Broomhill Copse, Zeal Monachorum, near Crediton, mid Devon. 6.74 acres of paddock and mature oak woodland with river frontage. £68,000 (freehold) [#J1062]
A rare combination of a paddock and an oak woodland with river frontage in the heart of Devon, offering excellent potential and appeal.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 191
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SS 716 031.
- Centre of wood: SS 716 030.
Nearest postcode: EX17 6DE.
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Broomhill Copse is composed of around 3½ acres of mature oak woodland with the remaining 3 acres or so being fertile paddock. The property is nestled in the rolling hills of the Devonshire countryside in a region of significant historical reference - the nearby village of Zeal Monachorum (translating to the “Cell of the monks”) is mentioned in the Doomsday book. The historic market town of Crediton lies around 10 miles to the southeast.
The undulating woodland floor is steep in places but with fairly flat areas in the south east corner, on the high ground and in the northern part of the woodland. With a sunny westerly aspect, the woodland gently slopes to the wending River Yeo, which defines the western boundary. The paddock is mainly flat, gently sloping down to the river's edge – an ideal location to enjoy the late evening sun. Just a few trees shade the riverbank, thus giving free access to the river; a likely place for kingfishers to be spotted by the careful observer, or a spot for the speculative fisherman!
Within the woodland, a smattering of mature ash competes for space with the tall pedunculate oak in the towering upper canopy, beneath which grows holly, hazel and occasional hawthorn making its presence known along the edges of the wood. The understorey teems with ivy, hart’s tongue and other ferns, making for a truly wild looking woodland. Deer have shown their presence with trails criss-crossing the wooded slopes. Other woodland mammals that visit include squirrels, rabbits, badgers and foxes.
The sheltered, well-fenced paddock could be used for variety of purposes, ideal for a small flock of sheep or a few horses to graze on. Or, perhaps it would be suitable for a campsite given the correct permission. Access is off a quiet country lane, through a gate into the paddock with a second gate leading to the wood. Here, in the paddock, there are sheltered areas, perfect for camping, hidden from view by a tall hawthorn edge along the roadside. A public right of way runs across the paddock from the roadside gate, into the woodland and exits over a delightful wooden bridge, although this path seems rarely used.
If It Were Mine
I would thin out the undergrowth, clearing the tracks to make access easier and maybe clear an area riverside to create a lovely place to camp to get away from it all. It is an excellent place to let the children run wild to explore the woodland or get their feet wet at the water's edge. I would maybe cast a line into the river to see if there are any fish interested in a nibble.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of 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 Crediton take the A377 northwest, after approximately five miles you will arrive at the village of Copplestone.
- At the junction keep ahead passing the ancient Copplestone Cross to your right. Take the next left signposted Okehampton (A3072).
- Continue along this road for 1 ¾ miles and take the right turn with a traditional white signpost for ‘DOWN St MARY’ and ‘ZEAL MCHM’.
- After 50 metres take the next left and follow this road for 1 ½ miles, at the T-junction turn right - signposted Zeal Monachorum ¾ miles.
- Follow this road for 200 metres passing our ‘For Sale’ sign on the left.
- You will come to a metal gate on the left. This is point A on the plan below, with Broomhill Copse beyond.
- The west and northwest boundaries are the centre of the river.
- All other boundaries are fenced.
We believe that the full fishing and sporting rights are included and not let.
The mineral rights are included except where reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
There is a public right of way passing through both the paddock and woodland although it does not appear to be in regular use.
We are not aware of any fencing obligations.
How To Buy
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market (please ensure you are in a position to fund the purchase before doing this):
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
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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.