PICTURES: Ten of the best Westcountry homes for sale
With Bank Holiday weekend upon us, the Westcountry could hardly be busier. Think crowded beaches, traffic queues and standing room only in popular pubs. If you are yearning for peace and quiet, check out this selection of properties offering lots of rather splendid isolation.
St Hilary, West Cornwall £1.85 million
The very name of this property – Ennys – means "remote place" in Cornish. Tucked away in a sheltered spot near Penzance and within easy reach of the sea, the five-bedroomed mansion has several guest cottages for a handy income (or to accommodate friends and staff), and a total of 20 acres of land to guarantee your privacy.
Savills, Truro, 01872 243200, www.savills.co.uk
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Dolton, North Devon £450,000
Tucked away two miles from the village of Dolton near Winkleigh is Halsdon Mill. This charming little three-bedroomed cottage is set in 46.5 acres of unspoilt woodland and pasture. The idyllic setting inspired renowned 20th century glass engraver Sir Laurence Whistler to engrave two poems beautifully on the bedroom windows. And if the isolation should get all too much, nearby Dolton has a school, shop and not one but three pubs.
Strutt and Parker, Exeter, 01392 215631, www.struttandparker.com
Penwartha Coombe, North Cornwall £450,000
Melingey Cottage is a couple of miles inland of the popular tourist beach at Perranporth but it is in a secluded and very peaceful valley. The characterful five-bedroomed cottage has a one-bed annexe and delightful gardens, with country views.
Chesterton Humberts, Truro, 01872 278288, www.chestertonhumberts.com
Bridford, Teign Valley £575,000
Stone Mill Farm is in the leafy and secluded countryside on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, a mile from the thriving village of Christow. It has seven acres of land, and five bedrooms over three floors. The land includes some very pretty woods and a stream, as well as four paddocks. Despite its peaceful location, it is just nine miles from Exeter.
Stags, Exeter, 01392 255202, www.stags.co.uk
Wootton Courtenay, North Somerset £745,000
Ridgewood Cottage is a handsome 1930s home with ten acres of land overlooking the wilds of Exmoor. It has a two-bed guest suite and a smart indoor pool, as well as stables and equestrian facilities. It's down a quiet country lane with fantastic moorland views.
Fine and Country, Minehead, 01643 706917, www.fineandcountry.com
Nadderwater, near Exeter £699,950
It's just four miles from Exeter's city centre, yet four-bedroomed Hackworthy's rural location could not be more tranquil. This glamorous contemporary home has balconies and terraces right round the house to make the most of the country views and comes with nearly three acres of land.
Winkworth, Exeter, 01392 271177, www.winkworth.co.uk
Ifracombe, North Devon £655,000
The wonderfully-named Buttercombe Barton is tucked away down a private lane in a tiny hamlet near the north Devon coast. It has five bedrooms and just over three acres of park-like grounds. If you feel creative here – and who wouldn't? – there is a fully-equipped pottery studio in the garden.
Fine and Country, Braunton, 01271 812263, www.fineandcountry.com
Bodmin Moor, Cornwall £425,000
With nearly two acres of land and direct access to the remote spaces of Bodmin Moor, East Trezellard near Bolventor certainly ticks the remote and rural boxes. The property has two bedrooms and a wealth of top-notch equestrian facilities which include a floodlit school. Seven more acres of land are available.
Mansbridge and Balment, Launceston, 01566 770888, www.mansbridgebalment.co.uk
Merton, North Devon £309,950
The Old Chapel is two miles outside of the lively village of Merton and just six miles from Great Torrington. Dating back to 1750, this pretty cottage has two/three bedrooms. Other features include an extremely useful downstairs studio, with a large stone outbuilding in the delightful sunny south-facing garden. Both the dining room and the sitting room have lovely inglenook fireplaces with bread ovens.
Mansbridge and Balment, Okehampton, 01837 52371, www.mansbridgebalment.co.uk
Golant, South East Cornwall £1.7 million
Probably one of the grandest youth hostels in the country, Penquite House is Grade II listed and has 15 bedrooms, and a terrace of three staff cottages. It's in beautiful countryside just up the river from Fowey, and has 14.5 acres of land. It was built in 1850 as a grand country house. It has been owned and used by the Youth Hostel Association since 1969 but the period details are surprisingly intact.
May, Whetter and Grose, Fowey, 01726 832299, www.maywhetter.co.uk