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East Down Centre comprises an exceptional, Grade II listed farmhouse and separate residential centre, currently used for retreats (www.eastdown.org) set in 18 acres of beautiful Dartmoor countryside. It has been completely refurbished and modernised within the past 5 years.
The farmhouse has a cross passage hall, four receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and four double bedrooms with the potential for a fifth. The property offers beautiful views of the Teign Valley and has a garden, a productive orchard, woodland, agricultural fields with rental potential and fully-fenced paddocks totalling over 18 acres. The separate residential centre is currently being used for retreats of up to 16 people. It includes a large converted accommodation barn with a separate meeting/activity building and outside community space. Photographs cannot do justice to this exceptional property so Fowlers very strongly suggest a viewing.
The property is set in beautiful countryside on the edge of Dartmoor National Park with stunning views over the Teign Valley. It is half a mile off the public highway and offers a peaceful, rural atmosphere. It is located midway between the two villages of Cheriton Bishop and Dunsford where there are village shops, pubs, primary schools and parish churches. There is easy access to peaceful country and riverside walks nearby. Despite its rural location, East Down is close to major transport links with the A30 dual carriageway only a ten minute drive away and Exeter, with rail links, M5 motorway and airport, less than a ten mile drive.
A thatched porch built of stone with a tiled floor, oak seat, fitted exterior light and a broad oak front door to the cross passage hall.
A hall of great historical character with one entire wall of granite and a short run of plank and muntin screen, exposed structural timbers to wall and ceiling, two fitted spotlights, a mat well, double panel radiator, doorways to the sitting room and kitchen, shower/cloakroom and lounge. A multi paned window provides natural sunlight and a view out to the back garden.
Installed in 2019 this spacious contemporary styled shower room has painted wainscotting to three walls and waterproof tile board in the shower area which has a thermostatic shower, glazed screen and an automatic extractor fan. There is a low level w.c. with a concealed cistern and a sink with drawer unit under. A chromed dual fuel towel rail is fitted and the room benefits from plumbed underfloor heating. There is extensive illumination provided by the large window and six LED down lighters.
The front of the house faces almost due south and the two windows in this room provide plenty of natural light. There is a window seat beneath the larger window which extends to the adjacent wall to provide traditional style bench seating and shelving beneath the original oak plank and muntin screen. The ceiling has chamfered structural beams and there is an imposing granite fireplace with a raised granite hearth and a metal fire hood beneath the large ancient oak bressumer beam. A single panel radiator is fitted, four LED spotlights, ample power points and oak doors to the staircase, study and lounge.
A double aspect room with a north facing mullioned window and a larger south facing window which looks out over the picturesque patio area of the front garden.The office benefits from both BT and Airband broadband connection points and plenty of power sockets as well as a wall mounted light sconce and double panel radiator.
This room was almost certainly once the farmhouse kitchen as the large fireplace is deeply recessed and contains a cast metal firebox, a bread oven and a raised brick hearth. The fireplace is a mixture of stone and brickwork and has a heavy oak bressumer and a mantel shelf. Natural light is provided by two recessed windows to the east and west and a glazed door, all with views of the garden. Exposed timbers give a cosy feel to this flexible space which has recently been used as an accessible ground floor bedroom for a dependent relative.
Completed in 2019, this spacious room has a large south facing window with a deep cill and a part glazed oak stable door opening onto the terrace at the front of the house. There are exposed ancient timber beams and a further door to the rear covered shelter and back garden. The ceramic tiled floor has plumbed underfloor heating and there is plenty of space for a breakfast table and seating. The kitchen is fully fitted with a quality range of base and wall cabinets with easy-clean gloss finish doors. The extensive granite worktops are inset with a glass induction hob and a stainless steel sink with additional filtered cold and boiling water taps. Built in appliances include a dishwasher, full sized fridge, microwave and Miele fan oven.
This room includes a range of base and wall cabinets which match those in the kitchen. A large Belfast sink is set into a dressed granite work top with carved drainer and space beneath for a washing machine and dryer. There is a fitted, full-height freezer and plenty of storage cupboards. Also situated here is the 1000 litre Jaspi heat store tank which provides a constant supply of hot water for heating and general use. There are two windows, south and north facing, and a part-glazed door leads in from the front terrace. Steps lead down through a further door to the garden room.
Built in 2009, this lovely room overlooks the orchard and has views across the fields through the oak mullioned windows and the two glazed exterior doors. The limestone floor has plumbed underfloor heating. The high ceiling has feature green oak timbers. The room provides ample space for sofas and a dining table. There are three uplighters on dimmer switches, two pendant lights and a telephone point.
The bifurcated staircase from the sitting room rises towards a deeply recessed rear-facing oak mullioned window and then splits leading to a double bedroom on the left, a second double bedroom on the right and then, a few steps higher, onto the main landing which measures 32’ 2” x 6’ 10” (9.804m x 2.082m). Latched doors lead to each of the stairwell rooms and also to the bedrooms and bathroom off the main landing. The landing itself forms a split level corridor with a rear facing window, exposed beams and built in shelving including an enclosed linen cupboard at the far end. A single panel radiator provides ample heating for the area.
A south facing double bedroom with exposed timbers, a pendant light point, single panel radiator and small roof void access hatch.
This large rear bedroom has an original east-facing timber window for morning sun. The high ceiling provides a spacious feel. Heating is provided by a single panel radiator.
This bright double room has a broad front window enjoying a superb view over the Dartmoor countryside and the Teign Valley. It has exposed timber beams, a fitted oak shelf and a double panel radiator.
A good sized family bathroom with a great view from the bath which looks over the countryside to the Teign Valley. The room is fitted with a white suite comprising a panelled bath with chromed taps and tiled splash backs, a low level w.c., a pedestal basin with shaver point and light above, a fitted shower which is fully tiled with a glazed screen door, a chromed built in thermostatic shower and downlighter above. There are an additional two low voltage downlighters.
An oak latched door leads from the landing into the master suite dressing room which has a broad south facing window with lovely views. A large freestanding wardrobe is included and there are two LED spotlights attached to the exposed roof truss, a single panel radiator and a pendant light. An oak latched door opens to the master bedroom and a sliding door leads to the en-suite shower room.
Completed in 2019 this bright shower room has a south facing window. One wall has painted wainscotting and there is a double sized shower base with glazed screen, tiled walls and a chromed thermostatic shower. The low level w.c. has a concealed cistern behind the wainscotting. The basin includes a drawer unit and there is a dual fuel heated towel rail, shaver point, extractor fan and three LED downlighters.
A lovely bright east facing room with a wide oak window looking across the orchard to the fields beyond. The high ceiling has exposed timber beams and there is a built in bed head including bedside shelves, fitted reading lights, power sockets and iPhone charging points. In one corner of the room is a fitted hand-built oak display unit and there are two wall mounted uplighters and a single panel radiator.
The private garden adjacent to the house measures approximately 0.56 acres. Next to the brick paved parking area at the front of the house there is a retaining wall, behind which is a lawned area bounded by shrubs and flowering perennial plants. A pathway to one side of the parking area leads through to the front garden and granite steps up to a stone paved, south facing terrace in front of the house with space for a bench to enjoy the views. In the upper part of the front garden there is a further sheltered circular seating area surrounded by herbaceous borders. The rear garden has a clever patterned cobbled patio and huge granite feature stones. A matching cobbled pathway leads to an integral garden tool store measuring 10’ 11” x 7’ 5” (3.327m x 2.260m). There is a covered area beneath the thatched roof outside the back kitchen door measuring 20’ 2” x 7’ 11” (6.146m x 2.413m) which is paved and ideal for sitting or drying washing on a wet day. Above this area is a lawn with hedgerow boundaries to the north and a lovely view eastwards over the orchard which measures approximately 0.94 acres. The orchard is stocked with a wide variety of very productive apple trees including cooking, eating and cider. There is also a fruiting plum tree. The space has been left to grow wild flowers with broad paths cut through for access, one of which leads down to the fields through a gate at the bottom of the hill. In one corner of the area there is an historic cheese store.
The thatched accommodation barn is a mixture of stone, brick and cob and has been sympathetically converted for communal residential use, sleeping up to 14 people. The building was completely renovated and refitted in 2014 to include a comprehensive commercial kitchen and overflow kitchen, new shower rooms and full central heating. It has been re-carpeted with high specification flooring and redecorated throughout.
Wide glazed front doors lead into the double height lobby which has doors into the communal living/dining room, a staircase to one accommodation wing and further doors to the overflow kitchen and downstairs washroom. There is a double panel radiator and a large commercial quality dirt-trapping doormat.
A short flight of steps leads down to this very useful downstairs washroom where there is long built in unit housing two sinks with mirrors and lights above and storage cupboards below. A lockable storage cupboard (with potential to be converted to an additional shower room) is sited next to the bathroom which has a white panelled bath with shower screen, mixer/shower taps and tiled splash backs. A double panel radiator is fitted. There are two individual toilet cubicles each with lights, basins and extractor fans.
This centrally located room has double glazed doors that open to the west. It is a large, flexible space which includes seating and dining areas. There are two large double panel radiators and two multi-spotlight fixtures. Doors lead to the ground floor bedroom and the commercial kitchen.
A bright, inviting room with space for two single beds or a double and two quirky feature double glazed windows with views to the paddock. There is a double panel radiator and two wall lights.
This modern kitchen was completely renovated in 2014 to include high quality fitted units with easy-clean gloss finish doors. Extensive stone work surfaces provide plenty of space for communal food preparation and there are tiled splash backs and useful work top lighting. The double stainless steel sink with mixer tap is set beneath a deep sill and west facing window with views to the paddock. A separate hand wash basin is installed following food hygiene regulations and there are custom-built recycling niches, a lockable storage cupboard and a commercial vinyl floor. The south-facing double glazed door provides beautiful views and access to the courtyard.
This area provides flexible space with room for boots and coats as well as a range of fitted base and wall cabinets matching those in the main kitchen. There is a single drainer stainless steel sink, stone effect worktops, tiled splash backs and space for a fridge/freezer. Double glazed windows look out to the courtyard and there are two fluorescent lights. A doorway leads to a second staircase to the upstairs sleeping accommodation and a further door leads to the laundry.
This useful room has space for two washing machines and two stacked tumble dryers. It includes a tall storage cupboard.
There are south and north end staircases to the upstairs accommodation each with a stainless steel handrail and lighting including emergency lights. At the top of each is a landing with a balustrade and doors to two bedrooms and shower rooms. The upstairs bedrooms are named after the four elements and decorated accordingly.
This high ceilinged room has a west facing double glazed window, exposed roof trusses, a sleeping platform for a single occupant and space at floor level for three single beds. There are two spotlight fixtures, LED downlighters and a wall mounted upright plumbed radiator.
A west facing twin bedroom with a double glazed window, exposed roof trusses, a pendant light point and a double panel radiator.
Fitted with a corner shower with easy-clean tile board walls and sliding, curved shower screen and a thermostatic shower. A pedestal basin is fitted with a tiled splash back and a mirror above. There is a low level w.c., a double panel radiator, extractor fan and a central ceiling light.
This room is of the same configuration as bedroom 1.
This lovely dual aspect, west facing room is always the first to be chosen by guests at East Down with its beautiful views over the valley. There is space for twin beds or a double, a pendant light, exposed wooden beams and a double panel radiator.
This is of the same configuration as shower room 1 but with the addition of a light and shaver point on the mirror.
Set at the northern end of the accommodation barn with an apron leading off the main drive. The double timber doors measure 6’ 11”/2.10m in width. There is a concrete floor, lighting and power. The garage has a step down approximately 14’ 6”/4.41m in from the main doors to a personnel access door to the rear leading out to the wood store and farmhouse front garden.
At the rear of the northern end of the accommodation barn behind the garage, this open fronted space includes lighting and a level surface for log or other storage.
This single storey building has superb views over the countryside to the Teign Valley. It is modern and well insulated with roof-mounted PV panels generating electricity at a rebate rate of 43.3p per KW hour. It is divided into a large group space, treatment/bedroom, tutor’s bedroom/study, two w.c.s, a wet room, a store room and a janitor’s closet. The living spaces are all fitted with hard-wearing, commercial quality carpeting.
A double glazed door leads from the courtyard into the lobby which has space for coats and shoes, two wall-mounted uplighters, a double panel radiator, double doors to the group space and a corridor with doors to all the other rooms.
A large, bright room with two sets of double glazed doors to the lawned areas and patio outside and a further double glazed window all with superb views. In the past this space has been used for yoga, training sessions, meditation retreats, meetings and music events. Fixtures include two large double panel radiators, four wall mounted uplighters and six ceiling mounted downlighters.
A peaceful room with a broad double glazed window offering superb views. It has a fitted storage cupboard and a double panel radiator and plenty of space for twin or a double bed.
So called as it is ideal for use by course leaders or tutors, this bedroom is conveniently located opposite the wet room and includes a fold down desk next to the double glazed window with another beautiful view. The room has space for a single bed and includes a double panel radiator.
Fully tiled from floor to ceiling, this room has a thermostatic shower, a hand basin with mirror and shaver point and a double panel radiator.
Extremely useful for group events, this pair of identical rooms has low level w.c.s, hand basins, tiled splash backs, extractor fans and wall light points.
This is a mixed storage and boiler room housing a large Jaspi multi-fuel central heating boiler which can be run on oil, wood or electricity. It provides hot water and heating for all the buildings on site via large heat storage tanks. The room has fluorescent lighting.
An ideal space for tool storage and also housing the central Jaspi heat store which feeds the heat stores in the farmhouse and residential centre.
The grounds at East Down start at the cattle grid next to the barns in the top field. The drive winds down the hill past the recently fenced paddock and a large additional tarmac area which provides ample space for visitors’ parking. At the bottom of the drive is a gravel area leading to a paved courtyard with space for farmhouse parking and vehicle turning. Adjacent to the meeting/activity building is a large grassed area with panoramic views of the Teign Valley. There is a large raised deck which has been used in the past for yoga and meditation practices and music events. The grassed area is relatively level with plenty of space for picnic tables and additional seating to make the most of the views. Moving down from the grassed area there is a sheltered sunken circular seating area with rustic timber benches and space for a fire pit, ideal for outdoor group gatherings. Cut paths lead from here down the hill through a wild flower meadow, passing a number of quiet sitting spots all with beautiful views. The meadow is bordered on the eastern side by native species woodland and it is possible to walk through this down to the stream below. In addition to the farmhouse and centre grounds there is land and woodland extending to 15.342 acres/6.201 Ha. This comprises two large fields which have been rented out for grazing in the past and have been more recently left to rewild in order to encourage wildlife and flowers. The ancient deciduous woodland has been left relatively untouched and is teaming with wildlife including deer, badgers, foxes, birds of prey and many other species of insect and bird life.
At the entrance to East Down, next to the fenced paddocks, are two barns. The first is a large timber framed building with a compressed earth floor and broad steel double doors, two close boarded and two metal walls and a corrugated roof. The second was erected in 2015 and is currently open-sided with planning permission for a fully enclosed structure. Tucked behind the second barn is a large metal transport container which is rodent-proof, dry and secure - ideal as a safe storage area.
Mains electricity and water with some electricity provided by solar panels. Oil by private contract, stored in double bunded tank adjacent to the meeting/activity building. Private drainage to two septic tanks. Council Tax - Band F
From the A30 take the Cheriton Bishop turn off and drive into the village taking the second left before the Thatched Inn pub, signposted Dunsford (there is a tree in the middle of the road). Follow the lane for approximately one mile and turn right at the signpost for East Down. Follow this lane until you see the signposted turning to East Down on the left. Drive over the cattle grid and follow the drive down the hill and into the East Down courtyard.