This month’s Star Smallholding is the five-acre The Firs near Newton Abbot which comes with a large veg patch, a vineyard and woodland
THE FIRS is an elegant sixbedroom detached property which sits in five acres of land and boasts a large vegetable patch, making it the perfect purchase for any smallholder.
The garden is low maintenance and to the rear of the property, in those five acres, are (additionally to the veg plot), fruit trees, a vineyard and woodland. The current owner notes that the wood can supply more than enough firewood for the log burner, while a log splitter attachment on the tractor makes short work of preparing the winter supply.
Additionally, The Firs boasts a large barn for storage and a workshop.
The property benefits from solar panels, solar thermal water heating and large-scale rainwater harvesting for the garden, including two 10,000ltr water tanks which collect the run off from the shed roof. The solar pump is currently used to move this water to a third tank at the top of the field, and from there there is good pressure for watering the polytunnel and vegetable patch.
Internally, because the house features a large amount of glass, its rooms enjoy an abundance of light. This includes, on the ground floor, the large open plan living room with log burner, the dining room and the modern kitchen space with an Alno kitchen and high quality Miele appliances.
The glass staircase which leads to the first floor certainly has the wow factor.
The nearby historic market town of Newton Abbot is close to Devon’s English Riviera and is noted for its horse racing, vibrant local markets and interesting historic landmarks.
For more information on this property, contact Judith Norman, tel: 07925149931; email: judith. email@example.com