In tune with history
PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 April 2014
There’s a musical tone to the facilities at this historic home - and a lot more besides
Address: Hayne Barton, Whitestone, Exeter, Devon, EX4 2JN.
Location: Exeter City Centre 4 miles
Agents: Strutt and Parker, 24 Southernhay West, Exeter, Devon EX1 1PR. Tel: 01392 215631; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Ground floor: Canopied entrance porch, entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen, breakfast room, conservatory, utility room, two cloakrooms.
First floor: Six bedrooms (three with en suite facilities), two bathrooms.
Second floor: Three bedrooms, store room, bathroom.
Outside: Four holiday cottages, substantial stone barn, shippon, stabling with six looseboxes, car port and ample parking, landscaped garden, vegetable garden, pasture land, paddocks, woodland, lake.
Hayne Barton sits in a tranquil elevated position, amidst glorious rolling countryside, accessed by a country lane from the outskirts of Whitestone.
The farmhouse on the site is Listed Grade II as being of Special Architectural or Historic Interest and the current building is believed to have been constructed in 1808.
The property retains some very special architectural features, including Adams fireplaces in two reception rooms and some original sash windows.
In the farmhouse, a canopied entrance porch and door open into the entrance hall, with a door giving access to the drawing room, which has sash windows with working shutters, an open fireplace with Adams surround and two display niches to either side.
Opposite the drawing room is the dining room, another high ceilinged room with an open Adams fireplace housing a wood burning stove. Accessed from the hall is a cloakroom and a door leads into the sitting room, which has a beamed ceiling, a secondary staircase to the first floor and a brick inglenook fireplace housing a wood burning stove with bread oven to side.
Beyond the sitting room is the kitchen, also with a beamed ceiling, and with a range of units under tiled work surfaces, a two-oven wood-burning Rayburn stove, a built-in electric oven and a four-ring electric hob.
From the hall, a flight of stairs leads to the first floor, where there are three double bedrooms, each with en suite facilities and a family bathroom on the rear landing. From here a staircase leads to the second floor, where there are three further bedrooms, a store room and a bathroom.
The property also has four holiday cottages, and a range of outbuildings including a stable block with six looseboxes and a tack room, an adjoining shippon, containing a former cider press, substantial stone barn, currently divided into a series of offices, with a sound control room, a music studio, a photography studio and a therapy room with an adjoining kitchen.
The outbuildings have enormous potential for further development and conversion, subject to the necessary planning consents. The current owners have held a number of music festivals at the property, making use of an outdoor paved stage.