Yelverton 1.25 miles
Tavistock 6 miles
Plymouth 10 miles

guide price 950,000 Freehold

Truly unspoilt Dartmoor manor set in enchanting and unspoilt gardens,orchard & river meadow incorporating a fine range of 17th century grade II listed two storey stone barns set around a hidden courtyard in grounds of 2.25 acres.


Originally a small Tudor manor house, evident in the remains of an arch-braced roof truss, believed to date from the early 1500s, and was then known as The High House due to its appearance. It was greatly remodelled and enlarged in the 17th century, with an extensive range of outbuildings and became known as The Great House.

The property has an interesting history. After its acquisition from the Strode family its original owners, the third Drake baronet took refuge in the property during an outbreak of plague his family seat at nearby Buckland Abbey in the 17th century. The granite mullions and doorways embellished with navigational stars taken from the Drake family coat-of-arms are thought to date from this period. The house remained in the ownership of Drake descendants until in 1942, Captain Meyrick, ordered the Meavy section of the Buckland Abbey estate be auctioned with the first lot 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 Porch: 9’ x 6’ 6. Granite flagstone floor. A granite arch 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 up to mezzanine study.
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.
Sitting room: 13’ 6 x 10’ 7. Chamfered granite framed fireplace with 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, “Jotul” wood burning stove inset, cloam 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’. Salting trough, two granite mullion windows with slate sills to the rear elevation, timber flooring.
Kitchen: 23’ 2 x 12’ 6 minimum. Large deep chimney breast with cloam oven and four oven ‘Aga’ with oak lintel over, 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.
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:-
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/STUDIO 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.
GRANARY BARN: 78’ x 19’ narrowing to 13’ Two storey with a row of shippons on ground floor with threshing barn above with attached octagonal horse-engine house.
CHURCH BARN: 85’ x 15’ 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.
Cart House: 26’ x 18’ Single storey with pitched slate roof and two bays
Pig-sties: A row of 6 pig-sties with rear feeding hatches, granite shuts & troughs.
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 an asphalt 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 at one end with a row of garden sheds, chicken house and the octagonal 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.
PASTURE PADDOCK: - Lying south of the house with a gate leading off the village road is a further pasture paddock fronting the River Meavy.
Tenure: Freehold              Council Tax: Band G.
Services: Mains water, electricity & drainage. Oil fired central heating and ‘Aga’.
Viewing: Strictly by appointment with the vendor’s sole agent John Colton Property Sales & Searches Telephone 01822 854408

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