise this 35+ acre farm in one word is proving difficult. There are a number of reasons for this - and they are all good.
Let's start with first impressions. The views as you approach the house are quite simply, stunning. What makes them even more special though is that all you survey here is owned by All island. If you have reached the main yard, you will have travelled down the private driveway from the lane passing the big barn, the store and the Victorian barns.
The barns do have the potential to create a sizable holiday complex (subject to the relevant consents) if you so desired, although they do, and always have done, a fantastic job doing as they were intended -housing livestock. As far as we are aware, there has been a farm in this location for centuries. There is a listing in the Doomsday Book, so one can be sure it is well established. The house as it stands now is a few centuries newer believed to be 13th century and built for the then, Lord Clintons mother - Alice. It was said the lights could be seen on from the manor house and Lord Clinton would know his mother was safe.
The land is mostly well fenced and easily accessed pasture. There is a small wood that lines the brook in the valley. The large top field of 10 acres is accessed through the big barn, or the road. This flows to the rest of ring fenced fields and offers some of the finest Dartmoor views. It also allows access the former pool complex. The current owners have not made use of this facility, but a new owner, with a little investment, could restore it to its former glory. It was created by a past owner for their daughter and and is partially enclosed with dressing rooms.
At over 2700 sq ft., the house is big. It is also very pretty. On the first floor there are three double bedrooms (formerly four) two of which have ensuite facilities, the third enjoying exclusive use of the main bathroom and there is a separate wc and walk in wardrobe. The ground floor flows beautifully and houses all the features we typically want in a dream home - an Aga in the kitchen/diner, a very large inglenook fireplace with wood burner in the sitting room for those cosy evenings, a summer room with panoramic views looking at all you own and watching the seasons change the landscape. Furthermore, there is a study or snug (with fire) and boot room/ utility room -each of the rooms have direct access to outside, which is a real feature for me.
The cottage is detached and has one bedroom. It is currently generating an income as a holiday let, but has full residential use if needed.
Given that the home is so versatile and appears to offer so much of what so many of our clients desire from a move, I suggest taking the time to visit and see if what's there can work for you. I said earlier I was struggling to sum up in one word, but remembering I nearly just opened the door on arrival without announcement, I feel I can justify now that the one word to summarise this property would be - home.
From Torrington town centre proceed in a southerly direction on the A386 signposted Hatherleigh/Okehampton. After approximately three miles upon reaching the Gribble Inn Junction, after the layby take the right hand turn signposted Peters Marland/Petrockstowe/Shebbear. Continue passing the Tarka Trail on your left and after the turning for Peters Marland on your right, take the next right hand turning towards Shebbear and Sheepwash. Continue along this Road and at the Winswell Cross bear left (signposted Sheepwash) and continue along this road passing the turning for the dairy on your right where Allisland will be the next turning on your left hand side. Follow the private driveway down to the left and then right, passing the farm buildings where the property will be situated on your left.