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Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, EX17


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If you’re looking for a fantastic detached property (not listed) in its own hidden valley with 14 acres and a whole heap of buildings including workshops, offices and garages, all down a private track under a mile from the nearest village - then this could be for you.
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Get ready to discover a property like no other!

Nestled in the heart of Mid-Devon and just under a mile from the nearest village, this enchanting property is a haven of tranquillity and potential waiting to be discovered. As you drive down your very own private lane, you'll be greeted by a large central yard surrounded by a plethora of buildings that offer unparalleled flexibility for work or hobbies. Whether you're looking for stables to keep your beloved horses, offices to run your business from home, or workshops to bring your creative visions to life, this property has it all. And let's not forget the unconverted barns that offer even more opportunities to transform this property into the ultimate oasis.

The charming detached 4-bedroom house (it’s not listed) exudes character and is brimming with potential. With plenty of room to improve and enlarge, the possibilities are endless. And with a total of 14 acres that include small paddocks, garden and woodland, this property is truly a dream come true. The stunning garden to the south is a nature lover's dream, with a babbling stream along the boundary, it is home to wildlife abound. And the pièce de résistance? A 6-acre field that houses arguably the best private off-road vehicle course in the entire UK! Imagine honing your off-road skills in your prized vehicles to your heart's content on your very own course, with no one to disturb your fun.

Whether you have the vision to run a business here or simply to enjoy living here with all it has to offer, East Foldhay certainly has potential.


East Foldhay is a detached, 4 bedroom rural property located in a small valley with river frontage. It’s not listed and is stone & cob construction under a slate roof. The accommodation is fairly traditional for a home of this type with a kitchen and large utility room, a home office, dining room and living room on the ground floor and then 2 staircases lead to the first floor where there are 4 bedrooms and a bathroom. There is also an oak beamed room with oak floor and central heating to the west side of the building which could be incorporated into the main house should it be required. The house could do with some updating but offers great potential to a new owner to create a wonderful family home for years to come.


A collection of buildings ranging from a nissen hut (ideal for a garage or workshop) to a large workshop with all electrics. There are a couple of designated office buildings including classrooms plus numerous garages/stores and carports to accommodate pleasure or business assets. There are also some older barns on the property which have been used for stables/tack rooms and for livestock. In total there are 13 outbuildings which could suit a range of needs and have conversion potential (stp).


In total, the entire plot extends to approx. 14 acres which is made up of a variety of areas (see land plan). There are a couple of paddocks of approx. 1 acre each plus the large 6 acre field which is currently used as the driving course. The remainder of the land is garden, open grassland and woodland with the stream along the southern boundary.


The 6 acre off-road course was specially designed and built for commercial off-road training (predominantly Land Rovers). It’s been featured in several publications and Land Rover owners will recognise it as belonging to David Bowyer and being one of, if not THE best privately owned courses of its kind in the UK. It has commercial consent so would suit a range of activities (no motorbikes) or a fantastic private playground. However, should someone wish to use this for grazing, with some earth movement and nature taking its course, it could soon revert back to the original field layout of 40 years ago.

Agents notes: Although businesses have been run from here, it is a residential dwelling so it doesn’t have to be run as a business.

There is a public footpath that runs through the drive/yard and out again but not through gardens or paddocks. Please ask agents for details.

Please see the floorplan for room sizes.

Council Tax: F (Mid Devon 2023/24 £3257.13)
Utilities: Mains water, electric, telephone & broadband (up to 67mb uSwitch)
Drainage: Private drainage (septic tank)
Heating: Oil fired central heating (plus AGA running hot water) and wood-burner.
Listed: No
Tenure: Freehold

DIRECTIONS :  The post code EX17 6DH will bring you to the village of Zeal Monachorum. As you reach the church, turn into Western Road (left if you’re coming up the hill or right if you’re coming down) and then take the first right turn into Gissage Lane. Proceed all the way to the end, crossing the small river bridge and into the private drive of East Foldhay.

Zeal Monachorum is situated 8 miles northwest of Crediton, hidden within vast and tumultuous farmlands. Its name is of Latin origin ‘Cella Monachorum’– meaning ‘Cell of the Monks’. Like many Devon villages Zeal is home to a number of period properties, and buildings that have a strict conservation status – preserving the traditional beauty expected from rural settlements. Its church is old (understatement) (1235, late Saxon) and in its yard is a yew tree rumoured to have experienced a 1000 birthdays or more (not that anyone celebrates). The village is also known for having the most family friendly inn around, ‘The Waie Inn’ – offering great food & drink, both outdoor and indoor children’s play areas, a heated swimming pool, skittle alley, large function rooms (for weddings, parties etc), an astro turf pitch, squash courts, fishing lake and B&B rooms

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