Barn Orchard is a detached barn conversion, formerly a cob Linhay barn with a large ground floor extension added before being completed in late 2017. It is found in a wonderful rural position, facing South-South-East while overlooking its own gardens and land beyond. It has a feeling of being completely on its own, but with the peace of mind that you have two neighbouring farmhouses and the convenience of Copplestone village just 1 mile away with many amenities & transport links including regular buses and trains to Crediton and Exeter.
The accommodation extends to approx. 194sqm / 2118sqft, with the aim to create large open spaces, rather than lots of bedrooms unnecessarily. There are three double bedrooms, two upstairs (both with vaulted ceilings) & one on the ground floor (currently separated from the house and included in the Airbnb – see floorplan). The master bedroom includes a fine en-suite shower room complete with electric underfloor heating, a double shower with twin-heads, heated towel rail, WC & a sink on a granite top, plus a heated mirror. The 2nd bedroom’s en-suite is similar to the master and both bedrooms have built in wardrobes. There is scope to create a further bedroom from the open landing which is double height from the sitting room below with the addition of a skylight and subject to permissions.
The ground floor has a particularly spectacular triple aspect open-plan kitchen, dining & living/family room which has limestone flooring with underfloor heating via the central heating boiler and alone stretches to 12.3m/40ft! The southern, largely glazed wall is made up of large (6m) bi-folding doors with beautiful rural views beyond; there is also an oil-fired Aga & a gas range-style cooker. The sitting room is in the original cob part of the building, which is another large room and has a lovely wood-burning stove. Currently a separate entrance gives access to the Airbnb kitchen which could be the utility to the main home, and a shower room which serves the ground floor bedroom. It’s worth noting that the current owners have merely covered the adjoining doors to use as Airbnb but it could easily be reverted to one if preferred.
The limestone flooring from the inside continues out onto a sun terrace with the rural backdrop beyond. There is a rose garden and then steps down to a largely level lawned garden. Beyond this is the first paddock, then the two main fields and woodland, which is regularly inhabited by wildlife including deer.
There’s more scope for income from the land too with the possibility of glamping (subject to permissions) in shepherds huts or similar or just renting it out for grazing. The initial lane from Bewsley Hill is shared, once it splits (turning right) this lane to the gated driveway belongs to Barn Orchard. Once inside the gates, there is ample parking and undercover parking under the stable building.
The plot extends to 10.6 acre in total.
Adjacent to the main home is a timber clad outbuilding. To the front are two stables, a tack room with light, power, sink & plumbing for a washing machine and a hay store. Above has been converted into two large offices. These have their own access, plus a kitchenette & shower room. To the rear on the ground floor are open-fronted carports, some with storage which could be removed if required for more vehicles to be kept under cover. It may be possible to obtain permission for this building to become an annexe or holiday accommodation but this is up to a new owner to investigate.
Please see the floorplan for room sizes.
Current Council Tax: E (mid Devon 2022/23 - £2627.84)
Utilities: LPG gas, electric, bore-hole water, telephone & broadband, plus oil-tank for Aga.
Fastest broadband speed within this postcode: Up to 20Mbps
Drainage: Private septic tank
Heating: LPG gas central heating (plus the wood-burner and Aga)
Listed: Grade II
Upon entering Copplestone from Crediton, take a right turn at the Stone Cross and immediately turn right again into Bewsley Hill. Pass the primary school on your left, proceed up the hill and the unmarked lane will be found on your left after approx. 0.7 miles, just BEFORE Elston Cross (on Google maps the lane is marked as Furzeland Hill). Proceed down the lane, turning right when the lane splits, the gated entrance is found on your right.
COPPLESTONE is a 5-minute drive west of Crediton on the A377, a main route into the City of Exeter. A stone’s throw to the southwest is Dartmoor National Park, renowned for its invigorating walks and sublime scenery. Previously a traditional farming hamlet, Copplestone has grown over the years, and now offers a fantastic selection of new-build, fully modern homes. This, coupled with its own primary school and locality to Queen Elizabeth’s Community College in Crediton, makes it perfect for families moving to Devon. The village has a strong camaraderie between residents, with a local church holding many events. There is a 3m carved granite cross, found in the village centre of Saxon origin and steeped in mythology. There is also a shop/post office for convenience, and regular transport links (bus and train) towards Exeter, North Devon and Okehampton.
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