Home transformation: from a farmhouse to award winning homes
PUBLISHED: 11:46 05 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:46 05 September 2016
Our Property of the Month is a superbly renovated historic farmhouse on the edge of the popular coastal village of Churston Ferrers
Churston Court Farm was once a fine example of a ‘model farmstead’, built around the mid-1800s. Despite their historical importance, the Grade II listed farmhouse and buildings were completely dilapidated and listed on Torbay Council’s ‘Buildings at Risk’ register before being purchased for renovation by Dart Developments in 2012.
The farm buildings have now all been converted into award-winning new homes and work to the ‘piece de resistance’, this fabulous six-bed farmhouse has now been completed.
Echoing the Cotswold farmhouse style and built using the Churston Estate’s own Devonian limestone and red sandstone, this striking house resembles other properties designed by the architect John Loudon, although it cannot be confirmed that this is his work.
Ian Dennis of Dart Developments says: “We worked with historians, conservationists and planners to agree sympathetic alterations and create a home completely suitable for modern living, whilst losing as little of its original character as possible.
“The project lasted around two years and certainly presented some challenges. Having said that, we enjoyed the fact that the house kept revealing little nuggets of its own heritage, for example a perfectly preserved piece of the original wallpaper which we have now framed and plan to place back in the house for prosperity once sold.”
Churston Court Farmhouse is entered up a short flight of shallow steps and through the impressive arched entrance. Inside, the original staircase stretches ahead. Limestone tile flooring extends from the hall throughout to the impressively equipped kitchen/dining room, wash up area and utility room. The kitchen is beautifully designed with oak units, a Falcon range cooker and other premium appliances, even a boiling water tap.
There are three reception rooms which include a snug, sitting room, and a newly constructed solid oak framed ‘garden room’ with zinc roof. The six bedrooms are on the first and second floors. Four of them are en-suite and one of them designed as an optional cinema room. The house boasts a state of the art security and multi room audio system. Externally, the grounds total around ¾ acre with private drive, triple garage and fully landscaped gardens.
Address: Churston Court Farmhouse, Church Road, Churston Ferrers, South Devon, TQ5 OJE.
Location: Edge of a popular coastal village within easy reach of Exeter and the M5. Fast and frequent rail links from Paignton to Paddington via Newton Abbot.
Guide Price: £1.5 m
Agent: Stags, 6 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5EG. Tel: 01803 200160
Ground Floor: Entrance hall, impressive family kitchen/dining room, fully equipped utility room, snug, garden room, sitting room, WC.
First Floor: Four generous ensuite double bedrooms, one of which designed as optional cinema room.
Second Floor: Two generous double bedrooms with family bathroom.
Outside: Private drive, triple garage, raised pagoda walkway leading to patio barbecue area. Raised beds, water feature, wildflower garden and rose garden, lawns.