An historic Grade II Listed house in an idyllic setting within the Dartmoor National Park
Entrance porch | Sitting room | Snug | Dining hall | Study/Library | Office | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | Grould floor shower room | Cloakroom with WC | Superb galleried landing | 4 bedrooms (one with en suite shower room) | Family bathroom
Willmead is Listed Grade II, believed to have been built in the early 15th century, or possibly even earlier and the farmhouse still retains
the basic structure of a Devon longhouse.
An interesting tenant of Willmead was the Reverend William Davy, who was a peripatetic local vicar until about 1826. The Davy family
were all interested in science and inventing things, including the Davy lamp for miners and a type of diving bell. Reverend Davy built his
own printing press, which he used extensively with the aid of his servant, Mary Hole.
While living at Lustleigh Rectory he built a
terraced garden that was celebrated in its day. When he moved to Willmead, he built himself a garden there. The current owners have
uncovered parts of Davy’s garden, including some retaining walls and parts of terracing.
Willmead farmhouse contains a number of interesting architectural features. The current owners, who have lived at the property for
about 17 years, have improved and maintained the property to an exceptionally high standard.
They have also restored the two stone
barns which provide additional accommodation and ample storage. The house sits in wonderful grounds with an area of formal garden and terraces with granite outcrops. There are a series of three interlinking ponds and uninterrupted views over the land and
Willmead has the benefit of two attractive stone barns, the first of which has a garage and car port, providing parking for four vehicles, with a workshop area, 4-bay log store and ample storage space, with a workshop area, 4-bay log store and ample storage space, including a wine cellar and mower store. Electricity is connected to the barn.
The second barn has been converted to provide ground floor accommodation, currently a large games room with an adjoining guest bedroom and a shower room.
Garden and grounds
The gardens and grounds at Willmead are a particular feature of the property and surround and protect and house. To the front of the
house are sweeping lawns interspersed with mature trees, including conifer and silver birch. There is a large pond, which is a haven for
wild fowl, and a well. Framing the house are flower and shrub beds with a variety of plants, bordered by a low stone wall.
To the rear is a paved terrace and steps leading up through a terraced garden to further grassed areas, dotted with granite
boulders. Here there is a soft fruit garden. The upper grounds are interspersed with numerous small pathways and granite steps and on
the knoll are the remains of the Davy garden, uncovered by the current owners. Within this part of the grounds is an outdoor chess
A track leads down through pasture land and woodland, where there are two further ponds, which feed from the main pond in front of the
house. A large leat bisects the land and feeds the ponds. A further very small leat borders the boundary, which adjoins an ancient wood
(not owned by the property), the timber from which was used for battleships in the 19th century. There are glorious views from the high
points of the land over the valley below. The well-fenced paddocks have been let out by the vendors on an annual grazing agreement
which can be continued if the buyers of Willmead do not wish to keep livestock themselves.