Stargazer Wood, 3.05 acres of hilltop Douglas fir and European larch, close to the coastal resort of Sidmouth, Devon for £35,000 (freehold) [#F1330]
A fine example of mid rotation Douglas fir plantation with excellent access, 3 miles from the village of Sidford, Devon.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 115
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: SY 178908
- Centre of wood: SY 181910
Nearest postcode: EX12 3BP
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.
Stargazer Wood occupies a hillock at the head of a small valley near the south coast of Devon (1.5 miles as the crow flies). The woodland is predominately a mid-rotation stand of Douglas fir with a smattering of European larch, growing very well on a northerly aspect slope and hilltop. The wood extends down to a small stream that runs west to east where a line of mature oak and ash trees is growing along the streamside. Recent clearance works have opened up a 10 metre wide area between the broadleaves and the conifers, this was done primarily to allow light to hit the woodland floor and encourage the wildflowers to flourish, this will have a positive impact on the trees too.
The woodland floor is primarily covered with a variety of mosses, as is quite common for conifer woodlands, with clover, creeping ivy, a variety of species of ferns, wild grasses and the odd hart’s tongue growing in places. In spring, the woodland floor is transformed, with a carpet of bluebells and the sea of blues and purples creates a spectacular vista.
A turning area at the end of the track that runs in from the east, is a perfect spot to camp under the stars. With the gurgling stream nearby, and the secluded location away from the main track surrounded by the tall Douglas fir, it is easy to see why the current owners have pitched a tent here during the warmer months.
At the top of the hill to the south of the woodland where a simple wooden bar forms the gateway to Stargazer Wood, a stunning mature oak can be found which seems to serve as the guardian to the woodland (and a handy place to park the car!). This could be a great place to have a BBQ in the summer months with family and friends.
If It Were Mine
I would continue the light thinning that has started at the north end of the woodland and extend this up the slope, felling and extracting the timber. I might even be tempted to start building a log store and tool shed using some of the timber - with the appropriate permissions of course!
Please remember some management operations require approval and/or a licence.
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
- Head east from Sidford on the A3052, in the direction of Axmouth or Lyme Regis, for approximately 3 miles.
- After you have passed Kingsdown Garage on the right-hand side, look for a right hand turning signposted ‘Rockenhayne Holiday Cottage’ and ‘Carpentry by Design’, there is also a Woods4Sale sign on the opposite side of the road (point V on the plan below)
- Drive approximately 300 metres down the concrete paved road, you will come to a timber gate (point X) with a private woodland sign and ‘woodlands.co.uk’ cut into the timber gate.
- Immediately in front of the gate is a layby, park here and walk into the woodland, going around or over the gate (sorry, we do not provide keys for viewings).
- Walk down the track until you get to a fork in the track, keep left (point Y), at this point the track will begin to rise and you will arrive at a second fork shortly after (point Z), keep left at this junction.
- Continue walking up the track for a further 100 metres, and you will come to a clearing with a large mature oak tree and directly in front of you will be a timber fence (marked with blue paint) and a simple wooden bar gate with the sign ‘Stargazer Wood’ (point A).
- All boundaries to the south, east and west are marked by blue paint on trees and posts.
- The boundary to the north is the inside edge of the stream as indicated by blue paint on trees and posts.
The sporting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way at all times and for all purposes over the route VXYZA.
- We are informed that the current owners have used and established a right of way between points Z and B.
- There are no public rights of way within the woodland.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all the rights of way with liability according to use.
There are no known fencing liabilities.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
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
Please click on the button below for more information.
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.