A stunning Grade II Listed farmhouse with a beautiful separate retreat

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Rill Farm is a beautifully presented 6 bedroom Georgian farmhouse in a prominent, but sheltered position with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. Open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room which features a beautiful bespoke kitchen with Aga and central island. Beyond this is a cloakroom, WC, study with fireplace and wood burner. Also, attached to the kitchen is the utility room, with further fitted units and Belfast sink, and the rear boot room leading to the rear courtyard and boiler room. The drawing room is dual aspect with views across the gardens and the valley.

The house itself has 3 separate staircases leading to the first floor. The main staircase leads you to the master bedroom which is dual aspect with open views across the surrounding countryside. The master bedroom has the benefit of a useful dressing room with en suite bathroom. Also on this floor are a further two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

On the second floor, accessed via two staircases, are three further bedrooms along with a further bedroom/dressing area, providing useful further accommodation.

The house can easily be set up to accommodate a separate one bedroom annexe with its own access.

Rill Estate (the business name of the venue space): The Rill Estate offers a variety of accommodation but is currently run as a thriving retreat centre. There are 19 bedrooms, 16 of which are en suite. There is a mixture of room types to accommodate all ranges of guests (including 2 with disabled facilities). Included in this, is a separate annexe house with a triple and two quad rooms. The annexe can easily be converted for us as a Managers House.

All bedrooms have natural slate floors with underfloor heating and have been fitted and furnished to a very high standard. All but 2 of the bedrooms open onto the main courtyard which has been attractively landscaped to provide a charming outdoor area. In addition, there is also a further sheltered courtyard together with a number of agricultural outbuildings providing a workshop, storage and vehicle storage areas.

Rill Estate has a range of workspace rooms, which sympathetically mixing original features with modern comfort to the highest specifications. They include;

The Round Hall: a recent addition to the complex, it has a wooden sprung floor and has been designed as a dance/yoga/pilates studio. It has underfloor heating.

The Long Hall: featuring natural oak flooring and underfloor heating, it is fully equipped with state of the art audio/visual presentation system with computer link-up facility.

The Dining/Sitting Hall: with flexible seating arrangements for dining and relaxing by a wood burning stove. The hall is paved in natural limestone with underfloor heating and can easily accommodate up to 60 diners. A state of the art commercial kitchen has been installed with capacity to cater for 80 guests attending residential or day courses.

The Dove Barn: a separate building adjacent to the main centre and has a wood burning stove.

This property has 80 acres of land.


Rill Farm is approached via a lovely long drive and just before house, is an attractive south facing walled vegetable garden which is terraced and provides another hideaway. A little further up the driveway is a spring fed pond amongst trees, there is also a small summerhouse to the north of the main farmstead. The gardens around and below the East Wing have been carefully considered resulting in a beautifully landscaped area with a series of picturesque walks and charming places to sit and view the valley.

The land is formed by approximately 40 acres of agricultural land and 37 acres of woodland. The pasture land has been let to a local, successful, organic farming enterprise. The woodland extends approximately 37 acres of which approximately 10 acres are mature woodland on the north side of the hill and about 12 acres are young plantations which are now well established. They are planted mainly with English hardwoods with some softwood mixed in.


Rill Farm occupies a superb elevated position on the south side of Bigadon Hill with superb views over the Dart Valley from its commanding position.

Buckfastleigh offers a wide range of amenities, professional services and individual shops, galleries and delis. There are good private and state schools, as well as the Steiner School in the local area at Totnes, Newton Abbot or Exeter, with the surrounding villages having excellent primary schools.

The historic, market town of Totnes, just 5 ½ miles away, was nominated in British Airways ’HighLife’ magazine as one of the world’s top ten funky towns. The town has a medieval castle, direct access to the River Dart and offers an eclectic range of shops, including an organic vegetable shop, a specialist record store, an exceptionally well-stocked book shop and many other interesting independent shops. There is a street market twice a week and a monthly food market.

Exeter, approximately 24 miles away is the most thriving city in the South West and offers a wide choice of cultural activities with the theatre, the museum, arts centre and a wealth of good shopping, including John Lewis, and restaurants. There is also a Waitrose supermarket in the city. Many primary and secondary schools can be found in Exeter including Exeter School and The Maynard whilst Exeter University is recognised as one of the best in the country.

The A38 provides links south to Plymouth and Cornwall and Bristol and London to the North via the M5 at Exeter. There are frequent rail services from Totnes and Exeter to London Paddington. Exeter International Airport offers an ever increasing number of domestic and international flights, including 2 flights a day to London City Airport.


From Exeter on A38, turn off at Totnes junction for the A38. This is also signposted for Salcombe & Buckfastleigh as well as Woodlands Adventure & Devon Railway. At top of slip way turn right and follow road down to mini roundabout. *Continue straight over mini roundabout following signs to South Devon Railway and Otter sanctuary. Continue for approximately half a mile past turn off for above on left and Jet garage on right. Take second left after garage signposted to Velwell, Luscombe and Colston (there is a camping sign). Follow this road for approximately half a mile. As it begins to dip down the hill and branch left take the road straight ahead Colston Road (again follow camping signs). Rill Farm is approximately one and half miles along this road on the right.

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Other features

  • Substantial farmhouse
  • Stunning views
  • A wonderful business opportunity
  • A successful retreat centre with 19 bedrooms
  • Land which has a variety of uses
  • Landscaped gardens

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Colston Road Buckfastleigh Devon TQ11

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Colston Road Buckfastleigh Devon TQ11

Guide Price