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Higher Warcombe, Mortehoe, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34

5 bedroom development plot for sale

detached Development plot, New Development, Coastal Views, Fine and Country

5 Bedrooms

5 Bathrooms

3 Receptions

Key Features

  • Rare opportunity to create a superb dream home in a unique location with a number of landscape designations including an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • Delightful rural location in a small hamlet of properties between the sought-after villages of Mortehoe and Lee
  • Outstanding far reaching and stunning panoramic views towards the Atlantic Ocean and coastline and inland over the countryside
  • Less than a mile from the rocky cove bay and beach at Lee and a short distance from the fabulous golden sand beaches at Woolacombe
  • Plans passed for conversion of barn to form a 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom contemporary home of approximately 556m2 (5,985ft2)
  • Consent for a triple garage and plenty of additional parking
  • Large gardens and grounds of approximately 2.24 acres
  • Building regulations already passed and ready for commencement of works
  • Mains electricity supply already on site
  • Further farmland of up to 13 acres available by separate negotiation if required
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Property Description

A very rare opportunity arises to purchase a substantial development plot with plans passed for conversion of an existing agricultural barn to form a very spacious and contemporary home in a superb and unique location, surrounded by open fields and countryside yet very close to the coast and within easy reach of the one of the UK’s very best golden sand beaches.
Located in a rural position with a number of landscape designations including an area of outstanding natural beauty, the barn sits on the very outskirts of the popular a sought-after coastal village of Mortehoe, in an idyllic location in a small hamlet of properties. The picture postcard charming seaside village of Lee is also less than a mile away. The site has already been officially named and registered as Swiftsure and is a large linear agricultural barn that sits in a prominent position and will have allocated gardens and grounds that amount to 2.24 acres in a sunny south facing direction and enjoying outstanding far reaching panoramic views to a wide vista out over the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline and inland over the surrounding countryside. There is five-bar gated access from the road onto a driveway which leads down to the barn.

Planning permission has been passed under application number 75188 on the 28th September 2022 for conversion of the redundant agricultural barn to a single dwelling. Furthermore, conditions 4 and 9 of that conditional consent were discharged and approved under application number 76212 on the 19th December 2022. The existing barn offers a single storey structure with a footprint of 438m2 (4,715ft2). The proposed plans for the conversion comprise a very spacious and contemporary, well-designed home with accommodation arranged over two floors, totalling a massive 556m2 (5,985ft2), and orientated to take full advantage of the outstanding and far reaching panoramic sea and coastal views. The ground floor amounts to 382m2 (4,112ft2) and the first floor a further 174m2 (1,873ft2). The proposed accommodation will include a large double height entrance lobby which will offer a real wow factor upon entering the home. Planning permission in this type of protected location and so close to the sea can be particularly difficult to achieve making this opportunity a true rarity.

A central hallway leads to all of the ground floor rooms which encompasses fabulous living areas including a delightful sitting room with full height glazing across the north-west corner which will perfectly frame the superb rural and coastal views. Sliding doors will access the formal dining room, again with sea views and there is a very large bright and airy kitchen/family living room which will enjoy a sunny southerly aspect and provide a great space for modern day family living, entertaining and dinner parties. The generous utility room and separate toilet provides a practical space for the day-to-day chores. Across the hallway there are four very spacious bedrooms, all with beautifully appointed en suite facilities and two having walk-in wardrobes/dressing areas.

Moving up to the first floor, there is a master bedroom suite which includes a dressing room and an en suite bathroom. The bedroom area has an expanse of glazing within the gable wall and Juliet balcony offering panoramic sea and coastal views. There is a study, perfect for those who live and work from home as well as a cinema room too.

Outside, there will be plenty of space to enjoy with the total plot amounting to around 2.24 acres. A private driveway will lead down to the property and to a huge parking and turning area for numerous vehicles. The consent also allows for a large gabled-roof triple garage building as well. A wrap-around patio, directly accessible from all of the living rooms, will seamlessly connect indoor and outdoor living and present an amazing space for an al-fresco meal, barbeques, sun lounging and soaking up the impressive sea views. The remainder of the grounds will be open to the new owners interpretation but safe to say further landscaping and garden areas can be formed to suit. There is plenty of space for all manner of outdoor activities including planting, vegetable growing/production, small animals such as a pony etc as well. The land slopes away from the building and backs onto further open unspoilt farmland.

There is already a fully working electricity supply to the site. There is an easement in place for a mains water supply. Alternatively, there is potential for a new borehole to be installed within the grounds. Drainage would need to be via a new septic tank/treatment plant. There is no mains gas in area.

Details of the full planning application is available online on the North Devon District Council's planning portal, please call for links to those applications. Furthermore, we understand from the seller that full building regulations have also been passed making the development fully ready to commence. A copy of the building regulations report is available upon request.

The property occupies a quiet and idyllic rural location surrounded by open farmland and fields. The position offers a great vantage point not only to marvel at the wondersful sea and coastal views but also to enjoy the many spectacular sunsets out over the sea throughout the year. The closest larger village is actually Lee Bay which is a small rocky cove bay and is just under a mile away. Lee has a Public House that serves food and a Church. There is plenty of nearby walking in and around the village too. The villages of Mortehoe and Woolacombe sit on the rugged North Devon coastline and amidst surrounding National Trust land. Mortehoe is a popular picture post card village which has two public houses serving food, a Post Office/general stores, tea rooms, Church and takeaways. Woolacombe is famous for its renowned golden sand surfing beach which has been voted best beach in the UK on Trip Advisor in recent years. Many of the visitors flock to the area throughout the year but especially through the busy summer months. The village has an array of facilities which include a variety of small independent shops, a selection of cafe, bars and restaurants to suit all pockets and tastes, a medical centre, Pharmacy and a Primary School which continues to hold the 'outstanding' rating from OFSTED. As well as the main stretch of golden sand there is also Barricane and Combesgate Beaches which have rock pools to explore, with the former having a kiosk selling Sri-Lankan curries throughout the summer season! The surrounding National Trust land provides miles and miles of walking with some of the finest coastal scenery on offer. There is a variety of leisure facilities with the best nearby golf courses being the two links courses at Saunton, one of which is at championship standard. Barnstaple is North Devon's main trading centre and approximately 12 miles away with a range of bigger named shops including all a lot of the major supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda) , a rail link and direct access onto the main A361 North Devon Link Road which joins the M5 at junction 27 Tiverton. Ilfracombe is just a short drive along the coast, approximately 5 miles away, and has plenty of coastal charm a picturesque harbour which is home to the world-renowned artist's Damien Hirst's 60ft high bronze Verity statue. There are also further shops bars and restaurants to enjoy there and a Tesco supermarket. The cathedral city of Exeter is approximately 50 miles away with direct rail links to the main line stations in London.

For those with children, there are some excellent schools throughout the area, many that hold the ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. North Devon’s main Private School is West Buckland and is a coeducational day and boarding school for ages 3 – 18.

There is also a further neighbouring barn available to purchase which also has planning permission for conversion to a 7 bedroom, 7 bathroom dwelling of 645m2 (6,943ft2). Both plots are available to purchase if somebody wants to buy the two together. The guide price for the neighbouring plot is £795,000. Further details are available upon request.

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