This characterful farmhouse for sale is nearly 500 years old and backs onto the countryside.  

Shephards Westwood, in Crediton, dates back to the 17th century, with a Salcombe sandstone plaque inscribed with the year 1659. 

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The sitting room, with an inglenook fireplace. (Stags)

There are period features throughout the home, which has a thatched roof, lateral stacks, wooden window casements and a divided brick chimney shaft. 

Entering the property, there is a sitting room with an inglenook fireplace and exposed timber beams, and adjacent is a study. 

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The kitchen and breakfast room. (Stags)

Also connected to the sitting room is a home gym, which could be used as an office, a reception space or a bedroom.

Across the hallway is the formal dining room, featuring an original open fireplace, while the kitchen and breakfast room has an Aga cooker.

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The gym and office area. (Stags)

Completing the ground floor is a utility room and a cloakroom. 

There are two separate staircases leading upstairs, where there are four double bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom, and a single bedroom, as well as a family bathroom.

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One of the five bedrooms. (Stags)

Outside, a five-bar wooden gate opens onto a driveway, at the end of which is parking space for several vehicles. 

To the rear of the property is a large garden, which is mostly laid to lawn with border flower beds and mature specimen trees, and backs onto the open countryside. 

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The garden area. (Stags)

There is also a terraced area with space for dining, a greenhouse, a workshop space, and several storage areas. 

The property is being sold by Stags for a guide price of £675,000. 

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The land backs onto the countryside. (Stags)

The agent said: “Shephards Westwood is an attractive five bedroom, detached Grade II listed farmhouse, dating from 1659. 

“The property displays a wealth of characterful features throughout including exposed timber beams and original fireplaces. 

“The farmhouse offers versatile accommodation options and enjoys a beautiful enclosed garden that backs onto open rolling countryside.”