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Shirwell, Barnstaple
Sold Subject to Contract

4 beds | 2 baths | 2 receptions | Guide price £850,000

  • Detached former groundmans cottage
  • First time on the market in 22 years
  • Spacious and characterful throughout
  • Farmhouse style kitchen/dining room with views overlooking the garden
  • Cosy living room with feature woodburner
  • Four decent size bedrooms
  • Spectacular countryside and farmland views
  • Gravelled parking area with off road parking for at least 6 cars & detached double garage
  • Located in the desired village of Shirwell, 10 minute drive of Barnstaple town
  • Set in a half acre of land, no onward sales chain

Dreaming of a cottage set on beautiful grounds?

Look no further than North Cottage, a four bedroom detached former groundsman's cottage set in a half acre of land. Located down a Devon lane in the heart of Shirwell, this property really is quite unique and is set within a peaceful location surrounded in rolling countryside and farmland. Available to the market with no onward sales chain. A must view!

Chequers Estate Agents are delighted to offer for sale this rare opportunity to acquire North Cottage, a rural and private former groundsman’s cottage in the heart of Shirwell. This detached four bedroom property is located down a quiet Devon lane, however is only 4 minutes from Barnstaple: our regional Town Centre. 

North Cottage is surrounded by rolling countryside and farmland with stunning views to the front over neighbouring fields and paddocks, and views over its approximately half an acre gardens to the rear. The original cottage dates back to around 1850 and we understand it to have been once part of the neighbouring Youlston Estate, providing accommodation for their groundsman, before being separated and sold. In the late 80’s, the property was extended and adapted into the spacious contemporary detached family home it is today with a farmhouse style throughout. The current owners have lovingly updated the property during their ownership whilst retaining charming period style features such as an Everhot range cooker, period features, exposed beams, ornate hearth surrounding the multi-fuel burner, slate and solid oak flooring. 

The accommodation briefly comprises: a welcoming contemporary porch area with a part glazed ceiling leading to a spacious hallway with exposed beams. The hallway provides level access to the family room / study, which is a perfect office space, currently set up as a family games room / gym. The games room leads to a handy utility room with integrated single oven, Belfast sink and cloak room off with a Victorian style WC. The wow factor to this property is the open plan kitchen / dining room with snug area. The kitchen has a country feel with Neptune fitted kitchen units and cupboards with slate work surfaces and matching lovely island being the centre piece, with an Everhot range cooker which is included in the sale. The dining room and snug area are a great size and enjoy panoramic views over the garden through hardwood double glazed windows to the rear and side elevations. The spacious lounge features a multi-fuel wood burner, a lovely focal point to this room, with double aspect windows looking out to the garden.  On the first floor, there are four bedrooms and two separate bathrooms, one featuring a Victorian roll top bath with double shower and the other being a shower room. 

The property has simply stunning wrap around grounds and has the added attraction of a double garage and ample  off road parking for at least 6 cars. The garden is well established with a variety of mature shrubs and trees with a greenhouse to the side and access off a Devon Lane via a wooden gate to the front. To the side of the property is a long traditional former cattle shed, which could potentially be converted subject to the necessary planning permission, with power and lighting. The property is very private, peaceful and offers a high degree of privacy. 

North Cottage has a private bore hole water supply as well as a private septic tank and costs circa £160 every two years to empty. The property is hardwood double glazed throughout and has oil fired central heating.  North Cottage has photovoltaic roof panels which currently have an average return of £1600 - £1800 PA and are index linked. The panels were installed in November 2011 with a 25 year guaranteed feed tariff.

North Cottage really is a truly unique property and Chequers Estate Agents, Barnstaple are delighted to offer the property for sale, available with a No Onward Sales Chain! We would highly recommend an internal inspection to appreciate what this property has to offer.


From our office on Boutport Street, continue out of town on Alexandra Road (A39) going straight though a set of traffic lights where you will come to a roundabout. Take the second exit and continue along Alexandra Road. Upon reaching the next roundabout take the second exit on to North Road – Pilton Causeway where you will come to another set of traffic lights. Continue straight ahead and up the hill where you will come to another roundabout and The North Devon District Hospital will be on your right-hand side. At the roundabout take the second exit onto Shirwell Road heading out of town. Continue along this road until you reach Shirwell Village. Continue through the village and along a straight piece of road passing the entrance to Youlston House on your left-hand side. Shortly after at the brow of the hill there will a crossroads called Tollbar Cross. Turn left signposted Marwood and Muddiford. Continue down this road and the property will be located on your left hand side with North Cottage clearly displayed.

ENTRANCE PORCH 14'4 x 7'9 

A contemporary vaulted porch with glazed ceiling feature and hardwood glazed window to front elevation. Radiator, slate flooring.

RECEPTION HALL 13'10 x 13'3 

A welcoming and spacious hallway with stairs to first floor landing. Hardwood double glazed window to front elevation and double doors giving access to the rear wrap around garden. Exposed beams, radiator, solid oak flooring.


A large open plan kitchen / dining room with snug area enjoying panoramic views overlooking the garden. The kitchen features the country style Neptune kitchen with feature island being a lovely centre piece. The island has plumbing within the centre. The kitchen is fitted with a range of units and matching drawers with Belfast sink inset into work surface with cupboards space below. Further matching wall cabinets with fitted Everhot range cooker, integrated dishwasher, wine rack and space for upright fridge / freezer. Spotlighting, Slate flooring.


Hardwood double glazed windows to the side and rear elevations and double doors allowing access to the garden. radiator, tv point, slate flooring.

LOUNGE 20'10 x 17'0

A light living room with feature multi fuel wood burner being a lovely focal point to this room. Dual aspect with hardwood double glazed window to side and rear elevation and double doors leading to the garden, 2 radiators, fitted carpet.

STUDY / FAMILY ROOM 13'10 x 11'0

Hardwood double glazed window to front elevation, exposed beams, radiator, solid oak flooring.


Hardwood double glazed window to front elevation. Fitted with a range of Neptune oak units and inset Belfast sink with cupboard space below. Further matching wall cabinets with integrated single oven, space for microwave and fridge/freezer. Oil fired boiler, slate flooring.


Victorian style WC and wash hand basin. Hardwood double glazed window to side elevation, slate flooring.


Hardwood double glazed windows overlooking the front garden and wooden double glazed window to the side elevation. Handy storage cupboard, access to the loft space, radiator, solid oak flooring.

BEDROOM ONE 17'2 x 12'9 

A dual aspect bedroom with hardwood double glazed window to the side elevation overlooking rolling countryside and window overlooking the garden. Radiator, fitted carpet.

BEDROOM TWO 14'4 x 13'9 

Hardwood double glazed window to the front elevation and side elevation overlooking rolling farmland, radiator, fitted carpet.


Fitted with a four piece suite comprising a Victorian bath, separate double shower cubicle with rainfall shower head in a mosaic tiled surround, Victoria style WC and double vanity sink unit with cupboard space below. Heated towel rail,heated limestone tiled flooring. Hardwood double glazed window to side elevation.

BEDROOM THREE 11'11 x 10'6

Hardwood double glazed window overlooking the rear garden. Fitted wardrobe housing the fuse board with hanging space and shelving, radiator, fitted carpet.

BEDROOM FOUR 10'5 x 9'10 

A dual aspect room with hardwood double glazed window to rear and side elevation overlooking the wrap around gardens. Radiator, fitted carpet.


Hardwood double glazed window to front elevation. Fitted double shower cubicle in a tiled surround with rainfall shower head, WC and sink. Cupboard housing hot water tank, extractor fan, slate flooring.


The property is approached via a large wooden vehicle and pedestrian gate onto the gravelled driveway with parking for around 6 cars. The oil tanks, small store and log store are also located to the side of the driveway. 

The formal gardens are laid to lawn being level and bordered by trees, shrubs and traditional stone walls, perfect for lawn games, children to play, pets to potter and entertaining. The paved seating areas wrap around the kitchen/dining room with enough space for a large  table and chairs, benches and BBQ/burner, perfect for alfresco dining. To the side of the property is a greenhouse, water butt, security lights and a water tap.

STORE 35'10 x 10'5 

Long traditional shed which once was an old cattle shed. Wooden single glazed windows overlooking the rear garden. Light and power connected. Potential to be converted subject to the necessary planning permission.

DOUBLE GARAGE 22'7 x 18'10 

With up and over electric doors, power and lighting connected. UPVC double glazed windows to the side and rear elevation. ladder leading to loft area with ample of storage.

Shirwell is a popular and desired village with a great primary school and is with-in a short drive to Barnstaple Town Centre. Situated in the valley of the River Taw, Barnstaple is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has a variety of great shops, supermarkets, restaurants, schools and pubs. As well as those all important recreation facilities including a leisure centre, cinema, a pannier market, and a theatre. The A361 North Devon Link Road provides convenient access to the M5 Motorway. Further Sandy beaches and coastal walks at Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe are within easy reach, as is Exmoor. Barnstaple Train Station is also within a short drive.


For clarification we wish to inform prospective purchasers that we have prepared these sales particulars as a general guide. Some photographs may have been taken using a wide angle lens. We have not carried out a detailed survey, nor tested the services, appliances and specific fittings. Room sizes should not be relied upon for carpets and furnishings. If there are important matters which are likely to affect your decision to buy, please contact us before viewing the property.


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