Lower Upcott farmhouse and its detached 'grand design' barn conversion housing a games-room and 'private cinema' TV-room together create a unique and breathtaking holiday property for up to ten guests, with flexible options for smaller groups of eight or six guests at certain times of the year.
Add to this a wonderful stone terrace, huge lawns which truly celebrate the far-reaching rural views and a pretty woodland copse, with a maze of paths, for children to play in.
This stunning and spacious period farmhouse is an easy drive inland from the endless sandy surfing beaches of the north Devon coast. The tranquil setting is very private and rural, high up on the side of an unspoilt valley outside the pretty village of Chittlehampton, with utterly stunning panoramic views. Without a doubt 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 the 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. The fifth bedroom, with its en suite bathroom, is in the barn conversion just behind the farmhouse.
The barn conversion 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 screen, a wood-burning stove and under-floor heating, it is a perfect add-on to the main house.
The main farmhouse has the flexibility of a really large open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas as the main social space, complete with a wood-burning stove and space for guests to eat together. There are a few steps down to the sofa-area at the far end of the room which has floor to ceiling bookshelves and a whole library of books for you to enjoy whilst there.
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 snug with wood-burning stove and TV. The stunning open plan space of the barn 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
Snug 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 (4'6'')
Bedroom 3 with double bed (4'6'')
Bedroom 4 with double bed (4'6'')
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 king-size 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 barn 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.
This detached barn conversion offers additional contemporary living space, complete with super-size TV screen, table-tennis and table-football.
This is the snug in the main farmhouse, a lovely room away with large TV, a great library of DVDs and a wood-burning stove.
The terrace is just perfect for making the most of this special setting.
There is a wonderful farmhouse kitchen which seats 10 guests - there is a second table in the kitchen area and you can put the two together if you wish.
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.
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 farmhouse is a true home-from-home with all the kitchen equipment you could possibly want.
This is the detached barn conversion which offers fabulous additional space to the main farmhouse. For groups of 10, this is where the fifth bedroom is.
This is another view of the living-area in the barn conversion.
This is the master bedroom in the farmhouse. What a luxurious space, with a 6 foot 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.
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.
This is the fabulous sandy beach at Instow, looking across to the historic fishing village of Appledore
You will enjoy seeing livestock in the fields around the farmhouse from time to time.
North Devon is a beautiful rural county with some everlasting traditions,