An exceptionally attractive, well-equipped and productive dairy holding occupying an outstanding position within North Devon. Available as a whole or in up to 3 lots - In all about 198.75 Acres.
The property originally formed part of the historic Clovelly Estate, but has been owned by the same family for the last 67 years. The sale now, affords prospective purchasers with the opportunity of acquiring an exceptionally attractive, productive and versatile holding which although currently run as an intensive diary unit, is adaptable to a variety of alternative enterprises. The farmstead occupies an almost unique position within the centre of the holding, surrounded by its level, gently undulating and productive pasturelands. In total, there are three dwellings, together with an extensive range of principally modern farm buildings providing cubicle accommodation for 400 cows and currently milked through six Lely robotic milkers.
Highworthy Farm extends in total to about 198.75 Acres (80.43 ha’s) and is offered for sale by Private Treaty, either as a whole or in a combination of up to three lots, as described within these sale particulars:
Lot 1 - Highworthy Farm (shaded pink on the identification plan)
This is the principal lot, comprising of the traditional farmhouse and courtyard of adjoining traditional buildings, farm bungalow and an extensive range of principally modern farm buildings. The farmstead occupies a central position within the surrounding pasture land.
In total, Lot 1 extends to about 144.68 Acres and may be further described as follows:-
A traditional farmhouse, constructed of part stone and cob with rendered and colour washed elevations beneath a slate roof with the character accommodation benefitting throughout from uPVC double glazed casements and arranged over two floors, as follows:-
The Ground Floor
Entrance porch with recessed seats to either side and door to:-
Entrance hall with exposed beam and stairs rising to first floor. Under stairs recess.
Sitting room with flagstone floor and exposed beam. Inglenook fireplace with exposed stonework and inset wood burning stove. Panelled to dado height.
Dining room with exposed beam and tiled open fireplace. Recessed glazed wall cupboard.
Dairy with dual aspect and slate cold shelves on brick plinths.
Breakfast room inglenook fireplace with exposed stone and brick work and beam over. Inset Heritage oil fired ‘Rayburn’ style cooker supplying domestic hot water, central heating and cooking facilities. Cloam oven. Exposed beam and two deep enclosed store cupboards and further walk-in larder cupboard.
Farm office with stable door to outside. Tiled floor.
Kitchen dual aspect with range of wood fronted base cupboard and drawer units with tiled work surfaces. Inset composite single drainer sink unit with mixer tap. Part tiled walls. Plumbing for dish washer and wiring for electric cooker.
Rear entrance lobby / Utility room with door to outside. Plumbing for washing machine and work surface over. Tiled floor. Tumble dryer vent.
Conservatory of uPVC double glazed construction beneath a polycarbonate roof. Sliding door to outside and tiled floor.
Shower room with corner bath with shower over, low level WC and wash basin. Tiled floor.
The First Floor
Bedroom 3 with front aspect and small tiled fireplace (now sealed). Built-in wall cupboards.
Bedroom 2 with front aspect.
Bedroom 4 with front aspect.
Rear landing with large under eaves storage area. Exposed roof timbers.
Bedroom 1 with dual aspect. Pedestal wash basin and enclosed wall cupboard with hot water cylinder. Further wall cupboard.
Bathroom with close coupled WC, pedestal wash basin and tiled shower cubicle. Panel bath and part tiled walls.
Bedroom 5 with restricted ceiling height. Exposed roof timbers.
The farmhouse occupies an attractive position, to the west of the main range of farm buildings and approached over a private access which leads from the main entrance drive. This terminates in a part cobbled and part tarmacadamed courtyard area situated to the front of the dwelling and around which are situated an attractive and adaptable range of traditional outbuildings. A pathway leads to the front door with lawned areas to either side, set behind stone retaining walls. Adjoining store 2.78m x 1.73m. Forming one side of the courtyard is a three bay open fronted tractor shed / car port of part timber and stone construction beneath a profile steel roof. Adjoining stone, part cob and slate roofed traditional barn with an original round house adjoining to the rear. Concrete floor.
To the rear of the farmhouse are level pleasure gardens, laid principally to lawn and with parking for several vehicles. Block and corrugated fibre cement roofed double garage 5.55m x 5.47m. Vehicular access to the front courtyard. To the rear of the house is a paved terrace and adjoining traditional outbuilding, of stone and part corrugated and part Perspex roofed construction, presently used as a garden room and with French doors to the adjoining terrace. Adjoining range of former piggeries, of brick, stone and corrugated fibre cement roofed construction and presently divided to form three stores with original slate divisions.
Adjoining the entrance drive is a stone and brick quoined traditional barn beneath a corrugated fibre cement roof 8.28m x 4.91m, presently used as the farm workshop.
Constructed in the early 1980’s and subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Condition, the bungalow occupies an attractive position adjacent to the farm drive and with unspoiled views to the west. The dwelling comprises rendered and colour washed elevations beneath a tiled roof and benefits from partial oil fired central heating and uPVC double glazed casements. The accommodation arranged as follows:-
Entrance hall with half glazed front door.
Sitting room with stone feature fireplace with inset wood burning stove. Glazed double doors to:
Dining room with dual aspect and sliding French door to side terrace.
Kitchen / Breakfast room with rear aspect. Containing a range of base cupboard and drawer units with work surfaces over. Inset stainless steel single drainer sink unit with mixer tap. Part tiled walls and range of matching wall cupboards. Oil fired Rayburn for cooking, domestic hot water and central heating with adjoining airing cupboard containing the hot water cylinder. Enclosed larder cupboard.
Office with access to roof void. Night storage heater.
Side entrance lobby with door to outside and tiled floor. Fitted work surface.
Shower room with tiled corner cubicle, close coupled WC and pedestal wash basin.
Situated off the main entrance hall:
Bedroom 1 with front aspect and night storage heater.
Bedroom 3 with side aspect and night storage heater.
Bedroom 2 with rear aspect and night storage heater.
Bathroom with pedestal wash basin, close coupled WC and panel bath with electric mixer unit over. Fully tiled walls and floor. Heated towel rail.
The bungalow is set within level enclosed gardens. Adjoining the property is a small stone paved terrace.
The Farm Buildings
The buildings provide cubicle accommodation for 400 cows together with ancillary young stock buildings and fodder storage. At the present time, the cows are milked through 6 Lely robotic milkers and the unit is designed for efficient milk production with the current herd housed throughout the year. The buildings, as annotated on the site plan, comprise the following:
1) Three bay timber framed and fibre cement roofed young stock building 13.50m x 12.00m, open fronted with concrete floor and part block walls. Adjoining fuel store containing the diesel tanks.
2) Four bay timber and profile steel roofed open fronted fodder barn 20.30m x 6.50m with GI clad elevations.
3) Dairy containing the Lely computer control systems, dairy equipment, hot water heater and ice bank. Situated adjacent to this building is a Roka 30,000 litre stainless steel silo bulk tank. Adjoining lean-to housing the water pumps and pressure vessels for the private water system.
4) Former herringbone milking parlour and adjoining AI stalls.
5) Three bay timber and GI roofed covered yard 13.80m x 5.85m containing the cattle handling system with concrete floor and race.
6) Four bay galvanised steel framed and fibre cement roofed covered yard 20.00m x 13.00m with concrete floor.
7) Lean-to steel framed and corrugated fibre cement roofed slurry reception area with slatted underground slurry channel.
8) Precast concrete framed and fibre cement roofed cubicle house containing Dutch comfort style cubicles for 105 in four rows with two dung passages with automatic scrapers. Adjoining feed store.
9) Covered yard area with two Lely Astronaut robotic milkers and associated equipment.
10) Adjoining timber framed and profile steel roofed cubicle house with Dutch comfort style cubicles for 27 and adjoining feed area, both with automatic scrapers leading to underground slurry channel.
11) Five bay reinforced concrete framed and fibre cement roofed covered yard 22.85m x 11.50m divided centrally with an RSJ and timber sleeper wall with part used as calf pens and the remainder as a feeding passage.
12) Precast concrete walled open silage clamp approx. 43.00m x 12.20m with concrete floor. Adjoining:
13) Part precast panel walled and part earth walled open silage clamp with concrete floor approx. 46.00m x 14.00m.
14) Seven bay galvanised steel framed and corrugated fibre cement roofed clear span building containing four Lely Astronaut robotic milking machines, covered collecting area and underground slurry channel approx. 42.84m x 13.54m.
Adjoining to the west is a four bay lean-to extension containing the farm office with adjoining WC, and adjoining generator house containing the diesel standby generator.
15) Ten bay galvanised steel framed and corrugated fibre cement roofed cubicle house and covered feed area in four adjoining spans. Approx. 45.80m x 42.84m overall. The building contains Dutch comfort style cubicles for 272 with six dung passages, each with automatic scrapers. Central feed area and further feeding areas to either side.
16) Danish concrete block circular above ground slurry store with approx. capacity for 270,000 gallons.
17) Malgar above ground steel circular slurry store with a capacity of approx. 500,000 gallons.
The buildings are serviced by extensive concreted yard areas and a number of steel bulk feed hoppers.
Situated within the holding is a Gaia 11kW wind turbine.
The land is contained within a convenient ring fence, with the farmstead occupying a central location within the holding and accessed over an excellent concreted entrance drive. Consisting of a level or very gently sloping productive pasture, the land is contained within conveniently shaped enclosures set within well-maintained traditional hedgerows. The majority of the enclosures enjoy access either from adjoining council lanes or from internal farm tracks. It is a holding renowned for its productivity and the quality of its pastures, with the vendor having won the North Devon Grasslands Society Silage competition in 2018, and having previously been runner up in preceding years.
Lot 1 extends in total to about 144.68 Acres (58.55 Ha) as shaded pink on the identification plan.
Lot 2 - North Highworthy (shaded yellow on the identification plan)
Occupying a private position within the holding is North Highworthy; an attractive traditional farmhouse which is available to compliment either the main holding or, as a separate lot. If sold as the latter, the property will enjoy a full and unrestricted right of access over the main farm entrance.
The farmhouse which has been the subject of general improvement and enlargement, provides spacious character accommodation which benefits from uPVC double glazed casements and arranged on two floors, as follows:-
The Ground Floor
Entrance conservatory of uPVC construction over a rendered block plinth with poly carbonate roof. Tiled floor and sliding door to the adjoining courtyard. Front door to:
Entrance lobby with stairs to first floor.
Sitting room with open fireplace with inset wood burning stove on tiled hearth. Wooden over mantle and exposed beam. Full width arch to:
Dining room with dual aspect. Two exposed ceiling beams and French door to adjoining terrace.
Breakfast room with original brick fireplace with inset wood burning stove and over mantle. Under stairs cupboard.
Kitchen with range of wood fronted base cupboard and drawer units with work surface. Inset stainless steel single drainer sink unit. Part tiled walls and range of matching wall cupboards. Fireplace recess with inset solid fuel Rayburn for cooking and domestic hot water. Exposed beam. Plumbing for washing machine and dishwasher.
Side entrance lobby with door to outside. Tiled floor. Plumbing for washing machine.
Shower room with tiled cubicle, close coupled WC and pedestal wash basin. Tiled floor and walls.
The First Floor
Landing leading to:
Upper landing with port hole window and dressing room / store off.
Bedroom 1 with dual aspect.
Situated off the main landing:
Bedroom 2 with front aspect and shelved wall recess.
Bedroom 3 with front aspect and pedestal wash basin.
Bedroom 4 with front aspect.
Bathroom with panel bath set within tiled surround. Pedestal wash basin and low level WC. Access to roof void.
The property is approached over a hardened entrance drive which leads to a concreted courtyard set within stone boundary walls. The farmhouse is situated to one side with an enclosed paved courtyard set within natural stone retaining walls. Steps lead to a higher garden area, laid mostly to lawn and set within hedged banks. Adjoining is a vegetable area with return access to the lane. Alloy framed greenhouse. Stone and corrugated fibre cement roofed traditional outbuilding, divided to provide three stores. 6.56m x 3.52m overall.
Situated on the opposite side of the main courtyard is an L-shaped traditional barn of stone elevations beneath a profile steel roof and comprising of a former shippon with cobbled floor and former loft over. Adjoining store with external stone steps leading to a former loft area over. Adjoining threshing barn with dual aspect. Concrete floor. Two bay open fronted car port.
The property extends in total to about 0.86 Acres (0.35 Ha) as shaded yellow on the identification plan.
Lot 3 - 53.21 Acres Pasture Land (shaded blue on the identification plan)
This is an exceptionally attractive and productive block of level pasture land, lying to the east of Lot 1 and with which it would readily combine. The land is contained within a number of conveniently sized and shaped enclosures, enjoying extensive road frontage and access to council maintained lanes or from the internal hardened track which initially serves Highworthy Farm itself.
Lot 3 extends in total to about 53.21 Acres (21.54 Ha) as shaded blue on the identification plan.
Highworthy Farm occupies an attractive and unspoiled position within North Devon, situated close to the Cornish border and within an area renowned for its tourism industry. The attractive village of Woolfardisworthy is the closest main settlement and affords a good range of local amenities with its primary school, village shop, community hall and public house. The A39 which lies a short distance to the north of the property provides convenient access eastwards to Bideford with its good range of commercial, educational and recreational facilities, and access beyond to Barnstaple. From here, the A361 (T) provides access eastwards to the M5 (J27). The market town of Holsworthy provides similar facilities to those of Bideford. The property is conveniently located to take advantage of this popular tourist area and the attractive and unspoiled coastline of North Devon and Cornwall.