01 Oct Energy-efficient country farmhouse with two cottages
Roger Hemming Estate Agents, the Experts in Property in Honiton is thrilled to offer to the market an outstanding landed country farmhouse with renewable energy sources, market garden potential, a lake, large barn and two cottages in the rolling Devon countryside.
Riggles Farm House nestles on the south-easterly slopes of the Otter Valley, midway between the towns of Honiton and Taunton, around 10 miles from the M5 and just a mile or so inside Devon’s border with Somerset.
The original farmhouse dates back hundreds of years and has been extended and improved by generations over time to create a bright and well-proportioned, meticulously maintained character home with a myriad of super-modern renewable and energy-sustainable features including photovoltaic solar panels, solar water heating, triple glazed windows and a state-of-the-art wood-fired central heating system that heats the three main buildings – all massively advantageous in these rather uncertain times. Indeed, the owner of the property has the right to coppice wood from the adjoining land and there are several years’ supply already in storage, which will be left for the new owners. The property also has a private water supply and a modern private drainage system.
A long sweeping driveway forks and approaches the complex of buildings with plenty of parking outside. Riggles Farm House is an attractive, detached stone-built home with an entrance hall, cloakroom, living room, dining room, utility, kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a cream shaker style farmhouse kitchen and electric Aga, two staircases, the family bathroom and three bedrooms plus a 16’ master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.
Alongside the farmhouse are two detached barn conversions, further adding to the flexibility of living space at this fabulous property. Swallow’s Nest is the larger of the two cottages, arranged on one level with an open plan kitchen living area as well as two bedrooms, each with its own ensuite. Wren’s Nest is a two-storey studio cottage with a mezzanine bedroom. Both cottages could be used to generate an income as holiday lets with consent for this already in place, or they would make ideal homes for independent youngsters or extended family as part of a co-ownership or multigenerational living arrangement.
Sitting amid a plot of around 4.4 acres, the farmhouse and cottages are accompanied by several useful outbuildings as well as a large, detached barn. Within the grounds are wonderful, gently sloping lawned gardens, a small lake and some natural deciduous woodland. In addition, the current owners have created a fantastic kitchen garden area with a polytunnel, numerous raised beds and a productive orchard, which has the potential to be extended and developed further to create a market gardening business or smallholding.
Roger Hemming, selling agent, said: “I can honestly say that Riggles Farm House is one of the finest properties we’ve ever marketed. We love the flexibility of the accommodation, the convenience of its position and its gorgeous surrounds. It’s beautifully kept and just oozes period charm yet is packed full of ultra-modern conveniences, most notably its climate- friendly, efficient and cost-saving renewable energy systems. The barn and outbuildings could be used for all manner of purposes and the potential for income generation and self- sufficiency is huge.”