The property at Taw Marsh has the potential for a variety of uses, including the possibility of an activity and recreation centre, subject to planning approval by Dartmoor National Park Authority.
Adam Cook, the auctioneer for Auction House Devon and Cornwall, said: “About twenty people came along to view the property and a number are very interested. The property needs a fair bit of work and it would be a challenge. The owner had a ‘Grand Designs’ idea for the place but unfortunately his wife died eighteen months ago, and his heart went out of the project.”
Constructed in the late fifties by North Devon Water with nine boreholes feeding the plant, it was later taken over by South West Water and supplied water to the city of Exeter but was closed in the late nineties.
The underground facility is 635 square metres and has no electricity although according to auctioneer Adam Cook there was power there at one time; a cable was laid from Belstone village, three quarters of a mile away.
On the day of viewing, twenty people trekked the rugged path from Belstone to view the property. The auction will take place on the 20th April at Exeter Golf and Country Club.