Detached house for sale in Shirwell, Barnstaple EX31

Offers in region of £1,875,000
Detached house for sale - 6 bedrooms 6
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Property features

  • Stunning rural setting
  • Far reaching views
  • Period 6 bed house
  • 10 holiday cottages
  • Indoor heated pool, hot tub
  • Games room, childs play area
  • Tennis court
  • Garden, paddock
  • About 8 acres

Property description

Beautifully set period 6 bed south facing character Devon Longhouse with attached cottage/annex allowing for 2 family use or home and additional income. A thriving holiday cottage letting business with turnover in excess of £160,000 gross all having rural views. Superb indoor heated pool/hot tub/sauna, new games room, tennis court, children's playground, gardens, paddock and in all about 8 acres.

A perfect countryside bolthole, a tranquil unspoilt setting at the head of a picturesque valley with far reaching southerly views, yet within only 3 miles of Barnstaple, the administrative centre for North Devon. Just 8 - 10 miles off of the dramatic North Devon coastline at Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe. Following around to the rugged cliffs around Lynton and Lynmouth to the north and the vast open expanse of the heather clad moorlands of the Exmoor National Park to the east.

In Barnstaple live theatre, leisure centre, tennis centre, a wide choice of Inns and Restaurants, cinema and shops.

The area offers a wide variety of pursuits for holiday makers with the cliffs between Ilfracombe, Combe Martin, Hunters Inn and Lynmouth offering coastal orienteering and the stunning South West coastal path. Whilst the softer coast to the west, Putsborough, Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde offer extensive sandy beaches, surfing, fishing, kite boarding and microlight flying. There are local tourist attractions; in particular the National Trust at Arlington Court, the Wildlife and Dinosaur park and the Exmoor Zoo within just a few miles, Quince Honey Farm at South Molton, The Big Sheep at Abbotsham and The Milky Way near Hartland, together with the rhs Gardens at Rosemoor, Torrington. Plus of course the superb walks locally on footpaths over the surrounding rolling hills and the dramatic heather clad moorlands of the Exmoor National Park.

The property comes to the market owing to the imminent retirement of the current owners who have been at the property for 12 seasons. Over the years the property has been updated and the business improved with currently over 30% return bookings.

The property includes the main period 6 bedroom character Devon Longhouse, south facing and set away from the cottages with an attached cottage annex offering potential for the property to be used as 2 family accommodation or home and further letting cottage.

The 9 remaining holiday cottages are all stone barn conversions, mainly around a wide open courtyard with plenty of surrounding gardens and grounds for leisure and sitting out.

There is a superb indoor heated swimming pool in which area there is also a hot tub and sauna and also a separate games room and recently renovated children's play area. Within the gardens and grounds an outdoor tennis court with areas to walk and exercise dogs as well a footpaths over the surrounding countryside with the whole extending in all to about 8 acres.

For further information on the property you can look at the owners website at the following web address:;

Accounts - Copies of the last 3 years trading accounts will be made available to bona fide purchasers expressing interest after an initial viewing.

North Hill Farmhouse

A substantial detached Devon Longhouse of considerable charm and character under a slate roof, south facing with fine views and terrace to the front with private lawn below and access to a poultry run. To the rear private garden with kitchen garden, green house and shed.

Entrance Hall (2.62m x 1.93m (8'7 x 6'4))

With stairs to first floor and door off

Dining Room (4.98m x 3.94m (16'4 x 12'11))

South facing, recess display alcove, wood burning stove set on slate hearth, open fire place recess, exposed ceiling beam, panel radiator, wall light points


Door to Sweet William Cottage.

Sitting Room (5.33m x 4.37m (17'6 x 14'4))

South facing, panel radiator, door to deep under stair storage cupboard, wood burning stove set on tiled hearth in open fire place recess, exposed ceiling beam, wall light points, south facing window seat.

Study (5.46m x 2.36m (17'11 x 7'9))

South facing, panel radiator, wood veneer flooring, recess ceiling lighting.

2nd Kitchen/Utility (3.68m x 2.64m (12'1 x 8'8))

Double aspect, comprehensive range of modern fitted kitchen units under worktops incorporating 4 ring Lamona hob with similar oven under, one and a half bowl single drainer stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap, drawers and cupboards under, space and plumbing for integrated dishwasher, double fronted shelved storage cupboard with space for tall fridge/freezer to one side, slate shelving, wood veneer flooring.

Shower Room (2.49m x 2.16m (8'2 x 7'1))

36" tiled shower cubicle, tiled flooring, chrome ladder towel rail, low level close coupled WC, handbasin inset in vanity unit with dressing mirror over, recess ceiling lighting.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room (5.79m x 4.34m (19' x 14'3))

A splendid double aspect room, extensively fitted with modern units under oak work tops, recess ceiling lighting, Mat well. 4 oven Aga inset in open fire place style recess with storage cupboards surround, further return work tops with inset double deep sink with chrome mixer tap, Neff oven, extensive soft close drawers and cupboards, American style freezer space inset in recess formed by surrounding pull out kitchen storage units, matching wall cupboards some with glass display fronts.

First Floor Landing

Two panel radiators, wall uplighters.

Bathroom (3.33m x 2.64m (10'11 x 8'8))

Beautifully fitted with a modern suite including low level close coupled WC with cupboards to rear, handbasin inset in vanity unit with mirror, shaver point and light over, fitted shelving, 57" walk in fully tiled shower cubicle with drench head shower, recessed shelf, chrome ladder effect radiator, two pair of double fronted linen storage cupboards, recess ceiling lighting, tiled floor.

Lobby (2.69m x 1.12m (8'10 x 3'8))

With double doors to deep shelved airing cupboard with hot water tank.

Bedroom1 (3.78m x 2.59m (12'5 x 8'6))

South facing, panel radiator, fitted knee hole dresser with 3 built in storage units including wardrobe and fitted shelving.

Bedroom 2 (4.01m x 2.67m max (13'2 x 8'9 max))

South facing, panel radiator.

Bedroom 3 (4.47m x 2.67m (14'8 x 8'9))

South facing, panel radiator.

Bedroom 4 (4.50m x 2.64m (14'9 x 8'8 ))

South facing, panel radiator, double fronted built in wardrobe/storage unit.

Bathroom (4.27m x 2.44m (14' x 8'))

Beautifully appointed with built in bathroom furniture, storage units incorporating His & Hers hand basins with dressing mirrors and shaver points over, chrome ladder effect radiator, panel bath with chrome mixer taps, 54" walk in fully tiled shower cubicle with drench head shower, recess shelf, tiled flooring, recess ceiling light, two pairs of double fronted cupboards incorporating fitted shelving and airing cupboard with hot tank.

Bedroom 5 (5.89m x 2.67m (19'4 x 8'9))

A double aspect room, vaulted with original exposed A frame roof timbers, panel radiator, fitted knee hole dresser with mirror and strip light over, range of four built in double fronted cupboards for wardrobes and storage.

Bedroom 6 (5.89m x 4.62m (19'4 x 15'2))

A double aspect room, corner wardrobe cupboard with two further ranges of two and a half pair of fitted units to either side of the entrance door, providing wardrobe space, fitted shelving and storage.


Attached to the eastern end of the house and approached through a covered way are the following:

Store Room (4.57m x 2.08m (15' x 6'10))

Housing the oil fired central heating boiler, fitted shelving.

Laundry Room (4.22m x 2.44m (13'10 x 8'))

Windows and roof lights with flagstone flooring, fitted storage cupboards and work surfaces for sheets, towels and other bed linen, space and plumbing for commercial washing machines, over size deep sink.

Open Front Storage Area (5.64m x 2.69m (18'6 x 8'10))

To the west of the house with the availability of being added to the main house if required or let as a separate holiday cottage is

Sweet William Cottage

This is a newly converted annex to the main house. This is a most spacious 4 * standard cottage for 2 people or a couple with young child or 2 children and a baby. The accommodation is south facing.

Conservatory (2.74m x 2.87m max (9' x 9'5" max))

Often used as dining room with double french door to terrace

Sitting Room (4.95m x 4.47m (16'3" x 14'8"))

Double aspect wood burning stove on slate hearth, fitted shelves to either side

Galley Sitting Kitchen (4.95m x 1.75m (16'3 x 5'9"))

Range of fitted units with 4 ring hob, oven and integrated fridge/freezer, 1 1/2 bowl sink unit


With wc

Double Bedroom (4.95m x 4.37m min (16'3" x 14'4" min))

Double aspect, fitted wardrobes and storage cupboards

Ensuite Shower Room


The house and attached cottage have their own separate terrace areas to front taking advantage of the views with further lawns to the side with poultry run and to the rear of the house a walled kitchen garden.

The Holiday Cottages

These are formed from a courtyard of ? Set to the east of the main house and converted in such a way that virtually all have the advantage of the far reaching southerly views over fields and away to Barnstaple in the far distance.

Orchard Cottage

Stunning views, ideal for a young couple or family, includes open plan living/dining room with kitchen area and dishwasher, wood burning stove and exposed beams, large double bedroom, small child's bunk bedroom with pine bunk beds, ensuite bathroom with over bath power shower, own parking area.

Harvest Cottage

A large cottage with exposed beams and southerly aspect from the sitting room with wonderful views to the Taw Estuary. There are no steps to get into the cottage or inside. The cottage includes a lounge/dining room with fitted kitchen including dishwasher, woodburning stove with exposed beams, double bedroom, small twin bedroom, bunk bedded room, large bathroom with over-bath power shower and car parking for 2 cars right outside the front door.

Rye Cottage

Perfect for a honeymoon, this cottage includes a four poster bed aswell as a wood burning stove and exposed beams, open plan living room/dining room with fitted kitchen, separate bathroom and over-bath power shower. This cottage is south facing so enjoys continual sunshine throughout the day.

Byre Cottage

With fantastic views down the valley to the Taw Estuary, Byre Cottage is ideal for a family of 2 adults and 2 children or 3 adults, including a sitting room/dining room with fitted kitchen and dishwasher, wood burning stove with exposed beams, double bedroom, twin bedroom and bathroom with overbath shower.

Shippon Cottage

A large comfortable cottage with a south facing sitting room and fantastic views down the valley. With a large sitting room/dining room with fitted kitchen inc. Dishwasher, wood burning stove and exposed beams, double bedroom, small twin bedroom, small bunk bedded room with bathroom with hip bath and over-bath power shower.

Rowan Cottage

A reverse level cottage to take advantage of the views. 4* standard cottage that is ideal for a family or 4 adults who want a little more comfort with large open plan sitting/dining room with fitted kitchen and dishwasher upstairs. Oak flooring and exposed beams, with large double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and large down stairs double or twin bedroom with ensuite shower room, washing machine and dryer.

Willow Cottage

A very spacious cottage on 2 floors situated right beside the swimming pool, with a large living/dining room on the ground floor with a wood burner and exposed beams, fully fitted kitchen incl. Dishwasher with twin room with ensuite WC/shower. On the first floor, a large twin room, further double bedroom with four poster bed, bathroom with over-bath power shower.

Ivy cottage - A romantic getaway just for two, with views towards the Taw Estuary, Ivy Cottage includes living/dining room with fitted kitchen area, woodburning stove and exposed beams, double bedroom with four poster bed and ensuite bathroom with over-bath power shower. Very close to the swimming pool

holly cottage - Originally housing the Mill, Holly is ideal for a young family or couple wanting more room. With an open plan living room with fitted kitchen and dishwasher wood burning stove with exposed beams, double bedroom, children's bunk room, family bathroom with over-bath power shower, close to the pool.

In addition to the cottages, there are ancillary buildings including:

Superb pool complex - sympathetically constructed in local stone under a slate roof containing a swimming pool 33ft x 15ft with a maximum depth of 4.6 feet and adjacent kiddies pool, 13ft x 9ft together with a Whirlpool Spa bath and changing rooms with shower, W/C and handbasin and also a more recently installed sauna.

Set in the paddock above is a recently upgraded

childrens play area with slides, climbing frames and beyond a recently completed

games room with two store rooms off and beyond the

tarmac tennis courts with gardens and grounds and pasture paddock. Close to the house

holiday cottage office, store and 2 further adjoining store rooms

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