An attractive Grade II listed Country Residence occupying a superb rural position.

Smallmarsh Farm represents a quintessential Devon country residence offering charming character features set in an exceptional position on a slight bend in the beautiful River Taw enjoying stunning and far reaching views both up and down stream. The elevated position not only affords superb views, it also means that the property has never been recorded as having flooded, an important consideration when contemplating a riverside location.

The property is centred upon a character detached Grade II listed former farmhouse believed to date from the mid 17th Century with later 19th and 20th Century additions, of stone and rendered elevations beneath an attractive combination of thatched, slate and tiled roofs. In recent years the house has undergone a sympathetic refurbishment and enlargement programme to now provide extremely well-appointed four bedroomed family accommodation whilst retaining many original and period features, including exposed beams, stonework and an inglenook style fireplace.

The property is set within large landscaped riverside gardens and grounds approached over a gated private entrance drive providing ample parking and affording excellent privacy and seclusion. A detached double garage currently also contains an adjoining workshop and useful hobbies room, affording scope for a variety of alternative uses, including the possible creation of an annexe, subject to obtaining any necessary planning consent.

The beautiful lawned gardens extend along the picturesque river bank, linking to a small parcel of traditional pasture land also enjoying river frontage and providing delightful riverside walks. As well as affording amenity appeal the land, which is currently used for livestock grazing, also offers the potential for a variety of other agricultural and/or equestrian uses. Smallmarsh Farm is offered for sale in about 4.55 Acres. Further adjoining pasture land may be available by negotiation.

The House The accommodation is entered via a spacious and welcoming Entrance Hall which forms a focal point of the house and opens through into an equally good sized Inner Hall, with a well appointed Cloakroom off. From here an opening and steps lead down into the lovely large Dining /Living Room, enjoying fabulous views of the gardens and river with three sets of patio doors leading out onto the large terrace. A door from the main hall leads through into the charming and characterful Sitting Room, enjoying a triple aspect and containing a large inglenook style fireplace (flue currently sealed) with an original bread oven. Double doors lead out to the Side Hall, with exposed beams and stonework and stairs rising to the first floor. Situated off this hallway is the superb farmhouse style Kitchen/Breakfast Room, providing a wonderful family space containing an extensive range of quality solid oak fronted base cupboard and drawer units with granite work surfaces and matching upright and wall cupboards. Built-in appliances provide modern living convenience. Accessed off the kitchen is a useful Utility Room, further Rod/Boot Room and Rear Hall. On the first floor a galleried style landing leads to Four Double Bedrooms, the master bedroom with a dressing room and well-appointed en-suite facilities, a further Family Bathroom and separate Cloakroom.

The accommodation benefits from oil fired central heating and a combination of secondary and double glazing. For approximate room dimensions and layout please refer to the enclosed floorplan.

This property has 4.55 acres of land.


The property is approached from the main road via a smart double gated tarmacadam private entrance drive flanked by timber post and rail fencing. The initial drive crosses part of the land before a pair of remote controlled wooden gates lead into the gardens, with the drive continuing down to the side and rear of the house. The beautiful gardens are a particularly attractive feature, having been extensively landscaped they contain large lawned areas, well stocked flower and shrub beds and borders and a wonderful range of mature trees. The gardens slope gently down to the river bank and enjoy stunning views over the River Taw.

Adjoining the house is a large paved terrace overlooking the gardens and river, contained behind wrought iron fencing, an ideal area for al fresco dining and outdoor entertaining enjoying magnificent views of the river. A pathway along the front of the house leads over a pretty stone bridge to a further lawned area surrounded by trees overlooking a small tributary stream. A raised pathway follows alongside the stream leading down to the river bank with a further arched bridge crossing back to the main garden area below the house.

The entrance drive continues past the house rising up to a gravelled car parking and turning area, adjacent to which is situated a Double Garage, with two up and over remote controlled garage doors and an opening through to a further Workshop. Adjoining is a stone and slate roofed former traditional stone barn with double glazed patio doors leading into a large Hobbies Room. This space has part boarded walls and vaulted ceiling with an area of mezzanine style storage. An opening leads through to a Kitchenette with fitted base cupboards and inset stainless steel sink and a further door to a Bathroom containing a white suite.

The Land The land associated with Smallmarsh Farm adjoins the gardens to the south east lying between the river and the A377, and over which the private entrance drive passes. It comprises an attractive parcel of gently sloping traditional pasture running down to the river bank and providing a pretty riverside walk. Smallmarsh Farm extends to about 4.55 Acres as shown shaded red on the attached identification plan.


The property occupies an outstanding rural position situated overlooking the picturesque valley of the river Taw, a short distance to the north east of the popular North Devon village of High Bickington. The surrounding gently undulating and unspoilt countryside affords a predominately agricultural landscape of mainly pasture and arable land interspersed with an abundance of wooded valleys.

The pretty village of High Bickington provides a vibrant village community offering a range of local services including a primary school, post office, doctor’s surgery, community centre, parish church, two public houses and sports fields with active cricket and football clubs. The village also boasts a well-equipped community centre and an 18-hole golf course at nearby Libbaton.

Despite its rural position the property still enjoys easy access to the surrounding districts and further afield with the larger towns of South Molton, Barnstaple, Crediton and Exeter providing an extensive range of every day shopping, banking, recreational and educational facilities. From South Molton and Barnstaple the A361 North Devon link road provides easy access to the M5 motorway (Junction 27). There are nearby rail stations on the Barnstaple to Exeter (Tarka) line at Umberleigh and Portsmouth Arms. Mainline intercity rail links are available at Exeter and Tiverton Parkway, with international airports at Exeter and Bristol.

The stunning North Devon coast lies within easy reach offering the popular sandy beaches of Instow, Saunton Sands, Croyde Bay, Putsborough and Woolacombe, as well as sailing and water sports. The Exmoor National Park is also near at hand with its beautiful moorland scenery and many foot and bridle paths. The surrounding countryside offers a wealth of riding, walking and sporting opportunities.


From South Molton head westerly on the B3227. Stay on this road until arriving at Umberleigh, cross the river bridge and turn left towards Exeter. Continue on this road for just over 1 mile whereupon the entrance to Smallmarsh Farm will be found on the left hand side.

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High Bickington Umberleigh Devon EX37

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