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72.44 acres, Lustleigh, Dartmoor, TQ13., Devon
For Sale - Guide Price £3,950,000

  • 5 - 9 bedrooms
  • 3 - 5 reception rooms
  • 4 - 8 bathrooms
  • 72.44 acres
  • Outbuildings
  • Period
  • Detached
  • Garden
  • Rural
  • Swimming Pool

Surrounded by over 70 acres and nestled in a magical valley with ancient woodland, pasture, two lakes, a stream, waterfalls and two ancillary cottages. This immaculately presented and energy efficient home is not listed and has undergone an extensive refurbishment of startling quality. EPC: F

Discreetly positioned in a private and peaceful valley and at the end of a long private drive accessed via an electric gate, Higher Combe is an idyllic estate in immaculate condition. The principal house is a 16th century Devon longhouse and is not listed. First impressions are magnificent, with an entrance hall that boasts granite floors and a hand-hewn granite circular staircase leading to the galleried landing above complete with a granite and oak balustrade. .

The exceptional open plan kitchen and dining room, forms the heart of the home. Generous ceiling heights and spectacular views over the valley are immediately noticeable, as are the oak floors and oak beamed ceiling. The stylish and immaculately finished kitchen was expertly handcrafted by Smallbone of Devizes, with the latest fitted appliances around a central island.

The delightful snug sits on the other side of the original 16th century cross passage and provides an ideal space for relaxing with cleverly designed built-in speakers hidden as pictures on the walls, a TV that rises from a hidden alcove below the bookshelf and lighting that automatically adjusts for optimum relaxation when the TV is turned on or off. Stairs from the snug lead to the main guest bedroom with immaculately finished en suite bathroom.

The attention to detail and quality of the extensive refurbishment continues to the first floor, where the galleried landing leads to the outstanding drawing room, which doubles up as a screening room thanks to the projector and screen. Featuring a vaulted ceiling with exposed green oak roof trusses, a fireplace with wood burner and granite hearth, and facing south over the stunning valley and surrounding countryside, this is the perfect space for entertaining or simply relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.

The master bedroom suite also features a vaulted ceiling. The tiered slate terrace offers superb far reaching views over the valley, woodland and surrounding Dartmoor countryside. There is a large double height dressing room and beautifully designed en suite bathroom with teak bath and basins and a rain shower with teak panelling.

Above the master bedroom, and accessed via an attic door, is a large storage room. A gym, or additional bedroom is also situated on the first floor, along with an en suite bathroom. To the rear of the house and also accessed from the entrance hall is a music room leading to the concealed wine cellar, built into the granite bank providing even temperatures throughout the year. There is fitted racking for 1200 bottles. Beyond the music room is a bathroom, bedroom and office / bedroom with stairs leading to a secondary galleried landing where a wonderful guest bedroom can be found.

A picturesque Grade II listed thatched cottage, which has been re thatched in 2019, has some of the fine views down the valley. The Cottage provides excellent ancillary accommodation for staff or guests. There is an open plan kitchen / dining room accessed from the entrance hall with a sitting room beyond and a staircase leading down to the master bedroom and en suite bathroom, along with a second bedroom and separate bathroom. The cottage has its own terrace and garden.

Also Grade II listed and thatched, the former stables have been converted into spacious guest accommodation, overlooking the pool and pool house and with delightful views over the gardens and grounds. There is an open plan kitchen and sitting room and the first floor has two bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms. Stable Cottage has its own terrace and garden. All thatched buildings on the property have been re thatched under the current ownership.

Higher Combe sits in a private position at the end of a long private drive exactly a mile above the village of Lustleigh within Dartmoor National Park. It is arguably one of the finest locations on Dartmoor thanks to the beautiful rolling countryside and easy access to amenities. The grounds complement the house perfectly and extend to over 70 acres of pasture, woodland, lakes and a stream. The gardens slope gently away from the main house to the south, where the swimming pool and impressive pool house are positioned to both take advantage of the far reaching views. The views over the National Park are superb, and Higher Combe has the feel of an estate thanks to the privacy and uninterrupted outlook.

The area is renowned for its spectacular scenery with granite tors, heather clad moorland and wooded valleys bisected by running streams and rivers. There are numerous opportunities for walking, riding, cycling and fishing and there are 18 hole golf courses at Bovey Castle and Stover.

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