A 30-acre estate with Victorian-style stables, two arenas, guesthouses and more

  • Shilstone is located three miles from the market town of Chagford in Devon. It is located in the beautiful Dartmoor countryside, with good access to the A30 dual carriageway, which is two and a half miles away. The A30 has links to the M5 and Exeter, less than 18 miles from the property.

    Local equestrian centers include Grange Equestrian Center (13 miles), New Hall Farm (27 miles) and Bicton Arena (30 miles).

    If you need a vet, contact Stringer Equine Veterinary Practice, which is less than two miles from your front door (five minutes), while if you fancy a day of hunting, go with the Mid Devon.

    Shilstone is on the market with Frankish Knight for bids above £3.5 million. Let’s take a look around us…

    This small estate is set in 30 acres. Next to the Grade II listed main house is a concrete courtyard surrounded by timber framed buildings. To one side of the yard is a three bay tool/hay store and to the other is the stable building, incorporating four internal boxes with lighting, individual heaters, rubber mats, drinkers, feeders and accessories. Victorian style around a central concrete. passage.

    From the courtyard, five-bar gates lead to a 60x20m sand school, with another arena on the other side of the courtyard.

    Around the yard and stables are a range of gently sloping post and railing grazing paddocks, incorporating two field shelters, water troughs and a spring.

    There is also a small enclosed garden, on the south side of the house, with a paved terrace, pond and shrubs and plants. Surrounded on one side is a traditional stone garden shed with a thatched roof.

    The kitchen doors open onto a paved terrace which takes advantage of the evening sun to create another outdoor dining area. Post and rail fencing separates the gardens from a large enclosure, from which there are views towards Castle Drogo and Chagford. Next to it is a wooded area. To the north of the property, beyond the forest and beside the road, are further enclosures in one of which is Spinster’s Rock – an ancient monument in the style of a stone circle. There is a voluntary agreement with Dartmoor National Park to allow limited public access to Spinsters Rock.

    The house has undergone many upgrades since it was last used as a farm. The reception rooms on the ground floor are large enough to accommodate receptions, while remaining comfortable for family life.

    On the ground floor there is an entrance hall, an office, a living room, a dining room, a kitchen/breakfast room, a garden room, a cloakroom, a storage room and a pantry.

    Upstairs there is a master suite with dressing room and bathroom/shower, plus three further bedrooms and an attic/games room.

    There is also an entertainment barn, which has also undergone recent upgrades to provide space for parties or larger gatherings. The main space forms a modern “great room” with an adjoining catering kitchen and toilet. It is overlooked by a mezzanine gallery which offers more space and is currently used for a gym.

    There are two additional chalets that are part of the estate. The two gites are traditional semi-detached buildings which have both been recently renovated and have been used partly as bed and breakfast and partly for holiday rentals on a limited basis during the summer. They both offer similar high quality accommodation, each with its own garden and outside utility space.

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