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elcome to the latest edition of our Moor to Sea magazine, in which we showcase a range of some of the best residential property. The following pages will include a selection of properties available across our network of offices including Dartmoor, the Tamar Valley and some of the finest places to live in the west country. Now that the instability of the last few years has at least settled somewhat, the property market seems to want to make up for lost time. Since the turn of the year our offices have reported increased activity in all price ranges. The Lettings team have also been busy and demand for residential property, be it for sale or to rent, is at a level not seen for some time. If the time is right for you, the time is right. Mansbridge Balment are now in our 50th year, having been founded back in 1971 when Harry Mansbridge launched the business in Tavistock. Interestingly 1971 was the year the microprocessor was invented and the first email sent so, in some respects, Mansbridge Balment date back to the earliest days of the modern era. Much has changed since then with some of the amazing tools available to us, but much stays the same. Finding the right people to look after you and the sale or letting of your property has always been of huge importance – probably the most valuable asset you will ever own deserves to be handled with care and professionalism and not trusted to those without experience or knowledge. 49 years later, there is a wealth of experience here at Mansbridge Balment.



Welcome to Mansbridge Balment in 2020


Nick Henderson Managing Director CONTENTS 4 8 14 18 28 32 36

The best Agent for you Something special on the Bere Peninsula Neil Warnock talks to Moor to Sea Sydenham Cottage The Coach House, Ashwater Myths and Legends of Dartmoor Byleat House, Yelverton

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Lettings at Mansbridge Balment Laughter Hole House, Dartmoor Aerial filming with James Lamey Brook Farm, Sampford Spiney Emily Wood – life at the BBC The Cottage, Walkhampton Green Lane House, Tavistock


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Marketing Your Property

Mansbridge Balment

are the best agents for you...

Our offices are strategically located to provide coverage where it matters – where people are – and we have more offices in this area than any other firm. Our website and internet coverage mean 24/7 worldwide marketing with top quality photography and increasingly the use of HD high-level filming to showcase properties in the best way possible. Our use of social media, alongside newspaper and magazine advertising ensures we have all marketing bases covered in order to get your property seen. Our office coverage ensures we have the teams in place to correctly handle the enquiries and guide the right people to the right property. ‘Moor to Sea’ has been the flagship magazine of Mansbridge Balment for more than ten years. Thousands of copies of the publication are distributed across our region. The combination of some of the best residential property available, together with relevant and interesting articles has proved to be fantastically popular.

Our Knowledge and Experience

Working with the Community

For nearly 50 years Mansbridge Balment have been at the forefront of the property market in this region. Our team of experts have a collective 400 years’ experience between them, which is unrivalled locally. We have first-hand, expert knowledge of the area and the localised variations that make such a difference when selling or letting property. It is this knowledge and expertise that has made Mansbridge Balment the first choice for so many clients over the years. Without such knowledge and expertise why would you entrust anyone to look after your property matters? We are the longest-established estate agency in Tavistock and are proud of our record of continuing to provide the best professional advice as other firms have come and gone. We look forward to the next 50 years with equal enthusiasm.

Mansbridge Balment are at the heart of our communities, involved in all aspects of community life from supporting our primary schools and sports clubs to raising funds for numerous charities and organizations including St Luke’s Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West amongst others. These are all good reasons to consider Mansbridge Balment as your agent to either sell, or let your property. They are equally good reasons to have confidence when buying, or renting through Mansbridge Balment. However, the over-riding reason to come to Mansbridge Balment is our tremendous team of dedicated, genuine, and caring people. It is the collective effort of the team here that makes us who we are, and it is because of them, more than anything else, that you should ask Mansbridge Balment to help.

Our Strong Track Record Mansbridge Balment have an enviable reputation, which has led to our selling more residential properties than any other firm. This reputation has been built on professionalism and knowledge, which delivers results for our clients, time and time again. Increasingly people are looking to review sites for an independent view about products and services – estate agency is no different. Take a look at the review site www. where you will find hundreds of reviews of our service - a great way to assess the quality of an estate agent. Mansbridge Balment actively encourage clients to tell us what they think in this genuinely transparent way. This engagement with our clients is invaluable to get first hand feedback and assess where we are getting things right, but also where we may need to improve.


Okehampton Exeter Tavistock Yelverton Bere Peninsula Plymouth Truro




• Grade II Listed Cottage • Lovingly Restored to High Standard • Wealth of Period Features • Three Bedrooms • Two Bathrooms • Far Reaching Countryside Views • Good Sized Attractive Gardens • Close Reach of Amenities A beautifully presented and spacious detached character cottage, set on a good size mature plot with large attractive gardens enjoying farreaching countryside views towards Chimney Rock. The property is situated in a popular Cornish village within the Tamar Valley a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within close reach of the village centre and all its amenities. The cottage is currently run as a successful holiday home, being let through Sykes Cottages with last year’s income totalling approximately £26,000.

Tel: 01822 612345




• Character Cottage • 2 Bedrooms • Large Rear Garden • EPC Band F Tel: 01822 855055



• Modern Detached Home • 3 Bedrooms • Garden and Garage • EPC Band C Tel: 01822 612345



• Substantial Edwardian Home • 4 Bedrooms (Master Ensuite) • Garden and Detached Garage • EPC Band E Tel: 01822 612345


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Ward Cottage An exceptional property in the heart of the rural Tamar Valley - Trisha Milne introduces something special on the Bere Peninsula.


he Bere Peninsula lies between the Tamar and Tavy rivers and is well known for having a unique eco-climate, which, in past years, made the area extremely productive in terms of farming and market gardening. Coupled with mining heritage and much more, this is now an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The photography says much about this property, which enjoys wonderful views over undulating countryside, woodland, and the river below. We believe the house was a former mine captain’s and counting house, which nestles at the end of a no-through road in a rarely visited corner of Devon. There is use of a dock/mooring/slipway, which is yards from the property and sits on the Devon bank, opposite the historic Cotehele Quay (part of the Cotehele House Estate owned by the National Trust). Gardens are landscaped and terraced with planted areas, fishpond and established trees. There is an allweather stoop, perfect for appreciating the vista come rain or shine. The outbuildings have power and light and include a triple garage. A number offer the potential for conversion – subject to planning consent. The accommodation has a warm and homely feel. There are four bedrooms (all en-suite), a 20ft sitting room, 20ft kitchen/ dining room, living room, music room, computer room and conservatory. Permission has been granted for further conversion of the attic space to increase the accommodation further. The nearby village of Bere Alston has a pub, doctors’ surgery, Post Office, chemist, church, and a primary school. It is served by the Tamar Valley Railway Line to Plymouth, where connections can be made with main line services. Tavistock lies a little further north and has an excellent selection of shops and other facilities.

For more information about this stunning property, which is for sale with a guide price of £650,000, contact the Bere Peninsula office of Mansbridge Balment on (01822) 840606. 8


From riverside properties to village cottages and farmhouses SPECIALISING IN THE TAMAR VALLEY Gunnislake – Harrowbarrow – Chilsworthy – Metherell – Calstock – St Dominick – St Ann’s Chapel Dimson – Latchley – Luckett – Stoke Climsland – Callington – St Mellion – Kelly Bray - Horsebridge Gulworthy – Chipshop – Morwellham – Tuckermarsh – Weir Quay – Bere Ferrers - Downgate

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• Ground Floor Character Apartment for Over 55s • 2 Bedrooms • Landscaped Garden • EPC Band E Tel: 01822 612345

Bere Alston


• Newly Renovated Terrace Cottage • 2 Bedrooms • Enclosed Rear Garden with Outbuilding • EPC Band F Tel: 01822 840606

South Zeal

Guide £435,000

• Well Presented Detached Bungalow • 3 Bedrooms • Extensive Gardens with Superb Views • EPC Band F Tel: 01837 52371



Guide £895,000

• Modern Individual Detached House • 5 Bedrooms – 3 Ensuite • Detached Garage with Independent Living Above • EPC Band B Tel: 01822 855055



• Period Farmhouse • 3 Double Bedrooms – Ensuite to Master • Beautiful Private Gardens • EPC Band E Tel: 01837 52371



• New Build • 4/5 Bedrooms • Architecturally Designed • EPC Band B Tel: 01822 612345


Bere Alston


• Beautifully Presented Townhouse • 4/5 Bedrooms • Enclosed Rear Garden and Parking • EPC Band tbc Tel: 01822 840606



• 1 of 12 Newly Built Detached Houses • 3 Bedrooms – Beautifully Designed • Attractive Communal Landscaped Gardens • EPC Band B Tel: 01822 612345


Guide £199,950

• Choice of 2 Apartments – First and Second Floor • 2 Bedrooms - Parking • Stunning Views Over Dartmoor • EPC Band B Tel: 01822 855055


Always moving forward

I can’t recommend this firm highly enough.

They have been friendly, e�cient, supportive and informative. I used Adam Confrey for my house sale and purchase and he was every thing you would expect from a conveyancing lawyer and more. All of the staff have been great throughout. Tristy - Tavistock

H & C Lawyers are a family run law firm specialising in Property, Trust & Private client matters. Adam Confrey is a qualified property Lawyer, Director and Head of the Conveyancing department. Adam qualified as a specialist property Lawyer over 5 years ago and has built up a local following of satisfied clients with personal recommendations and repeat business. He understands fully the stresses associated with the buying and selling process. To assist in alleviating some of the stress in your sale the property department can offer a free initial consultation when you place your property on the market to advise on any potential issues which may be raised by your buyer’s lawyer such as planning issues for extensions, or documentation required for works to the property. To the more complicated issues such as access to the property and private drainage. We can then advise on how matters can be rectified before a buyer is found to help alleviate any stress and delays. If you would like to take advantage of this offer please give us a call on 01822 614461.

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The Perfect Playing Surface

Kevin Lethbridge of Mansbridge Balment talks with football managing legend Neil Warnock about why he loves this part of the world.


orn in Sheffield, Neil Warnock is one of the most successful English football managers of all time. He is a former professional player and has managed teams to promotions on eight separate occasions, most recently taking Cardiff City into the Premiership in 2018. He is hugely respected in the game and a familiar face and voice across television and radio coverage of his beloved sport. Neil was, of course, in charge of local team Plymouth Argyle when they famously swept to victory in their 1996 Third Division play-off Final against Darlington with Ronnie Mauge scoring the decisive header in front of more than 43,000 fans. A day Argyle fans will remember for many years and one to savour. 14

Despite his hectic travel schedules and work demands, Neil and his family have lived for a number of years in a tranquil spot on the Cornish side of the Tamar Valley, far from the stresses and strains of topflight football management. Over the years he has kindly brought the teams he has managed to the area during pre-season. Neil’s generosity and affection for this part of the world has been instrumental in bringing about such unlikely fixtures as Liskeard vs Cardiff City and Tavistock vs Queens Park Rangers. To bring such teams as QPR, Sheffield United and Cardiff City to Tavistock and other local clubs is quite something and a huge credit to the man himself, for which local football fans are hugely

grateful. This says more about the man than mere statistics and footballing records – he has a real connection with the area and has given back and enriched local sport as a result. “The countryside here is so rich and diverse. On one hand you have the Tamar Valley, which winds its way through places like Horsebridge, with it’s amazing 1437 bridge, then down to Morwellham Quay and the incredible heritage showing the prosperity that mining brought this region and has all but vanished now.” “Then there is Dartmoor, not just Dartmoor but Bodmin moor and places like Kit Hill, where mining and moorland combine. Despite the increase of new home building, the area remains

pretty unspoilt and you can lose yourself in such places. It’s a great place to live and a great place to bring up your family.” “I love my fishing and, as you can imagine, this part of the world provides some wonderful places to set up – it’s a great way to unwind and find a bit of peace. Of course, if you’re looking for somewhere special, Cotehele House and Quay have just about everything, stunning gardens, riverside walks, heritage and one of the most impressive country houses around. It’s an absolute gem and we like to visit whenever we get the chance.” So, it would seem that, for Neil and his family, the Tamar Valley is the perfect playing surface. Long may it remain so.

Neil’s generosity and affection for this part of the world has been instrumental in bringing about such unlikely fixtures as Liskeard vs Cardiff City and Tavistock vs Queens Park Rangers


Bere Alston


• 3 Storey Victorian Property • 4 Bedrooms • Private Rear Garden • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 840606


Guide £450,000

• Detached Bungalow • 4 Bedrooms • Approximately 1.75 Acres • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345

Mary Tavy

Guide £380,000

• Detached Bungalow • 2 Bedrooms • Approximately 1.5 Acres • EPC Band G Tel: 01822 612345


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This completely refurbished two bedroom two bathroom villa is situated on the beautiful Greek Island of Lefkada. At Villa Manolia it’s all about the outdoors with private swimming pool, plenty of sun loungers, dining area, BBQ with outdoor kitchen and of course our lovely decked chill out space. We have the most amazing views across the bay, overlooking the famous Onassis family island of Skorpios and all this is just a 45 minute drive from Preveza airport. The season starts from the beginning of May until the end of October.

For availability contact: Simon and Maria on 07523 069053


Sydenham Cottage Nicola Muncey, Senior Sales Consultant based at the Tavistock Office of Mansbridge Balment, reflects upon a special property.


estled within the Sylvan surrounds of Sydenham Woods, but within striking distance of the towns of Tavistock, Okehampton and Launceston, Sydenham Cottage provides spacious immaculately presented and lovingly maintained versatile accommodation, whilst retaining all the character and appeal of the quintessential English country cottage. Woodburning stoves in the kitchen/breakfast room and sitting room spread warmth throughout the house in the winter and in the summer French doors from both the dining room and sitting room allow the scents of the season and the gentle babbling of the brook in the garden to drift in. Upstairs are five bedrooms, two of which could readily adapt to use as a study and dressing room. A second sitting room at this level opens directly onto a terrace abutting the upper section of the formal gardens, which are separated by the country lane on which the property sits from an area of woodland.



French doors from both the dining room and sitting room allow the scents of the season and the gentle babbling of the brook in the garden to drift in


For more information about this lovely property, which is on the market at a guide price of ÂŁ750,000, contact the team in Tavistock on (01822) 612345.




• Detached Family Home • Presented to a High Standard • 4 Bedrooms • 3 Reception Rooms • Approximately 2 Acres • Swimming Pool • Peaceful and Private Location • EPC Band E A detached family home of character, in its own extensive grounds and gardens totalling approximately two acres. The spacious rooms are light, airy and presented to a high standard. The gardens and land are a particularly attractive feature and slope gently away from the house to a small stream and trout pond. Although currently grazed on an ad hoc basis by the neighbouring farmer’s sheep, the land is of a sufficient size for those interested in running a smallholding.

Tel: 01822 612345



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Guide £375,000

• Renovated Detached 1920s Bungalow • 2 Bedrooms • Garage and Attractive Garden • EPC Band F Tel: 01822 855055



• Detached Dormer Bungalow • 5 Bedrooms – 3 Bathrooms • Delightful Gardens and 2 Double Garages • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345



• Recently Renovated Semi-Detached House • 5 Bedrooms • Corner Plot Garden and Garage • EPC Band F Tel: 01822 855055



Guide £415,000

• 1930’s Detached Family Home • 3 Double Bedrooms and 1 Bedroom Annexe • Large South East Facing Gardens • EPC Band G (Main House) EPC Band E (Annexe) Tel: 01822 612345



• Detached Cottage with 3 Bedrooms • Plus Cottage with 1 Bedroom • Garage and Sunny Aspect Gardens • EPC Band E Tel: 01822 840606


Guide £250,000

• Well Appointed Apartment • 3 Bedrooms and 2 Reception Rooms • Grade II Listed • Allocated Parking Tel: 01822 612345


Bere Alston


• Detached Dormer Bungalow • 4 Bedrooms including 1 Bedroom Annexe • Delightful Gardens with 2 Double Garages • EPC Band E Tel: 01822 840606

Broadwoodkelly Excess £400,000 • Spacious Detached Bungalow • 3 Bedrooms • Extensive Grounds • EPC Band D Tel: 01837 52371

Bere Alston


• Extended Semi-Detached House • 4 Bedrooms • Purpose Built Annexe • EPC Band C Tel: 01822 840606


Tavistock £550,000 • Superb Detached Barn Conversion • 3 Bedrooms • Grounds Approximately 1.3 Acres • Views over the River Burn • Range of Outbuildings • Private Lane • EPC Band C In a rural, private but not isolated position, a lovely detached barn conversion originally converted in the 1980s but extensively updated and improved since then and set within its own grounds and gardens.

Tel: 01822 612345

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• Detached Cottage • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Receptions • 2 Bathrooms • Garage and Parking • Garden/Courtyard/Patio • Sunny Aspect Views Across the Valley • EPC Band F Positioned on the edge of fields in a tranquil leafy lane which is away from the main road, but only minutes from amenities, this property is offered with no onward chain. We believe the cottage was originally built in the 1700’s (not listed) and later extended in the 1990 by a previous owner. The garden of the property is to the front and to the side with a sizeable garage, original stone garden store and gated driveway along with a sunny aspect and views down the valley. The home offers potential but does require refurbishment and improvement with good size south facing elevations and character.

Tel: 01822 855055



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The Coach House Jonny Mansell, Associate Director in Okehampton, takes us to a hamlet near the popular village of Ashwater and gives an insight to The Coach House.


shwater has a strong community spirit with plenty going on. Amenities include the primary school, parish hall, church, chapel and the well-regarded Village Inn. The village has a tremendous sense of togetherness with numerous village events, clubs and societies, all of which was summed up by the accolade of winning the Best Kept Village in 2014. The village still boasts a general store and post office. Situated in a peaceful hamlet, a short distance from Ashwater itself, is this beautifully presented detached former coach house. With generous gardens, large outbuilding and parking, the property has excellent views of the adjoining countryside and beyond. Highly-impressive and packed with character, The Coach House dates back to the 17th century, when it was used as the coach house to the nearby Rectory. The property is not listed and was converted to a residential dwelling in 1976. The accommodation is spacious, light and beautifully presented throughout and offers lovely countryside views from many of the rooms. The extensive gardens, which border fields to two sides, again offering views of the open countryside from all



The accommodation is spacious, light and beautifully presented throughout and offers lovely countryside views


parts of the garden. There is off-road parking via two parking areas and also a garage, with power and lighting. Further outbuildings include a workshop and two store rooms, which offer a multitude of uses to the prospective buyer. In recent years, the sellers have undertaken an extensive program of improvements including: new central heating system; update to the electric system; new bespoke kitchen with integrated appliances; new bathroom with high-quality Perrin & Rowe and Burlington sanitaryware; new floor coverings throughout; complete internal and external redecoration and a new front door. To the front of the property is a gated gravelled courtyard, which is a sun trap and thus makes for a pleasant and private seating area. To the rear of the property is a delightful, level and private garden predominantly laid to lawn, with patio seating area leading off from the conservatory and original cobbled pathways, bordered to two sides by grazing fields and enjoying excellent views of surrounding countryside and beyond. There are several mature trees and a variety of plants, shrubs and bushes and laurel hedging. A summerhouse and gravelled seating area together with a small stream running along one side of the garden provide a lovely space to fully appreciate this delightful setting.

With a guide price of ÂŁ475,000, contact the Okehampton office on (01837) 52371 for further information.


Two Bridges

Guide £295,000

• Detached Moorland Period Property • Approximately 1.6 Acres • Outbuildings including Stables and Garage • 2 Bedrooms • 21ft Living/Dining Room with Woodburner • Views from All Aspects • Subject to Duchy Lease • EPC Band E A recently renovated detached Dartmoor retreat offering an idyllic lifestyle surrounded by expansive moorland and rugged tors with 1.6 acres of land, stables and stone outbuildings. The property was built in the 1920’s for the pastor of the area and is subject to a Duchy Lease. There are original features including a central fireplace which creates an attractive heart of the home. The views are a particular feature and can be enjoyed from every aspect, looking across the private grounds and out over miles of Dartmoor National Park.

Tel: 01822 855055



From manor houses and farms to idyllic cottages

SPECIALISING IN THE SALE OF DUCHY LEASEHOLDS Chagford – Moretonhampstead – Princetown – Walkhampton – Belstone – Dousland – Lydford Postbridge – Mary Tavy – Meavy – Whitchurch – Horrabridge – Yelverton – Shaugh Prior Peter Tavy – South Tawton – Sourton – Brentor – Sticklepath

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Land of Legend Nick Henderson investigates some of the myths and legends associated with Dartmoor


aving lived on the fringes of Dartmoor for most of my life, I am aware of the numerous tales and stories associated with the moor. Pretty much anything from Pixies right through to a personal visit from the Devil himself have been linked to this beautiful wilderness we know as ‘the moors’. Is it because the nature of the moor itself can change so rapidly? Is it the rawness and wildness of the high moors that evokes tales of headless horse-drawn carriages, hairy hands, spectral dogs, bottomless mires and dark deeds? Probably. Interestingly, there seems to be an element of truth behind a number of these tales. There were unpleasant characters who used vicious packs of hunting dogs who would terrorise the area, there were drunken squires who would abuse their position, sometimes to the extent of committing murder. A violent thunderstorm could be mistaken for the wrath of Satan. One story, with which many of us are familiar, is the tale of Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles. Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle penned the story while staying at the Old Duchy Hotel in 1901. Now the National Park Visitor Centre, he used local places and locations as the background to the story. It is believed that one such location is included within the pages of this magazine and is presently for sale with Mansbridge Balment. I will let you decide which one it might be, but this is where legend can become reality. Conan-Doyle was told of Richard Cabell, a seventeenth century squire from Buckfastleigh, who was renowned for hunting with dogs, frightening his fellow parishioners with his many acts of violence and was said to be ‘monstrously evil’. The story has it that he brutally murdered his wife, whose faithful black hound 32

attacked and tore out his throat. A pack of hounds descended from the moors howling at the loss of their evil master. Cabell is now entombed in the churchyard to prevent him re-joining his pack and carrying out further atrocities. Throw in the legend of the ‘Yeth Hound’, a ghostly headless dog said to be the soul of an unbaptised child which haunts the region and you can see how Conan-Doyle began to piece together the wonderful Hound of the Baskervilles. We come to the ghost of Lady Mary Howard. Lady Mary is a lost soul who cannot find peace until she completes an impossible task. She has to remove every blade of grass from the mound of Okehampton Castle and take, individually, to the family seat of Fitzford House in Tavistock. Each night at midnight, Lady Howard makes the journey in a carriage of bones accompanied by a terrifying black dog (something of a pattern is emerging). It is said that if the carriage stops at your door, the end for you is nigh. Now, why might Lady H be in such a predicament? We all know the road at Sourton can be really tricky in mid-winter when the snow comes, so she really needs a helping hand (not the hairy hand – we will come to that later). Perhaps that she left four husbands in their grave doesn’t help her case. Her father, found wealth at an early age and didn’t handle it very well – fell out with the people of Tavistock which resulted in the murder of two on his doorstep. He died at a young age. After her unsuccessful marriages, Lady Mary returned to what was left of Fitzford House with her son. To compound what had been a life associated with sadness and tragedy, her son died a premature death and so, exactly one month afterwards,

did Lady Mary Howard also die. It would seem that the life of Lady Mary had become intertwined with that of her father and thus a legend was born. Did she deserve the punishment? Does she deserve the scary ghost label? Quite where the story about the nightly pilgrimage from Okehampton Castle to Tavistock came in is yet another mystery… but we like it! Fitzford House fell into disrepair and was finally demolished in the 1860’s. The gatehouse happily remains and has recently undergone a thorough renovation and been restored to its former glory. The gatehouse can be seen just by the statue of Sir Francis Drake, where Plymouth Road approaches the town centre. The B3212 is an unlikely candidate to feature in an article about Dartmoor legends, but it is the centre of attention for one of the most widely known ‘ghost’ stories about Dartmoor. The B3212 runs across the centre of Dartmoor, pretty much from Exeter to Yelverton, but it is the stretch between Two Bridges and Postbridge that we are interested in for it is here that the ‘Hairy Hands’ have made their appearance over the years. Stories of vehicles being forced from the road go back to the 1920’s. Horse-drawn carts, motorbikes with sidecars and modern cars with power steering and sat nav have all fallen to the phenomenon of the Hairy Hands. It is said that, from nowhere, a pair of hairy hands will take control of a vehicle – handlebars or steering wheel – driving the occupants from the road and into either ditch or granite wall. Deaths have occurred, particularly when attempting to navigate the tricky Cherrybrook bridge, where the camber of the road, combined

with a bend in an otherwise straight section of road, make this a challenging manoeuvre. A serious investigation took place in the mid-twentieth century to determine whether strong magnetic forces were in some way interfering with the steering mechanisms of vehicles on this part of the moor, but no conclusions were made. Arguably less seriously, locals might point towards the journey home after a night out in Princetown and ‘hairy hand’ influence of some of the stronger moorland ales! Draw your own conclusions on that one. There are countless other tales to chill the blood and we do not have room for them all on these pages. One worth checking out is how Branscombe’s Loaf, a lonely Tor, came into being. Again, it is the Devil’s work. Thirteenth century Bishop of Exeter, Walter Branscombe, had been visiting outlying parishes and was returning along the north eastern edge of Dartmoor. The bishop and his servant were struggling with hunger when they were approached by a man offering them bread and cheese. About to eat, the servant spotted a cloven hoof beneath the strangers’ coat and knocked the food from the bishop’s hands. The bishop and his servant safely madeoff but the bread and cheese became the outcrops of rock we see today. Kitty Jay was a farmworker who fell pregnant and, when her lover disowned her, she took her life. In those 19th century Devon days, suicides were buried at crossroads to confuse the spirit and prevent it being able to find its way back to haunt the living. Her grave remains to this day, but an unexplained twist is that fresh flowers appear on the grave every morning, even now… 33



• Victorian Townhouse • 3 Bedrooms/2 Receptions • Courtyard Garden and Parking • EPC Band E Tel: 01822 612345



• Beautifully Presented Character Cottage • 2 Bedrooms and Bespoke Kitchen • Refurbished to a High Standard • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345



Semi-Detached Bungalow Ideal for First Property Garage and Garden EPC Band D Tel: 01837 52371



Excess £260,000

• Delightful Character Cottage • 3 Bedrooms • Garage and Gardens • EPC Band E Tel: 01837 52371



• Modern Town Centre Apartment • Prestigious Development • 2 Bedrooms and Balcony • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345



• Select Development for Over 55’s • 2 Bedrooms • Garden and Allocated Parking • EPC Band D Tel: 01837 52371


Byleat House Liz Bailey introduces one of Yelverton’s finest residences.


ollowing a 1585 Act of Parliament, Drake’s Leat was built to divert water from the River Meavy, on Dartmoor, seventeen and a half miles to Plymouth. The Leat (also known as Plymouth Leat) was named after local hero, Sir Francis, as he sat on the committee which oversaw the Bill when it came to Parliament in 1584. Now redundant, only a few parts of the Leat are still visible following the construction of Burrator Reservoir, which better served the growing needs of Plymouth to the south. As the name would suggest, Byleat is situated adjacent to the Leat on the southern side of Yelverton village and is an elegant and extended 1920’s residence set at the end of a leafy sweeping driveway with wonderful first floor and balcony views toward the distant moorland slopes. The beautiful and established gardens of around half an acre are in a convenient and secluded situation. Improved since last sold in 2010, the property now includes a light ground floor annex area, modern style kitchens/utility rooms, replacement PVCu double glazing and doors and a new mains gas-fired heating system.



Notable character features retained include stained glass windows, original doors, fireplaces and working servant bells


The notable character features retained include stained glass windows, original doors, fireplaces and working servant bells in the main rooms. The gardens are a credit to the owners with many specimen and rare trees and shrubs and have been opened for charity over the years for all to appreciate. The rear gardens face in a generally southerly direction and are adjacent to the village cricket ground. The accommodation includes reception hall, cloakroom, 23ft sitting room, 18ft drawing room, 16ft dining room, 18ft kitchen/ breakfast room, utility/annex kitchen, wc, spacious annex living room and further annex garden room. The first floor includes four bedrooms, three en-suite, and a family bathroom. There is a sizeable detached double garage with a games room above which provides scope for further independent living or an additional bedroom. We believe that the property was once a guest house, hence the number of en-suite rooms, ideal for those who would like to enjoy a holiday on Dartmoor. The recently opened Drakes Trail runs along the woodlands adjacent to the front of the house and provides a pedestrian and cycle path, part of a network connecting with both Tavistock and Plymouth.

For more information about this stunning property, which is on the market with a guide of ÂŁ849,000, contact the team in Yelverton on (01822) 855055.



Region £265,000

• Grade II Listed Character Cottage • 2 Double Bedrooms • Garden With Views • Two Storey Barn with Potential Tel: 01837 52371



• Recently Renovated Cottage • 2 Bedrooms • Good Sized Garden and Outbuilding • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 855055



• Immaculately Presented Detached Bungalow • 3 Double Bedrooms (Master Ensuite) • South West Facing Rear Garden • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345



Excess £260,000

• Spacious Semi-Detached Home • 3 Bedrooms and 2 Reception Rooms • Large Garden and Outbuilding • EPC Band D Tel: 01837 52371



• One of 12 Newly Built Detached Homes • 4 Bedrooms, Garage and Communal Garden • Safe and Secure Environment • EPC Band B Tel: 01822 612345


Excess £550,000

• Detached Family House • 4 Bedrooms • Garage and Good Sized Rear Garden • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 855055


Let it be… Mansbridge Balment! Carla Denley heads the team at Mansbridge Balment Lettings and talks about the service the firm is proud to offer landlords across the region covered by its offices.


ased here in Tavistock we are perfectly located to handle the needs of landlords and tenants across a wide geographical area across east Cornwall and west Devon. If you have recently invested in property as a buy-to-let landlord, or are thinking of doing so, you will inevitably want to start covering your costs as soon as possible. So, getting it occupied promptly is essential. However, one of the most difficult tasks for a landlord can be sourcing the right tenants for their property. Qualifying tenants and ensuring that occupancy rates are maintained is critical for a successful residential investment to work. This is where the experience and marketing knowledge of a good agent comes to the fore. “Landlords have a number of responsibilities, which can prove to be time consuming and stressful if not handled correctly.” says Carla. “As some have discovered, managing your own investment property can be more than just a headache. Collection of rent and upkeeping of the property, ensuring the property meets all legal safety standards and finding new tenants when the existing ones decide to move on – the list grows. Hence the need for a knowledgeable letting agent able to take care of all these issues on your behalf. With such a valuable investment, there is sense in engaging a professional agent to handle it for you. This is where we come in.” Both locally and nationally, the private rental sector is growing at a very fast pace with many buy-to-let landlords looking to capitalise on some excellent investment opportunities.




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Based here in Tavistock we are perfectly located to handle the needs of landlords and tenants across east Cornwall and west Devon.

Mansbridge Balment offer a similar high-quality service for the lettings business to that of the sales teams. Opened in 2014, the Mansbridge Balment Lettings team can provide a bespoke service for landlords and tenants ranging from a ‘finder’ service to a fully managed operation. Tell us what your needs are and we will put together a package that works for you. Here at Mansbridge Balment we recognise that one size does not fit all. We know that for both landlords and tenants sometimes it is appropriate to have a longer lease agreed than the standard six months assured shorthold tenancy. Many of these tenancies do, of course, roll over and can continue for a number of years, but landlords appreciate good tenants and

tenants appreciate good landlords, and we are now offering longer term lets where this might be appropriate. Give us a ring and we’ll go through the details. “Another thing we are able to offer landlords is access to a ‘rent guarantee’ scheme, which provides for additional peace of mind – come and see us for more information”, says Carla Our aim is to take the stress away from landlords and help prospective tenants find the best property to suit them and their needs. Everyone is different, therefore, an individual approach is needed to best serve the requirements of landlords and tenants.

Contact Mansbridge Balment Lettings today on (01822) 617171 to arrange a free appraisal or to register your requirements. Mansbridge Balment – here to help.


Dan Bryant, Associate Director of Mansbridge Balment introduces us to something special on Dartmoor

Laughter Hole House An idyllic home in one of the most stunning locations imaginable


aughter Hole House, which takes its name from the nearby Laughter Tor, sits between Bellever Forest and the East Dart River, which tumbles and winds its way to eventually find the sea at Dartmouth, on the south Devon coast. Stylish and elegant, this is a stunning and secluded property – ideal for entertaining family or guests. Renovated and improved in recent years, the property originally dates back to the early 1900’s – the location carefully chosen to make the most of the wonderful views and open scenery. Postbridge village lies just two miles distant with its shop/post office, Inn, church and village hall. The larger centre of Princetown is around six and a half miles away, and the towns of Tavistock and Chagford are thirteen and nine miles away respectively. The property is under a Duchy of Cornwall lease, which is not unusual on Dartmoor. In all there are about 6.3 acres of gardens, paddock, stables and outbuildings. Fishing rights along a stretch of the East Dart are another attraction to would-be buyers. Designed to take advantage of the views, the living space extends to more than 2100 square feet. An entrance hall provides the perfect welcoming space for guests and feeds through to the main reception rooms, which include the comfortable sitting room measuring almost 30ft overall, with fireplace, wood burner and doorway to an outside terrace and verandah. There is a cosy library/study with book cases and fitted cupboards – ideal for peaceful reading and contemplation. A 20ft kitchen/dining room is at the heart of things with another wood burning stove and leads through to the boot room/utility, which in turn leads to a larder and boiler room. The luxury master bedroom suite includes its own bathroom, while there are three additional, well-proportioned bedrooms, a sizeable landing and family bathroom. A long driveway leads to the house through Bellever Forest making the property completely hidden from the road. There is a five bar gate entry onto a driveway which has space for several vehicles in front of the garages/stables with a path up to the house. The gardens gently slope to the river with expansive views and an air of abundant space. A small leat runs through the garden creating a large pond/plunge pool with an attractive waterfall with a wooden bridge leading to wooded paths. There is a variety of established trees and shrubs including mature rhododendrons which burst with colour in the spring months and clusters of colourful wild and planted flowers. A raised terrace runs the length of the property with a verandah providing


shelter from the elements, creating seating areas for enjoying the moorland surroundings and undoubted peace. On the edge of the property is a bridleway The park itself is renowned for its beauty, as well as offering a wide range of outdoor pursuits including walking, riding, cycling and fishing. Moretonhampstead provides pubs, restaurants, swimming pool, sports centre, health centre, dentist, veterinary practice, hospital, library and primary school as well as a very active community. The university and cathedral city of Exeter (27 miles) enjoys a wide range of facilities, including fine dining, shopping, theatre and sporting and recreational facilities. Plymouth (21 miles) to the south west has a similar wide range of amenities. Both have mainline railway stations to London.

Laughter Hole House is on the market with Mansbridge Balment for ÂŁ475,000 Duchy Leasehold. For more information or an appointment to view, contact Dan and the team in Yelverton on (01822) 855055.


Tavistock Guide £800,000 • Individually Designed Detached Family Home • Finished to a High Standard • Prestigious Area • 4/5 Bedrooms – 2 Ensuite • South Facing Garden Approx. One Third Acre • Double Garage and Parking • Near to the Moor • EPC Band C Located in one of Tavistock’s most favoured locations, an impressive contemporary family home set within approximately one third of an acre of private beautifully landscaped gardens which enjoy a sunny, southerly aspect.

Tel: 01822 612345

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Blue Cedar Homes specialises in creating small communities of luxury homes that enable those over 55 to lead the life they desire. While many homeowners approaching or enjoying retirement plan to ‘rightsize’ to a low-maintenance property that can cater for their changing needs, we believe buyers do not, and should not, have to compromise on quality or location.

Blue Cedar Homes developments are located in the most desirable towns and villages, from coast to country, and typically include 10 -15 detached freehold properties. Every scheme features bespoke property designs, that blend with the local architecture and landscape, and each are as individual as the people who choose them. Renowned for their blend of practicality, quality and unrivaled attention to detail, the exclusive homes feature high quality fixtures and fittings, fully fitted kitchens, elegant bathrooms, well-planned layouts, and generously sized rooms that can be easily adapted in the future.

Every carefully crafted development is cared for by a local Estate Manager who undertakes gardening, waste management and some external property maintenance. They maintain the attractive landscaped garden and summerhouse that are the focus of each scheme, and even keep an eye on properties, whether owners are home or away, making a Blue Cedar Homes property a perfect lock-up-and-leave prospect.

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Blue Cedar Homes are unique in the fact that they do not charge event fees, also known as transfer or assignment fees. So, if you sell your property, there is nothing to pay Blue Cedar Homes – you will receive 100% of the proceeds upon the sale of your home.

Kelly Gardens, Tavistock, Devon

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‘At Shebbear College, the pupil is at the centre of our approach to academic and personal development, providing a Foundation for Life.’

I believe that mutual respect and positive communication between people are central to success in any learning environment and collaborative team-working skills are a necessity to driving success in innovation and creativity in the next decade. At Shebbear we have exciting plans to develop our campus to ensure that we are at the cutting edge of modern learning. At our boarding and day school, which stretches back to 1829, we seek to blend the ‘traditional and modern’ elements of our buildings and of our pupils learning journey to ensure that our pupil’s excel in every aspect of College life, enabling them to thrive.




By Caroline Kirby, Head of Shebbear College

There have been developments in the last couple of decades that have really impacted schools: the global digital revolution and the challenges of mental health in our fast-growing world being just two. However, what has not changed is the importance of keeping pupils at the centre of their learning. At Shebbear College, we are a ‘talking school’ where two-way communication between pupils, house staff, tutors, teachers and parents is at the heart of what we do every day. We believe that our community is the key to ensuring that we can personalise the academic and pastoral journey for every child, ensuring that they reach their potential in every aspect of life. Our vision for the future is to maintain this personalised child-centred approach in our increasingly modernised 21st Century world, where every child can build their own confidence, courage, communication and creative skills in our safe and stunning environment. As we move forward into the next decade, we must develop our young people’s minds and skill sets to ensure they are ‘future-ready learners,’ but also whilst doing this, preserve what is so important, which is the development of well-rounded individuals who can demonstrate the essential skills of academic aspiration, courtesy and compassion in our increasingly technologically-directed world.

On our 85-acre site we are developing our boarding model so that we meet the needs of modern families where full, weekly and flexible boarding creates a perfect and convenient options for modern working parents, whilst keeping the approach pupil-focused. Alongside this we are developing digital learning where technological and skills-based creativity and learning permeates every area of our curriculum. Our outstanding outdoor education and outdoor learning environment will also continue to be developed. We work in close collaboration with St Petroc’s in Bude and we have the same outlook on adventurous and creative education for our young people. I strongly believe that our young people can develop their skills and learning in any environment, but what better environment to develop their skills in the curriculum and co curriculum than in the Devon and Cornish countryside, where our natural environment has no limits. I first visited Shebbear College a year ago and I was impressed by the College then, but as we look forward to the next decade, I can wholeheartedly say that I adore our school and I am looking forward to developing Shebbear College with an exciting vision, alongside our talented staff and student community at both Shebbear and St Petroc’s, to ensure that we are all preparing our pupils for the changing, dynamic world and future that lies ahead of them.

BIOGRAPHY Caroline Kirby is the first female to lead Shebbear College in the school’s history. Caroline Kirby holds a BSc First Class Honours degree from the University of Bristol and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Bath. Caroline has worked in a number of reputable day and boarding schools. Caroline enjoys living at Shebbear College in Devon (a boarding and day school for 2-18 year olds) with her husband Robert and their three children, who are all at Shebbear Prep School.


Bere Ferrers

Excess £400,000

• Spacious River Front Cottage • Fabulous Views • 3/4 Bedrooms • 2/3 Receptions • South Facing Gardens • Sought After Devon Riverside Village • Easy Reach to Amenities and Transport Links • EPC Band G Superbly positioned in a river front location enjoying stunning uninterrupted views along the River Tavy and countryside beyond, this spacious semi-detached character cottage, formerly two properties, with a wealth of period and interesting features has been cleverly combined to provide a spacious home with versatile accommodation set over two floors with three/four bedrooms, two/three receptions and south facing gardens bordering the river with a mooring point.

Tel: 01822 840606


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Mansbridge Balment – opening doors since 1971 19 FO R E ST R E E T, B E R E A L STO N, D E VO N, P L20 7A A (01822) 840606



• Beautifully Presented Town House • 4 Double Bedrooms • Peacefully Situated Backing on to Fields • EPC Band C Tel: 01822 612345


Excess £200,000

• Modern Link Detached House • 3 Bedrooms plus Attic Room • South Facing Garden • EPC Band C Tel: 01837 52371


Guide £200,000

• First Floor Apartment for Over 55’s • 2 Bedrooms • Lift Access and Allocated Parking • EPC Band B Tel: 01822 855055


Highampton Guide £700,000 • Impressive Detached Former Farmhouse and 2 Holiday Cottages • Approximately 3 Acres of Land • Paddocks and Formal Gardens • Good Array of Outbuildings • Situated down a Private Lane • Excellent Views of Dartmoor and Surrounding Countryside • Grade II Listed • Farmhouse Available Separately at Guide £550,000 An impressive 4 bedroom detached former farmhouse and 2 holiday cottages, all presented in excellent order, set down a rural lane, in approximately 3 acres of land with lovely views of surrounding countryside and Dartmoor. Good array of outbuildings, including stabling, storage barn, workshop and vehicle parking. (Farmhouse available separately at Guide £550,000).

Tel: 01837 52371


A bird’s eye view World of Motion’s James Lamey talks to Moor to Sea about his career and what it takes to be a successful film maker and cameraman in some highly challenging environments.


ames Lamey heads up World of Motion Aerial Imagery and is based in west Devon. He has worked closely with the Mansbridge Balment teams to maximise the presentation of both the firm as a whole and a number of individual properties. His work will be found increasingly on property portals, YouTube and our own website and it provides a unique perspective allowing a fresh dimension to help buyers envisage a property before deciding to arrange to view. James will work with drone technology and high level ground-based rigs. He is equally adept filming outside spaces or more detailed internal close-ups. “I live and was educated here in West Devon, which I love. I started getting involved with aerial photography and filming as a hobby around six years ago. In 2015 I gained the necessary qualifications from the Civil Aviation Authority to fly drones commercially and my passion for the work really took off, so to speak. It is fabulous technology and a truly unique way to see properties and the surrounding area come to life. The guys at Mansbridge tell me it is increasingly popular with buyers and sellers alike as people spend more time looking at stuff online, which is where it can be most effective. It’s not just the filming that’s enjoyable – I love the editing process and finding the right piece of music to accompany the footage, which helps to set the scene and can make a huge difference to the overall feel of the story we are trying to tell.” Given the huge variety of property in this area, James could find himself in the centre of Dartmoor one day, or by a river or on a rooftop the next. It is not all about rolling countryside and farmhouses, his techniques have been applied to smaller, urban properties where a street level image simply isn’t good enough to show a property in its best light. As with estate agency, he never really knows what the following day might bring. It is this diversity in the job that holds his interest most. “I do a lot of work with the Mansbridge teams and have covered most of their area one way or another. There is always a fresh challenge and no two jobs are ever the same.” James’ commitment to the job is one of the reasons Mansbridge Balment are keen to work with him. He will work seven days a week and nothing, literally, is too much trouble. “Living in this part of the world, we have to take what we get with the weather. I make the most of the good weather, whenever it comes. Last December we had been dogged by poor weather, which is to be expected, but I had been very keen to get to one of Mansbridge’s properties up on the moor. There was a break in the weather and, following a telephone call with the vendor, I agreed that the opportunity


was too good to miss and we got some great footage during the morning that I was particularly pleased with. Although it was Christmas Day, I still managed to get home for my festive dinner!” It is not just his commitment to getting the job done, but it is his attention to detail and care to get things right. There are plenty of examples where drone shadows are seen in the frame, or a car drives past and detracts from the shot. James will spend hours sorting through the footage and editing it cleverly to deliver a seamless video, which is so pleasing to the eye. The length of each shot and the timings of each piece are exactingly worked out before the film is completed. “Whenever filming with the drone, I always ask the neighbours for their permission to fly nearby and I find people are very interested in the process and, usually, more than happy to agree. It can be a different story with the many dogs, cats and other animals I encounter whilst filming for internal video tours. They are never camera shy and I sometimes have to retake many shots to ensure continuity. They’re always happy to pose in their own time”, added James. To find out more about how James can bring another dimension to your property sale, contact your nearest Mansbridge Balment office today.



Region £310,000

• Semi-Detached Barn Conversion • Grade II Listed • Quiet Location • Delightful Configuration • Many Period Features • 2/3 Bedrooms • Double Carport and Parking • Cottage and Courtyard Gardens A charming semi detached Grade II listed barn conversion in quiet peaceful location approximately 1 mile from the village centre. Retaining many period features and offering original configuration, the property is both well appointed and functional. There is a cottage garden to the front of the property and a courtyard garden to the rear with double carport and additional parking

Tel: 01837 52371


Broadwoodkelly Guide £445,000 • Superb Contemporary Executive Property • 4 Bedrooms (Master Ensuite) • Large Garden and Garage • EPC Band C Tel: 01837 52371



• Spacious End Terrace House • 3 Double Bedrooms • Gardens to Front and Rear • EPC Band C Tel: 01837 52371



• Detached Bungalow • 3 Bedrooms and 2 Reception Rooms • Large Plot Approaching Half an Acre • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345




• Substantial Elegant Victorian Home • 5 Double Bedrooms - 2 Bathrooms • Far Reaching Town and Moorland Views • EPC Band E Tel: 01822 612345

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Guide £750,000

• Impressive Character Property • 6 Bedrooms and 3 Reception Rooms • Additional 2 Bedroom Barn Conversion • EPC Band D and E Tel: 01837 52371



• Detached Family Home • 3 Bedrooms • Garage and Gardens • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 855055



Two beautiful hotels in two exceptional locations. The Two Bridges Hotel, in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, and The Bedford Hotel, in the perfect Devon market town of Tavistock. Individually styled rooms Award-winning dining l Traditional afternoon teas l Weddings, celebrations and private dining l A warm welcome, always l l

LONGFORD CHASE KENNELS & CATTERY Longford Cottage Tavistock Devon PL19 9JU

Tel: (01822) 613857 The Bedford Hotel 01822 613221

Two Bridges Hotel 01822 892300


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• Extended Detached Cottage • 5 Bedrooms • Versatile Character Accommodation • Scope for Annexe/Rental/Holiday Income • Landscaped Gardens of Approx. 0.4 Acre • Double Garage and Gym • Tranquil Hamlet Location • EPC Band tbc A lovely detached cottage, positioned on the edge of the Tamar Valley in an incredibly tranquil hamlet in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has an abundance of history and market garden influences, including a large number of daffodils. The property is not listed and has notable character which dates back 200 years with original features while being extended in the 1990s. From the first floor the views extend across the canopy of the surrounding woodlands creating a sense of space.

Tel: 01822 840606




• Unique Cottage • Extended in 1997 • 3 Double Bedrooms • Courtyard to Front • Off Road Parking • Beautifully Landscaped Gardens • Useful Sheds for Storage • EPC Band tbc A unique property which once formed part of an historic wool mill on the banks of the river Walkham hidden away in a sought after village within the Dartmoor National Park. The house offers wonderful tranquillity and uninterrupted views over the tumbling water and a private bridge which leads across the river to a beautifully kept oasis which forms the private gardens for the cottage. These gardens approach 0.40 of an acre, forming an island of attractive grounds between the river and the fields with views over the surrounding landscape.

Tel: 01822 855055



Brook Farm Comfortable and versatile home in beautiful surroundings.


pproximately three miles from the centre of Yelverton is this immaculate detached former farmhouse, positioned within the Dartmoor National Park and close to open moorland, and being offered for sale with no onward chain. Originally built as a dairy farm in the early 1900’s, the property was later extended to provide a comfortable family home. The gardens are a particular feature of the property and extend to approximately 0.68 of an acre, including a fruit and vegetable garden with a greenhouse, stunning shrubs and flowering plants interspersed with lawns, fruit trees, seating areas and a wildlife pond. The house includes five bedrooms, the master of which is arranged as a suite with private dressing room and bathroom. In the past the dressing room had been a kitchen, which suggests this area could lend itself to being an independent annexe. The other bedrooms are served by a family bathroom and separate shower room. The loft space offers further potential to extend the accommodation, subject to the necessary consents. The ground floor includes an 18’ kitchen/ breakfast room with Aga, separate sitting and dining rooms, study, snug and utility room. The gardens encompass the house and enjoy a south westerly aspect at the rear. To the front is a gated driveway with parking for several cars in addition to the sizeable garage. There is a secluded front garden with a seating area bounded by a high Devon bank, ideal for breakfast and the morning sun. The property has oil fired central heating and has modern double glazed windows. In addition is an Aga, wood burning stove and open fireplace; there are slate and quarry tiled floors, as well as polished wood floors.

Brook Farm is on the market for ÂŁ750,000. For further information about this lovely property, contact Mansbridge Balment in Yelverton. (01822) 855055.


Whatever the weather... Nick Henderson meets BBC weather presenter Emily Wood, a familiar face to viewers of Spotlight and the late news, who talks about her career and what brought her to settle here in west Devon.


mily first moved to Devon in 2004 after finishing university in Manchester. “My sister had been living in Plymouth for a while and I knew my parents were looking to move to this area from Derbyshire, but I was still surprised to receive a call during my finals saying ‘We’re moving to Tavistock!’, my response to which was: ‘Where is that exactly?!’ (I was soon very aware of where Tavistock is, firmly situated on the wettest side of Dartmoor!).” She had been planning on making a career in the media after getting involved in student radio at university. “I was going to live with my parents for about 6 months, save some money, go travelling, and then head back to Manchester or move to London to pursue my dreams of being a radio presenter. 16 years later, I’m still here and I’ve worked as a weather presenter for the BBC for 12 years now, a career path I would never have expected to end up on, but enjoy immensely and am very grateful for the opportunities moving to Devon provided me.” Once settled after moving down from the north, Emily got involved with hospital radio at Derriford Hospital, presenting a show on Saturday mornings. “It’s perhaps a cliché but hospital radio really does provide the valuable experience which is hard to come by elsewhere. Through hospital radio I found out about the Community Action Desk at BBC Radio Devon, manned by volunteers and maintaining links between the community and the radio station. I started volunteering there 3 days a week, while working an evening telephone receptionist job. I was working more unpaid than paid hours at one point, but it eventually bore fruit with the chance to get on air covering the travel shifts for BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall. After some intensive lessons on local pronunciations (don’t get me started on how to say Launceston!) I got regular shifts on the travel desk and also worked as a Broadcast Assistant answering phone calls for live shows, helping produce content and enjoying getting involved in anything radio-related.” After about a year at Radio Devon, a fortuitous meeting was to take Emily in another direction. “ I happened to get the train to work a travel shift at the Exeter studio and bumped in to a BBC colleague, who asked if I’d seen the advertisement for weather presenters in Plymouth to work for BBC Spotlight. I had, but with no experience of TV and no degree in meteorology, I hadn’t 62

even considered applying. My colleague informed me that I should definitely apply for the job, as training would be provided and it would save me getting the train to Exeter for travel shifts! So I duly applied and got an interview, which was at the London weather centre in the famous Television Centre, which for me was a brilliant experience in itself. I did my first ever television presenting doing a 1 minute national forecast as part of the interview process, which resulted in me being offered the job to cover early shifts and weekends.” Sent on some intensive training with the Met Office, Emily began building up her experience presenting the weather live in the local BBC TV breakfast bulletins 5 times a morning. “I also got my first experience of outside broadcasts at places like the Devon County Show, which can be hard work but also great fun. My workload has changed since those early days, we are now a ‘weather hub’ in Plymouth so we cover Bristol and Southampton regional TV and radio in the mornings, lunchtimes and at weekends, so those shifts are very busy! I also cover the main 6.30pm Spotlight show and late news, which also involves covering the Channel Islands weather as well.” “So it’s certainly a varied job, not least because the weather is always changing! People are often surprised with the hours I work; starting a 4.15am and working for 10 hours can be hard especially with two small children! Plus I have to be very selfsufficient, there’s no make-up lady or stylist, we have to get ourselves TV ready, as well as putting together the forecast, the graphics and presenting without a script as we don’t use autocue for the weather.” Clearly, there is a good deal that happens behind the scenes, but watching Emily and her colleagues shows just how professionally they work. “I do feel very lucky to be able to work for the BBC and live in this part of the world. Although it wasn’t part of the plan, this area very much feels like home now, especially since having children. Being able to leave the house and take them out for some fresh air on Dartmoor is something I feel very fortunate to do, depending on the weather of course!” Emily is a regular presenter of the weather for the BBC, working across both television and radio form of the media. Mansbridge Balment are extremely grateful to her for taking the time to talk to Moor to Sea.

I’ve worked as a weather presenter for the BBC for 12 years now, a career path I would never have expected to end up on, but enjoy immensely and am very grateful for the opportunities moving to Devon provided me.



Guide £350,000

• Well Appointed Detached Bungalow • 3 Bedrooms • Garden and Garage • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345



• Recently Renovated Detached House • 3 Bedrooms • Landscaped Gardens with Seating Terraces • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345



• Spacious Detached Family Home • 4/5 Double Bedrooms • Enclosed Rear Garden • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345


Bere Alston

Guide £320,000

• Extended Detached Bungalow • 4 Bedrooms • Gardens, Courtyard and Double Garage • EPC Band tbc Tel: 01822 840606



• End Terrace House • 3 Bedrooms • Garage and Views • EPC Band E Tel: 01822 855055


Guide £425,000

• Modern Family Home Close to Moors • Panoramic Countryside Views • South Facing Garden • EPC Band tbc Tel: 01822 855055


Buckland Monachorum £500,000 • Spacious Detached Bungalow • 4/5 Bedrooms • Picturesque Location with Mature Gardens • EPC Band tbc Tel: 01822 855055


Guide £250,000

• Detached Bungalow • 3 Bedrooms and 2 Reception Rooms • Lawned Gardens and Superb Views • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345



• Well Presented Semi-Detached Family Home • 3 Bedrooms/2 Reception Rooms • Corner Plot with Gardens and Large Garage • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345




• Spacious Self Contained Maisonette • 3 Double Bedrooms • South West Facing Garden • EPC Band E Tel: 01822 612345

Buckland Monochorum £215,000 • Historic Grade II Listed Cottage • 2 Bedrooms • Rear Courtyard Garden • Parking to Front Tel: 01822 855055


Excess £250,000

• Versatile Semi-detached House • 3 Bedrooms • Southerly Aspect Garden • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 855055



Guide £675,000

• Delightful Detached Character Cottage • 2 Bedrooms • Further Detached 2 Bedroom Guest Cottage • Peaceful and Private Rural Location • Grounds of Approximately 1 Acre • Far Reaching Countryside Views • Good Range of Outbuildings • Grade II Listed A delightful character cottage, situated in a peaceful rural location, with excellent far reaching countryside views. The property has well tended private grounds of approximately one acre and a further detached 2 bedroom guest cottage together with a good range of outbuildings, including garaging and workshop. There is a newly installed waste treatment system and ultra-fast broadband connected to both properties.

Tel: 01837 52371


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Excess £200,000

• Ground Floor Apartment for over 55s • 2 Bedrooms (Master Ensuite) • Patio Area and Parking • EPC Band B Tel: 01822 855055



• Well Presented Family Home • 4/5 Bedrooms • Landscaped Tiered Garden with Lovely Views • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 855055


Guide £160,000

• Grade II Listed Townhouse • 3 Bedrooms • Attic Room • Close to Town Centre Tel: 01822 612345



Region £799,000

• Detached Cottage • 5 Bedrooms • Modern Extension • 4.3 Acre Paddock • Large Garden • Private Water and Solar Energy • Easy Access to Dartmoor • EPC Band D Nestling in a quiet and peaceful corner of this unspoilt village, this cottage which previously comprised two dwellings, is now combined and extended offering great versatility and options with regard to configuration. A great many period features remain and with the extension now offers generous accommodation. Outside to the rear is a sizeable enclosed garden with off road parking area and studio and there is also a paddock of 4.3 acres with a recently cultivated apple orchard adjoining the garden. There are added benefits in the form of solar energy which generates income of approximately £800 PA and the property has its own water supply.

Tel: 01837 52371


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The Cottage Melanie Mansell introduces us to a gem in one of Dartmoor’s most attractive villages


alkhampton is an extremely pretty West Devon village nestling in the folds of countryside on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. The Black Brook gently bubbles its way through the centre before finding its way to join the Walkham river itself. These western slopes of Dartmoor are perfectly located for access to either Plymouth or Cornwall, or hopping onto the A38 or main line rail connection at Plymouth for travel further afield. Just a couple of miles away from the larger centre of Yelverton, Walkhampton itself has a primary school, church, garage and popular public house, the seventeenth century Walkhampton Inn, which has re-opened in recent years and lies at the heart of the village. This stone-built cottage can be found close to the centre of the village and dates, we believe, from the late 1700’s. It has been carefully and sympathetically renovated to retain much of the original period features and character. The stone facade is double-fronted with a central front door and features ‘eyebrow’ arches above the symmetrical ground and first floor windows giving it an almost human appearance. There is a 20ft sitting/dining room with woodburning stove set within a granite fireplace, double-glazed windows and door

leading to the front. The kitchen has butler sink and oak worksurfaces together with a range cooker, slate floor and beamed ceilings. A hardwood door leads to the back garden. Upstairs there are three pretty bedrooms and an attractively fitted bathroom. The back garden includes a useful storage shed, area of lawn, patio, pear tree and greenhouse. This cottage is perfectly located, either as a permanent home or holiday home. The surrounding area is rich in diversity and beauty. Nearby Huckworthy Bridge is one of the most picturesque places on Dartmoor and one of our best kept secrets. Burrator Reservoir is within a short drive, or decent walk, and a place of real scenic beauty.

To find out more about The Cottage, which is for sale with a guide price of £285,000, contact Mel and the team at Yelverton on (01822) 855055 74


The kitchen has butler sink and oak worksurfaces together with a range cooker, slate floor and beamed ceilings





• Spacious 3 Bedroom Apartment • Fully Refurbished • Renewable Energy Source • EPC Band D Tel: 01837 52371



• Link Detached House • 3 Bedrooms and Conservatory • Gardens and Garage with Utility Area • EPC Band E Tel: 01822 855055



• Spacious Ground Floor Apartment • 3 Bedrooms and 3 Receptions • Communal Landscaped Garden • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345




• Detached Family Home • 5 Bedrooms • Corner Plot Garden with Lovely Views • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 855055

Okehampton Region £365,000 • Fine Detached House • 3 Bedrooms • Large Garden and Garage • EPC Band E Tel: 01837 52371

Buckland Monachorum £249,950 • Unique Three Storey Property • 2/3 Bedrooms • South Facing Rear Garden • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 855055




• End Terrace Family Home • 3 Double Bedrooms • Generous Enclosed South Facing Garden • EPC Band tbc Tel: 01822 612345



• Modern Detached Bungalow • 3 Double Bedrooms • Gardens and Garage • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 612345


Guide £240,000

• 3 Storey End Terrace Town House • 2 Double Bedrooms (Both with Ensuites) • Beautifully Presented • EPC Band C Tel: 01822 612345


Okehampton Excess £300,000 • Unique Art Deco Property • 4 Bedrooms • Lovely Views from Roof Top Terrace • EPC Band E Tel: 01837 52371



• Extended Semi-Detached House • 4 Bedrooms • Enclosed Garden with Seating Areas • EPC Band D Tel: 01822 855055



• Spacious Detached Bungalow • 3 Bedrooms • Gardens, Parking and Garage • EPC Band E Tel: 01837 52371


Green Lane House Peter Sleep, Director of Mansbridge Balment, reflects upon the substantial and imposing property that is Green Lane House.


ituated just 10 minutes walk from Tavistock Town Centre and the distance of 2 crisply hit 7 irons away from the 1st tee of Tavistock Golf Club, is this well proportioned period residence, set in level grounds of approximately 1.1 acres (featuring a heated swimming pool) with versatile accommodation that could suit one family, multi-generational living or provide a home with income potential. The reception rooms and kitchen/breakfast room (recently refitted with a range of maple and walnut wall and base cabinets and incorporating a Miele inset four ring induction hob, Miele fridge and freezer and Miele dishwasher) of the main part of the house branch off the wonderful 32’ long reception hall from which rises the original balustrade shallow tread staircase taking you to the galleried landing that serves four double bedrooms and three bathrooms (one of which is a recently refitted en-suite featuring a double ended


freestanding roll top bath, oversized shower cubicle with chrome thermostat shower with fixed and flexible heads, low level w.c, “his & hers” inset style wall hand basins, fully tiled walls and underfloor heating). The extensive secondary accommodation can be accessed internally at both ground and first floor level, from the hall and landing, or directly from outside, and provides an additional kitchen, two reception rooms, two bedrooms and a large bathroom. Accessed via the main kitchen/breakfast room, and directly from outside is a large games/hobbies room with a builtin bar (the author passed a very pleasant evening there in December 1978, but that’s another story).

For more information about this stunning property, which is on the market at £950,000, contact the team in Tavistock on (01822) 612345.


Green Lane House has versatile accommodation that could suit one family, multi-generational living or provide a home with income potential.





• Extended Character Farmhouse • 3 Bedrooms – All Ensuite and 4 Receptions • 3.3 Acre Grounds • EPC Band D Tel: 01837 52371

Bere Alston

Excess £250,000

• Extended Victorian House • Three Double Bedrooms • Approximately 0.15 Acre Plot • EPC Band G Tel: 01822 840606

Broadwoodkelly Region £425,000 • 2 Fine Barn Conversions • 3/4 Bedrooms • Gardens and Stone Barn/Workshop • EPC Band C Tel: 01837 52371



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