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

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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.

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