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East Down, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31

Offers in excess of £995,000

6 Beds 4 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: BAN220020


  • Beautifully located period residence
  • Breath-taking countryside views
  • Dual family occupation
  • Four bedroom main residence with two bedroom annexe
  • Wealth of character features
  • Range of stone barns with potential (STPP)
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Ground source heat pump heating
  • Solar panels
  • About 4.29 acres in total


A handsome and historic property in a highly convenient position with magnificent countryside views, offering dual occupation or a home with an income, with outdoor heated swimming pool, set in grounds of around 4.29 acres. Location - The property enjoys a highly convenient location, within a small rural hamlet, with the incredibly popular Pyne Arms public house and restaurant being just under a mile away (0.7 of a mile), and just under 5 miles from the breath-taking Exmoor National Park. Churchill House also affords easy access to the stunning coastline nearby, which has recently been recognised as a "World Surfing Reserve" (WSR) - the only of its kind in the UK, and only cold water surfing reserve in the world - Woolacombe is around 11 miles away which adjoins Putsborough, with Croyde and Saunton a little further afield. The charming coastal village of Combe Martin is just over 6 miles away and has a good selection of amenities as well as a pebble beach. Exmoor National Park is famous for its undulating moors and pastureland, with streams and rivers running down through deep wooded combes and valleys to spectacular cliffs below, and offers a wealth of countryside pursuits including riding, shooting, fishing and extensive walking countryside with outstanding vistas. The regional centre of Barnstaple is located just over 6 miles away, and offers all the area's main business, commercial, leisure and shopping venues. The M5 Motorway at Junction 27 can be reached by car in around an hour. 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 around an hour's drive, which connects to London and beyond. Mileages Pyne Arms - 0.7 of a mile Exmoor National Park - 4.5 miles Barnstaple - 6 miles Woolacombe - 11 miles M5 Motorway - 42 miles The Property - This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a spacious and versatile detached character residence, enjoying wonderful countryside views. The property is thought to date back to circa 17th Century with a handsome Georgian faade, and boasts a wealth of period features from both eras. Interestingly, despite the property's notable appearance, it is not listed. The accommodation offers the opportunity for dual occupation or a home with an income, and at present, benefits from three reception rooms, four bedrooms in the main residence with a two bedroom annexe. There is also a superb range of stone barns to the rear of the property which offer potential for a variety of uses, subject to planning permission, which could include holiday cottages, studio, home office, playroom etc. Beyond these barns is a good sized level terrace with a splendid outdoor heated swimming pool, which in turn, gives access to the vegetable garden and land beyond. In total, the property benefits from around 4.2 acres of ground, which is a good mixture of garden areas, paddock, a wildlife pond and a small woodland area. There are also panoramic views across the surrounding countryside and a very useful Nissen hut. Only with a viewing can you start to appreciate the size, potential and location of this superb property. The accommodation, with approximate dimensions more clearly identified on the accompanying floorplan, comprises: Front door leads to Entrance Porch - Tiled floor. Space for cloaks. Door with stained glass inserts leads to Entrance Hall - Stairs rise to first floor landing with original balustrading. Exposed floor. Ceiling coving. Drawing Room - Window to front elevation with views over the countryside with window shutters. Open fireplaces with cast iron insert and marbled surround. Exposed timber floor. Ceiling coving. Dining Room - Window to front elevation with countryside views and window shutters. Exposed timber floor and ceiling coving. Wood burning stove on a slate hearth with marble surround. Built-in shelving to chimney recess. Opens to Kitchen - Comprising a range of base units with double sink set into roll top work surfaces. Two windows to side elevation. Integrated fridge and dishwasher. Range style cooker set into chimney recess, available by separate negotiation. Rear Lobby - Access to side elevation. Pedestal wash hand basin. Slate flooring. Cloakroom - Comprising low level WC. Utility/Pantry - Window to side elevation with exposed lintel. Space for washing machine and fridge freezer. Excellent storage and shelving. Lounge - A superb room with exposed beams and lintels. Window to side elevation with stained glass window. Inglenook fireplace with bread oven. Connecting door leads to the annexe. Another door leading to the Malthouse. Exposed beams and brickwork. Study - Exposed beams. Window to side elevation. First Floor Landing - Window to rear elevation. Connecting door leading to the annexe. Ceiling coving. Bedroom 1 - Window to front elevation enjoying countryside views. Ornate fireplace. En-Suite - Comprising vanity wash hand basin, low level WC and shower cubicle. Window to side elevation. cupboard housing pressurized hot water cylinder. Bedroom 2 - Window to front elevation enjoying countryside views. Ornate fireplace. Bedroom 3 - Window to side elevation. Bedroom 4 - Window to front elevation enjoying countryside views. Family Bathroom - Window to rear elevation. Comprising vanity wash hand basin, low level WC and a corner Jacuzzi bath. Airing cupboard. The Annexe From the rear of the property, a stable door leads to: Kitchen/Breakfast Room - Comprising a range of base units with stainless steel single drainer sink unit set into roll top work surfaces, space for range cooker. Windows over the rear. Exposed beams. Utility Room - Space for cooker and fridge. Storage cupboard. Sitting Room - Wood burner on a slate hearth with timber mantel. Exposed beams. Cloakroom - Comprising low level WC and vanity wash hand basin. First Floor Landing - Window to rear elevation. Exposed beams. Connecting door to the main house. Velux window. Airing cupboard. Storage cupboards. Bedroom 2 - Window to side elevation. Door also leads to the first floor of The Malthouse. Shower Room - Comprising pedestal wash hand basin and shower cubicle (no shower currently connected). Bedroom 1 - Windows to rear elevation. Vanity wash hand basin. Family Bathroom - Comprising pedestal wash hand basin and a tongue and groove panelled bath. Exposed beams. Window to side elevation. Cloakroom - Comprising low level WC. Outside - A driveway leads down the side of the property and to the rear courtyard, where there is ample off road parking, as well as a car port with two sheds attached. There is also access across this driveway to the neighbouring property's cottage, and vehicular access to the land at the rear. Attached to the rear of the house is what is known as The Malthouse. It is a two storey barn that is thought to have huge potential for extension, to create a separate cottage, home office etc., subject to any necessary planning permissions. At present, it also houses the ground source heat pump. There is also a further barn that comprises a double carport and attached storage that again, has potential (STPP). On the opposite side of the courtyard is a detached barn; on the ground floor there is separate storage rooms as well as the pump room for the swimming pool. On the first floor is a party room/changing room and loft space. Steps lead up from this area to a large level terrace, where there is an outdoor heated swimming pool which is heated via an air source pump. A pathway then leads to the vegetable garden, greenhouse and fruit cages. From this area a five bar gate leads into a small paddock with an orchard, comprising pear, plum, damson and apple trees. This paddock can also be accessed via the main driveway and a separate five-bar gate. At the top of this paddock, a five bar gate leads to a further field, where there is a wildlife pond, Nissen hut and a small section of woodland. The current vendors have also planted an extension of this woodland with native trees. At the top of the paddock are the solar panels that currently earn approximately £800 per annum (until 2036). In the corner of this paddock is a useful Nissen hut that is currently used as a chicken house and storage barn. Property Information Services - Mains electricity and water(solar panels to assist with hot water). Ground source heat pump providing heating and hot water. Private drainage (septic tank). EPC Rating: D Local Authority - North Devon District Council - 01271 327711. Contents, Fixtures and Fittings - Only those mentioned within this brochure are included in the sale. All others, such as curtains, light fittings, mirrors, garden ornaments etc. are specifically excluded, but may be available by separate negotiation. Viewing - By appointment with Jackson-Stops, North Devon 01271 325153. For sale by private treaty with vacant possession upon completion. Directions - From junction 27 of the M5 motorway take the A361 towards Barnstaple. After approximately 28 miles turn right just passed South Molton onto the A399 towards Ilfracombe. After approximately 11 miles turn left at Blackmoor Gate onto the A39 towards Barnstaple. Continue down this road for about 5 miles and turn right after passing Arlington Court towards the village of East Down. Take the first turning on the left to Churchill. Proceed up the hill and upon entering the hamlet of Churchill, Churchill House will be found on the right hand side with a green in front of it.