A substantial detached Grade II Listed farmhouse with spacious annexe, extensive traditional outbuildings and commanding superb southerly views.
Higher Shelvin is situated in a slightly elevated yet sheltered rural location in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and commands far reaching views over a typical Devon landscape to the Otter Valley and market town of Honiton some 3 ½ miles in the distance. Although rural, enjoying seclusion and quietude, Higher Shelvin is readily accessible to the market town of Honiton or the tiny rural village of Luppitt with its Village Hall, unique Public House and pretty and ancient Parish Church of St Marys. There are many delightful and beautiful walks that can be enjoyed through East Devons beautiful landscape which emanate from the front gate. Honiton is 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).
Exeter, the County Town, is some 21 miles to the west and has excellent shopping and sporting facilities, theatres, art centre, main line rail link to London (Paddington) and an international airport together with M5 access. The coast at Sidmouth, East Devon's premier coastal resort, is some 14 miles to the south. Colyton Grammar School, one of the country's top co-educational state schools is approximately 17 miles distant. Approximately 15 miles to the north lies Taunton, the County Town of Somerset, which has an express rail link to London and also direct access to the M5.
Higher Shelvin is a distinctive period farmhouse which is Grade II Listed and is thought to date from the 16th century. The property was formerly a typical long Devon Farmhouse with a cross passage, and is traditionally built with part exposed stone and part rendered and colourwashed exterior elevations with a slated roof, and has the benefit of many double glazed windows. The oldest parts of Higher Shelvin are thought to date from the early 16th century when it was probably a Hall House. But the property has evolved considerably over the centuries yet still retains much of its period ambience and character with features such as 2 fine inglenook fireplaces, an interesting cross beamed ceiling and plank and muntin screen, all of which combine to create the interesting period home we find today.
The accommodation is surprisingly light and adaptable in its arrangement, particularly as it has 2 staircases, and of course there is the terrifically spacious West Annexe which was created from a large traditional stone barn standing adjacent to the farmhouse. This conversion is ideal for extended family or 2 families, overlooks the courtyard and faces west and therefore gets all the late afternoon and evening sun.
The property is approached on the west side through double timber gates which lead to a large gravelled courtyard with space for numerous vehicles and around which are grouped not only the Annexe but a 2-storey stone and timber former linhay under a galvanised iron roof, and a single storey 5-bay open fronted garage under a slated roof with useful store room off. On the east side of the house is a smaller range of stone farm buildings under a recently renewed slated roof, and these are divided into a number of useful spaces, and were probably once calf and pig houses.
To the front of the house is a garden which is laid principally to lawn, interspersed with colourful plants and shrubs, as well as a raised terrace that takes full advantage of the commanding southerly views down the valley. To the rear of the property on the opposite side of the lane is a paddock of just over 3.5 acres which is available at valuation.