Lower Upcott farmhouse and its detached 'grand design' barn conversion together create a unique and breathtaking holiday property for eight guests, if you only want to book the farmhouse, or for ten guests with the extra double bedroom in the barn.
An easy drive inland from the endless sandy surfing beaches of the north Devon coast, in a tranquil and very private rural location high up on the side of an unspoilt valley outside the pretty village of Chittlehampton, with utterly stunning panoramic views, Lower Upcott is a very special holiday home.
The farmhouse has been beautifully renovated and has lovely light-filled sociable living space that opens out onto a really large south-facing terrace with the gardens spread out beyond it. The view stretches for miles and all four of the farmhouse bedrooms enjoy the same outlook.
Behind the farmhouse is an amazing and spacious detached barn conversion, which doubles up as an indoor games room for you all to use. With high ceilings to the open plan living space, which has large sofas, a giant TV, a wood-burning stove and under-floor heating, it is a perfect add-on to the main house.
The farmhouse has the flexibility of a really large open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas - down a few steps - as the main social space, complete with a wood-burning stove and space for 10 guests to eat together.
There is a walk-through music-room with a piano - the stairs to the first floor rise from this space, and beyond it is the cosy sitting-room with wood-burning stove and TV. The stunning open plan space of the annexe provides you with further relaxed seating, table tennis, and, in effect, a cinema-room, such is the size of the TV screen!
Lower Upcott is not overlooked by any other properties and has the most fabulous gardens surrounding the property.
This part of north Devon is beautifully rural and has the bonus of being just a 30 minute drive to some of the best beaches this county has to offer - for example, Instow with miles of sandy beaches, a deli that is impossible to resist - they will make you up a picnic hamper for a day on the beach - and a little seasonal passenger ferry across to the traditional old fishing village of Appledore.
A little further afield are the exhilarating surfing beaches at Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe that give Cornwall a run for its money! North Devon is blessed with endless space and Lower Upcott offers just the same both inside and out. Closer to home there is a little network of country lanes and footpaths to the pretty village of Chittlehampton, and more importantly to the Bell Inn - an exceptionally friendly pub with a great menu for all the family. South Molton is the local market town with a pannier market and some lovely independent shops for holiday treats to take home with you to add to special memories of this wonderful farmhouse.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Wood-burner. Electric hob, electric oven, oil-fired Aga, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Music-room with piano
Sitting-room with TV, Blu-ray DVD player and wood-burner
Utility-room with washing machine, tumble-drier and wash-basin
Separate WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with double bed (6') and en suite Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and two wash-basins
Bedroom 2 with double bed
Bedroom 3 with double bed
Bedroom 4 with double bed
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, hand shower attachment, WC and wash-basin
Outside Access to Barn
Open plan living-room with TV, wood-burner, table-tennis and table-football
2 steps to Bedroom 5 with double bed (5')
2 steps to Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
There are some historic stone barns in the grounds that are politely out of bounds for safety reasons. We know it is irresistible for children to explore but please make sure that no one tries to climb inside. There are some low beams in the main farmhouse and steps from the kitchen/dining-area to the informal sitting-room. Steps lead from the farmhouse up to the annexe where there are some internal steps too. *Only 1 cot is provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Regret no pets
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 5 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 2 miles
- Patio furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH and partial under-floor heating
This stunning farmhouse has beautiful gardens and spectacular unspoilt panoramic views for miles.
This is the informal living-room at the far end of the open plan kitchen/dining-room. The light comes flooding into this most sociable of spaces.
For groups of 10 guests, the barn conversion provides this huge high ceilinged space as a wonderful contemporary living space, complete with supersize TV screen, table-tennis and table-football.
There is a wonderful farmhouse kitchen with a space for your whole party to eat together - same outside!
Eating outside with this view is a must on a beautiful evening.
There is a really snug living-room in the main farmhouse too, a lovely room away with large TV, great library of DVDs and a wood-burning stove.
The open plan kitchen/dining/living space opens onto a wide terrace with the lawns sweeping around the front of the farmhouse.
The detached barn conversion is tucked behind the main farmhouse.
This farmhouse is a true home-from-home with all the kitchen equipment you could possibly want.
As well as the hob and electric oven there is a traditional Aga, for lovely farmhouse cooking, additional warmth, or for sitting by with a book!
This is the detached barn conversion, sleeping two in a double bedroom with an en suite shower-room and a huge, high ceilinged 'cinema' room!
This is another view of the living area in the barn conversion.
The barn conversion is a fabulous space that all the family will enjoy. Between the two properties there is amazing choice and flexibility.
There are coffee and tea making facilities in the barn conversion with a few internal steps at one end you have the bedroom and shower-room.
North Devon is a beautiful rural county with some everlasting traditions,
Beyond the farmhouse is a little wildlife copse that children will love to explore.
As well as some lovely coastal villages, North Devon has wide open beaches which are renwned for surfing.
This is the fabulous sandy beach at Instow, looking across to the historic fishing village of Appledore
This is the master bedroom in the farmhouse. What a luxurious space, with a 6ft king-size bed and views out across the gardens and the valley beyond, Bedroom 1 is the master bedroom.
The master bedroom is light, beautifully decorated and presented and has plenty of storage space.
This is the en suite bathroom for the master bedroom.
All three of the other bedrooms in the farmhouse have double beds, lovely deep windowsills and panoramic views. This is bedroom 2.
Each bedroom is individually styled. This is bedroom 3.
There is a spacious family bathroom.
The final bedroom, bedroom 4, is up a couple of steps at the far end of the farmhouse, across a large landing.
The stairs rise up from the music room - the door to the right of the photo is bedroom 4.
This is the bedroom in the barn conversion.
It is a wonderful high-ceilinged space with under-floor heating.
This is the bathroom in the barn.
You will enjoy seeing livestock in the fields around the farmhouse from time to time.
The changing views through the seasons are a delight.
The terrace is just perfect for making the most of this special setting.
Enjoy this very special holiday home.