Castle Hill Wood, Parracombe, North Devon. 7.02 acres of mixed hardwoods on the western fringe of Exmoor for £76,000 (freehold) [#A841]
A secluded idyll of native hardwoods, running water and unspoilt views in the heart of rural Devon.
OS Landranger map: Sheet 180.
National Grid Refs:
- Entrance point A: SS 643 451.
- Centre of wood: SS 643 452.
Nearest postcode: EX31 4PQ.
Castle Hill Wood overlooks a secluded valley, a mile from of the hamlet of Parracombe on the western fringes of Exmoor National Park. The coastal resort of Combe Martin is four miles up the road with Ilfracombe five miles beyond that. The larger centre of Barnstaple is 10 miles to the southwest.
The wood lies on east-facing intermediate slopes and has a bright open aspect overlooking a very quiet pastoral combe valley almost totally devoid of traffic. A delightful stream borders the lower northeast boundary.
A number of very large ancient oak are dotted across the woodland between which are some equally impressive ash stems. Between these sentinels there is a variety of maturing broadleaves including oak, ash, birch and rowan, along with alder and willow nearer to the stream. Beneath this there is an abundance of hazel along with emerging saplings from the parent trees.
The herb layer is diverse and luxuriant. Grassy glades on the east side give way to widespread bluebells. The woodland floor is also host to many other flowers such as wood sorrel, wood anemone, pink campion, primrose, foxglove and honeysuckle.
The current owner has invested in significant restoration of the tracks, such that there is now a hard track all the way through the middle of the property serving a number of soft track spurs and a wonderful hard standing area which would comfortably accommodate a caravan if desired. Aside from its environmental credentials, Castle Wood also offers an outstanding opportunity as a base for holidays.
If It Were Mine
I’d be very content! If stirred I would perhaps flail the small patches of bracken to deter their spread, followed by firewood gathering for the evening BBQ. Nights under the stars would also be a regular feature. Sorry to wax lyrical, but if this sounds appealing then you ought to view this wood very soon.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you print these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
From Junction 27 of the M5 head northwest on the A361 for 25 miles, then turn right at the roundabout onto the A399. Follow this road north for 12 miles until you reach the staggered crossroads with the A39 (known as Blackmoor Gate).
Continue after this junction on the A399 for exactly 1.3 miles, and then turn sharp right into a narrow lane signed as being ‘Unsuitable for Heavy Goods Vehicles’. Continue for ¾ mile down to a small crossroads (B on the plan).
Turn right, go down the hill for 150m and park outside the recessed entrance gate on your left (A on the plan). Climb the gate to enter the wood.
Please note that we do not give out keys for viewing.
The northwest boundary (BC) is a stock fence.
The northeast boundary (CD) is the streamside.
The southeast boundary (AD) is the field edge stock fence.
The southwest boundary (AB) is the roadside bund.
A previous owner, (League Against Cruel Sports) has retained the sporting rights to ensure that they are never exercised and has reserved inspection rights to monitor this.
The mineral rights are included except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
The wood and its main entrance directly front the public road.
There are no public rights of way within the wood.
There are no known fencing obligations.
Tree Preservation Order
The property is covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) reference F14/3/20. A TPO does not prevent felling or other woodland management but does require the consent of the Local Council Tree Officer. For more information please contact the agent.
Please see Sporting Rights above.
How To Buy
A visit to the woodland is essential before you confirm that you wish to buy it. We reserve the right to refuse to sell any woodland to purchasers who have not been to see it first.
This property is being sold on a Fixed Price basis. Once you have decided that you want to buy a woodland, you need to confirm this with us as soon as possible. Our policy is not to negotiate on price. The advertised price is the sales price. However, once you have written to us confirming that you want to buy a woodland, we will take the woodland off the market and we will not accept any other offer.
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Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.