Southlands Farm is situated in a wonderful country location within the Blackdown Hill Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has direct access to some of East Devon's most attractive rolling countryside. There are some beautiful walks close at hand over a myriad of footpaths and bridleways which include those over Hense Moor and Hartridge, located close to the neighbouring village of Luppitt.
The property sits on the rural fringes of the Parish of Dunkeswell, about a mile or so from the village amenities which include a shop/post office, doctors surgery, Indian restaurant, social club and pretty Church of St Nicholas.The busy market town of Honiton lies about 5 miles to the south and is particularly well-known as an antique and book centre as well as having most of the usual multiples such as Smiths, Boots, Tesco and a variety of shops, restaurants, schools, sports centre/ swimming pool, golf club and main line rail link to London (Waterloo).
Honiton has excellent communication facilities with a dual carriageway to the Cathedral City of Exeter, the county town, some 22 miles to the west. Exeter has an excellent shopping centre as well as schools, sporting facilities, theatres, main line rail link to London (Waterloo and Paddington) and an international airport together with M5 access.
The County Town of Taunton is approximately 16 miles to the north where direct access to the M5 can be gained, together with the express train to London (Paddington).
The area boasts some excellent schools, both independent and state, including Colyton Grammar School, which is one of the county's top mixed state schools and just 17
The World Heritage Jurassic Coast at Lyme Bay is about 14 miles to the south and is a big draw for tourists throughout the year. The towns of Lyme Regis and Sidmouth are particularly popular and have a great range of independent shops, beautiful beaches and stunning views over this dramatic stretch of coastline.
Southlands Farm is a handsome Grade II Listed residence which dates back possibly to the 17th century and was further enlarged by incorporating some of its outbuildings in the mid-late 19th century. It has local flintstone and rendered elevations under a thatched roof to the main farmhouse and linhay, with a slated roof to the latter extensions, and has a handsome façade, part of which is adorned with a wisteria and clematis.
The accommodation is well-presented and was the subject of a programme of refurbishment within the last couple of decades. It retains a wealth of character features which include many exposed beams, timbers and inglenook fireplaces and there has been the extensive use of wood in more recent years with oak and wood block flooring in several of the rooms and replica plank and muntin screen in Oak in the entrance hallway. Worthy of particular
mention is the country kitchen which has a 4-oven Aga and opens into a garden room with fabulous views. There is a sitting room offering excellent proportions and also a snug with open fireplace adjacent to the inner hallway which also has a fireplace with a multi-fuel burner.
To the first floor there 4/5 bedrooms, the principal of which is a superb large room with a range of fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bath/shower room. Southlands Farm has exceptionally flexible accommodation with three staircases, so there are many different combinations to suit a variety of requirements. It could provide a wing by incorporating several of the rooms to the north and would undoubtedly suit family occupation.
Adding a huge amount of flexibility to Southlands Farm is Beech Cottage, a detached property which sits to the opposite side of the forecourt in such a position that it affords a great deal of privacy from the main house. It has flintstone elevations under a slated roof and has been the subject of a continued programme of improvement and is found in particularly good order. It benefits from a paved terrace to the north.
Beech Cottage is currently let to holiday makers, providing a very useful income and it gains a great deal of repeat business and excellent online reviews. It would also be perfect for those with large or extended families and as annexe accommodation.
Southlands Farm is approached from the lane over a driveway and electric gate, which leads into the large gravelled forecourt around which sits Beech Cottage and the outbuildings.
Adjoining Southlands Farm to the rear is a very attractive 4-bay thatched linhay/car port and this also gives access to the property. There is a detached stone barn which incorporates a log store and houses the oil tank.
The former detached parlour now includes several loose boxes and this has access into a pole barn to the rear which opens into one of the fields.
Gardens & Grounds
Southlands Farm has attractive formal gardens over which the principal rooms take advantage of some delightful views. To the front of the property is a walled garden
which is laid to lawn and surrounded by mature and colourful plant and shrub beds which give the property a high degree of privacy from the country lane. To the east of the house is a large level area of lawn with profusely stocked herbaceous borders and many roses and colourful shrubs. There is a paved terrace with superb country views over the land to the countryside beyond.
To the west of Beech Cottage is an orchard and a sloping piece of land that runs to the northern boundary. To the north of the outbuildings is a hard tennis court which is
netted and has recently been re-lined.
Southlands Farm benefits from three main areas of paddock (two to the east and one to the west) which have water connected and two have separate lane access. There is also a further small area to the north of the tennis court.
In total the gardens and grounds extend to about 10.7 acres.
To find out more about this property and its location please contact our Honiton office
"Stunning period farmhouse and detached cottage with particularly adaptable accommodation of great character, set in a wonderful country location within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty"