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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Pennsylvania Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4

Offers in Region of £1,350,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II Listed city property
  • 4 reception rooms, 6 bedrooms
  • Far reaching rural views
  • Secluded gardens 0.4 acres
  • Double garage, parking
  • Access to Pennsylvania Park

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A beautifully refurbished, 6 bedroomed, grade II listed Regency House with wonderful views over Exeter and the surrounding countryside. The property enjoys wonderful private gardens, off-road parking and a fantastic double garage with turntable.


Exeter City Centre about 1.5 miles. Exeter St David's Station about 1.6 miles. M5 Motorway (Junction 30) about 5 miles.

The property is situated in a commanding position in Pennsylvania, one of Exeter's most favoured residential areas. On the Northern edge of the city, Portland Lodge is just over a mile by foot of the City centre whilst also enjoying beautiful far reaching countryside views. Across the road from the house is the entrance to Exeter University's beautiful botanic garden with its many unusual trees and shrubs and woodland walks beside streams and ponds. Also on the campus are the Northcote Centre and Great Hall, two of Exeter's main performance auditoriums. The University's extensive sports facilities are also open to public use.

Exeter is the regional capital of the South West and offers great business and retail opportunities together with open air markets, restaurants, cafes and wine bars. There is also a range of quality leisure and sports facilities catering for all ages and the River Exe, canal and quayside offer sailing, canoeing, rowing and fishing for the sports minded, while the network of waterside pathways enables both cyclists and walkers to enjoy the natural surroundings.

Communications are excellent with access to the motorway network via the M5, an expanding international airport with daily flights to London City Airport and two mainline stations providing services to London Paddington and Waterloo.


Portland Lodge was originally a gate house which was built to control access to the Pennsyvlania Park estate when the pleasure gardens now known as Pennsylvania Park were first created in 1821. The original house was later given low pavilion-like wings to provide additional south facing reception rooms. In the 1930's an upper story was added to these wings creating the 6 bedroom 'T' shaped dwelling which is the arrangement today.

The property has recently been significantly refurbished and updated by the current owners. This work has incorporated improvements to the internal layout, updating the kitchen and bathrooms, a number of new doors and windows and the provision of a new double garage with a revolving turntable, electronic side opening sliding doors and a store above.

The new kitchen, with reconditioned Aga has granite work tops, a travertine tiled floor and cream units with integrated appliances. The traditional features one would expect in a house of this period are still evident throughout. There are three fine, well proportioned reception rooms which are perfect for entertaining.

Upstairs there are 6 bedrooms, three of which have south facing views over the garden to the city beyond. These are supported by two bathrooms and a shower room.

The gardens run north/south along Pennsylvania Road. To the south of the property is a veranda looking out over a paved terrace from where a wisteria is climbing up to the balcony above. From a seat on the south facing terrace it possible to admire the wonderful countryside view with Haldon Belvedere in the distance.

From the terrace which is edged with herbaceous flower beds, steps lead down to the lawn. The lawn is bordered with mature shrubs and trees and slopes gently down to a pond at the bottom of the garden. The hedging provides a good degree of privacy. From the terrace a path leads around the side of the property and passes one of the gates to Pennsylvania Park.

A walled courtyard garden is adjacent to the kitchen providing a peaceful sitting out area. Steps lead up to the north garden above the house which is laid out as a vegetable/herb garden with paths winding through the many flower beds, vegetable plots and fruit trees. A further gate gives access to the north of Pennsylvania Park. At the very top of the garden is the ruin of the former higher gate house which may offer some renovation potential subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.

There is a parking space in front of the double garage. There is access from the garage to the house and also through to the kitchen courtyard. Adjacent to the garage is a garden shed with power connected.

Square Footage: 4,533 sq ft
Acreage: 0.4 Acres

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Added on Rightmove:
29 May 2016

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