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Key features

  • Traditional Barn
  • Elevated Position
  • 5.68 Acres
  • Set within the Exe Valley

Property description

Higher Bowbier Hill is a derelict traditional farmstead, occupying an elevated position above the Exe Valley and with the potential subject to consent to create a unique and highly individual family home in this unrivalled position.
The property is available with a choice of adjoining land.


Higher Bowbier Hill was without doubt, an important farmstead and the size of the courtyard arrangement of former farm buildings are testament to its significance within the locality. The original farmhouse known as ’Uncle Jim’s House’ has been abandoned for many years, although the original chimney stacks remain standing but with the majority of the principal walls and roof now collapsed. The perimeter of the adjoining courtyard remains largely in tact, with evidence of a number of former traditional buildings including linneys and loose houses evident.
Forming one side of the courtyard and substantially intact, is a fine Threshing Barn of stone elevations beneath a slate roof. Approximately 17.28m x 6.06m internally with a further dilapidated former round house to the rear and a further attached range of single storey stone and GI roofed stores to one end. It is this building that we consider has the potential for conversion to residential use, subject to consent.
The farmstead occupies an elevated position, partially sheltered by various mature broad leafed trees but with unrivalled views across adjoining countryside. It is set within pasture land, extending in total to about 5.68 acres and as edged in red on the identification plan. Further adjoining land is however, available by separate negotiation.
The property is approached from the council lane over a private beech lined entrance track which serves this and adjoining farm land.
Planning
The principal barn and the immediate courtyard we believe, are of sufficient quality and structural integrity to warrant their conversion. Mid Devon District Council have an adopted policy DM 9 supporting the conversion of redundant or disused rural buildings.
The property has been inspected by one of our Planning Consultants, Ms Naomi Morgan BA (Hons) MSC based in our Taunton Planning and Land Development Department. Naomi is a former Planning Officer with Mid Devon District Council and considers that the barns have the potential for re-development to form a dwelling or possibly, a holiday home.
There are no historic planning applications relating to the site and interested parties are invited to discuss any planning aspect with either Naomi[use Contact Agent Button] or alternatively, directly with Mid Devon District Council.

Tenure
The property is of freehold tenure with vacant possession available upon completion of the purchase.

Services
It is understood that the buildings have historically watered from a private water supply. This is of insufficient capacity for any re-development of the site and we are of the opinion that a borehole will be necessary to serve any development in the future.

There is no mains electricity on site. Interested parties should make their own enquiries directly with Western Power.

Drainage will be to a new private system to be constructed in accordance with current Environment Agency requirements.

Method of Sale
The property is offered for sale by private treaty with a Guide Price of £300,000. Interested parties are invited to submit their proposals. Consideration will be given to conditional offers, providing this is reflected within any offer submitted.

The property occupies an unrivalled position with Mid Devon; occupying an elevated position high above the Exe Valley and with commanding views across Bampton and the surrounding countryside. Bampton is the closest settlement, with this popular small town providing an extensive range of local amenities and artisan shops, a choice of cafés, restaurants and public houses, as well as primary healthcare and schooling. More extensive facilities are available at Tiverton, which lies to the south of the property with a comprehensive range of commercial, recreational and educational facilities, including the noted public school of Blundell’s. From here, access is also available eastwards via the A361 to the M5 (J27) and with mainline rail connections available adjacent to tis junction at Tiverton Parkway. To the north and approached through the Exe Valley lies the popular town of Dulverton, as well as the National Park of Exmoor itself.

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