A historic home full of character, with wildlife-sensitive planting
Garden lovers have a special opportunity to continue the good work of the owners of a Grade II listed longhouse and its beautiful gardens, designed with wildlife in mind. Chichesters in Riddlecombe near Chumleigh has south-facing gardens set in about two acres of land with stables and other outbuildings. Its owner, Michael Moody, described how much thought had gone into his green-fingered planting.
"On our arrival we contacted the Devon Wildlife Trust for advice, and received a management plan on developing the meadow to include wildflowers to attract butterflies and other insects," he said.
"We installed a pond to attract other types of wildlife. Regular visitors have included Roe Deer, badgers and hares. We retain areas of long grass in the meadow which attract barn owls and other predators, as they are ideal areas for hunting, and we have installed different sized nesting boxes for barn owls and other species."
Chichesters is believed to date back to the 18th century with a hand-carved slate-stone on the front of the house which suggests 1744 as a more precise date. The house is full of the period charm expected with latched doors, substantial beams, double staircase, deep-cilled window in the dining room and stone inglenook fireplace with bread oven and housing a woodburner.
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The adjacent coachman's folly is a barn conversion ideal for relatives or extra income, with modern interiors and french windows opening into the garden.