South-west agent Stags has just launched two contrasting moorland farms in the region, offering secluded country retreats on Exmoor and Dartmoor.
Melcombe, on the fringes of Exford, sits in 159 acres of pasture in the beautiful Exmoor National Park. The main house was originally the rectory, and offers Grade II listed period accommodation with five bedrooms. The farm is run with a successful commercial shoot over 20 days, averaging 200 birds a day.
The small estate includes a shooting lodge, a two-bedroom keeper’s cottage, and a three-bedroom bungalow, which is let on an Assured Shorthold tenancy. The farm buildings cater for machinery storage and cattle, and there is also a courtyard of stables and fishing on the River Exe. It is on the market at £2m.
Scatter Rock, in Dartmoor’s Teign Valley, extends to 107 acres, with 34 acres of level pasture and 65 acres of broadleaf woodland. Originally the site of Old Scator, the easternmost Tor on Dartmoor, the land was quarried in the early 1900s and now features a two-acre lake surrounded by woodland.
It has a four-bedroom, agriculturally tied farmhouse with stabling, plus a two-bedroom holiday cottage in the converted Engine House. Another old quarry building has planning consent for conversion into a second holiday cottage by the lakeside, and there is potential for further income from the woodland and fishing. The property is guided at £1.15m.