... a mile from Yarcombe, Sheafhayne is a superbly positioned, Grade
II*, Elizabethan manor house, likened by the Sunday Times to âa
full-sized game of Cluedoâ. Originally a medieval hall house and the
shooting lodge of Sir Francis Drake's Yarcombe estate which has been in
the same family for 400 years and has 2,500 acres of farmland (beef and
dairy cattle) through which flows the River Yarty (trout fishing
available). You are welcome to visit the farm.
Large and beautiful garden with lawn fading via a ha-ha into
countryside. A wild garden/orchard with mown paths is at the end of a
pergola walk with wisteria and a perfectly placed seat; nearby, a
stream (unfenced). On the other side of the huge lawn (croquet) is a
shallow rill (unfenced). Huge games room (pool table, air hockey, table
tennis, table football) in the garden. In front of the house is a
flagstoned and paved terrace and, through a stone arch with wrought
iron gate, a sunken garden, very sheltered and peaceful. The entrance
to the house is from a formal courtyard with fine views over the
estate. The house has tremendous character and the beams, Tudor
panelling, flagstones, mullioned windows, old oak floors and doors are
Big stone porch and heavy oak door to flagstoned, panelled hall with
huge, medieval, ornamental fireplace, beams and window seat. Off it,
oak-panelled drawing room with woodburner and TV/DVD. Billiard room -
another huge, long room with large windows, William Morris-designed
wallpaper, seats, massive fireplace (woodburner) and full-sized
billiard table. Off this, an ante-room leading to shower-room (suite)
and a twin bedroom (zip-linkable to 6' bed) with lovely views across
countryside. The dining room (banqueting room) has carved ornamental
fireplace, piano, iPod dock and dining table seating 24. Next door,
kitchen/breakfast room with 4-door Aga plus electric cooker (double
oven/ceramic hob), big island, breakfast table with window seats, two
dishwashers, microwave, two fridges, big freezer; beyond, a small
children's playroom (TV/DVD) and proper old-fashioned larder/wine store
and butlerâs pantry, laundry room (washing machine, tumble drier),
downstairs loo and back door to stables and enclosed grassed courtyard
(good for young children: toys, sandpit, barbecue).
Four staircases (from billiard room, hall, back scullery, and one
steep, boxed-off spiral) up to ten more bedrooms, five bathrooms
(suites, two with separate showers), four shower-rooms (suites); all
bedrooms are en suite except two which share one large shower-room
(suite). Some rooms have interconnecting doors; however, all can be
bolted and individually accessed. Some have lovely panelling, others
exceptional views; three have clothes-hanging space on their landings.
âAlexandraâsâ has a 7' long, 5' wide four-poster bed. There are four
more double bedrooms (5' beds) and four twin rooms (linkable to 6'
doubles). âThe Playroomâ has four single beds or a double.
Logs included. Spring water. Professional catering and ready meals
available. Maid service available, by arrangement. Heated games
room/old ballroom available to hire for functions by arrangement
(extra). Damages Deposit Â£500. Floor plan available. Pub, 1Â½ miles.
A fabulous house in the loveliest east Devon countryside, a welcoming,
remarkable place for special occasions and family gatherings.
NB. A recent test of the water supply at Sheafhayne indicated a nitrate
level of 50.9 mg per litre, which is marginally higher than the World
Health Organization's recommendation of a maximum of 50 mg per litre
forÂ consumption by infants up to the age of six months. Maximum
recommendedÂ nitrate concentration for other consumers is 100 mg per
litre. The water is currently being treated and, in the meantime,
bottled water is provided for babies.Get the full listing »