5 bedroom detached house for saleDovercourt, Newton Abbot
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- Substantial family residence
- Large conservatory
- Quiet location
- Brimming with character
- Original features
- Detached garage/workshop
- Five bedrooms, two ensuite
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Believed to date back to 1866, this fine residence is steeped in history and it is also understood to have once served as the Newton Abbot High School for Girls towards the end of the nineteenth century. Brimming with character, this wonderful property has retained many original features. Wide skirting boards, sash windows, working shutters, high ceilings with plaster coving and decorative ceiling roses, and wonderful fireplaces to name but a few. It is beautifully presented throughout, all rooms are of generous proportions and the pink and white exterior décor looks simply lovely.
A beautiful, impressive conservatory lies at the entrance to the ground floor, with panes of colourful stained-glass on every side window. Inside, the floor is inlaid with an intricate design of mosaic tiles and neatly edged gravel areas with slate flags provide delightful seating areas and white-painted, raised platforms displaying pots of colourful flowers and plants.
The spacious and impressive entrance hall has an elegant staircase rising to the first floor, with a lovely dark-wood banister and contrasting white spokes, and doors lead into the dining room, living room, drawing room, kitchen and rear former scullery. The dining room is spacious and light with daylight pouring in through wonderful, south-facing, timber-framed, French doors with glazed side panels and an ornate fanlight above, that open out into the garden with views over Forde Park. Vibrant, claret walls give an air of formality and the high, white ceiling and wide skirting boards contrast brilliantly. An ideal and impressive setting for a dinner party. The drawing room is another beautiful spacious room. Two sliding-sash windows and another set of south-facing French doors, with side panels, ornate fanlight and working shutters, provide an abundance of light, and provide more wonderful views of the park. An elegant marble fireplace with raised mantel and marble hearth makes a lovely feature and a door leads through into the kitchen. Another bright and airy room, more French doors with a fanlight above, allow natural light to flood in. A two oven gas fired Aga with a separate two oven and grill electric Aga with ceramic hob set into the chimney breast with a raised decorative mantel above, is a fabulous feature. Oak-fronted base units and matching wall cabinets provide storage and polished granite worktops provide food preparation space. A large island, with a polished granite worktop and inset, double sink affords even more space and cupboards below make an ideal store for the pots and pans. There is an integrated coffee machine and a dishwasher hidden beneath. A dining table and seating in the middle of the room, makes a perfect informal family dining area, and the hub of this delightful home. To the rear of the kitchen is a spacious walk-in larder with loads of storage space and inside, a separate cupboard makes an ideal wine or bottle store. Across the hall is a spacious, yet comfortable, living room. Historically, it was once a servants' kitchen, but is now a lovely, cosy space. A large brick fireplace, with a slate hearth, elegant stone surround and mantel is fitted with a wood burning stove, and what better place to enjoy a book or conversation on a winters night in front of the roaring fire. There is storage by way of fitted cupboards in the chimney recesses. A door from the hall leads into a rear lobby with access to the extensive basement. An ideal storage space, it has power and lighting, and about a six-foot headroom. There are six large undecorated rooms, some with daylight through ground-level windows.
The lobby leads to a hall with a handy second entrance to the property, a boiler room with oil-fired boiler, and a large utility room with a separate laundry room containing a sink and convenient ground floor WC.
The staircase rises to a large split-level landing which, on the lower level, has a delightful window with colourful stained-glass surround. There is a lovely family bathroom with a modern suite containing a bath, a corner shower, a basin and WC, and a double bedroom with storage and a sash window providing loads of natural light. On the higher level is the superb master bedroom. With two side windows and a large sash window to the front, south aspect, is spacious and bright and the view over Forde Park is sublime. A door to the rear reveals an en-suite shower room of generous proportions. The large, obscured glass window fills the room with light making the room feel warm. There is a large shower, a WC with hidden cistern and a basin with storage beneath. From here, a door opens into a dressing room, with a shelving and storage solutions for all manner of clothes and shoes. The guest bedroom is light and airy with a sash window and has a door to an en-suite shower room. A contemporary room with a shower, hidden cistern WC and a basin with storage beneath. A third spacious bedroom has a large, south-facing window with magnificent views over the front garden and park beyond. There is a good-sized hobby room, previously another bedroom, with a multitude of shelving, and another double bedroom with storage and a wash hand basin, which completes the first floor accommodation.
Outside, electrically operated gates allow access to a wide gravel and decoratively paved driveway adjacent to the conservatory and in front of a substantial L-shaped garage and workshop. Large wooden doors beneath a porch open to provide covered parking for one car and to the side there is further covered parking. The building has a workshop to the rear and has power and lighting. Adjacent to the garage there is a handy storage area for the gardening tools and to the rear there is an area of hardstanding with two oil tanks raised on stanchions. This leads around to a secluded garden with a large timber pergola with mature climbing shrubs which makes an enchanting, shady vantage point overlooking the fabulous garden. A wonderful pond is found amid the decorative paving bordered by rocks and mature colourful plants. A brick-paved patio area, in front of the dining room and kitchen French doors, makes a wonderful venue for outside dining whilst enjoying the tranquillity of the surroundings.
A level, manicured lawn, on a lower level, is bordered by a tremendous variety of flowering and colourful shrubs and plants. There are trees of differing kinds, conifers, apple, eucalyptus, and a majestic Wellingtonia tree, known in America as a Giant Redwood, in one corner, to name but a few. Beds of well-stocked, established, shrubs run along the boundary wall to Forde Park which add to the seclusion and privacy.
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