Meavy - Western edge of Dartmoor

Yelverton village - 1.5 miles
Tavistock town - 6 miles
Plymouth city - 10 miles

975,000 Freehold

Description Sitting on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in a village setting, A Grade II* listed six-bedroom manor house. Its extensive outbuildings surround a former farmyard, now developed into a delightful romantic ‘English’ garden and these include three barns, a piggery and octagonal roundhouse offering in total 650 square metres (7000 sq. ft.) with tremendous potential for future development, subject to planning consent.

The main house features an extraordinary and rich vernacular tapestry with granite and slate flag-stones, granite mullion windows and carved fireplaces augmenting a glorious series of granite arch-ways along the length of the ground floor. This combines with modern conveniences of oil-fired central heating, newly installed wood-burners, aga and fitted bathroom and shower rooms.

The garden of Meavy Barton comprises a series of charming interconnected spaces defined by the main house and its outbuildings. A large section of the original farmyard has been recently cobbled and this leads to a rectangular lawn, over which the tower of St. Peters looms, which sweeps down to the southern boundary. At the front of the house is a further enclosed level lawn with a wonderful lichen-clad Black Walnut. Plantings in the surrounding borders are of a quintessentially English palette of Roes and a classic woody framework with traditional summer-flowering perennials. The upper section of the garden is laid to a nature-rich flower meadow and orchard bordering a oak-sleeper vegetable garden and cutting borders.

History Meavy Barton is a Grade II* manor house of national significance.  Records show that its site was part of an estate granted by King Canute (sic), in 1030, to a minister named Aethelric: the resultant dwelling was later mentioned in the doomsday book. The present house, however, dates from the 1500s and was subsequently acquired by the famously sea-faring Drake family of the nearby Buckland Abbey estate. During this period the Barton was substantially enlarged and embellished with fine details such granite doorways bearing the star emblem taken from the family coat of arms, and a splendid fire place which remain today. Sir Francis Drake himself took refuge here in 1625 during an outbreak of plague and the property remained in the Drake family until 1942 when his nearest descendants, Captain Meyrick ordered the Meavy section of the Buckland Abbey Estate to be auctioned, lot one being Meavy Barton Farm.

A cobbled path leads from a pedestrian front gate to a half moon granite step and granite arch leading into:-

Open Entrance Porch: 9’ x 6’ 6. Granite flagstone floor and fitted bench seats either side. A granite arched craved doorway with a studded oak door leads into:-

Cross Passage: 20’ 8 x 6’ 6. Granite flagstone floor, granite arched roll-moulded doorways leading to the farmyard, reception hall and into:-

Study: 11’ x 7’ 9. Staircase to mezzanine study.

Inner Hall: 13’ 6 x 4’ 8. Large mid C17th open well staircase with square newels and ball finials with a granite mullion window on the half landing, walk-in under stairs cupboard, granite arches and doors lead off to reception rooms.

Parlour: 13’ 6 x 10’ 7. Chamfered granite framed fireplace with ‘God in mini cube’ wood burning stove, built in cupboards to alcoves, granite mullion window overlooking the front garden.

Drawing Room: 19’ 6 x 16’. Wide walk in granite framed fireplace with continuous roll moulding and a carved star in each spandrel, “Godin Colonial” wood burning stove inset, former bread oven. Granite mullion window overlooking the front garden, granite flagstone floor, ceiling timbers with meat hooks, 4 granite arch doors lead off this room – 2 with arched studded plank doors.

Dining Room: 17’ 6 x 8’.Carved granite salting trough, two granite mullion windows with slate sills to the rear elevation, timber flooring.

Kitchen/Breakfast room: 23’ 2 x 12’ 6 minimum. Large deep chimney breast with inserted four oven ‘Aga’ with oak lintel over and recessed former bread oven, modern kitchen fitments including walk in pantry cupboard, terracotta tiled floor, ceiling timbers with meat hooks, granite mullion window to the front elevation overlooking the garden, door into utility/dairy, door into:-

Shower Room: 18’ 6 x 6’ 10. Window to side elevation, flagstone floor, granite trough with shower over, wash hand basin, heated towel rail, low level w.c., walk-in boiler cupboard, staircase to first floor dressing room.

Former Dairy/Utility Room: 15’ 2 x 12’ 7. Flagstone floor, two mullion windows to rear, low slate shelving and slabs, enamel sink unit, plumbing for washing machine, granite arched doorway to driveway.


Library Landing: 20’ 1 x 13’ 5. Granite stone fireplace, Oak beam, book shelving, shelved alcoves, Granite mullion window to front elevation, turning left off the staircase an Oak door leads through a Granite arch into a passageway and steps down into:

Mezzanine Study: Oak ceiling beams, roof light, staircase down to study.

Bedroom One: 16’ 10 x 11’ 4. Granite stone fireplace, double aspect room with two granite mullion windows to front and side with views over courtyard and front garden & farmland, door & steps down to:

Dressing Room: Clothes hanging rail, built in cupboard, staircase down to ground floor shower room.

Bedroom Two: 14’ 9 x 13’ 5. Mullion window to the front elevation, Granite fireplace, shelved alcove with hanging rail.

Bedroom Three: 16’ 7 x 11’ 7. Granite fireplace & mullion window to side elevation.

Bedroom Four: 16’ 3 x 10’ 9. Double aspect room with two granite mullion windows to side & rear.

Bathroom: Oak flooring and beams, skylight plus mullion window to rear, fully refurbishedwhite suite with enamelled bath on copper plinth, toilet & wash hand basin.

Shower Room: Mullion window to rear elevation, roof light, large walk in shower cubicle, low level w.c., wash hand basin, heated towel rail, ceramic tiled floor.

From the library landing a small flight of stairs leads up to:-

Second Floor

Bedroom Five/Garret Room: 19’ 4 x 12’. Double aspect room with ships ladder to sleeping platform.

Bedroom Six/Attic Room: 24’ 4 max. x 14’ 4 max. Exposed timber roof trusses, access to eaves, Granite mullion window to front elevation.


There are a range of traditional stone outbuildings, principally two storey, surrounding a former cobbled courtyard and grade II listed. Starting immediately to the north of the house and going in a clockwise direction around the yard they comprise:-

CHAPEL BARN: 44’ x 18’ Two storey circa late 11th century. Granite doorways & windows. May originally have had some domestic function connected with the main house with the first floor used as an artist’s studio.

THRESHING BARN: 78’ x 19’ narrowing to 13’ Two storey with a row of shippons on ground floor with threshing barn above with attached open six sided ROUNDHOUSE attached to the rear.

CHURCH BARN: 85’ x 20’ Two storey rectangular farm building with 3 distinct sections dating from late 16th century with 19th century additions & alterations.

At the gable end of barn 3 and connecting to the CART HOUSE is a former tractor shed 21’8 x 13’ with corrugated iron roof.

LINHAY: 26’ x 18’ Single storey with pitched slate roof and two bays

PIGGERIES: A row of 6 pig-sties with rear feeding hatches, granite shuts & troughs and recently re-roofed.


The FRONT GARDEN is walled, laid mainly to lawn and planted with various shrubs and perennials. A pedestrian gate leads to a walled cobbled path up to the grand porch.

The COURTYARD is approximately a ¼ of an acre and surrounded by the barns and outbuildings. From the lane a drive leads up alongside the house with a cobbled yard leading off on the right into the courtyard, the drive carries on and a five bar gate leads into the ORCHARD which has a kitchen garden with 14 raised beds at one end with a row of garden sheds, chicken house and the hexagonal Roundhouse adjoining the threshing barn.. At the gable end of the threshing barn is an enclosed part-walled garden planted with a variety of specimen plants including Wisteria, roses and a noteworthy Foxglove Tree.

Tenure: Freehold – For Sale by Private Treaty with Vacant Possession upon Completion.       Council Tax: Band G.

Services: Mains water, electricity & drainage. Oil fired central heating and ‘Aga’. Alarm system.

IMPORTANT No information relating to the 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 prhotographs are recent and sho only certain parts of the property. Any areas, measurements or distances given are approximate only.