Higher Gooseford, Gooseford, Whiddon Down £750,000

Under Offer
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  • A detached Grade II listed granite farmhouse
  • Quiet rural setting
  • Field of about 4.6 acres
  • Large kitchen/dining room
  • Sitting room and separate lounge with granite fireplaces
  • Utility room and store
  • Three double bedrooms (one ensuite washroom)
  • Bathroom
  • Vegetable garden and orchard
  • Granite barn

Thought to date from the 1500s, Higher Gooseford is a charming character home which is Grade II listed and offered in very good order throughout and featuring breathable limewash paint finishes. It has generous accommodation with two good reception rooms with granite fireplaces and wood burning stoves, a large kitchen/dining room with an Aga and a large utility room and a store/pantry on the ground floor. Upstairs are three bright double bedroom, one with an ensuite washroom/w.c., and a bathroom. Outside there is a large granite barn with attached additional storage spaces, a walled front garden, a rear vegetable garden, an orchard and a field of approximately 4.6 acres.



The small rural community of Gooseford is sited within the north east corner of the Dartmoor National Park and comprises just a handful of mostly period properties. Higher Gooseford sits on the corner of the lane with its own land behind it and to one side with the quiet lane bounding the other two sides. It is a lovely setting for walkers and riding as the quiet lanes lead to the nearby open moor. The ancient stannary town of Chagford is just 4 miles away where there is primary schooling, a pre school and Montessori as well as day to day and specialist shops. The A30 dual carriageway is about a mile away and gives very easy access to Exeter which is about 17 miles away and the larger town of Okehampton is only about 5 miles distant.

Entrance hall

A broad front door leads into this former cross passage which now has a painted staircase to the first floor and painted 19th Century panelled doors to the lounge/study and sitting room. It has a cast metal radiator, white bakelite style switches on an oak panel and pine floorboards.

Lounge/study - 12' 3'' x 11' 9'' (3.73m x 3.58m)

A bright room with a large sash window looking out to the walled front garden, a large granite fireplace with a wooden lintel and a fitted wood burning stove on a slate hearth. There are two wall light points, a cast metal radiator, wooden floor boards and white bakelite style electric switches on an oak panel.

Sitting room - 16' 7'' x 12' 2'' (5.05m x 3.71m)

A generous double aspect room with a large sash window looking out to the front garden, a smaller window looking out to the rear to the vegetable garden and a big original granite fireplace with an oak lintel, a wood burning stove and a granite hearth. There are exposed structural timbers, a pine floor, white bakelite switches on oak panels and two cast metal radiators. A doorway along side the chimney gives access to a passage and store and a further panelled door leads into the kitchen/dining room.

Kitchen/dining room - 16' 10'' x 12' 7'' plus recessed fireplace (5.13m x 3.83m)

A charming farmhouse kitchen in the traditional style with a huge fireplace with a granite hearth, a bread oven and a big wooden lintel , a cream coloured electric Aga and a propane gas point for a modern cream coloured cooking range. The floor is laid to with a weathered stone and kitchen cabinets are hand made with a painted finish and thick hardwood worktops with an inset Belfast sink with a chromed mixer tap, a built in dish washer and space for a large dining table and chairs. There are ceiling downlighters, white bakelite switches on oak panels and lighting concealed in the fireplace recess, a window and window seat to the front looking out to the walled front garden a broad front door and a further door to the rear with a small window above the sink.

Passage/store - 11' 2'' x 4' 1'' (3.40m x 1.24m)plus understairs area

The passage from the sitting room incorporates the understairs cupboard and space for coats and shoes. There is a cast metal radiator, a door to the utility room and a part glazed door to the pantry.

Pantry - 8' 8'' x 3' 10'' (2.64m x 1.17m)

Fitted with some shelving. Side window.

Utility room/W.C. - 17' 4'' x 7' 1'' (5.28m x 2.16m)

A multi purpose room with space for a workbench, plumbing for a washing machine and space for a drier, a low level w.c. and a pedestal wash hand basin, an upright radiator, a window to the side and a door to the exterior.

First floor landing

The painted staircase rise to the first floor landing which has a pine floor, and older panelled doors to bedrooms 2 and 3 and the bathroom. The landing is lit by natural light stolen from an etched glass internal window above the stairwell and there are two wall mounted spotlights and white bakelite switches on an oak panel. A shelved linen cupboard is built in and roof trusses are partially exposed.

Bathroom - 11' 11'' x 6' 3'' (3.63m x 1.90m)

The bathroom has one matchboarded wall with glazed toplights borrowing some natural light from bedroom 3. There is a side window as well. The ceiling is partially clad in painted matchboarding, there is a wall light point, white bakelite style switches on an oak panel, a pine floor, an extractor fan and a radiator. The suite comprises a painted wood panelled cast iron bath, a low level w.c. and a period pedestal wash hand basin.

Bedroom 3 - 14' 7'' x 11' 9'' (4.44m x 3.58m)

This is a bright double bedroom with a high ceiling and a large sash window overlooking the front garden and a deep cill. A feature chimney breast has book shelves fitted in to one side and there is a pendant light point, white bakelite switches on an oak panel, a cast metal radiator and a pine floor.

Bedroom 2 - 17' 9'' x 12' 4'' (5.41m x 3.76m)plus a large recess

A spacious and bright double room with a window overlooking the vegetable garden at the rear and a big sash window looking over the front garden with a broad cill. It has partially exposed roof trusses, white bakelite style switches on an oak panel, a pine floor and a large recess which would be ideal for a dressing table where the second sash window is sited. There are two cast metal radiators and a panelled door to bedroom 1.

Bedroom 1 - 17' 5'' x 13' 4'' (5.30m x 4.06m)

A double aspect room with a front and rear window, some partially exposed roof trusses, two wall light points, a recess for a wardrobe, a pine floor, a cast metal radiator, white bakelite style switches on an oak panel and a latched door to the ensuite washroom.

Ensuite washroom

This is fitted with a low level w.c., a wash hand basin, an extractor fan and white bakelite switches on an oak panel.

Boiler room - 19' 7'' x 11' 2'' (5.96m x 3.40m)

With its own entrance, the boiler room is equipped with a Windhager wood pellet central heating boiler and monitoring system, a large metal hopper for the pellets and a very large insulated hot water cylinder with double immersion heaters. The water filtration plant is sited in this room and comprises two filtration cylinders, cotton filters and a UV filter for beautiful fresh water.

Wood store - 13' 0'' x 8' 0'' (3.96m x 2.44m)

An open fronted wood and propane gas store with a corrugated metal roof.

Front garden

The front garden is granite walled and set on the corner of the quiet lane. It is mostly laid to grass with mature flowering shrubs and climbing roses. A pedestrian gate leads in from the lane along a part grass, stone and cobbled path to the kitchen door.

Granite barn - 40' 4'' x 17' 6'' (12.28m x 5.33m)

A spacious granite built barn with a corrugated metal roof and a concrete floor, double doors to the rear to a covered porch area and a single wooden pedestrian door to the front garden. It has an electric supply. At the rear are two outshots for storage measuring 12'6 x 8'7 (3.81 x 2.61) and 19'2 x 7' (5.84 x 2.13).

Rear garden

To the rear of Higher Gooseford is a broad level pathway which is laid to grass with an aluminium framed greenhouse and a granite bounded embankment topped with wild flowers with a gated pathway through to the large vegetable garden. Sited within the garden is an enclosure concealing the waste treatment plant.


Sited behind the barn is an orchard of young fruit trees with four standing granite pillars and a parking area to one side for 4-5 cars. A gated access leads in to the field. A pedestrian gate leads into the rear garden.

The field

This large field of approximately 4.6 acres wraps around the western and northern sides of Higher Gooseford and extends to the rear of the vegetable garden. It is well drained pasture with a fenced upper portion for the planting of new deciduous saplings. There are superb views to the moor from the field.


Main electricity, private water and private sewage treatment plant.

Council tax band

Band E


From the A30 dual carriageway at Whiddon Down drive about 0.7 mile through the village to the small roundabout. Drive straight on for another 0.3 mile and on the left is the lane sign posted for Gooseford. Take this lane and after about 0.6 mile you will come to a 90 degree right hand bend. Just before the bend, on the right behind the granite barn, is the double gated access to the parking for Higher Gooseford.


No EPC available

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Nearby Places

Name Location Type Distance
Whiddon Down EX20 2QH
County: Devon
Sale Type: Under Offer
Ref #: 00000323
Philip Fowler
Fowlers Estate Agents
  01647 433595