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Speke's Mill, Hartland, Bideford, EX39

Offers in excess of £750,000

Under offer

4 Beds 2 Baths 2 Receptions

REF: BAN180045


  • Beautiful idyllic unspoilt location
  • Within walking distance of Speke’s Mill Mouth waterfall
  • Former mill
  • Four bedroom (one en-suite) accommodation
  • Stunning stream bordered gardens of 0.7 of an acre
  • Detached garden room/home office/studio
  • Stone garage
  • Ample off road parking
  • Very rare opportunity
  • Must be viewed!


WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF SPEKE'S MILL! A stunningly situated former mill set in stream bordered gardens of 0.7 of an acre, within walking distance of the spectacular coastline at Speke's Mill Mouth. The Location - Milford Mill is idyllically situated, approached over an ancient stone hump bridge which crosses Milford Water; a stream which follows the base of the valley down and cascades as a spectacular waterfall over the clifftops to the beach and sea below. This is Speke's Mill Mouth, accessible via an unmade track just below Milford Mill, which gives access down to the beach via a healthy 10 minute walk. This is the same beach where Prince William is reputed to have tried his hand at surfing, whilst staying locally for his stag weekend in the spring of 2011. The Mill backs onto woodland in a quiet and peaceful valley, and is about 3 miles distant from the nearest main road. The countryside surrounding the hamlet at Milford offers wonderful coastal and inland walks, together with delightful countryside for riding and cycling. Nearby Hartland village, about 3 miles away, offers a good range of local amenities including medical centre, Post Office, public houses, shops and village primary school. Hartland Abbey nearby was featured in the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and the coastal cottage in the grounds was used for the BBC adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. The towns of Bude and Bideford are both around 15 miles equidistant and offer a wider range of facilities including further education establishments, hospitals, banks, and other amenities. Barnstaple, the regional centre for North Devon is located around 40 minutes by car and houses the area's main business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues. Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway is approximately 90 minutes' travelling distance by car, and gives access to the rest of the country, whilst Tiverton Parkway Station is adjacent to Junction 27, and also offers trains to London in around 2 hours. Communications - The area can be accessed from Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway, and along the A361 North Devon Link Road, which leads onto the A39 Atlantic Highway. The nearest train station is located at the regional centre of Barnstaple, which connects to Exeter, where there are regular mainline rail services to London (Paddington) in just over 2 hours. Alternatively, Tiverton Parkway Mainline Railway Station is about an hour and thirty minutes' drive away, which connects to London and beyond. Mileages Speke's Mill Mouth/The Coast - 10 minute walk Hartland Village - 3 miles Bideford/Bude - 15 miles Barnstaple - 25 miles M5 Motorway - around 90 minutes' drive The Property - This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a former corn mill in a truly special location, set within stream bordered gardens of around 0.7 of an acre, and within walking distance of the spectacular coastline. The property is in need of general modernisation, but offers spacious and characterful accommodation with two reception rooms, a conservatory and four bedrooms with two bath/shower rooms. There is also the added advantage of a detached studio/home office that offers potential for a variety of uses. A particular feature of the property are the wonderful setting and gardens, which in total are around 0.7 of an acre and bordered by Milford Water. They offer seclusion and privacy with a wealth of mature plants and shrubs, and the former mill leat can be seen within the grounds. Only with a full internal inspection can you start to appreciate this spectacular position of this beautiful character residence that rarely becomes available to the open market. The accommodation, with approximate dimensions more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplans, comprises: A stable door leads to: Entrance Porch - Slate floor. Door giving access to: Sitting Room - A dual aspect room overlooking the gardens. Exposed beams and lintels. Inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove and exposed lintel. Stairs rise to first floor landing with under stairs storage cupboard. Inner Hallway - Tiled floor. Storage cupboard. Dining Room - A dual aspect room overlooking the front elevation. Cloakroom - Comprising high level WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Tiled floor. Stained glass window. Utility Room - Comprising a range of matching base units with butler sink set into granite work surfaces. Door to rear elevation. A range of built in storage cupboards. Space for washing machine and tumble dryer. Kitchen - A superb kitchen with an excellent range of matching wall and base units with double butler sink set into granite work surfaces. Integrated appliances including microwave oven, fridge freezer, dishwasher and a range style cooker with extractor over. Windows overlooking the rear elevation and stable door giving access to the garden. Exposed stone wall. French doors lead to: Conservatory - A stunning room overlooking the garden with French doors giving access into the garden. First Floor Landing - Exposed beams and stonework. Velux window. Bedroom 4 - Window overlooking the garden. Built in wardrobe and dressing table. Family Bathroom - Comprising low level WC, corner shower cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin and a roll top claw footed bath. Window to rear elevation. Bedroom 3 - A dual aspect room with views over the garden. Built in dresser. Bedroom 2 - Window to front elevation. Exposed beams and stonework. Built in wardrobes. Bedroom 1 - A dual aspect room with an excellent range of built in wardrobes and dressing table. Hatch access to loft space. Double doors give access to: En-Suite - Comprising corner shower cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin and low level WC. Window to rear elevation. Outside - The property is approached over a hump bridge which crosses over Milford Water onto a good sized brick paved parking area for several vehicles. Stone garage (open fronted). Behind the garage is a beautiful woodland walk that follows the river, with the old mill leat which can still be seen on the left hand side. The gardens are a particular feature offering complete peace, tranquillity and seclusion. There is a detached home office/studio with power and light connected and which overlooks the garden. There is an attached store/shed. On the eastern side of the property, the conservatory opens onto a sheltered paved terrace area, bound by mature stone walls. Steps then lead to the main garden which is arranged as a series of external "rooms" featuring sweeping lawns separated by Devon banks. There are many shaped beds and borders planted with masses of specimen plants and shrubs and a number of soft fruit trees interspersed around the lawns with meandering pathways linking various sections. There is also an aluminium framed greenhouse. The gardens provide a beautiful setting and amount to approximately 0.7 of an acre. Property Information Services - Mains electricity. Private water (borehole) and private drainage (septic tank). Local Authority - Torridge District Council - 01237 428700. Viewing - By appointment with Jackson-Stops, North Devon 01271 325153. For sale by private treaty with vacant possession upon completion. Directions - From Bideford, take the A39 towards Clovelly, and after the roundabout at Clovelly Cross continue along the A39 for a further half a mile and then turn right onto the B3248, towards Hartland. Proceed through Hartland Village, bearing left towards Stoke. In Stoke, turn left before the telephone box, following the brown tourist signs towards Docton Mill. After about 1 mile, take the next two right hand turnings, keeping left at the next crossroads. At the bottom of the hill, turn right at the crossroads, and after about 100 yards, turn right onto an unmade track (signed public footpath) which bears around to the left hand side. Proceed down this track, where the driveway to the property will be found after a quarter of a mile, on the left hand side. Agents Note: The track is not suitable for low vehicles.