COUN­TRY PUR­SUITS

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - West Country Homes -

by Gil­lian Molesworth

It’s that time of year, when huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ is on the agenda (well pos­si­bly not fishin’, but cer­tainly huntin’ and shootin’). Across the West­coun­try, keen coun­try­men and women are pulling on their tweed coats and get­ting out to en­joy their sport. If it’s not your bag (no pun in­tended), sport­ing homes pro­vide lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­ter­act­ing with na­ture. Here are some of our favourite sport­ing homes on the mar­ket right now:

Lower Mana­ton, South

Corn­wall, £1 mil­lion

One of the old­est homes in the dis­trict, Lower Mana­ton is full of at­mos­phere. Proper roar­ing fire in a big gran­ite hearth, stud­ded wooden doors, case­ment win­dows: just the right “shoot­ing lodge” feel, and with 11 acres of grounds to go with it, in­clud­ing wood­land suit­able for a rough shoot. De­light­ful grounds and a range of out­build­ings, in­clud­ing a holy well. Not ev­ery­one can say that.

Agents: Web­bers Fine & Coun­try, Launce­s­ton, 01566 771919, www.fine­and­coun­try.com

Four Sea­sons, Brad­wor­thy, north Devon, £695,000 This fish­er­man’s dream boasts two fish­ing lakes, stocked with carp, bream and tench, with a num­ber of jet­ties to cast your line. The peace­fully lo­cated house has four bed­rooms, with a sep­a­rate two-bed­room an­nexe, all set in at­trac­tive gar­dens. Bring in in­come with the two two-bed­room hol­i­day lodges: you can share your fish­ing pas­sion with like-minded souls.

Agents: Stags, Ex­eter, 01308 428000, www.stags.co.uk Tre­mas­den, Key­bridge, Blis­land, Corn­wall, £575,000 The wilds of Bod­min Moor are on the doorstep of this pic­turesque pe­riod home, of­fered for sale for the first time in half a cen­tury. River frontage along the De Lank River and 15 acres of pas­ture and wood­land are up for grabs here, in one of Corn­wall’s wildest spots rich in nat­u­ral won­ders. The house has four bed­rooms, and there’s also a work­shop and sub­stan­tial barn out­build­ing. It’s also just five miles from the A30.

Agents: Cole, Ray­ment & White, Wade­bridge, 01208 813 595, www.crw.co.uk

Rowe Farm, El­li­combe, Mine­head, £795,000

Fab eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties at this char­ac­ter farm­house prop­erty, set within the hunt­ing and rid­ing Mecca of Ex­moor Na­tional Park. Seven loose boxes, tack room, hay barn, menage, pad­docks...oh, and for hu­mans Lower Mana­ton, Calling­ton

Hill Road,

Calling­ton, there’s a charm­ing three-bed­room home.

Agents: Jack­son-Stops, Taunton 01823 325 144, www.jack­son-stops.co.uk

River­ford House, Launce­s­ton, Corn­wall, £550,000 Su­perb trout fish­ing on the River Kensey, or you can cast for salmon in the nearby River Ta­mar from this unique prop­erty. It even has its own two-acre “ham”: yet sur­prise sur­prise, it’s within the town bound­ary of Launce­s­ton, so you can still walk out to get milk and bread. A real coun­try­man’s home in town, with a sum­mer­house, use­ful out­build­ings, poly­tun­nels, and chicken runs.

Agents: Kiv­ells, www.kiv­ells.com

Leigh Farm, Bere Al­ston, Yelver­ton, Devon, £2.25 mil­lion

Pri­vately lo­cated on the beau­ti­ful Bere Penin­sula, this prop­erty comes with a four-bed­room char­ac­ter farm­house, sub­stan­tial five-bed­room lux­ury barn con­ver­sion, and two fur­ther cot­tages. There are ex­ten­sive mod­ern live­stock build­ings and far-reach­ing views. About five miles from Tav­i­s­tock, this great farm is on the thresh­old of Dart­moor, with its myr­iad walk­ing and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Agents: D.R. Kiv­ell & Part­ners, 01822 810 810, www.drkivel­land­part­ners.co.uk

West Bur­ridge Cot­tage, Chel­don, near Chawleigh, £599,950

This ar­che­typal English coun­try cot­tage hap­pens to be in prime hunt coun­try, with the Egges­ford Hunt lo­cated nearby. West Bur­ridge Cot­tage has three bed­rooms and two bath­rooms, with vaulted ceil­ings, AGA, and a green oak gar­den room. You’ll love the stun­ning two acres of gar­dens with poly­tun­nel and green­house, as well as the home of­fice and dou­ble garage.

Agents: Chartsedge, 01392 www.chartsedge.co.uk

Houn­dle Farm, Corn­wood, South Devon, £775,000 Set within Dart­moor Na­tional Park, this four-bed­room farm­house has a one-bed­room barn con­ver­sion and beau­ti­ful gar­dens with a swim­ming pool. Ad­join­ing pad­dock will al­low you to keep a horse or two, and you can ride out ac­com­pa­nied by your dogs across the moor’s amaz­ing scenery. Plenty of rus­tic charm here, with ex­posed stone fea­ture walls, and the gar­dens are a de­light.

Agents: Marc­hand Pe­tit, Mod­bury, 01548 831163, www.marchand­petit.co.uk

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