This is a wonderful opportunity to own this attractive parcel of pasture land with natural spring water and river frontage in the heart of East-Devon.
The seller is open to offers around £79 000 from people who have seen the land.
The pasture is split into two main parcels. The larger field slopes towards the west to the river. The second paddock has a fairly strong spring-fed stream running through the middle. Clear, sweet water all year round.
To the left of the entrance is a natural amenity area that is partly wooded running down to a beautiful water stream (140m frontage) in the bottom of the valley. That forms the western boundary. The area is quite overgrown and in need of management. There are trees suitable for coppicing.
We used to allow sheep on the land but stopped that during the last season. We wanted nature to take its course. The land proved to be amazingly rich in natural meadow flowers. We've scattered many seeds as well. Because of the meadow flowers that returned we harvested 60kg more honey than the previous year. We saw many more wild bees and butterflies than ever before. But the grass grew quite tall. There is someone who could cut it for free but we left it as it is for now.
There is Roe deer in the area as well as two badger sets.
We did some development during the last year. We planted one or more apple, pear, quince, plum, almond, apricot, and fig trees. We also planted several grapevines. We also planted some raspberries, black currants and horseradish. The roe deer, unfortunately, love the raspberries.
We built a small shed and levelled out areas for camping. I have all the bits for a greenhouse but did not put it up yet.
We started planting a hedge to screen off parts of the footpath. (Trees like lime, sycamore, box etc.) We locked the entrance gate to prevent people from crossing other parts of the land. The nearest neighbour (from Rock farm) also planted many new forest trees at the bottom of the smaller field. That area will now develop a natural forest.
We are open to offers over £80 000. Depending on the offer we could include most of our equipment as well. That includes items like a generator, rotavator, water pump, tools, water butts., pipes, tools etc. We could include all the camping gear - two big tents etc. (All in good condition.) We also keep more than ten hives of bees. The bees and all the beekeeping equipment could also be included. (Value about £3000+)
The land is tucked away in a tributary valley of the River Yarty between the villages of Membury and Kilmington, this parcel of land sits on the eastern side of the valley a short distance south of Membury in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The surrounding landscape is an idyllic rolling countryside with hedge bordered fields and areas of woodland. The market towns of Honiton and Axminster are within a short drive and both benefit from a variety of shops, schooling and recreational facilities along with mainline railway stations on the London Waterloo line. The south coast is within an easy drive much of which is designated a World Heritage Site, known as the Jurassic coastline.
The land is accessed via a right of way along a short track from the road. The road leading to the land is quite narrow and steep at places. The land is about 25-minute drive from Lime Regis and ten minutes (3 miles) from Axminster where all the shops are. Membury does not have a shop anymore.
No mains services connected. Loads of natural spring water - clear and sweet. Potential access to a power supply.
From Axminster take the road to Membury. After about 3 miles (ignoring the turning to Tolcis) take the next left (not signposted), Go down this lane passing Lewsley Farm and the land is set on the right after about ½ mile.
WAYLEAVES & RIGHTS OF WAY ETC
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of any wayleave agreements in respect of any electricity or telephone poles, wires, stays, cables etc., or water or drainage pipes etc., either passing upon, over or under it. The property is also sold subject to and with the benefit of any public or private rights of way or bridleways etc.
Please note that there are two electricity poles for which Wayleaves are paid to the owner. It is the smaller wooden type that supplies local farms and they are situated in the hedges. Hardly noticeable.
There is a footpath crossing the land. We do not see people all the time and seldom more than 3 per day.
PLANS & BOUNDARIES
A plan, which is not to scale and is not to be relied upon, is attached to these particulars. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to its accuracy. These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.