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

A much-loved fam­ily at­trac­tion near Lustleigh, which of­ten wel­comes 35,000 vis­i­tors a sea­son, is up for sale.

The Minia­ture Pony Cen­tre on Dart­moor could be yours for just shy of £1.35m and the best news is, the ponies are in­cluded!

The pop­u­lar fam­ily day out is a hid­den gem for all things small, cute and cud­dly. This is an an­i­mal lover’s idea of heaven.

It boasts an in­cred­i­ble 79 acres and a beau­ti­ful farm­house as well as pad­docks, a meadow, two lakes and thirty years of fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory. The tra­di­tional farm­stead, called Wormhill Farm, is set in the foothills of Dart­moor.

The de­tached four-bed­room farm­house has a se­lec­tion of mod­ern and tra­di­tional build­ings that have been adapted and con­verted to ac­com­mo­date a thriv­ing lifestyle busi­ness op­por­tu­nity.

The beau­ti­ful pe­riod home en­joys far reach­ing views over the moor­land, its own pri­vate gar­dens and in­de­pen­dent ac­cess to the Minia­ture Pony Cen­tre.

In the heart of the house is the kitchen which is a good size with am­ple space for a ta­ble and chairs and a four oven Aga pro­vid­ing a warm com­fort­able at­mos­phere. Both the sit­ting room and kitchen open through into the south fac­ing con­ser­va­tory.

On the first floor, there are four dou­ble-bed­rooms, one of which is en suite and two bath­rooms.

In re­cent years, the build­ing has been mod­ernised by the present own­ers to cre­ate a com­fort­able fam­ily home, with ac­com­mo­da­tion over two floors.

The house is sit­u­ated, to­gether with its out build­ings, within about 18 acres of pad­docks and lakes. The Minia­ture Pony Cen­tre is com­pletely sep­a­rate from the pri­vate house which has its own drive ac­cess. At present the house is an is­land of tran­quil­lity sur­rounded by a com­mer­cial busi­ness and its pri­vacy can ei­ther be en­hanced or re­duced ac­cord­ing to the wishes of the own­ers.

Pub­lic and staff ac­cess to the build­ings is to­tally sep­a­rate from the house, pro­vid­ing a use­ful buf­fer. The barns could be reused for horses or agri­cul­ture sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion.

The adorable minia­ture ponies come with a variety of farm­yard friends in­clud­ing minia­ture Shet­land ponies and horses, birds and poul­try, small pets such as rab­bits as well as weird and won­der­ful rep­tiles.

While the ex­ist­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion is for a vis­i­tor at­trac­tion, the build­ings could be re­con­verted to agri­cul­tural or eques­trian use sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion.

Al­ter­na­tively, new own­ers could choose to con­vert these into hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion but this would be sub­ject to the nec­es­sary con­sent. A bonus is the in­cred­i­bly large coach and car park which has space for around 200 ve­hi­cles and an un­be­liev­able 61 acres is also avail­able for pur­chase by sep­a­rate ne­go­ti­a­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to ar­range a view­ing call Sav­ills on 01392 455742.

To hon­our the troops around Re­mem­brance Day, Lus­combe Maye in Totnes hosted a cof­fee and cake drop-in morn­ing, help­ing to raise money for the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s Poppy Ap­peal. In­vi­ta­tions went out to cus­tomers and lo­cal busi­nesses, with cen­te­nary pins also on sale. Sup­port­ers en­joyed spiced car­rot cake, Vic­to­ria sand­wich, tra­di­tional Devon scones with clot­ted cream and jam, rocky road, lemon driz­zle and a gluten/dairy free se­lec­tion. The branch raised £218, with pop­pies still avail­able for pur­chase.

The firm’s Sal­combe of­fice also raised a fur­ther £205.55 with a sim­i­lar event. Staff re­ported that well-known lo­cal Debs from the Sal­combe In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre won the ham­per of good­ies.

A Ply­mouth com­mer­cial prop­erty spe­cial­ist has voiced his fears that the city cen­tre will con­tract, as the land­scape of the re­tail prop­erty sec­tor con­tin­ues to change. Speak­ing at the lat­est meet­ing of the Ply­mouth Area Prop­erty Pro­fes­sion­als As­so­ci­a­tion (PAPPA) Mark Slade of Bru­ton Knowles said the Ply­mouth cen­tre is strug­gling.

He de­scribed de­mand for units as ‘ex­tremely patchy’, with fewer and fewer re­tail busi­nesses mak­ing long term prop­erty com­mit­ments in the heart of the city.

“Whereas ten years ago it was com­mon­place for peo­ple to take out a ten-year lease on a re­tail prop­erty, nowa­days there is a much shorter term view of three to five years at the most,” said Mark.

“In my view, Ply­mouth can­not sus­tain such a large Theo Spink, Lus­combe Maye branch man­ager, left, chat­ting to Kirsty Giles and Me­gan Green of Bar­tons So­lic­i­tors Linden Homes White Rock show home; and right shop­ping area and the fo­cus should be to cen­tralise the city cen­tre more, fo­cus on a much smaller area with more at­trac­tions and less shops.

“It is about seiz­ing the ini­tia­tive and em­brac­ing the new cul­ture that is chang­ing the face of our High Streets, oth­er­wise, we will just see a con­tin­ued con­trac­tion of the cen­tre of Ply­mouth with more and more empty prop­er­ties.”

It’s not all bad news, how­ever. He said that “the city should also be buoyed by news of a change of heart by John Lewis on the Din­gles store, with the Ex­eter store now fac­ing clo­sure. As many a proud Ply­moth­ian will know, it is not of­ten it hap­pens that way around.”

Linden Homes has cre­ated a new show home at its White Rock de­vel­op­ment in Paign­ton, now avail­able to view.

The four bed­room show home has been dressed us­ing a range of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and de­signs in­spired by the lo­cal sur­round­ings, in­clud­ing wood, wicker, flora and fauna. Pinks, navys and tonal greys have been used through­out the prop­erty to cre­ate a fun, warm, con­tem­po­rary look.

Emma Colin of Linden Homes says: “We are so pleased with our colour­ful new show home at White Rock, it’s so calm and flows beau­ti­fully. It’s been well re­ceived al­ready. The de­vel­op­ment has proved to be very pop­u­lar and this lat­est show home gives home­buy­ers an op­por­tu­nity to see how their new home could look.”

White Rock cur­rently fea­tures two and four bed­room con­tem­po­rary homes, priced from £219,950. The de­vel­op­ment is lo­cated near the sea­side re­sorts of Goodring­ton and Paign­ton, with White Rock Pri­mary School and lo­cal shops close by. Poppy ap­peal cake sale at Lus­combe Maye

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