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Of significant historic and architectural status, a compact Grade I listed late-mediaeval manor house, together with 13th century chapel and service cottage, sheltered in superb gardens on the edge of Dartmoor. Accommodation - Screens passage - Library/dining room - Screens room: the former Mediaeval Hall - Drawing room - Study - Stair hall - 4 bedrooms 1 en suite - Bathroom - Outbuildings including garaging - 13th century chapel - Partly walled gardens - Lake - Swimming pool and orangery - Mature planting and landscaping - 3 bedroom service cottage - Lordship of the Manor of Fardel - About 5 acres The southern fringes of Dartmoor provide a sought after combination of accessibility and unspoiled natural beauty. Fardel Manor lies just outside the southern boundary of the National Park, surrounded by the mixed farming landscape that forms the attractive hinterland to the high moor on the horizon. The ancient site stands protected by the moorland immediately to the north but with easy reach back onto the A38 for access to Plymouth and Exeter. There is also a mainline railway station at nearby Ivybridge. As well as having the open spaces of Dartmoor on the door step, the south coast with its sandy beaches and protected estuaries are close by at places such as Bigbury on Sea, Salcombe, Newton Ferrers, with marinas and sailing facilities also in Plymouth. History The history of Fardel Manor is relatively well documented and researched. It is recorded as a Saxon estate - a Lord of Fardel named Donno paid a feudal due on the Manor to King Edward the Confessor in 1042 - and it is recorded in the Domesday survey of 1086, as Ferdendelle. The name Fardel is thought to come from the old English "feorda(n)doel(e)" meaning one fourth part of some larger tract of land. There is a far older indication of a high status property. The Fardel Stone, which was found used as a bridge across the stream in the grounds in the 19th century, has a bilingual inscription in Latin and Ogam, which seems to refer to a chieftain of some time between the 5th and 8th centuries. The Fardel Stone is now in the British Museum and is regarded as a remarkable document in the early history of Devon. The manor was perhaps most notably owned by the Raleigh family. Sir Walter Raleigh's father lived at Fardel at the beginning of the 16th century. The house then passed to Walter's brother. Walter visited the house quite often (as did one of his ship's captains, John Rolfe, husband of the famous Pocahontas. After her death, her 7 year old son came to Fardel and was brought up there). In the 15th century, another chapel was dedicated as a chantry where two priests prayed daily for the dead members of the Raleigh family. That chantry is now the en suite bathroom of a bedroom that was once the solar of the mediaeval house. The estate then passed to the celebrated Hele family, distinguished patrons of education in the West Country. There is a record of ownership from then through to the present day. The house and gardens were the subject of a major restoration and modernisation in the 20th century. The current owners have continued restoration during their occupancy. Description Fardel Manor is a compact stone Manor house, which combines the antiquity of its vernacular architecture with the vibrant setting of its encompassing gardens and grounds. The oldest parts of the present house date back to the 14th century with major modifications in the 16th and 17th centuries, when the present fine panelled drawing room and the staircase hall were created. It has been sympathetically adapted over the subsequent 400 years with the addition of fine detailing both inside and out. The overall style is of high quality stone work with massive dressed granite door jambs, transom and mullioned windows and a huge central fireplace in the screens hall. The stonework is supported by some equally fine joinery and plasterwork, most notably in the complex 17th century staircase, which rises in the core of the south side of the house, showing off a particularly fine plasterwork ceiling at first floor level. The screens hall is separated from its passage by a plank and muntin screen which may have been imported from elsewhere. The plainly vaulted library, now overlooked by a gallery, is actually a mid-twentieth century reconstruction from five rooms, but now makes a worthy addition to the other fine rooms. The house has been maintained in fine condition with modern conveniences of fitted kitchen, central heating and bathrooms cleverly adapted into the ancient structure. Adjoining the house and reached from the west via an impressive gateway, lies the 13th Century chapel with its fine three-light east window with Perpendicular tracery. The chapel has recently been in use for worship but provides a wonderful open space for alternative gatherings and use. Attached to the west end of the chapel and with its own separate access and parking outside the gardens, is a modernised three bedroom service cottage. Outside, the grounds are largely contained within stone walls and high hedges offering a high degree of privacy from the adjoining farm. They superbly complement the history and antiquity of the buildings with their intricacy and style. The 5 acres surrounding the house are divided into a number of beautifully maintained outdoor rooms, which provide numerous vistas, glimpses, colours and sounds. Hard landscaping includes beautifully paved York Stone paths and terraces, which form a network around the house and gardens. The varied levels are joined by a flight of granite steps with balustrading leading down from the superb swimming pool garden with its adjoining orangery. Hard landscaping is complemented by formal and informal plantings around the house, including a secret herb garden, rose garden, main lawned area in front of the house surrounded by spring and summer borders and protected by high hedges. Below the formal gardens, grass paths lead through the arboretum, with an understorey of shrubs and bulbs, to the tranquil lake. There is also a discreet vegetable garden and space for chickens and the home for the resident peacocks.
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