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Warcombe Lane, Mortehoe, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34

7 bedroom development plot for sale

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

7 Bedrooms

7 Bathrooms

4 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 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 7 bedroom, 7 bathroom contemporary home of approximately 645m2 (6,943ft2)
  • Plans include provisions for a newly created private drive with plenty of parking for numerous vehicles
  • Large gardens and grounds of approximately 1.91 acres with a wooded area, streams and pond with bridge features
  • Mains electricity supply near by
  • 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 comprises a very large agricultural barn that sits in a prominent position and will have allocated gardens and grounds that amount to 1.91 acres in a sunny south facing direction and enjoying outstanding far reaching views to a wide vista out over the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline and inland over the surrounding countryside. The planning permission allows for the construction of a newly formed private driveway which will give access down to the barn/new home which is enclosed within its own large gardens and grounds.

Planning permission has been passed under application number 76720 on the 6th April 2023 for conversion of the redundant agricultural barn to a single dwelling, together with new access and parking arrangements. The existing barn offers a single storey structure with a huge footprint of 721m2 (7,761ft2) albeit part of the existing barn on the western end will be removed completely thus reducing the footprint of the new dwelling. The proposed plans for the conversion comprise a very spacious and contemporary well-designed family home with accommodation arranged over two floors, totalling a massive 645m2 (6,943ft2), and orientated to take full advantage of the fabulous views over the Atlantic Ocean and the countryside. The ground floor amounts to a whopping 471m2 (5,070ft2) and the first floor a further 174m2 (1,873ft2). 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.

The proposed accommodation will include an entrance lobby which opens into the central circulation space and will offer a real wow factor upon entering the home with a stunning, glazed courtyard which the entire accommodation is centred around. Adjacent to the courtyard is a double-height glazed light well. The circulation space leads to all of the ground floor rooms which encompasses fabulous segmented living areas including a kitchen/living/dining room which would be a great space for modern day family living, entertaining and dinner parties. There is a snug, a lounge and an office area, all of which will enjoy delightful views of the sea and countryside. Also on the ground floor are four generous sized bedrooms, all of which have their own en suite facilities. There is a utility room, cloakroom/wc and good storage ensuring practicality is taken care of.

Moving up to the first floor, there is a master bedroom suite which includes a dressing room and an en suite bathroom. There are also two further good-sized fully en suite bedrooms as well.

Outside, there will be plenty of space to enjoy with the total plot amounting to around 1.91 acres. Once constructed as per the planning permission, a newly created private driveway will lead down to the property and to a huge parking and turning area for numerous vehicles. Whilst the planning consent does not provide for a garage, it is considered there is ample space for that if required and subject to consent being given. There will be a large patio directly accessible from some of the living rooms that will seamlessly connect indoor and outdoor living and present an amazing space for an al-fresco meal, barbeques, sun lounging and soaking up the super views over the Atlantic Ocean and the countryside. 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 includes a wooded area that has streams running through and a large pond with feature bridges, and backs onto further open unspoilt farmland.

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 a link to that application.

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 recently 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 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom dwelling of 556m2 (5,985ft2). 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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