A private manor house overlooking the sea at Lee Bay in one of North Devon's few remaining unspoilt locations, together with a separate barn conversion and a traditional stone shepherds barn, all set within 88.98 acres of pasture land and mature ancient woodland. The manor house dates from 1896 with 7 bedroom suites and has access to the beach at the end of a tree-lined entrance drive. EPC Band F.Situation
- Lee Manor and Lee Manor Farm are situated in an elevated position overlooking Lee Bay on the rugged North Devon coast. Lee Bay is a quiet rocky inlet on the North Devon Coast and one of the area's few remaining unspoilt coastal locations.
Lee is a pretty, unspoilt village within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Coastal Preservation Area, a Heritage Coast and An Area of Tranquility.
The well-known coastal town of Woolacombe, known worldwide for its four-mile sandy beach, lies approximately 3.5 miles to the west and offers a small range of shops. The nearby town of Ilfracombe has the Landmark Theatre, a doctors surgery as well as banks, shops and supermarkets.
The market town of Barnstaple, about 13 miles away, holds a weekly pannier market, and provides an extended range of shops including numerous major retailers and supermarkets, as well as leisure and commercial facilities.
The sandy beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Putsborough are within easy reach of Lee Manor and the Exmoor National Park and coast provide wide opportunity for walking and riding. The Tarka Tennis centre and North Devon Leisure centre are found in Barnstaple with golf available at Saunton.
Schooling is available in Ilfracombe, Braunton and Barnstaple as well as West Buckland School for which there is a bus service within three miles of Lee Manor.
The A361 is within three miles at Mullacott Cross, which leads to the North Devon Link Road at Barnstaple and with easy access to the M5 motorway. There are regular trains to London from Tiverton Parkway, while Exeter and Bristol each have international airports serving UK and overseas destinations.Description
- Lee Manor and Lee Manor Farm can be purchased together or separately and combined, extend to approximately 88.98 acres (36.01 hectares).Lee Manor
- Lee Manor overlooks the village of Lee with wonderful far- reaching sea views over Lee Bay and over the Bristol Channel beyond and is set within 20.39 acres (8.25 hectares) of grounds and ancient woodland. The house enjoys a high degree of privacy and is approached through a stone pillared entrance with wrought iron gates leading into a beautiful wide, tree-lined drive approximately a third of a mile long. The beach is accessible just a few steps from the end of the driveway.
The house, which is not Listed, is built of granite stone under a slate roof, and boasts a wealth of period features including mullioned windows, Gothic style panelling, stained glass windows throughout and exposed Chestnut beams. It has been exceptionally well maintained by the present owners and provides very spacious and comfortable living accommodation.
Alternatively the manor house could provide a wonderful venue to let out for events.Historical Note
- Lee Manor was built in 1896 for the Squire of Lee, Charles Bernard Mervyn Drake Cutliffe. The Squires daughter Avice, tapped the ceremonial foundation stone, inscribed with her initials N.A.D.C. As it was laid over a silver coin of the same year. The house was completed in 1898 and Squire Drake Cutliffe is buried in the family vault at Ilfracombe.The House
- A Gothic-style timber door opens into an impressive Entrance Porch with original tiled floor, stained glass windows and exposed stone walls, one of which bears the Drake Cutliffe coat of arms. An inner lobby opens into the magnificent Reception Hall with an open stone fireplace, part wood flooring and triple transom stone mullioned stained glass window. A feature is the impressive double minstrel gallery and wide three tiered staircase.
The L-shaped Drawing Room has a fireplace housing a wood burning stove and French Doors to the garden, with wonderful views to the sea. The spacious dual-aspect Dining Room has an unused fireplace with ornate carved timber screen whilst the adjoining Study also has French Doors to the garden.
The Kitchen is fitted with a range of units under granite work surfaces with a double Belfast Sink and a two-oven oil fired Aga with an accompanying electric cooker, also with two ovens and hob over. There is an adjoining Breakfast Room, as well as a range of Utility Rooms, including a Cloakroom, Laundry Room, store rooms and access to a cellar which is dry, light, spacious and divided into separate rooms. It also provides access to the terrace.
An impressive solid Chestnut staircase leads to the double minstrel gallery which overlooks the Reception Hall. The Master Bedroom Suite has sea views, a spacious bedroom with Juliette balcony, luxurious bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath, separate Jacuzzi shower and a large Dressing Room with fitted wall to wall Oak wardrobes and central dressing table.
There are Six Further Bedrooms on the first-floor, all double rooms with en-suite facilities, and an additional Bathroom. A secondary staircase returns back to the ground floor.Outside
- There is a detached Double Garage of stone construction under a tiled roof. There are also three purpose built dog kennels with outdoor runs and a log store.The Gardens
- The gardens surround the house and provide a peaceful area from which to enjoy the sea and surrounding views with a patio area and various lawn areas and shrub beds which burst with colours through the different seasons.
In front of the house there is a terraced area known as The Crows Nest providing fantastic sea views and spectacular sunsets and along the entrance drive are a number of further openings overlooking Lee Bay.The Woodland
- The woodland at Lee Manor is classified as ancient woodland and provides privacy and protection for the house as well as providing a natural habitat for flora, including bluebells and orchids in the spring months, and a wealth of wildlife. The trees are mostly mature and deciduous, with a stream flowing along the eastern boundary.Lee Manor Farm
- Lee Manor Farm occupies a stunning location with an uninterrupted outlook towards the sea.
The farm was previously home to the well-regarded Lee Manor Herd of Pedigree Red Ruby Devon cattle and includes a beautifully finished barn conversion called Farriers End and a traditional stone Shepherds Barns, all set within 68.59 acres (27.76 hectares) of pasture land and mature ancient woodland.Farriers End
- Farriers End is a detached split level house which was cleverly converted from a traditional stone barn. It has spacious accommodation with a beamed living room with wood-burning stove, hand-made kitchen with granite work surfaces and dining area. There is a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and bathroom.
It is centrally heated and includes some delightful features including stained glass windows and solid oak floors throughout. It also has a secluded patio area with pretty stone walls and a large lawn garden, providing sea views.Shepherds Barn
- There is also a traditional stone built building which has been completely renovated to provide a shower, WC, kitchen facilities and a seating area with wood-burning stove. This building is currently used as a wash and rest room for for overnight stays when calving or lambing.The Land & Woodland
- The pasture land offers much privacy and protection for Farriers End and most of the pasture enjoys stunning panoramic sea views and forms part of England's 33% of scenic coastline conserved as Heritage Coast. You can see out across the Bristol Channel to Lundy Island and the Welsh coast beyond.
The pasture is currently used for grazing cattle and is well divided by attractive Devon bank hedges, which contain a wonderful variety of wild flowers, including honeysuckle, wild roses, primroses, wild orchids, foxgloves, bluebells and violets. The farm has been re-fenced and all of the fields have access to a mains water supply. One field is bordered by a stream and there are two natural ponds.
The woodland is classified as ancient woodland and provides a natural habitat for flora, including bluebells and orchids in the spring months, and a wealth of wildlife. The trees are mostly mature and deciduous, with a stream flowing along the eastern boundary. The woodland is protected by a tree preservation order.Also Available: Holiday Cottages
- Also available to purchase by separate negotiation are three holiday cottages, each with private gardens, parking and stunning sea views.Services
- Lee Manor - Mains water and mains electricity. Private drainage and oil-fired central heating.
Lee Manor Farm - mains electricity, mains water, private drainage, oil-fired central heating.Basic Payment Scheme (Bps)
- The land has been registered for the entitlements under the Basic Payment Scheme. The entitlements can be made available by separate negotiation, if required by the purchaser.Planning
- Farrier's End is subject to an occupancy restriction and is permitted to be used for short term holiday accommodation or a rural workers dwelling. The occupation of the property as a permanent dwelling is limited to a person solely or mainly employed in agriculture or in forestry, or in any other permitted activity undertaken at Lee Manor Farm.Local Authority
- North Devon District Council. Telephone: 01271 327711 (www.northdevon.gov.uk).Fixtures & Fittings
- All fixtures and fittings, unless specifically referred to within these particulars, are expressly excluded from the sale of the freehold.Wayleaves & Rights Of Way
- The sale is subject to all rights of support, public and private rights of way, water, light, drainage and other easements, quasi-easements and wayleaves, all or any other like rights, whether mentioned in these particulars or not.
There is a public footpath which runs through the woodland, south of Lee Manor linking Lee Manor Farm with Lee Bay.Viewing
- Strictly by confirmed appointment with the vendors agents, Stags: 01271 322833 or 01392 680059.Disclaimer
- These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.