SOLD: Marley Wood £65,000 Freehold

  • Near Stoodleigh , Tiverton , Devon
  • about 5 ½ acres
  • Devon


Marley Wood forms part of a larger woodland that has been wooded continuously for at least 400 years, this has allowed woodland habitats and wildlife to become well established.

Most of current trees are conifer planted around 1965 and have been regularly thinned and maintained. Areas of beech twixt an attractive stream add both variety and diversity of habitat.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


The lower, eastern part of Marley Wood is predominantly spruce trees. There is an area of beech woodland at the southern edge of this area and along a stream are more wild areas of broadleaved woodland with species such as hazel, oak and alder present.

On the western side of the access track is an area of Douglas fir, which has been carefully thinned and well-maintained and now presents a mix of mature stems.

There is plenty of scope for some small scale forestry to be carried out within Marley Wood giving the purchaser an opportunity of financial returns from selective forestry management.


Having a stream flowing along the edges of Marley Wood is of great benefit to the many types of wildlife that frequent this peaceful location. Grey Wagtails can be seen feeding along the watercourse. Other bird species often seen within the woodland are Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Robins, Buzzards and Tawny Owls.

The stream attracts amphibians such as the Common frog (Rana Temporaria) and Common toad (Bufo Bufo) alongside dragonflies and damselflies.

A quiet and careful observer can watch deer using one of the many wallows found in the wood. Here Red Deer stags 'wallow' in mud and often their own urine to attract the Hinds. There are also signs of the rut, where male deer battle to compete for the females.


Flowing along the eastern boundary of Marley Wood is a clear and fast running stream which originates at Stoodleighmoor, a few miles north of the woodland. There is a rustic picnic bench near the stream, ideal for family picnics with the soothing sounds of flowing water in the background. There is an old weir within the stream.

Access, tracks and footpaths

Marley Wood is accessed from a quiet country lane not far from the village of Stoodleigh. There is a good stoned forestry track leading straight to the entrance of the woodland.

Rights and covenants

Sporting rights are in hand with the freehold.


The lower areas are perfect for family camping and green woodworking. There is firewood already felled, cut and stacked into moveable lengths and further trees can be felled if required (subject to any felling permissions needed).

The western edge of the woodland is sloping to the east and has towering trees that are well spaced. This area is great for making a zip wire or even some small paths for mountain bike use.

Local area and history

Marley Wood takes its name from a local farmstead. Marley is derived from Old English, the first part of the name meaning ‘pleasant’ and ‘boundary’ with the second part from the word ‘leah’ meaning woodland clearing.

Surrounding Marley Wood you will find woodland and meadows along with tranquil country lanes providing numerous routes for walks and cycling tours. The village of Stoodleigh with a popular pub is within walking distance.

Exmoor National Park is within easy reach and the stunning north Devon coast with its popular surfing beaches of Croyde or Woolacombe. Whilst Westward Ho! is within a 45 minute drive.

The nearby market town of Tiverton is a short drive and has many facilities including shops and a leisure centre with a swimming pool.

Particulars and plans were prepared by our local manager, Stuart Brooking.

Wood maps

Wood map


All boundaries are indicated with pink markings.

The northern boundary is is a line of fence posts.

The eastern boundary is along an attractive stream.

The southern boundary mainly along old hedge banks.

The western boundary is along the edge of the woodland.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 181
  • Grid ref: SS 931 182
  • Nearest post code: EX16 9PQ
  • GPS coordinates: 50.9538, -3.52269

Location map


- From the market town of Tiverton, travel north from the A361 onto the A396 towards Bampton.

- After approximately 3 miles take the left turn towards Stoodleigh over the Iron Bridge.

- Take the first left hand turn after crossing the bridge signposted to Washfield.

- Take care along this narrow lane.

- After around 1.5 miles you come to a sharp left hand bend with houses to your left and right. Look out for the entrance to Pond House on your right and a ‘woodlands for sale’ sign just before a wooden gate.

- Go through the wooden gate just after the ‘woodlands for sale’ sign, PLEASE CLOSE THE GATE BEHIND YOU. This is the shared access track to the woodland.

- Continue along the stone track, heading through another wooden gate and keep going until you reach another wooden gate at the far side of the field where you will see a 'woodlands for sale' sign.

- Go through this gate, again please close the gate behind you.

- The entrance to Marley Wood will be seen just in front of you on the left where there is a private parking area and 'Marley Wood' name sign. Park here to view.

- To access the western area of the woodland, take the track to the left and follow the stone track through the woodland and you will see Marley Wood on your left and right of the track indicated with pink markings.

- There is a turning area and space for parking along the edge of this track.

- Satnav/GPS note: the postcode EX16 9PQ is for the point shown by the red dot on the location maps number 2.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

An attractive stream and towering conifer trees with clear ground underneath make Marley Wood ideal for camping.

Managed by Stuart Brooking

Telephone: 07801 789215

Email: stuart@woodlands.co.uk