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Bored by your sideboard? Meet the Cornish designer giving furniture a new lease of life P36-37

Currant affairs Learn how to grow fruit bushes with Shirley Walker of The Eden Project P18-19

Paws for thought Weighing up the pros and cons of accepting dogs in holiday-let properties P46-47

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Retirement sales

Editor’s award

Rate rises for 2015?

McCarthy & Stone’s new Retirement Living development in Minehead, above, is proving so popular that ten apartments – nearly 40% of the development – have been sold or reserved before construction is complete. Jacqui Meenan, sales and marketing director for McCarthy & Stone, says: “The success we’ve experienced at Beechfield Court clearly signals a strong demand for this kind of specialist housing provision in Somerset.” Facilities include a homeowners’ lounge, guest suite, laundry room and lift, with a house manager and 24-hour emergency call points. For details call 0800 201 4742 or visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk.

Becky Sheaves, Property Editor of the Western Morning News, won an award at the national LSL Property Press Awards this week. She won the Bronze Award in the Regional Property Journalist of the Year category. “I’m delighted to have come in the top three nationally, in such a hardfought contest,” says Becky. Becky also made it into the final six shortlist in two other categories at the awards. She was shortlisted for Garden Writer, a category that was won by Bunny Guinness of The Telegraph, and Property Staff Writer, which was won by Deirdre Hipwell of The Times. The awards ceremony in London was hosted by TV newsreader Julia Somerville.

The latest research from Legal & General reveals that almost two thirds of consumers (65%) in the South West are not preparing for a mortgage-rate rise in the next two years. What is more, the study into “mortgage moods” found that only 8% of those polled in the South West are considering re-mortgaging in the next 12 months. By contrast, 39% of homeowners in the North West are preparing for a rate rise. Jeremy Duncombe of Legal & General warns that the base rate of interest may rise in 2015. “The record low interest rates we have seen in recent times are not going to be around for long. By not re-mortgaging, homeowners might miss a record low interest rate.”

Hot properties on the market this week Morwenstow, North Cornwall £175,000

Beehive Cottage is a super-cute thatched property with two bedrooms, just a mile inland of the National Trust coastline around Morwenstow. It is full of character and even has the original castiron Cornish range in its sitting room – not working these days, but there is also a woodburning stove for extra cosiness. Agents: Kivells, Bude, 01288 359999, wwwkivells.com


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Farmhouse with income Colgrease Farmhouse is on the beautiful North Cornwall coast near the village of Crantock. The four-bedroomed house comes with two barn conversions, used as holiday lets, as well as 4.4 acres of paddocks.

Sold by: Stags, Truro (01872 264488, www.stags.co.uk) off a guide price of £750,000

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Now in its seventh year, the Savills Regatta returns to Mylor Yacht Club, Falmouth on Monday June 92014. Organised by the Savills Truro office, the event is an established date in the calendar for corporate and private teams alike. Savills has confirmed that this year’s headline sponsor is again wealth management firm Brewin Dolphin, with co-sponsors Country Life Magazine, Ancasta Yacht Brokers and Stacks Property Search Cornwall. The supporting sponsors are St. Austell Brewery and Mylor Chandlery. The Regatta takes place in the world’s third largest natural

harbour using racing marks between St Mawes and Loe Beach in the Fal Estuary. Entry is open to all and there are classes for multihulls, IRC yachts, Cruisers, Falmouth Sunbeams and Falmouth Working Boats. There are also hopes this year for classes of Hunter 707s and Shrimpers, too. A crew party, sponsored by Stacks Property Search, will take place in Cafe Mylor after the prize giving with live music. Jonathan Cunliffe, director at Savills in Truro, says: “From its inception in 2007, this one-day event has grown steadily to the point where we are now attracting around 40 competing teams and about 200

guests. This is in no small part thanks to the support of our generous sponsors without whom the event simply would not happen. “Having originally been an invitation event, the Savills Regatta is now open to all and we are really hoping to see around 50 yachts racing this year. “As such I would encourage any teams who have yet to register to enter via Mylor Yacht Club’s website and take part in a day of great racing and healthy competition.” For further information contact Savills Truro office, 01872 243200. You can register your entry into the race at www.myloryachtclub.org.uk

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Sold to buyer from same village Yawl Barn is a converted boat store on a creek near East Portlemouth. This four-bedroomed luxury home has been bought by a local from the same village, who fell in love with this luxury waterside home.

Sold by: Marchand Petit, Salcombe (01548 844473, www.marchandpetit.co.uk) off a guide price of £1.25 million

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Hallsands, South Devon £580,000

Number 1, Ella Mews is part of a New England style development built in 2009 near the beach in the South Hams. Open-plan downstairs, with two bedrooms, the property has sensational views over Start Bay and shares a communal outdoor heated pool and tennis court. Agents: Marchand Petit,Kingsbridge, 01548 857588, www.marchandpetit.co.uk

Sticklepath, Dartmoor

Bought within three months

Crow’s Nest is, as the name suggests, perched high on Dartmoor four miles east of Okehampton. There’s a large wooden 1930s house, plus 12.5 acres of land. Formerly a riding school, the property comes with indoor arena, 14 looseboxes and groom’s accommodation. Agents: Drew Pearce, Exeter, 01392 201748, www.drewpearce.co.uk

Yeo Farm near Wiveliscombe in Somerset went on the market in November and has already been sold. Buyers from Gloucestershire with equestrian plans have snapped up this period farmhouse with three letting cottages, 13 acres and river frontage.

£600,000

Sold by: Jackson-Stops & Staff, Taunton (01823 325144, www.jackson-stops.co.uk) off a guide price of £1.5 million

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Plymtree

0.75 Acres

Poughill

7 Acres

Combe Raleigh

5.75 Acres

A substantial family home with wonderful gardens and stunning views over the East Devon countryside. 4 receptions, study, kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite). Indoor swimming pool & shower room. Gardens. Triple garage. EPC commissioned. Web Find: 64984

An attractive Listed farmhouse and courtyard of buildings set in beautiful grounds. 2 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathroom/shower rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, study, utility, boot room, and cloakroom. Walled garden. Buildings with potential. Pasture. Pond. Web Find: 59435

A Grade II Listed 4 bedroom characterful barn conversion with charming attached self contained 2 bedroom cottage. Gardens and paddocks. Set in the heart of the Blackdown Hills with stunning countryside views. EPC Band E. Web Find: 56977

Guide Price £695,000

Guide Price £695,000

Guide Price £620,000

Harracott

Exeter 01392 255202

1.3 Acres

Liverton

Tiverton 01884 235705

0.8 Acres

Lifton

Honiton 01404 45885

1.2 Acres

A detached period farmhouse in a tranquil & timeless hamlet just 15 minutes drive from Barnstaple, together with range of useful buildings. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, small indoor pool & hot tub. EPC Band E. Web Find: 65411

A charming complex of converted barns and sizeable grounds with superb views over Liverton and Dartmoor. Reverse level main house, 3 bedrooms and study, vaulted sitting room, large kitchen/breakfast room, detached 2 bed annexe, family room with potential, separate office and workshop. Substantial outbuildings. EPC Band D. Web Find: 65029

Immaculately appointed detached residence on the outskirts of this sought after village. 3/4 double bedrooms (master en suite), kitchen/dining room & sitting room. Integral double garage & no immediate neighbours. Commercial potential. EPC Band B. Web Find: 50364

Guide Excess £599,950

Guide Price £550,000

Guide Price £495,000

Barnstaple 01271 322833

Totnes 01803 865454

Sourton

Whitchurch Canonicorum

Exceptionally spacious detached residence with large gardens. 2 receptions, kitchen/dining room, study, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite). Large garage. EPC Band C. Web Find: 55055

A detached Grade II Listed home with a charming country outlook. 3 reception rooms, kitchen/ breakfast room, utility and 3 double bedrooms. Outbuildings. EPC Band E. Web Find: 55143

A traditional detached barn conversion with excellent equestrian facilities and views to Dartmoor beyond. 3 bedrooms (1 en suite), open plan accommodation with kitchen and lounge, bathroom, garden, double garage, outbuilding & stable block. EPC Band C. Web Find: 39417

Guide Price £439,500

Guide Excess £425,000

Guide Price £365,000

Tamar Valley

Okehampton 01837 659420

0.5 Acres

0.5 Acres

Bridport 01308 428000

Boyton

Launceston 01566 774999

4.75 Acres

Launceston 01566 774999

Crediton

Coleford

A secluded detached residence with annexe in the beautiful Tamar Valley. Sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, 3 bedrooms (1 en suite), 1 bedroom self contained annexe, double garage, store, driveway, extensive gardens. EPC Band E. Web Find: 64051

A thoughtfully and beautifully converted detached barn close to the heart of a popular Mid Devon town. 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), sitting room, dining room, kitchen & utility. Courtyard garden. Off road parking. EPC Band C. Web Find: 64812

A detached period property for renovation or replacement in rural location. 4 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms. Views. Large gardens. Planning permission to replace. Informal Tender Fri 28th March. Web Find: 63224

Guide Price £365,000

Guide Price £345,000

Tender Guide £300,000

Plymouth 01752 223933

Exeter 01392 255202

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This week... Kingsbridge

7.5 Acres

A beautifully presented Edwardian house hidden amongst historic gardens. Totally private, accessible edge of town location, principal 8 bed residence arranged as 3 dwellings, easily capable of conversion back to large house. 3 bed former Coach House, could be purchased as a going concern, and with less land if req. EPC Band E. Web Find: 55289 Guide Price £1,750,000

Kingsbridge 01548 853131

...people are actively looking to buy or rent through Stags. Torquay A wonderful detached Victorian residence set in a discreet location, restored and improved over the last 18 years by the present owners. Over 4,300 sq ft comprising 6 bedrooms (3 en suite), large basement, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility, study, morning room, double garage and large garden. EPC Band E. Web Find: 47589 Guide Price £1,100,000

Tamar Valley

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Torquay 01803 200160

2 Acres

Tideford

2 Acres

Zelah

20 Acres

Approached over a tree lined drive and in a private setting, a spacious country house with annexe and paddock. Approximately 5394 sq ft, 4 receptions, 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, cottage/annexe, gardens, courtyard, garaging for 5 and tennis court. EPC Band D. Web Find: 60503

A superb detached Victorian residence situated in an elevated position with large level gardens and far reaching rural views. Kitchen, utility, cloakroom, dining room, drawing room, family room, 5 bedrooms, 2 en suites, family bathroom with roll top bath, parking. EPC Band E. Web Find: 65331

Striking castellated & most distinctive quality country residence with surrounding grounds, land and woods. Unique property. Conservatory, 3 receptions, kitchen and breakfast room, 5 bedrooms (2 en suite), bathroom. Sand school. Stables. EPC Band F. Web Find: 64827

Guide Price £895,000

Guide Price £890,000

Guide Price £850,000

West Anstey

Plymouth 01752 223933

12.7 Acres

South Molton

Totnes 01803 865454

5 Acres

Washaway

Truro 01872 264488

4.4 Acres

A traditional Listed farmhouse privately located with stunning views, stables, outbuildings and manege. Farmhouse kitchen, dining room, sitting room, utility, larder, study, 4 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms. Further land available by separate negotiation. Web Find: 56947

An impressive former Rectory, beautifully set on the edge of town. Listed Grade II. Conservatory, hall, 4 receptions, kitchen, cellar, utility, 4 double bedrooms (2 en suite) and bathroom. Coach house and superb gardens and grounds with croquet lawn. Web Find: 63182

A private country residence with a delightful outlook and approximately 350 yards of single bank fishing rights to the River Camel. 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, 4 bedrooms, study. Chalet & outbuildings. Gardens and riverside meadows. EPC Band E. Web Find: 65313

Guide Price £825,000

Guide Price £795,000

Guide Price £750,000

Dulverton 01398 323174

South Molton 01769 572263

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stags.co.uk

The West Country Waterside Agent

Berrynarbor

1 Acre

Newquay

A coastal estate in miniature incorporating 3 charming detached period cottages set in secluded grounds directly overlooking Combe Martin Bay. Total 5 bedrooms. EPC Bands E, F and D. Web Find: 49526

An impressive coastal home in a desirable cul-de-sac above Lusty Glaze beach enjoying fabulous sea and coastal views. Sitting room, kitchen/dining room, family room, conservatory, 4 bedrooms (2 en suite). Guest & hot tub chalet. Double garage. Landscaped garden. EPC Band D. Web Find: 65384

Guide Price £645,000

Guide Price £575,000

Barnstaple 01271 322833

Truro 01872 264488

Lyme Regis

Downderry

A unique detached home with stunning views across the Jurassic Coast. Kitchen/breakfast room, split level open plan living area, garden room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite). 1 bedroom unit and garden. EPC Band B. Web Find: 64941

A detached 1930's house, close to the village centre, with widespread sea, coastal and village views. Versatile with divisible suite, total of 4 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, 3 bath/shower rooms, garage, gardens, double garage. EPC Band D. Web Find: 8685

Guide Price £550,000

Guide Price £439,950

Bridport 01308 428000

Plymouth 01752 223933

Tintagel

Seaton

Immaculately appointed detached home, found in excellent decorative order and built to a high specification by a diligent local builder. 4 bedrooms (master en suite), 3 reception rooms, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, double garage and garden. Panoramic sea views. EPC Band D. Web Find: 42609

Smart refurbished ground floor 2 bedroom apartment with superb views along the Jurassic coast. Situated in an imposing Victorian building safely set back from the sea the property has a new kitchen and bathroom. Parking and private courtyard. EPC Band D. Web Find: 65176

Guide Price £425,000

Guide Price £225,000

Launceston 01566 774999

Cornwall | Devon | Somerset | Dorset | London

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stags.co.uk

The West Country Waterside Agent

Tintagel

1.8 Acres

Roundwood, Feock

A well established and successful holiday cottage complex with good quality owners' house in a superb coastal location with panoramic sea views. Impressive 4 bedroom main residence. 8 holiday cottages. PP for indoor pool. Garden and grounds. EPC Band E. Web Find: 38788

An attractive waterside house set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to Truro with direct water frontage and quay on Cowlands Creek. 3/4 bedroom house. Garage. Waterside garden. Quay with boat store and jetty. Foreshore. EPC Band D. Web Find: 11113

Guide Price £1,250,000

Price £795,000

Truro 01872 264488

Truro 01872 264488

Torquay

Bigbury On Sea

An island of privacy and tranquillity with sophisticated elegance and panoramic views over the bay. 5/6 bedrooms, private plot measuring a third of an acre, 2700 sq ft of accommodation with a heated swimming pool. Gated driveway and garage. EPC Band E. Web Find: 64111

A stunning brand new home in an elevated position with a superb coastal panorama. Ideal permanent or holiday home, 30' open plan triple aspect living room, comprehensively fitted kitchen, 4 bedrooms (1 en suite), 2 family bathrooms, Utility room. EPC Band C. Web Find: 62894

Guide Price £795,000

Guide Price £749,950

Torquay 01803 200160

Kingsbridge 01548 853131

Kingswear

Polruan

A light and spacious detached residence situated on an elevated position enjoying wonderful views of the River Dart and Dartmouth. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, self contained annexe, ample parking, garage and rear gardens. EPC Band E. Web Find: 51035

Home & income. An individual detached house set high above the village with widespread sea and coastal views. Useable as single dwelling or 3 self contained suites. 5/6 bedrooms, 3 kitchens, etc, garaging and extensive parking. EPC Band E. Web Find: 8661

Guide Price £720,000

Guide Price £675,000

Dartmouth 01803 835336

Cornwall | Devon | Somerset | Dorset | London

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ST. MELLION

ÂŁ500,000

A charming character Georgian house situated in delightful mature gardens of approximately 0.75 acre, located on the fringes of the Tamar Valley AONB, and enjoying outstanding views. The property has been sympathetically restored in recent years to provide a light and spacious comfortable family home which retains much of its original character and the well appointed accommodation comprises entrance lobby, entrance hall, family room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, rear lobby, cloakroom to the ground floor, whilst to the first floor there are four double bedrooms and a family bathroom. EPC Rating 40 Band E Tavistock 01822 612345

WOOLWELL

ÂŁ795,000

A fine detached residence of historical importance dating back to the 13th Century. The substantial accommodation which includes a host of original features, offers six bedrooms, four large reception rooms that include a lounge, a formal dining room, a large family room and study/library. There are two bathrooms, a shower room along with a dairy, pantry and utility room. Located in the popular north Plymouth suburb of Woolwell, easy access is granted to Plymouth and Dartmoor National Park is within a five minute drive and the property is set within mature grounds approximately one acre in size which offers complete privacy and incorporates a tandem garage, a large store shed, greenhouse and wood store. EPC Rating 55 Band D North Plymouth 01752 791333

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ÂŁ925,000

A Grade II Listed Victorian vicarage with an 1837 date stone and built in the Tudor style, this substantial detached residence was designed by the architect Edward Blore. Reference is made to the property in Pevsner's The Buildings of England, and internally the property is typical of the period. The property has been gently renovated by the current owner and now provides characterful extensive and versatile accommodation which briefly comprises 4 receptions, kitchen, 6 bedrooms, cellarage, attic and other ancillary rooms. Tavistock 01822 612345

CHAGFORD

ÂŁ475,000

A beautifully appointed detached coach house style residence constructed in 2005 by Gerald Wood Homes. The spacious and immaculate accommodation briefly comprises entrance hall with doors to cloakroom; utility room and a well equipped kitchen/dining room. To the first floor is a a superb sitting room with double doors to an enclosed decked balcony offering a lovely place to sit and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and Dartmoor. There are three double bedrooms with the master bedroom having an en suite bath/shower room and the second bedroom has the lovely feature of double doors to a Juliet balcony and far reaching views of the countryside and Dartmoor. There is also a family bath/shower room. To the rear of the property is a private enclosed beautifully landscaped garden. EPC Rating 75 Band C Okehampton 01837 52371

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Holiday complex has plenty to offer

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The main house has a luxury kitchen, top, plus characterful dining room, above. The holiday lets are also full of character, such as this one pictured below

When Donald and Linette Wilson decided that they had reached the sort of advanced age at which it would be sensible to buy a house that was all on one level, they started looking around the property market in Cornwall. Donald, a structural engineer, was keen to use his building experience to find a bit of a project and add some value. Little did Linette guess the scope of his ambition, however, even at the age of 74. “Donald found these derelict farm buildings and bought them together with the land. When we came to view the property, there was a great big sow plopped in the barn here,” she said. “It was quite unnerving looking around with this massive animal sitting there on its side – I didn’t know what she would do.” In the rolling hills near St Keyne in South East Cornwall, Donald had discovered a diamond in the rough. He spotted that Olde Pensipple had the bare bones of a lovely farm complex with the ability to sustain itself through holiday lets. It was certainly well situated, with beautiful views and a spring-fed lake, close both to Liskeard and Looe. With a nearly nine-acre package of land, there would also be plenty of space to accommodate the couple’s hobbies: horses for Linette, aeroplanes for Donald. The buildings were the biggest challenge, however. “The main barn had no roof at all,” said Linette, who has been married to Donald for 17 years. “One part was all full of old gas canisters. There was a tree growing up through the middle. I was quite cross with him really – we’re getting older, after all.” But Donald, whose career includes piloting aeroplanes dropping parachutists over the countryside, was undaunted. With decades of experience, he knew exactly what was needed to convert a ramshackle complex of old stone buildings into an efficient and attractive home and five standalone holiday lets. “We had to overhaul everything,” remembers Linette. “You couldn’t even drive a car in, the ground was so lumpy and bumpy. We put in drains, and a water supply. We sandblasted the barns and injected damp proofing. “Donald has a great eye. He can just look at something and see how it should be. He’s always been that way: he built his first house when he was about 20.” Over the course of the next few

Gillian Molesworth discovers a tranquil country home in South East Cornwall with space for horses, aeroplanes and paying guests years, Olde Pensipple (whose name may mean “head of the stream” in Cornish) began to take shape. The main house is designed to strike the right note between farmhouse tradition and modern lifestyle. Donald used many original and local materials to accent the building. The living room is dominated by a natural stone open fireplace sporting a woodburning stove, with exposed granite lintels and beamed ceiling. The dining room has ceramic tiled floors, with impressive natural stone work on the walls and, again, granite lintels. The morning room, or sun room, has double glazed wooden windows with stunning views across the fields. “The morning room has scope to be converted into a separate annexe,” said Linette. “It is a lovely room, and attached to a garage with its own entrance if need be. “Rather than the far-reaching views you’d find on top of a moor, we have hillside views. In a way it’s more interesting.” Linette says she loves her kitchen, which has a big Heritage range oven and oak kitchen units. Upstairs, the exposed stone theme is continued in the master suite, where a dressing area boasts fitted wardrobes and a decked veranda – “it is so lovely to sit here with a glass of wine and watch the sun set,” said Linette. The master bedroom is en-suite, with a double corner shower cubicle, low level WC and bidet, heated towel rail and solid oak flooring.


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Olde Pensipple, pictured above, has plenty of space and character details, below

Olde Pensipple, St Keyne, Liskeard, Cornwall £995,000

Two more bedrooms upstairs share a spacious bathroom with a four piece suite including a bidet. Guests and family alike will love the whirlpool-style bathtub. “It’s hard to say what my favourite room in the house is,” said Linette. “It’s also such a tranquil setting here. There is wonderful wildlife – lots of birds and fallow deer in the summer. The lake attracts a variety of creatures, from dragonflies to ducks and Canada geese. It’s magical, really.” The tranquil setting and proximity to Cornwall’s south coast is also a selling point for the tourist visitors here. The five self-contained holiday lets are called The Olde Barn, The

Stable Barn, The Shire Horse Barn, The Hayloft, and Pensipple Barn. Full of character, they are all one bedroomed and can be let individually or together for larger groups. Linette loves her stables, home to her two horses, a Spanish Andalusian and a lightweight Irish cob. She used to compete, riding Westernstyle, but these days is happier simply hacking out and taking part in the odd endurance ride. “There’s very good riding nearby. The nearby lanes are quiet, and right now full of primroses and wild garlic. Duloe Woods and Herodsfoot Woods are both close by. I’ve ridden to the beach at Seaton before – it takes about an hour and a quarter to get

there, and it’s a fun adventure.” The equestrian facilities include a converted stable with two loose boxes and plenty of room for more, with a fodder storage area, tack room and cloakroom. Outside, there are two post-and-rail paddocks, each with field shelters, so the horses can comfortably live outside as well as in. “One thing that I really like is that you can see the horses from the house,” said Linette. “First of all, it’s just nice to see them. But it’s also good to keep an eye on them and the barn, for added security.” Donald prefers wings and wheels to four legs – he keeps a two-seater

Rans aircraft in a lean-to at the back of his workshop, and has also put in a landing strip on the property, which can be seen using Google Earth (although it hasn’t been mown recently). Now 85, even the indomitable Donald is finally ready to embrace retirement and so the property is for sale. “We’re really ready for a quieter life, to let the next person take this lovely home on,” said Linette. Note to readers: People who do an internet search on this property will come across an application for solar panels in nearby fields in St Keyne. Linette and Donald have applied for an exclusion zone so that their property will not be affected by this. The panels, should they go ahead, would be on south-sloping fields out of the view.

Property: A beautifully-positioned rural barn complex, with a main house and five self-contained holiday lets. Location: Quietly and privately positioned a short distance from the market town of Liskeard, near the picturesque fishing village of Looe. Accommodation: The main house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the five holiday lets are all one-bedroomed. Outside: Nine acres including paddocks with field shelters and a stable block plus a small aircraft landing strip. There is a natural spring-fed lake and enclosed formal gardens. Agents: Kivells, Liskeard, 01579 345 543, www.kivells.com.


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Callington, Cornwall - ÂŁ495,000

Bovey Tracey, Devon - ÂŁ600,000

Five Bedroom Country Home Set in 0.845 Acre Grounds Adjoining River This deceptively spacious detached modern home located in a small hamlet on the outskirts of Callington. The property is set over three floors and provides five bedroom accommodation which would ideally suit a large family or even two family occupation. Set in 0.845 of an acre grounds to include formal garden and lower meadow with double garage and off road parking. An undoubted feature being its elevated position adjoining the River Lynher offering views over the river, gardens and surrounding countryside. Viewing highly recommended. ER - TBC Contact Callington Office 01579 382999

Spacious Detached Character Property With Attached 2 Bedroom Annexe Located on the edge of the town in a tucked away location, this character property offers spacious dual family accommodation within close proximity to the amenities of Bovey Tracey. The main residence is reverse level with hallway, two bedroom suites, a double bedroom and family bathroom to the ground floor. On the first floor there is spacious living accommodation, further bedroom, shower room and a family room. Outside is ample parking, double garage, carport and extensive gardens. Attached to the property is a two bedroom annexe offering home and income potential. ER - Main D, Annexe C Contact Bovey Tracey Office 01626 834900

St Mellion, Cornwall - ÂŁ565,000

Torquay, Devon - ÂŁ499,950

St Ives, Cornwall - ÂŁ650,000

Spacious Four Double Bedroom Executive Home Adjoining Golf Club Set in a tucked away position this deceptively spacious four double bedroom executive home is offered in immaculate order throughout and enjoys well tended gardens extending to approx a fifth of an acre. Double integral garage and off road parking. Adjoins the 6th hole of the Jack Nicholas Course with views of the course and two lifetime leisure memberships at the club. ER - C Contact Callington Office 01579 382999

A Well Presented Four Bedroom Family Home A perfect family home enjoying good sized accommodation, retaining many original features. Accommodation briefly comprises lounge, dining room, large conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom/w.c, four bedrooms (master en suite) and family bathroom. Benefiting from gas central heating, double glazing, gardens with a heated swimming pool, garage, parking and picturesque outlook. Located in the desirable Lincombes area of Torquay, within easy reach of the harbour & marina. ER-D Contact Torquay Office 01803 311622

Terraced House In Downalong With Sea Views And Gardens Properties like this rarely become available. Situated in one of the most sought after areas of St Ives this three bedroom property is in need of modernisation. The house offers views of Porthmeor and The Island. To the rear there is a tiered south facing garden and to the front the garden has mainly flower beds and palm trees. There is also a separate basement. ER - D C o n t a c t S t I v e s O ff i c e 0 1 7 3 6 7 9 3 3 0 0

Sidbury, Devon - ÂŁ499,000

Budleigh Salterton, Devon - ÂŁ475,000 Bovey Tracey, Devon - ÂŁ500,000

Picturesque Grade II Listed Thatched Cottage Harvest Cottage is a newly thatched family home in a pretty setting within the village presented in excellent order. Having many character features including an inglenook fireplace, exposed beams and oak internal doors with brace and latch handles. Accommodation includes four bedrooms (all en suite), two reception rooms and bespoke kitchen. There is ample parking with a detached double garage with studio room over offering potential as an office or playroom. ER - NR Contact Sidmouth Office 01395 578444

A Detached House Situated In Sought After Location "Meadow View" is a three bedroom house offering fine views across the Otter Valley, situated on the edge of Budleigh Salterton, within easy reach of the town centre and beach with lovely river and coastal walks nearby. The property has a good size garden and offers lovely rural views and would now benefit from some updating. The spacious accommodation benefits from gas central heating. Garage and off road parking. ER - F C o n t a c t B u d l e i g h S a l t e r t o n O ff i c e 0 1 3 9 5 4 4 2 2 0 1

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Beautifully Presented Substantial Family Home Substantial five double bedroom family home, beautifully presented, in a cul de sac location. Accommodation comprises lounge, separate dining room, kitchen breakfast room, utility room, downstairs cloakroom, five double bedrooms, two with en suites and a family bathroom. Outside there is an enclosed rear garden, driveway parking and double garage. Early viewing recommended. ER – TBC. Contact Bovey Tracey Office 01626 834900

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Sidmouth, Devon - Guide £825,000

Farmhouse With Luxury Converted Barns Set In 6 Acres A rare investment opportunity to purchase an existing multi-award winning, luxury holiday hamlet comprising a Grade II Listed Four Bedroom Farmouse and five “boutique style” luxury barn conversions offering 5* contemporary accommodation. Sympathetically refurbished to a high standard, retaining many character features including slate floors, exposed beams and vaulted ceilings, the property offers excellent income and is set in approximately six acres in idyllic countryside with a woodland walk. ER - Farmhouse N/R, Barns D and E C o n t a c t L i s k e a rd O ff i c e 0 1 5 7 9 3 4 6 7 0 0

A Superb Detached House Set In Generous Gardens In A Prime Residential Location A fine detached house located in the sought after East side of Sidmouth town within approximately one third of a mile from the town centre and Sea front. Presented in excellent decorative order and having undergone extensive improvements by the current vendors including a superb kitchen/breakfast room opening into a sun lounge which has bi-fold doors opening onto the rear patio and views of the rear garden which is a lovely feature. Further accommodation comprises sitting room, dining room and study. Cloakroom, 2 utility rooms and shower room. 4 first floor bedrooms, one en suite and bathroom with spacious landing. Outside double garage, ample parking and pretty mature gardens. ER-TBC. C o n t a c t S i d m o u t h O ff i c e 0 1 3 9 5 5 7 8 4 4 4

Torquay, Devon - Guide £695,000 Looe, Cornwall - £475,000

Torquay, Devon - £565,000

A Substantial Five Bedroom Detached Period Residence

Located in one of Torquay's most prestigious addresses, the extensive accommodation briefly comprises spacious reception hallway, downstairs cloakroom/w.c, sitting room with feature open fireplace, separate dining room, sun lounge, kitchen/breakfast room, separate utility room & study. On the 1st floor are 5 bedrooms, 2 having en suite facilities, & family bathroom/w.c. Detached double garage, workshop, driveway parking & landscaped gardens. Viewing highly recommended. ER - D C o n t a c t To rq u a y O ff i c e 0 1 8 0 3 3 1 1 6 2 2

Detached House With Sea & Coastline Views A detached coastal residence offering well presented 3/4 bedroom accommodation boasting features such as two sets of bi-fold doors offering indoor/outdoor contemporary living. The property is within walking distance of the beaches at Plaidy and Millendreath and enjoys coastal views towards Looe Island. Open plan living/kitchen/dining area, two en suites plus wet room and bathroom. Garage and parking. Viewing strongly advised. ER - TBC C o n t a c t L o o e O ff i c e 0 1 5 0 3 2 6 4 8 8 8

Detached Four Bedroom Property Situated In The Favoured Warberries Area Of Torquay Substantial property on 3 levels with front door giving access to the top floor comprising bedroom 4, shower room & access to the integral garage. 3 further bedrooms (2 with en suite) & family bathroom are located on the middle floor, whilst the lower ground floor has an impressive 34ft plus lounge, with archway opening to a superbly fitted kitchen and an Orangery with spiral staircase to a timber clad sauna room. Level gardens to the rear with a large sun terrace, ample car parking & double garage to the front. ER - C Contact Torquay Office 01803 311622

Callington, Cornwall - £875,000

Shaldon, Devon - £695,000

Liskeard, Cornwall - £695,000

Characterful Country Home With Annexe And Letting Cottage Set In 2.294 Acres Delightful country home set in a truly rural and peaceful location approximately one mile from the town of Callington. Offered in immaculate order throughout, the accommodation is well proportioned offering 4 bedrooms and 4 reception rooms to the main dwelling as well as having an adjoining 1 bedroom self contained annexe, ideal for a dependent relative or teenager. The gardens and grounds are a true delight and extend to approx. 2.2 acres. A natural stream feeds a mill pond with its 23 resident ducks and duck house. Within the grounds there is also a separate letting cottage, ideal for those looking for a home with income potential. Viewing highly recommended. ER - C Contact Callington Office 01579 382999

Spacious Refurbished Four/Five Bedroom Family Home A detached family home, beautifully refurbished and offering well presented accommodation with enclosed gardens and views across the village to the river and Shaldon Bridge. Stunning kitchen/dining room, spacious sitting room, two double bedrooms, bathroom and utility to the ground floor. On the first floor are two large bedrooms both with en suite shower rooms and a third bedroom. The property is accessed via electric sliding gate leading to large gravel parking and turning area offering ample parking and enclosed easy to maintain gardens. ER - D Contact Shaldon Office 01626 873757

Detached Residence With Annexe And Land Believed to have been built in 1927 & improved over the last 30 years by the current owners, this well proportioned 7 bedroom family home includes a large family kitchen/ breakfast room/snug area, formal dining room & sitting room. The gardens surround the house with terrace leading to a formal lawn, extending beyond to an orchard & woodland area with beautiful landscaping around a small lake with a Summerhouse. In the grounds is a detached 2 bedroom annexe and a further outbuilding. ER - F Contact Liskeard Office 01579 346700

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This picturesque 4 double bedroom Devon Cottage has just been refurbished to a very high standard and is set in just over an acre of grounds. No chain. EPC Rating D.

Finished to a high standard this delightful 4 bedroom home is ideal for yachting enthusiasts with water frontage including launching slip and outhaul mooring. EPC Rated C.

Guide Price ÂŁ545,000

Guide Price ÂŁ589,500

Web Ref: 79343

Modbury Office

Web Ref: 63515

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DARTMOUTH

A charming mid-terrace 3 bedroom barn conversion in a truly peaceful South Hams countryside location just one-and-a-half miles from the hustle and bustle of Salcombe's boating community. EPC Rating D. Web Ref: 35089 Guide Price ÂŁ425,000 Salcombe Office

A 3 bedroom detached property with integral garage and lovely panoramic views across surrounding countryside to the Kingsbridge/Salcombe Estuary. Choice position. EPC Rating D. Web Ref: 73887 ÂŁ360,000 Kingsbridge Office

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A light and spacious detached house with southerly views - large living/dining room with balcony, kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, 1 en suite, bathroom, gardens, garage and parking. EPC Rating to follow. Web Ref: 75100 ÂŁ525,000 Dartmouth Office

A recently renovated 3 bedroom semi-detached house situated in the centre of the picturesque village of Holbeton within walking distance of the Erme estuary. EPC Rating D. Web Ref: 77592 Guide Price ÂŁ325,000 Modbury Office

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A 4 bedroom, 3 reception room period property which was formerly a coaching inn and in later years the village post office. To include charming, pretty and mature garden, parking and situated in a popular area on the outskirts of Brixham. EPC Rating E. Web Ref: 58895 Guide Price ÂŁ420,000 Totnes Office

An individual detached house with superb views over Old Mill Creek and open countryside - 2 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 1 en-suite, 2/3 bath/shower rooms, 2 garages, ample parking, generous size gardens. EPC Rating D. Web Ref: 78582 ÂŁ395,000 Dartmouth Office

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A skilfully extended 4/5 bedroom detached house having been beautifully and imaginatively refurbished to take maximum advantage of the fantastic views of the harbour mouth, out to sea and surrounding countryside, providing light and airy accommodation. EPC Rating D.

A charming detached 3 reception room 4 bedroom former Devon longhouse dating back to the 17th century together with generous gardens and outbuildings situated in a gorgeous position in the hamlet of Larcombe. EPC Rating E.

Guide Price ÂŁ1,250,000

Guide Price ÂŁ775,000

Web Ref: 40657

STOKENHAM

A superb 4 bedroom detached property with double garage and good views situated in a quiet location in this popular village and having beautifully maintained gardens to front and rear. EPC Rating E. ÂŁ535,000

Web Ref: 78758

Kingsbridge Office

Salcombe Office

DARTMOUTH

A superb modern detached property with 3 double bedrooms, 1 en-suite, large living room, superb kitchen/dining room, elevated river and sea views, garage and parking for 2/3 vehicles. EPC Rating G. ÂŁ575,000

Web Ref: 76542

Dartmouth Office

Web Ref: 60448

Totnes Office

SALCOMBE

Occupying a superb site in one of the most sought after locations in Salcombe, approximately half a mile from the town centre, a detached house with excellent views to the sea and ripe for refurbishment/extension or redevelopment with a larger contemporary house. EPC Rating E.

Excess of ÂŁ895,000

Web Ref: 45214

Salcombe Office

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Lawhitton, Launceston

Superb four bedroom cottage style residence overlooking gorgeous Tamar Valley pastoral scene.

£625,000

• Three reception, four bedroom suites • Converted stable suite • Sheltered and private garden areas • Access drive, generous parking and garaging • Presently an established high quality B&B business • EPC Ratings E & D.

Launceston

Treglarricks, St Clether

• Three receptions bristling with character features • Enclosed sunny gardens and terraces • Useful modern outbuildings • Planning permission for camping/caravan site • Near to North Cornish coast and Bodmin Moor • Frontage to A395. EPC Rating D.

Offers invited

Launceston

01566 777777 launceston@kivells.com

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Period three bedroom farmhouse with adjoining two bedroom cottage annexe set in 9 acres with potential business opportunity.

Liskeard,

A wonderful extended four bedroom semi-detached house within level walking distance of the town.

£209,950

• Spacious family sized accommodation • Three reception rooms, spacious kitchen • Ground floor WC and utility area • Gardens to the front and rear and off road parking • Within walking distance of the train station • EPC Rating D.

St Pinnock, Liskeard

Liskeard

01579 345543 liskeard@kivells.com

Quality town residence with upgraded and flexible accommodation. • Five bedrooms and two bathrooms, • Master bedroom with dressing area • Separate utility room and cloakroom • Superb rear garden. Covered access to double garage • Good parking with space for motor home etc • Low outgoings due to solar panels and private drainage • EPC Rating C.

£125,000 Ashwater, Beaworthy

£395,000 Trekenner, Launceston

Callington,

OIE £375,000

Callington

01579 384321 callington@kivells.com

£375,000

A detached barn constructed of stone and concrete block in a rural location.

Lovely two/three bedroom country home in idyllic surroundings with beautiful gardens, woodland, lake, summerhouse and no near neighbours.

Four acre equestrian unit with three bedroom detached barn conversion set in the Cornish countryside.

• Remains of a stone and slate cottage with extension to rear • The land surrounding the property is subject to negotiation • For sale for commercial purposes only.

• New rayburn range. Woodburner in sitting room • Two receptions, mains GCH, outbuilding with conversion potential (STP) • Triple garage & extensive drive/parking, workshops, polytunnel & wood store • Garage/workshop with pit. Two stables, tack room and hay store. • The whole approaches 5 acres. EPC Rating D. • Private location on village outskirts. EPC Rating C.

Liskeard 01579 345543 liskeard@kivells.com

Holsworthy 01409 253888 holsworthy@kivells.com

Callington 01579 384321 callington@kivells.com


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18 gardens Garden properties on sale Chyvogue Farm, Cornwall £975,000

Set in two acres of lovely gardens, this five-bedroomed 1906 property in Perranwell Station near Truro has an outdoor heated pool, all-weather tennis court and established kitchen garden. The well-established planting includes palms, magnolias, acers and much more, and there is also a large greenhouse. Agents: Jackson-Stops and Staff, Truro, 01872 261160, www.jacksonstops.co.uk

Upmead, East Devon £1.1 million

This 1920s gentleman’s residence is set in 1.8 acres just outside Budleigh Salterton. The lovely terrace has sea views and the grounds include a small meadow and woodland area. The house also has a large garden room with patio doors. Agents: Bradleys, Budleigh Salterton, 01395 442201, www.bradleysestate-agents.co.uk

Currant affairs are I find it impossible to resist currants. These shiny little gems are the sparkling precious jewels of the plant world. They remind me of dark-asmidnight rubies and iridescent strings of pearls. Summer’s bounty of black, red and white currants soak up the sun and explode on the tongue. Rich and luxuriant in colour and flavour, intensely aromatic and bursting with Vitamin C, they will reward you year after year with their abundance of glorious fruit. And the good news is, currant bushes are both easy to grow and reasonably well-behaved. If, like me, you grow your fruit and vegetables organically, then currants are a great choice because modern varieties rarely suffer from pests and diseases. They thrive in our climate, in a sunny or partially shaded spot, and you won’t need many bushes to keep you supplied with fresh fruit throughout July and August. I first started growing currants many years ago because I was finding it increasingly difficult to buy them in the shops. Plant a currant bush this spring and you will soon be picking mouth-watering bunches of plump, juicy berries. All currants need moisture but a well-drained soil is essential. You can plant bare-rooted varieties (which are cheaper) between October and March, so there is still time to get some in the ground now. Containergrown currant varieties can be planted all year round, as long as the ground isn’t frozen or water-logged. Both types are widely available in garden centres and nurseries. I find it is best to go for two-year-old plants. Choose a sheltered location and leave a good space around each when planting, to allow the bush to spread about three feet all round. Add a good top-dressing of compost or well-rotted manure. Repeat this every spring and they should keep you well supplied with fruit for at least 20 years. Don’t worry if you are short on

Now’s the time to plant fruit bushes, says Shirley Walker of The Eden Project space in your garden, as currant bushes will grow happily in containers. Add some drainage material to the bottom of the pot and fill with good quality, loam-based compost such as a John Innes Number 3, and don’t allow the soil to dry out. Apply a

‘Modern varieties rarely suffer from pests or diseases’ balanced liquid feed once a month throughout the growing season and re-pot every two years. Keeping your plants in good shape makes harvesting the fruit much easier. Aim for a kind of ‘goblet’ shape to each currant bush, with an open centre to allow good air circulation and to let in the light. All your fruiting branches will then be on the outside edges of the plant where you can reach the ripe fruit more easily. In winter, when the plant is dormant, remove any branches that are congesting the centre of the bush and prune out the oldest branches of mature shrubs to make way for new

Little Ashott, Somerset £625,000

This four-bedroomed barn conversion is in the Exmoor countryside near Minehead. It has seven acres of land, which include a wonderful garden, paddocks and stables, plus an indoor swim-jet pool. Agents: Fine and Country, Dulverton, 01398 324818, www.fineandcountry.co.uk

Savour the delights of red currants and boost your vitamin C levels

growth. The most productive stems are three years old. Each year, cut back the new growth of main stems by half. Suckers should be removed in summer when they are flexible enough to pull by hand. There are two ways to harvest currants. You can snip off each cluster of fruit with secateurs and take them indoors to remove individual fruits or you can do it my way. I just run my fingers through each bunch from top to bottom, catching the fruit as it comes loose. This way, any fruit that isn’t quite ripe will stay on the plant to ripen for another day. Unlike strawberries or raspberries, you can leave ripe currants on the bush for a couple of weeks without reducing the quality of the fruit. Blackcurrants are my favourite, if only for their versatility and prolific fruiting. Most people find them too tart to eat raw but if you pick them towards the end of the season, especially after a particularly sunny summer, they are delicious. However, sweetening and lightly cooking them releases an astonishing depth of flavour that, I reckon, would impress even a seasoned wine taster. One of my favourites – and one we grow outside in the fruit garden at the Eden Project – is ‘Ben Connan’. It is a really good cropper with big, juicy fruits. Another of my favourites is ‘Red Start’, a brilliant new redcurrant variety with a great future. Its leaves appear a little later than other varieties, thereby avoiding any frost


The Orient expressed, courtesy of Trago

The Garden Park at Trago Mills, Newton Abbot has a superb display of show gardens designed by Paul Stone, the Westcountry-based landscape designer who has won many gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, writes Becky Sheaves. Over the next few weeks, we will be taking an in-depth look at Paul’s designs, with a view to helping you create some of the looks at home. Our first focus is Paul’s Japanese ‘Strolling Pond’ Garden, pictured below. Japanese gardens are traditionally miniature landscapes, often highly stylised. Originally, these styles were developed for specific purposes. Gardens for emperors and nobles were for recreation and aesthetic pleasure, whereas Buddhist temple gardens were for contemplation and meditation. Capturing the essence of nature was also extremely important and so gardens would usually also include water (running – or in stone basins), rocks, wood, sand and fish (particularly Koi carp). Architectural features, such as tea houses, pagodas and bridges were added to create interest.

damage while its upright habit and slow growth make it ideal for small gardens. It produces a heavy yield of flavoursome fruits. The whitecurrant ‘Versailles Blanche’ is another plant I’d recommend. It is an old heritage variety, dating right back to the 1840s which produces long strings of pearly-white,

tangy fruits. Or, for those of you looking for something different, then here’s a novelty to show off to your friends, the pretty pink currant variety ‘Hollande Rose’. As for their uses, well, currants come in handy for adding colour and flavour to pies, jams, jellies, sauces, cordials and compotes. You could

Paul says: “This garden is in a hollow, so you can view the miniature landscape from the ‘Moongate’ style bridge. On the little island – a hump of pure white sand – there is a small temple. We’ve added a perfect Bonsai cloud-pruned Ilex crenata (holly) and a specimen Weeping Willow trailing into the water. “There are also some superb dwarf Japanese Maples and Weeping Cherries, plus fine bamboos. I called this creation the Japanese Strolling Pond Garden because ‘Strolling Pond’ is a Japanese term for enjoying a garden by walking slowly around it.” Not everyone has the space to create a whole Japanese garden but Trago’s plant expert Gina Zimmerman has suggested a selection of plants to try (see box below). You could also add a Japanese touch to your garden with Trago’s Koi carp, starting from £2.99 each, as well as Green Tench and Sarassa Comet fish, both from £4.99 each. Trago Mills also has an oriental wooden pagoda, selfassembly, made from FSC timber, currently on sale for £599.99 (RRP £999.99).

even have a go at making cassis, that wonderfully syrupy, blackcurrant liqueur, invented in Burgundy, France. Plant now and these lovely, easy-togrow fruits will be adding colour and flavour to your cooking in the summertime this year. Shirley Walker is horticultural manager of the Eden Project in Cornwall, visit www.edenproject.com for details

Must-have plants for a Japanese garden Planting advice from Gina Zimmerman of Trago Mills ■ Chaenomeles Japonica ■ Common name: Japanese Quince ■ Thrives in all soil types, loves sun or shade ■ Beautiful spring flowers, followed by golden fruit in the autumn ■ Great for growing in a border against a wall or fence and will grow up to 6ft and spread 6ft to 8ft ■ Prune to thin out in the summer ■ Use Godwins Westcountry multipurpose compost (55 Litre pack £2.99 OR 3 for £8.49, at The Garden Park) Gina suggests: Chaen (crimson and gold), Pink Lady, Geisha Girl

Whitecurrants, like red and black, are full of vitamins and are easy to grow

You can use currants to make crème de cassis

■ Acer (pictured right) ■ Common name: Japanese Maple

■ Graceful deciduous shrub with purple, green, pink or red foliage ■ Prefers partial shade, not full sun ■ Can be grown successfully in a container or large ornamental pot ■ Many varieties will have fantastic autumn foliage ■ No pruning needed ■ Use J. Arthur Bowers ericaceous lime-free compost (50 litre pack, £3.75 at The Garden Park) Gina suggests: Acer palmatum Atropurpureum, Acer palm Dissectum, Acer japonicum Aureum

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What next for farmland market? by James Baker of Strutt & Parker The farmland market in 2013 can be perceived as a game of two halves, both in the demand and quality of farms being offered for sale. During the first half of 2013, commercial farms achieved good levels of interest and sold well, while those launched during the second half of the year have not proved so popular. This trend has been seen a lack of good commercial farms becoming available during the second half of 2013. Coupled with a continued lack of appetite for residential farms, average land prices fell. During the second half of 2013, a number of residential farms remained unsold on the market, with many 100-acre units still for sale. This caused the average arable land price in the South West to fall from over £7,000 in the second and third quarters of 2013 to £6,000 by the fourth quarter, with average pasture levels in the region also falling from £6,000 in the second and third quar-

ters to £5,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013. But this current lack of demand for residential farms won’t last for ever, which is why I believe that we are near the bottom for land values in the South West. With a lack of farms coming to the market, I am expecting considerable interest in a number of holdings we at Strutt & Parker are readying for the market this summer. Land predictions are hard to make but I expect the average value of Westcountry pasture in 2014 to increase again to £6,000 or more per acre. I also expect that the arable price level in the region will increase again this year, provided good commercial farms are offered for sale. If you consider this shortage of farm sales with what looks set to be significant rises within the residential property market, then the value of residential farms in the Westcountry should also improve this year. Indeed, things are already on the up. We have agreed a number of

Will the farms market be springing into action this year? significant farm sales, from a 300acre farm on the outskirts of Exeter to blocks of bare land all around the Westcountry. In addition, we have a number of really exciting instructions which are being prepared for a launches over the next few months. These

include a residential and agricultural estate extending to just under 750 acres in South Devon. Another interesting commercial mixed farm in South Devon, extending to about 250 acres, will be on the market soon for £1.825m. We will also be marketing a res-

idential and commercial farm in South Cornwall, extending to more than 300 acres. All in all, the farms market is certainly looking more optimistic this spring. For details, call 01392 2219418 or visit www.struttandparker.com


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29.83 acres Stoodleigh, Tiverton - £1,295,000

67 acres

A spacious Exe valley farmhouse with holiday cottages, extensive outbuildings and equestrian facilities in a beautifully peaceful, rural setting at the end of a long, private drive, ring fenced by its own land. Kitchen/breakfast room, 3 receptions, 2 bedroom/bathroom suites, 2 further bedrooms and bathroom and an attic/bedroom EPC rating: E

A unique green oak 6 bedroom farmhouse in a quiet, rural location with far reaching views. The property has an exceptional range of equestrian buildings in approx 67 acres of woodland and pasture and is ideally suited to a training yard or stud farm. It currently has a thriving riding holiday business found at www.devonridingholidays.co.uk. EPC rating: D

Farms l 01884 253500 - farms@seddons.com

Farms l 01884 253500 - farms@seddons.com

Nomansland, Tiverton - £1,350,000

81.85 acres Westleigh, Tiverton - £685,000

5.95 acres

An attractive, six bedroom farmhouse with two bedroom annexe, and a scenic decked terrace and cottage gardens, deer park, paddocks and lakes, in a secluded location surrounded by 81.85 acres of its own land. Also has impressive range of farm buildings for equestrian or livestock opportunities. EPC rating: E

A detached four bedroom family home upgraded to a high standard with conservatory, en-suite bathrooms and fantastic views. Benefitting from various outbuildings including 7 stables and a large former office set in approx 6 acres of paddocks and gardens and with a large pond. EPC rating: D

Farms l 01884 253500 - farms@seddons.com

Farms l 01884 253500 - farms@seddons.com

Oakfordbridge, Tiverton - £80,000

11.81 acres Holford - Excess of £15,000

Approx 4.18 acres

The land at Oakfordbridge comprises of 11.81 acres (4.78 hectares) of level pasture land with extensive frontage to the River Exe. The vendors have a right of way over the hardcore access track which gives direct access onto a council road. The land benefits from a natural water supply from the river as well as a mains water supply.

Approximately 4.18 acres of grazing land set above the pretty village of Holford. The majority of land is steep but levels off towards the top and is currently used for horses. There is pedestrian access from the bottom plus track access at the top. Mains water.

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A private and productive stock farm with residential appeal

Farmhouse with 3 reception rooms, 4 Bedrooms (2 en suite), family bathroom | Landscaped garden and orchard | Extensive range of modern farm buildings | Agricultural land and lake

Spacious and well presented five bedroom character farmhouse | Range of modern and traditional buildings offering potential for redevelopment, subject to planning | Centrally positioned farmstead at the end of a long private entrance lane in a tremendous rural location

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Land at Bridford

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About 101 acres

Guide - Excess £63,000 Land at Eggesford

EPC rating F

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Pony paddock | Pasture Field | Good access links to Bridford.

Productive arable land | Located in an attractive area with good road links to Crediton

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Some 1 2 . 2 8 a c re s ( 4 . 9 7 h e c t a re s ) of agricultural land on the edge of this sought after hamlet with the potential for a variety of uses (STP). Land & Farms 01548 857474

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4 8 a c re s of arable and grassland on edge of hamlet of Batson, near Salcombe.

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Useful range of modern farm buildings together with approximately 1 4 a c re s of permanent grass, within easy reach of A38 dual carriageway. Land & Farms 01548 857474

Residential farm extending to approximately 3 7 a c re s together with farmhouse, detached stone barn and a range of general purpose outbuildings in tucked away rural location. Land & Farms 01548 857474

8 . 0 4 1 a c re s ( 3 . 2 5 4 h e c t a re s ) of grassland situated in the small hamlet of Wiverton. A38 Devon Expressway at Deep Lane end 1 mile, Brixton Village 2 miles, Plympton 2.25 miles, Plymouth City Centre 6 miles. Land & Farms 01364 646170

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Picture postcard farm is set in a peaceful East Devon valley Stubbhayne Farm, a 119 acre farm set in An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between the market town of Honiton and the East Devon coast, has come on to the market. Located in the hamlet of Southleigh, three miles outside of Colyton, Stubbhayne offers the perfect – and increasingly rare – combination of top quality accommodation, modern farm buildings and productive pasture, all within a sought-after and well-connected part of the Westcountry. There are two dwellings at Stubbhayne: the farmhouse itself and a barn conversion known as Barnhayne. Both properties have been tastefully renovated using the highest-specification materials including solid oak as a particular feature. The farmhouse has three good-sized bedrooms, two reception rooms, a fantastic oak-framed conservatory and a bespoke luxury farmhouse kitchen which is complete with Aga, granite tops and burred-oak cabinets and dressers. Barnhayne, the barn conversion, is a contemporary, light-filled home with three bedrooms. There is also a

Plenty of scope to enjoy the smallholding life This charming smallholding, pictured right and below, is set in a wonderful rural location yet only a few minutes’ drive out of Exeter is Great Ley Farm at Upton Pyne dates back to the 17th century. It has been substantially modernised by the current owner, including the addition of a new kitchen and conservatory to create a comfortable home. The house is Grade II listed and contains a number of character features including exposed beams and stone fireplaces. The property comes with some traditional barns. The largest, The Cider Barn, is attached to the side of the house and has electricity and a water supply. There is protected planning consent in

place to extend the main house into The Cider Barn, creating a new kitchen, music room, and utility room on the ground floor and a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom above. The property has impressive gardens and a large courtyard of mainly traditional farm buildings providing excellent garaging, storage and stables. There is also a poultry run, an established orchard and an adjoining pasture field. In all, Great Ley Farm has 3.5 acres of land, offering lots of scope for the smallholding lifestyle, all within a short distance from Exeter. Great Ley Farm is on sale with Strutt & Parker, Exeter, for £785,000. Call 01392 215631 or visit www.struttandparker.com

spacious open-plan living/kitchen area and garden. The farmstead includes another traditional barn which could be suitable for conversion, subject to the necessary planning consent. There are also two stables, garaging and store rooms. There is also a good range of modern farm buildings suitable for livestock or equestrian uses. The land extends to 119 acres of productive arable and pasture land, suitable for growing cereal crops and grazing of livestock. Part of the land forms an attractive valley which includes a pond and an area of woodland, providing conservation and sporting appeal. “Stubbhayne is a real rarity,” says George Alder of Stags Farm Agency. “Not only is it located in a soughtafter location in East Devon, but it offers an unusually attractive package: two fantastic houses, quality land and farm buildings. It really does have it all.” Stubbhayne is for sale as a whole or in up to four lots, with a guide of £1.5 million for the whole farm. For more information call 01392 680059 or visit Stags.co.uk (Web Find: 64880).


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What makes a perfect smallholding? by Tig Harvey of Stags For the past decade here at Stags we have seen an increasing number of city dwellers looking to part ways with the stresses and strains of urban life, in favour of reconnecting with the land. The dream of producing oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own food, keeping animals and living in a beautiful house in a beautiful part of the countryside can be an irresistible one, and one which has come true for many. But for others there have been costly pitfalls and mistakes along the way. So, as a general guide, what should a potential smallholder consider when searching for a perfect smallholding? The first and most important

aspect to consider is what type of land you require for your particular enterprise. Alongside this, you need to consider the location, climate and topography (including prevailing winds, aspect and gradient). These factors will all have an impact on the productivity of your holding. If you are considering keeping livestock, think about how wet the land may lie during the winter months. Many people have been caught out this year, thanks to the extremely wet winter weather causing a lack of grazing in their fields. This has numerous knock-on effects, not least the increased costs of supplementary feeding, plus the additional costs of putting the land back into good order with fertilisers. Soils with good drainage properties and nutrient retention are suitable for growing crops. Better soil generally means better crops. So â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is the soil heavy clay, quick-draining sand, thin and chalky, acid or peat or a good loam? As well as affecting the productivity of the land, the quality of the soil will also have an impact on its value per acre. Sticking with the theme of land values, the average price per acre has increased consistently over the past eight years. However, land values are very location specific so it is important to have a good understanding of the prices achieved within the area in which you are searching. When weighing up your budget,

you may need to think about whether you compromise on the amount of land or on the size of your house. Location is also very important, as with any potential property purchase. The accessibility to the holding is key. Is it via tight and narrow country lanes or directly from a main road? How far are the nearest town and local shops? If you have a young family, the quality of the local schools must be researched. It is also worth considering where the nearest livestock or farmers market is if you plan to sell your produce. After all, consumers are more aware of food miles and the rising cost of fuel can reduce profitability.

There may be farm or horticultural buildings already on the site and you should assess whether these are suitable for your requirements. If not, planning restrictions will have an impact, especially if the holding lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or a national park such as Exmoor, Dartmoor or Bodmin Moor. Also, are there buildings which could be converted for holiday use? Many smallholders have found tourism to be a useful source of income, and one which can be highly lucrative if done well. A good example of a smallholding currently on the market right now is Limeslake Farm, pictured top of the

page. Set in the Exmoor foothills and close to the pretty village of North Molton, Limeslake has 27 acres of pasture, as well as some oak woodland and river frontage. The wellpresented four-bedroom period house has some stunning views and planning permission to extend into adjoining barn. An excellent detached holiday cottage offers the opportunity for a second income stream. Limeslake, which is offered by Stags with a guide of ÂŁ865,000, is attracting considerable interest from buyers, notably from a number living in the capital. For more details, contact Stags Farm Agency on 01392 680059 or visit www.stags.co.uk


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This family home near the sea has been recently modernised and now has a lovely up-to-date rustic interior style. It has four bedrooms and is a short walk from the beach. Agents: Stags, Truro, 01872 264488, www.stags.co.uk

Dulverton, Exmoor £1.1 million

This handsome 1920s property has some lovely spacious rooms and a real sense of grandeur. Set in 1.3 acres of lovely gardens, it has six bedrooms and a two-bedroomed cottage, all a short distance from the centre of Dulverton Agents: Savills, Exeter, 01392 455755, www.savills.co.uk

Constantine, Falmouth £825,000

Set in grounds of 4.5 acres, this property offers a contemporary take on country living. It has five luxury bedrooms, lots of light and space, plus this smart new kitchen. Agents: Jackson-Stops and Staff, Truro, 01872 261610, www.jacksonstops.co.uk

Lucy has designs If you think of Ercol sideboards and dressing tables, then add in the iconic mid-century material Formica, there could hardly be a more 1950s interiors combination. But in the inspired hands of Penryn-based artist turned furniture guru Lucy Turner, the end result is altogether 21st century. And very, very covetable. Lucy takes the furniture from the 1950s and 60s, then gives these sturdy, mid-century classics a contemporary makeover, by applying fresh, striking designs laser-cut from that 20th century classic material, Formica. “I just love the old furniture from the Fifties,” enthuses Lucy, who works in a huge former Victorian grain store in the countryside near Falmouth. “Although it was mass-produced on a production line, the people who made it were real craftsmen. There is a lot of skill and quality that goes into these old pieces. I’m so keen to revive them and give them another chance at being the star of someone’s home once more.” Lucy, who grew up in Somerset, came to the Falmouth area ten years ago as an artist-in-residence, after studying 3D design at the University of Plymouth. She stumbled upon her unique way with furniture quite by accident, as she explains: “I bought my first 1950s sideboard for £5, and my friends hated it. But I could see the quality in it. “So I borrowed a laser cutter and added some Formica cut-outs to it, then exhibited it at a local art show. The feedback was fantastic, so I started making more. The business has just grown from there.” Back then, says Lucy, people were “just chopping and burning these old pieces” and she was able to pick them up for a few pounds. Today, they command slightly more respect and it is a case of tracking them down on Ebay. But there are still plenty to be had: “After all, back then practically every household had a sideboard, a set of matching dining chairs and a dressing table with mirrors and drawers,” she says. “There is still no shortage of them.”

Becky Sheaves meets the Cornish designer who is giving retro furniture a sparkling new lease of life Which is just as well, for Lucy’s designs are in great demand, selling as far afield as Bahrain and Beijing, as well as John Lewis and The Shops at Dartington in Devon. Today, she has moved on from delivering each

‘I’m very influenced by seascapes and wild flowers’ piece herself in her own van and concentrates on the creative side of the business, with her designs commanding up to £1,300 or more for a sideboard. “When I first started out, I’d drive up to London every two weeks, dropping off completed orders, then driving all the way home to Cornwall collecting furniture to work with on the way,” she remembers. “Today, the business has grown to the size that it makes more sense for me to use a courier service.” Lucy’s range of designs has grown, too. She has also just designed a special edition of a nest of three tables for John Lewis, priced at £399. “I’ve just completed a very dramatic kitchen design for a house in Falmouth, with seaweed designs all

over the Bermuda-blue cupboard doors. I’m really interested in Formica kitchens. I think there is so much scope for them to have a revival, with a modern twist.” She also creates wall panels with intricate Formica designs on them, which she calls “Modern Marquetry”. The joy of Formica is that it is an eminently practical material, as she explains. “It is so robust, you can stand a hot cup of coffee on it and it won’t create a mark. It stays fresh and never fades, unlike paintwork. It really is a joy to use.” And although her base in Cornwall adds somewhat to Lucy’s courier bills, she finds the landscape and lifestyle here are all part of the inspiration. “I’m very influenced by seascapes and wild flowers,”she says. “Above all, when I’m happy, then I am creative and the ideas just pop up. Just the other day I thought of a water lily design which has worked really well. Another day it will be seagulls, or peacock feathers.” Lucy will be taking her designs to the 100% Design Show at this year’s London Design Festival and hopes to catch the eye of buyers and customers. If you are interested in her work, you can see some striking examples of it at The Shops at Dartington, near Totnes in South Devon, as well as ordering on line from her website. Visit www.lucyturner.co

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Home truths by Paula Nicholls Interior design expert

Lucy Turner, right, uses Formica to transform furniture such as this kitchen above, and these 1950s and 1960s pieces, pictured

Growing up in Cornwall, food was always a big part of our lives and still is. My mum’s family were farmers and she and her mother were wonderful cooks. An acutely vivid memory from my childhood is the meat van that used to deliver to my grandma’s cottage in Tregeseal Valley near St Just. A small white van would arrive with a macabre array of meat hanging from hooks in the back. The produce was always local and the fat on this meat was bright yellow as it came from milking stock. The stew and pasties made from this tasted both beefy and creamy and I loved it. Thus began my love affair with fat. As I’ve mentioned before in this column, I’m not much of one for dieting. My long-term mantra has been: eat good food and keep busy. My adherence to this has resulted in a consistent state of slightly overweightness which I am happy with as it leaves my mind free to do the important things in life. The devil in the pantry, though, is now said to be sugar. Apparently, we are fat because we eat too much sugar in its many forms – who’d have thought? Now we are encouraged to eat fats instead, as our ability to metabolise them is much slower and we are less inclined to put on weight. So my childhood tantrums, in which I refused anything but pure God’s own butter, have been excused by science. I was right all the time. The final conclusion on the sugars-versus-fat debate is that you shouldn’t eat processed food. But when cash is short, this can prove difficult. Within the food industry it is the extensive processing that produces the highest profit margins, processed food is cheap and nutrition non-existent. In the week where some poor soul won over £100 million in a lottery, the question came up at our house of what we’d do with the money. I’m not good at this game, I’m not

terribly enamoured with expensive holidays, I don’t like big TVs or flash cars. Obviously, I’d give loads to charities and my family (I’m like that) but after a certain amount of deliberation I concluded that my favourite thing in the world is having friends and family around for food, wine and a good chat, long afternoons going long into the night. I fear a surplus of money would make me rich, fat and drunk. Perhaps I’m better off enjoying my current state of genteel poverty, I’ll live longer this way. Work here has been incredibly busy. This year has started with so many orders that we are planning to move to larger premises. This week

It will be made into linens, oilcloth and soft furnishings is what is called a “first strike” as my newest fabric design has come hot of the press from our Manchester factory. I think it’s lovely. Called “Piggles” (pictured), it will be made into kitchen linens, oilcloth and soft furnishings. No, not sausages. I’m sticking to the good food theme here, so along with my Cornish Hen and Goosie designs I’m well on my way to creating my own little farm in fabric. Paula Nicholls runs Betty Boyns, an interiors and soft furnishings company, in her home village of Newlyn, West Cornwall. For more details call 08450 219550 or visit www.bettyboyns.co.uk

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Unique opportunity to purchase an immaculately presented 5 bedroom semi-detached house marketed for the first time since 1947, benefitting from garden, parking, garage & enjoying far reaching views to Mother Ivey's Bay, Trevose Headland & the Roundhole . (Bella Vista the adjoining property, which has been successfully holiday let providing a substantial rental income, is also for sale and the vendors are offering an option to purchase the Freehold interest for ÂŁ395,000) Chain Free EPC Rating: Both Properties - D

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Spacious detached 4 bedroom family home with adjoining studio / workshop benefitting from Norwegian triple glazed windows and oil fired central heating. The property sits in delightfully attended mature gardens which back on to open fields to the rear. Covered Entrance Hall Dining Room Modern Kitchen with Marble Work-surfaces Living Room Hallway Four Bedrooms - including Master Bedroom with En-Suite Family Bathroom Shower Room EPC Rating D

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Very well appointed throughout with spacious 4 bedroom accommodation Quiet position yet within easy reach of the centre of Rock village Sitting room with open fire Spacious well fitted kitchen Ground floor shower room & family bathroom UPVC double glazing Detached garage and driveway with parking EPC rating D

Contemporary 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom high specification beach house constructed with ecological energy saving features and materials Situated within easy walking distance to Polzeath Beach with sea views Accessed via a private drive with parking for 2 vehicles EPC rating B

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A beautiful and important 5 bedroom Grade II Listed period manor house sympathetically restored and extended in recent years, with a 2 bedroom cottage, gardens and grounds, triple garage and enjoying a pleasant situation on the outskirts of Landkey about 3 miles from Barnstaple. EPC exempt

Ideal for the more reclusive amongst us, this 3 bedroom cottage features inglenook fireplaces and elevated views. Externally there are c.2 acres of ground with a useful stable block. This secluded, independent property utilises a mixture of solar panels, generators, spring water and private drainage for a truly self-sufficient lifestyle. EPC rating F.

A distinctive 12 bedroom Country House suitable for commercial or residential use with c.4.4 acres of garden and paddocks, ample private parking and a sizeable stable yard. Situated on the edge of the village of Exford, this elegant home is perfectly placed for all that Exmoor has to offer. EPC rating E.

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Situated in an elevated position enjoying commanding rural views, yet close to village facilities is this stunning detached and flexible 4 bedroom residence nestled in 2 acres. This substantial property has been extended over the years and is positioned within its own grounds with sweeping driveway double car port and further outbuilding. EPC rating E.

Having direct access onto the North Cornish coastal path and with stunning views of Summerleaze beach and the sea beyond, this 2 bedroom (2 en-suite) ground floor apartment enjoys a truly unrivalled location in a beautifully elevated spot on the southern outskirts of Bude. Communal grounds with approximately 3 acres, swimming pool, putting green and ample off road parking. EPC rating D.

this spacious detached house with 5/6 bedrooms and 2/3 reception rooms. Well appointed family home with large mature and private fully enclosed garden. EPC rating D.

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AXMINSTER

An impressive Grade II listed village property with the added benefit of two self contained income producing annexes/letting units. Accommodation briefly comprises: multiple aspect, characterful living room with inglenook fireplace, well fitted kitchen/breakfast room, further sitting or dining room, three spacious bedrooms, newly fitted bathroom & shower room, two income producing annexes/letting units, level lawned gardens in two areas, garage and off road parking for 4 vehicles. EPC rating D.

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£445,000

COLYTON

AnexcpetionGradeIIlistedformerfarmhouselocatedinadesirable,rurallocationwithopencountryside views. The property briefly comprises: Impressive Living Room, spacious characterful dining room, delightful kitchen with fitted Aga, Utility Room, Ground Floor Cloakroom, four attractive double bedrooms, Bathroom with freestanding bath,shower Room, useful garden room, two storey barn, boiler room and single garage, good size mature gardens, peaceful location within two miles of Axminster.

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£500,000

A wonderful country home offering spacious light and characterful accommodation with outstanding rural views, all set in approximately 2.75 acres. The accommodation briefly comprises: spacious living room with woodburner, open plan dining room and stunning integrated kitchen, sun lounge/conservatory and large balcony, 4 bedrooms, master en-suite and luxury bathroom, large garage/workshop and ample parking, various outbuildings/stables, panoramic countryside views, landscaped gardens, EPC Rating E.

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£699,000

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BUDLEIGH SALTERTON

EXMOUTH

A fabulous 1930's style semi detached family home with 5 bedrooms, enjoying a superb location with beautiful views over rolling countryside. The accommodation briefly comprises: Entrance hallway, spacious lounge/dining room, kitchen and utility room, ground floor cloakroom/W.C., five bedrooms, family bathroom/W.C., superb front and rear gardens, gas central heating and double glazing. EPC rating D

A Georgian Grade II Listed double fronted town house in an extremely sought after coastal town. Bright & Airy Sitting room, Spacious Kitchen/dining room, Utility room, Larder/boiler room, Separate Cloakroom/WC, Four bedrooms (two with en-suites shower rooms), Further family bathroom, Coach House, garaging and workshop, Private parking for 5/6 cars, EPC rating D.

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46 holiday homes Looking for a holiday home? selected by Gill Nicholls of Helpful Holidays Osmington, Dorset £299,950

This immaculate terraced cottage is in a little village three miles east of Weymouth. It is near Lulworth Cove, has lots of character and offers excellent year-round possibilities for holiday letting. I estimate it could generate an annual income of around £13,000 over a 30-week season. Agents: Red House, Portland, 01305 824455, www.redhouseproperty.co.uk

Parracombe, North Devon £269,950

This beautifully-presented Victorian cottage in Parracombe is near an excellent pub and has a woodburner for toasting toes after a walk on Exmoor or along the spectacular coastline. I would anticipate it achieving an income of around £12,500 over a 30-week season. Agents: Stags, Barnstaple, 01271 322833, www.stags.co.uk

Should dogs be

Holiday-home specialist Miles Kevin weighs up the pros and cons of accepting dogs to your holiday let property To many holidaymakers, their pet dog is part of the family. So it is no surprise that, increasingly, owners want to bring their pet with them when they visit the Westcountry. After all, one of the special things about the South West is the spectacular landscape and walks on offer, which are perfect for dogs to enjoy. There is no doubt that a property which allows dogs to visit will see an increase in its annual bookings. Accepting dogs can be an important part of your holiday offer. Not only are you allowing your visitors to save on the expense and worry of arranging care for their pet while they are away, you are also enabling them to really enjoy their pet’s company while they are on their holiday and able to indulge in long walks, games on the beach, and visits to dogfriendly pubs. This sector is, as a consequence, an important income stream for holiday home owners in the South West. My advice is that, if you are keen to increase revenues, it is wise to allow dogs to stay. Research carried out by holiday lettings company Helpful Holidays over the past three years found that a quarter of all their holiday home bookings were made by visitors asking to bring dogs. The figures are amazing: out of 52,000 bookings, 13,500 included a canine visitor. Many of the developers of new holiday-home schemes in the region have grasped the importance of this trend and will allow well-behaved dogs under the terms of their lease. One new development that posit-

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Out of a total of 52,000 holiday-let bookings, 13,500 included a canine visitor starting at £295,000. The resort has a spa and indoor pool, restaurant and can manage rentals for you if you want to let out the weeks you won’t be using yourself. An important part of the offer at this luxurious resort is the fact that it welcomes dogs. Miles Kevin is a partner at Chartsedge, the Westcountry estate agency specialising in holiday homes for sale. For more details visit chartsedge.co.uk or call 01392 832446.

Creating your own canine code

Widemouth Bay, North Cornwall, £450,000

This sun-filled three-bedroomed bungalow on Marine Drive has three bathrooms and fantastic views over Widemouth Bay. With central heating and a woodburner, it will appeal to serious surfers and beach-lovers at any time of year. I would expect it to achieve an annual income of around £20,000 over a 30-week season. Agents: Colwills, Bude, 01288 358015, www.colwills.co.uk ■ The estimated income figures above are net of agency fees, but not running costs.

ively encourages dogs is Gwel an Mor at Portreath, on the north coast of Cornwall. The beach is a short walk away and allows dogs in the winter up until Easter. This managed resort has five-star holiday lodges, with prices

The lovely walks in the South West encourage an increasing number of holidaymakers to bring their four-legged friends with them


Ask the experts Your holiday let questions answered Q. I have a holiday cottage in North Cornwall, but have never let it, other than to friends or family. How can I be sure that holidaymakers will look after it? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mr J, Exeter A. Gaby Wakley, property manager for Helpful Holidays, says: We find that the better the quality of a holiday property and the more thought and attention to detail an owner devotes to it, the more guests will respect it. Inevitably, the nature of holiday letting means there will be some routine wear and tear and minor accidental breakages, for which it is unreasonable to impose a charge. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to allow for regular redecorating, spring cleaning and replacement of minor items when estimating your running costs. For the rare eventuality that there is more damage than is reasonable, or your property requires significantly more cleaning, we find holding a damages deposit for every booking is reassuring. Helpful Holidaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; standard damages deposit is ÂŁ100 per booking, but can be more should an owner request it.

Q. Our holiday cottage has two double bedrooms. I need to buy a new bed for one room. Do you have any recommendations? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mrs J, Truro A. Melanie Cassidy, property manager for Helpful Holidays, says:

of conduct: The factors to take into account How to accept dogs into your holiday home 1. You can charge an extra fee on top of the usual rental figure. This will cover the extra cleaning needed after check-out. It is quite acceptable to charge up to ÂŁ30 per week per dog. 2. Set rules before arrival. State in your booking form that the dog must be well behaved. Make sure owners know in advance that their

damages deposit will be forfeited if they allow their dog to be a nuisance by barking, disturbing neighbours, etc, and they may also be asked to leave. 3. Provide dog bowls and basket. Give your guests metal bowls for both water and food, so that your normal crockery is not used. A plastic dog bed will encourage holiday-makers not to allow dogs on the furniture. Provide a supply of

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Have you considered zip-linkable beds? This would give you most flexibility and would make your cottage suitable for families or couples as two 3ft twin beds can be zipped together to provide a large double. We ask customers to specify their requirements before their holiday. We recommend buying good quality, new beds of moderate firmness. You should expect to renew beds around every four to

five years in a popular property. Headboards are sensible to protect the wall from marks, but footboards are best avoided since they limit legroom for tall guests. If you decide not to go for the zip-linkable option, we recommend purchasing a bed wider than the standard 4ft 6in double if the dimensions of the bedroom allow. Unusual designs, such as a four-poster, pictured below, can be a novel attraction if appropriate for the style of your holiday home.

Q. There is a small pond in the garden of our holiday home. Should we fill it in to protect young children, or is it adequate to put up a warning sign? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mr R, Taunton A. Gill Nicholls, property manager for Helpful Holidays, says: Ponds are invariably a magnet for small children and, as the landlord, you owe a duty of care to your tenants. However, we think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shame to get rid of garden ponds which offer a great habitat for wildlife and are a potential source of interest for your guests. Also, while the safety of your guests is clearly paramount, excessive use of warning signs can appear unwelcoming or officious. Happily, there are other options you can consider. Our recommendation would be to fence around the pond with a barrier which is sturdy but in keeping with your garden. Or you could have a grille professionally fixed over it which would make a minimal visual impact and leave wildlife and fish unaffected, but prevent anyone falling into the water. You might find the website www.pondsafety.com helpful. We mention ponds, lakes and rivers in our cottage details so potential visitors are aware of them. It would be prudent to mention the pond in details. If you have a question for our holiday home experts, please send it via email to: wmnproperty@ westernmorningnews.co.uk

â&#x20AC;&#x153;poo bagsâ&#x20AC;?, so there is no excuse for owners to leave dog mess in the garden. 4. Supply maps of good dog walks nearby. A helpful guide can be found at www.walkiees.co.uk which shows dog-friendly walks and beaches. 5. List dog-friendly facilities in your area. Visitors will be grateful for information on pubs, cafes, etc that allow dogs.

 

                   

 

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Holiday business sales are up 20% Sales of Westcountry holiday complexes are up 20% in 2013, compared with the previous year, according to Stags estate agency. Interest, demand and sales have also continued apace in the first two months of 2014, says Simon Cooper, a partner in Stags, who is based in the Exeter office. Stags has a unique database of buyers looking for holiday businesses, and its website lists all holiday businesses which are for sale (www.stags.co.uk). The Westcountry is one of the major destinations for holidays in the UK. “With more and more people taking short breaks rather than the traditional “two weeks in the summer” and with longer queues and checkin times at the airport, the convenience of driving to our peninsula is very appealing,” says Simon. “Many of our clients are reporting an increase in income for their businesses through letting out of season. “The flexibility to accommodate shorter weekend or midweek breaks is part of that success.” Owning and operating a holiday letting complex is a lifestyle choice, says Simon. “It offers the opportunity to increase the income of a working family who can run it alongside other commitments. “Alternatively, for the active early retired it provides a home and income to support pensions and investments.” Stags can provide free and confidential advice

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AUCTION (Unless sold prior) 25th March at 2.30pm at The Old Inn, St Breward, Bodmin.

St Tudy AUCTION (unless sold prior), 6pm on 24th Bodmin April at the White Hart Hotel, Holsworthy.

Stratton

• Non traditional construction three bedroom bungalow sitting in 0.44 acre plot. In need of renovation and modernisation. Far reaching views over surrounding countryside.

Guide £150,000 • Approximately 4.44 acres of sloping pasture land with a small Holsworthy stone and cob barn. Ideally 01409 259547 located with good access off the farms@kivells.com adjoining parish road.

Guide £55,000 Holsworthy 01409 259547 farms@kivells.com

Warbstow Traditional 3 bedroom farmhouse and Launceston smallholding of 6.9 acres with outbuildings.

Lewannick Launceston

A useful run of 58 acres of grass and arable land. • Lot 1: About 19.67 acres of productive grazing land in a single gently sloping enclosure - Guide £130,000 • Lot 2: Some 38 acres of mainly level pasture/arable ground - Guide £235,000.

£395,000 • Adjoining utility/workshop offering scope for conversion subject to PP. Range of Holsworthy outbuildings including stable block with Launceston 01409 259547 exercise yard. 2 vehicular accesses, generous 01566 777777 farms@kivells.com yardage/parking areas. EPC Rating G. launceston@kivells.com

Simon Cooper, a partner in Stags, says income has increased for many clients due to out-of-season lets to owners who are thinking of putting their holiday business on the market. All the valuers in their holiday complex department are partners of Stags and qualified Chartered Surveyors. Call 01392 286900 or email holidaycomplexes@stags.co.uk for more details.


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North Petherwin

Ashburton

Delightful attached barn conversion. Sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility, cloakroom, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Garden, shed & summerhouse, parking. O.F.C.H. Unfurnished. Available May. EPC Band D. Tenant fees apply. Web Find: 53221 ÂŁ1,600 pcm Totnes 01803 866130

Attached barn conversion in stunning rural setting. Mezzanine area, bathroom, sitting room, 4 bedrooms, utility, kitchen/diner, snug, shower room. Gardens, garages and 1 acre paddock. Unfurnished Available mid April. EPC Band D. Tenant fees apply. Web Find: 032999 ÂŁ1,550 pcm Totnes 01803 866130

Spacious 4 bedroom detached family home with parking & garage. Hallway, cloakroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, dining room, sitting room, office & bathroom. G.F.C.H. Available April. EPC Band D. Tenant fees apply. Web Find: 52477 ÂŁ1,100 pcm Honiton 01404 42553

Dartmouth

Clyst Hydon

Northlew

Withypool

Beautifully presented farmhouse, in peaceful rural location. 5 receptions, kitchen, utility, 7 bedrooms, 1 en suite. Large gardens, fantastic views, parking, outbuildings & car port. Pets considered. Gardening service available. EPC Band F. Available now. Tenant fees apply. Web Find: 35288 ÂŁ1,650 pcm Launceston 01566 771800

An unfurnished 3 bedroom semi-detached house, with garage situated in an elevated position with rural views. Lounge, fitted kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom and parking. Available late April. EPC Band D. Tenant fees apply. Web Find: 62660 ÂŁ825 pcm Dartmouth 01803 833681

A 4 bedroom detached cottage in a rural setting. Kitchen/diner, sitting room, utility, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, ground floor bedroom 4/study & shower room. Large lawned gardens, parking & open fronted garage. O.F.C.H. Available now. EPC Band E. Tenant fees apply. Web Find: 32046 ÂŁ895 pcm Exeter 01392 671598

Harberton

1 Acre

A semi-detached barn conversion with delightful low maintenance garden. Living room, kitchen, cloakroom, utility, 3 bedrooms, 1 en suite & family bathroom. Single garage & parking. O.F.C.H. Pet considered. EPC Band D. Available April. Tenant fees apply. Web Find: 48580 ÂŁ725 pcm Okehampton 01837 659430

Honiton

A charming 2 bedroom detached cottage. Sitting room, dining room with woodburner, kitchen, bathroom. Gardens & parking. E.N.S.H. Shed/store. Pets considered. Available immediately. EPC Band F. Tenant fees apply. Web Find: 33467 ÂŁ650 pcm Tiverton 01884 232872

    

     

                        

           

                                            

     



   

  

  

      

    

   


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COUNTRY PROPERTY SPECIALISTS Nr Exeter, Devon

Nr Holsworthy, Devon

Nr Launceston, Cornwall

Conveniently located 53 acre equestrian and stock farm in a picturesque setting with extensive countryside views. Character and charming 5 bedroom Victorian house, 2 bedroom cottage, diverse range of equestrian and livestock buildings and sand school/arena, all nestled within the centre of its land. EPC-E41

A charming & characterful 4 bedroom farmhouse, together with an adjoining 2 bedroom cottage & a detached well-presented 2 bedroom barn conversion. Currently used as holiday letting cottages providing a good income stream. Set in lawned gardens with a feature duck pond. Range of useful buildings & garages. 15 acres of pasture and woodland. Further land available. EPC-E42

A productive 86 acre residential and stock farm set on the Devon/Cornwall borders in a private and rural location with far reaching countryside views. A substantial 5 bedroom farmhouse and a partially converted barn. Extensive range of modern and traditional farm buildings. EPC-E47

£925,000

53 Acres £815,000

15 Acres £1,200,000

86 Acres

Sampford Spiney, Devon

Shaugh Prior, Devon

Nr Dartmouth, Devon

A quietly located unique residential & amenity farm with equestrian & holiday facilities within the favoured moorland parish of Walkhampton in the Dartmoor National Park. A detached character 4 bedroom farmhouse, a barn conversion with full residential use and further barns with potential, set in 8.21 acres. Stunning views. EPC- E40

A Welcoming & characterful 6 bedroom well-presented country house, providing comfortable and spacious family living, situated within the picturesque Dartmoor National Park. Set in large landscaped gardens with far reaching views and within easy commuting distance to Plymouth and rail links. EPC-E42

A quietly located, substantial and welcoming, period Georgian 6 bedroom house with a 2 bedroom annexe barn conversion. A range of further barns with planning consent and potential, all set in lawned gardens, grounds and paddocks extending to 4.5 acres. Further 5.6 acres of land available. EPC-F23

8 Acres £850,000

£795,000

Liftondown, Devon

London Exhibition

£950,000

4.5 Acres

Latchley, Cornwall

WEST COUNTRY PROPERTY SHOWCASE 29/30th April at our Central London Office in Park Lane

A well located, welcoming and well-presented 5 bedroom country house and a 2 bedroom cottage set in approximately 4.5 acres of gardens grounds and paddocks. A summerhouse also provides a further ancillary bedroom, outbuildings and a double garage. Far reaching countryside views. EPC - F34

£600,000

If you would like your property to be showcased at this prestigious event contact us now for a confidential market appraisal

4.5 Acres

A quietly located 12.5 acre smallholding with a charming Edwardian, Duke of Bedford, 4 bedroom farmhouse and a 1 bedroom barn conversion, set in an elevated position within the tranquil and picturesque village of Latchley in the popular Tamar Valley. Far reaching panoramic views over the valley. EPC-F43

£695,000

01822 810810

drkivellandpartners.co.uk

COVERING THE SOUTH WEST London Office in Park Lane

12.5 Acres

Westcountry Homes 22 March