Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
Idyllic' and 'magical' are much over-used descriptions of a property's location and setting, but in this case they are both entirely appropriate. Desolate is set at the end of an entrance track of around a kilometre, surrounded by fields and cleaves, in a totally secluded and tranquil location with stunning views out across the Bristol Channel and along the spectacular Exmoor coastline. This is where the rolling heather clad moorland, with its wooded combes bisected by rushing streams and rivers, gives way to the steep hanging ancient oak woodlands dropping down to the cliffs and sea below. The area between Foreland Point to the West and Porlock to the East is reputed to be the longest stretch of coastal woodland in the country. A path from the property gives access, in about a five minute walk, to the South West Coast Path and nearby renowned Exmoor National Park beauty spots include The Doone Valley, Watersmeet and the Valley of Rocks.

Thought to be named after the nearby headland 'Desolation Point', the house is believed to be around 500 years old. Anecdotally, Coleridge visited and said 'Desolate is not haunted, but it is magical'. Before the current owners bought the property, it was owned by a Miss Darker, who died aged 92, having owned a garage in Chelsea during the war and was the first woman to fly solo over the Himalayas. She is understood to have been the inspiration for the aviator character in 'The English Patient' by Michael Ondaatje, whose brother Sir Christopher lived until recently at the neighbouring Glenthorne. The current owners have been at Desolate for around 20 years and have lovingly restored, renovated and improved it.

Of course the 'wow' factor is the astonishing location. On a clear day it is possible to see the Severn Bridge, about 55 miles to the East, The Gower Peninsula to the West and the Brecon Beacons to the North.

The house is a stone Exmoor former farmhouse of considerable charm and character and has been meticulously and stylishly renovated, modernised and added to by the current owners, including re-roofing with Delabole slate, painted hardwood doors and windows, double glazing, re-wiring, new bore-hole and drainage system, new garden room and underfloor heating. There are slate flagged floors throughout most of the ground floor, exposed roof and ceiling timbers and stone fireplaces with woodburners. The dining room is semi open plan to the fully fitted kitchen with custom designed painted wood cupboards with granite worktops. Off the kitchen the owners have created a lovely light and spacious garden room with limestone tiled floor. There are stunning views out to sea, along the coast and over the surrounding farmland and woods. At the other end of the house is the inviting sitting room with glazed door to terrace and gardens.

On the first floor, at one end of the landing is the large and light first floor living room with exposed boarded floor and roof timbers, whilst at the other end is the principal bedroom with dressing room and bathroom suite, with sea and coastal views, even from the bath!

In between are two further bedrooms and shower room.

Sitting Room


Garden Room

Dining Room


Utility Room

Principal Bedroom/Bathroom/Dressing Room Suite

Two Further Bedrooms

Shower Room

First Floor Living Room/Bedroom Four

Garden Studio

Garage & Workshop/Log Store

Landscaped Gardens with Terraces and Stunning Sea and Coastal Views

Paddock area - In all 0.48 hectares (about 1.2 Acres).

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