Milton Combe

Plymouth 10 miles
Yelverton 2.7 miles

Guide of 725,000 Freehold

A short walk from the centre of this picturesque conservation village, this modernist principal village house sits tucked away on a private drive flanked by well-stocked borders, curves around the buttressed perimeter walls of a neighbouring garden. This stunningly situated property was a 1982 commission for a family home by architect, Roger Monson, who is known for his vernacular designs over different levels for houses in Noss Mayo & Newton Ferrers. The resulting property sits perfectly in its grounds, boasting its own stream and views up a lightly wooded U-shaped valley.

The interior spaces are well conceived and well-lit by natural light, and are astonishingly private. Subsequently, using similar materials, a detached two storey studio has been added, both sympathetic, in clever use of materials, to the surrounding landscape. The main accommodation is set over two floors with the living accommodation on the ground floor and the sleeping accommodation upstairs. Of particular note is the galleried entrance hallway that cuts in at half level at the rear, bringing light in from the north, connecting with the integral double garage over which is the play room/bed 5 thus creating a gallery and a trade mark of the architects design - a splendid light filed bespoke timber stairwell.

The architect gave clever consideration to the building materials which have now weathered beautifully and have bedded harmoniously with the environmentally sensitive setting. Built by Midas Construction of brick cavity walls with hardwood double-glazed windows the principal materials used are ‘Westbrick’ brick and ‘Hardrow’ tiles both to the elevations and roof.  There is the potential for the incorporation in the future of renewable energy as was shown in a 2008 feasibility study of the property

The garden is a haven for wildlife, playing to the most important aspects of the landscape with a long border outside the kitchen providing an attractive and varied foreground. The gushing water course is crossed at two points near to and far from the house, whilst a terrace wraps around the three principal elevations taking full advantage of its magical environment.


SituationMilton Combe is derived from ‘Mile Cumbe’ meaning middle valley and is located on the western edge of Dartmoor National Park just up the valley from the confluence of the rivers Tamar & Tavy.

The picturesque village centres around the Church of the Holy Spirit and the neighbouring village hall – originally the Church of England Infant School – whilst the meandering Milton Brook winds its way passed the 68 or so dwellings and holding fort at the top of the village is the reputed C16th public house the ‘Who’d have Thought It’ known locally as the Whody.

A short walk up the hill is the National Trust owned Buckland Abbey with its shop and B.F.G = Buckland Food Growers group with community based allotments should you wish to have your own chickens, bees and produce for the Good Life! There is easy access to the moor and to Roborough Down vis a footpath from Frogs Meadow.

The neighbouring village of Buckland Monachorum - 1.7 miles – boasts an Ofsted rated ‘good’ primary school and a recently opened Buckland Beehive Preschool. The busy village hall has monthly market on a Saturday morning and many events including quiz nights and much more info can be found on the village website

Villages – Crapstone 1.7 miles with the exceptional Crapstone Post Office & general stores;  Yelverton 3.5 miles bigger village with supermarket; butcher; health surgery; dentists and all every day facilities. Town – Tavistock 9 miles;  City – Plymouth 10.7 miles;  Derriford Hospital –  8 miles.

Buses – Regular shuttle bus from the village via Buckland Monachorum and Crapstone to Yelverton bus stop with connecting buses at approx. 20 minute intervals to Plymouth and Tavistock.

Services – Mains water, electricity and mains drainage; Liquid propane gas central heating via a Worcester 'Greenstar' 30Kw compact boiler installed in Sept 2017 located in the utility room. Wood burning stove in living room. ‘Esse’ wood burning cooker in kitchen along with an electric ‘Miele’ fan oven and microwave.  Electric underfloor and wall-mounted heating in studio. Mobile phone signal via Vodafone SURE signal superfast broadband 76. Satellite TV.

Local Authority – West Devon Borough Council   Tel. 01822 618800

Postcode/Grid ref - PL20 6HL     SX 491660    Tenure - Freehold      

Council Tax – Band G £2,952.50 pa payable until 31 March 2018.

EPC – Domestic EPC register rating reference 0959-2811-7841-9293-7925 band F – 22 which will have improved with the installation of the new boiler in 2017.

IMPORTANT NOTICE : No information realting to this property, whether written or verbal, given by John Colton or his employees may be relied on as a representation of fact. No part of these particulars constitutes a contract or part of a contract, for sellers or lessors or any other person or entity. All photographs are recent and show only certain parts of the property. Any areas, measurements or distances given are approximate only.