A thriving retreat centre, with separate accommodation in 80 acres

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The Rill Estate is a successful retreat centre with a range of workspace rooms, which has been designed to mix original features with modern comfort with the highest specifications.

The retreat centre consists of a range of rooms which are:

The Round Hall: Specifically designed to be used a dance or yoga studio, this room has a sprung floor with underfloor heating. Built to extremely high specifications the room has been designed to make teaching easier.

The Long Hall: This Hall provides a fully equipped presentation room with state of the art audio/visual presentation system with computer link-up facility. It could be used for other uses should somebody so wish.

The Dining/Sitting Hall: The hall is paved in natural limestone with underfloor hearting and can easily accommodate up to 60 diners. A modern state of the art commercial kitchen has been installed with a capacity to cater for 80 guests attending residential or day courses.

The Dove Barn: This is a separate building adjacent to the main centre and has a wood burning stove. Currently used for storage it provides a flexible space for a variety of use.

There are other buildings that could be further converted. The business is presently run as a profitable lifestyle business, but could easily be scaled up.

There are nineteen bedrooms, sixteen of which are en suite. There is a mixture of room types to accommodate all ranges of guests, including two with disabled facilities. Included in this, is a separate annexe house which a triple and two quad rooms. The annexe can easily be converted for use as a manager’s house. All bedrooms have natural slate floors with underfloor heating and have been fitted and furnished to a very high standard. All but two 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.

The Rill Estate is serviced by a beautifully presented six bedroom Georgian farmhouse in a prominent, but sheltered position with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. The house can also easily be set up to accommodate a separate one bedroom annexe with its own access.

The accommodation comprises an open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room which features a beautiful bespoke kitchen with Aga and central island, a cloakroom, WC and 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 living room is dual aspect with views across the gardens and the valley.

Upstairs is the master bedroom, which is dual aspect with open views across the surrounding countryside, and has the benefit of a useful dressing room and en suite bathroom. Also on this floor are a further two bedrooms and two bathrooms. On the second floor are three further bedrooms along with a further bedroom/dressing area, providing useful further accommodation.

This property has 80 acres of land.


The Rill Estate is approached via a lovely long drive and just before the 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 to 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.


The Rill Estate 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). The Rill Estate is approximately one and half miles along this road on the right.

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  • A thriving retreat centre
  • Separate family accommodation
  • 80 acres
  • 5,005 sq.ft

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Ref: EXE170491

Colston Road Buckfastleigh Devon TQ11

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Ref: EXE170491

Colston Road Buckfastleigh Devon TQ11

Guide Price