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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Exeter, Devon

Guide Price £1,100,000

Property Description

Key features

  • An elegant Grade II Listed Georgian property, extensively renovated in recent years to provide a light-filled, spacious home
  • Elegant accommodation with many features arranged over three levels
  • Beautiful established partly walled south-facing gardens and grounds of well over an acre
  • Free-flowing graceful reception rooms opening to the grounds
  • Bespoke kitchen, utility and boot room
  • Excellent master bedroom with dressing area and luxury en-suite
  • 3/4 further bedrooms with the upper floor loosely arranged as an apartment
  • Study, luxury family bathroom and further shower room
  • Underfloor heating and high quality insulation throughout, with biomass boiler registered under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme yielding 3,200 per annum
  • Many design features including integrated floor uplighters

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


This elegant detached country residence has been lovingly and comprehensively refurbished by the current owners to create a stylish and graceful home, which perfectly melds luxury design with the original features of this beautiful Grade II Listed property, whilst also providing an energy efficient home. The building, originally designed to cultivate palm trees for the Mamhead Estate, hence its high imposing structure, has rendered elevations with wonderful arched windows on the southern side. There are many "high design" features to include underfloor heating on all three levels provided by a biomass boiler, Sonos-enabled ceiling speakers and high-quality low energy lighting. The large arched windows and doors have been replaced with argon-filled aluminium double-glazed units that beautifully frame the magnificent views across the sweeping grounds. Throughout the majority of the house there are beautiful oak and stone floor coverings, along with many oak internal doors with pewter door furniture.
The focal points for day-to-day living are the exceptional open-plan reception areas, with large Mandarin Stone, Dijon tumbled limestone floor tiles and five large windows with inset doors that lead to and overlook the wonderful sweeping lawns. The sitting area has a feature highly efficient log-burning stove and the high spec bespoke kitchen has expansive areas of Corian work surface, integrated appliances and opens to a utility area and a separate boot room. The three floors are interconnected by a beautiful Ash staircase with carved balustrade. The master bedroom suite is a truly wonderful space with excellent views through arched windows, a screened dressing area with roll-top bath and luxury en-suite with designer sanitary ware. There is a further bedroom at first floor level, an equally appealing family bathroom and a pleasant study, also enjoying lovely views. The second floor accommodation is loosely arranged as an apartment but can be easily integrated into the house with three further bedrooms, one of which currently serves as a sitting room, a separate shower room and a smart kitchenette. These rooms can serve well for extended family living or a guest suite. The predominantly south-facing gardens and grounds are a true show piece; from the sweeping driveway to the principal lawns with wonderful borders, botanical-style areas with thriving sub-tropical plants, period garden walling, nature meadow and productive fruit and vegetable gardens, with the total grounds extending to well over an acre.
Adjoining the property at the side there is a large outbuilding. Planning permission is in place for the construction of ancillary accommodation with two bedrooms, replacing this current outbuilding, along with the construction of a garden room:


Palm House is situated in the delightful rural hamlet of Mamhead, set of the fringes of Haldon forest around 10-miles south of Exeter. The picturesque setting offers privacy and tranquillity without being isolated. The property was once the Palm House for the Mamhead Estate, a grade I Listed Georgian mansion steeped in history and now famed as an upmarket wedding venue, with a church and castle within the 164-acre grounds. The estuary villages of Kenton, Starcross and Cockwood all lie within a few miles, along with the Powderham Estate with its farm shop, cafe and country walks. There are family-friendly cycle ways around the Exe, along with boating opportunities on the estuary. There are sandy beaches, a nature reserve and a golf course five miles away at Dawlish Warren, along with a railway station at Starcross, linking with Exeter St Davids and London Paddington in just over 2-hours. The Cathedral city of Exeter offers a wide range of facilities, including good range of private, public and state schools, fine dining, the Princesshay shopping centre, a red brick university and an international airport.


From Exeter join the M5 southbound. At Kennford, moving into the left hand lane, take the A380 signposted to Torquay. At the top of Telegraph Hill, turn left signed Great Haldon before taking the next left at the T-Junction. Follow this road through the forest and turn left again at the next T-Junction signposted Mamhead. Continue down the hill passing the sign for Mamhead House. At the bottom of the hill, take the first right hand turn signposted Mamhead. Continue for 0.7 of a mile going past the telephone box and, after a long right hand bend, you will find the entrance to the property on the right hand side as you head down the hill, just after a left hand bend.

On the ground floor 
from the entrance area, feature double panel oak entrance doors lead to the welcoming Reception Hall with limestone floor tiles and underfloor heating that extends through all three floors. A beautiful turning ash staircase with carved balustrade and understairs cupboard, rises to the first floor and double hardwood-framed doors lead to the principal open plan reception rooms. Additionally there is a Cloakroom/WC. The excellent open-plan reception rooms and kitchen also feature large limestone floor tiles with LED uplighters; the high ceiling has feature beams, spotlights and inset Sonos-system speakers. There are 5 high-quality aluminium-framed argon-filled windows with matching inset doors to the outside, through which wonderful views are enjoyed across the gardens and grounds, creating a harmonious sense of inside/outside living.

The Sitting Room area 
has a matching window overlooking the sweeping driveway, an excellent range of high quality built-in furniture with sideboard, cupboards and open display shelves and there is a large modern Oranier log-burning stove. The sitting area flows through the Dining Area to the luxury bespoke Kitchen, tastefully completed with numerous cupboards and drawers and extensive area of Corian work surface with large in-moulded sink and drainer with mixer tap. Integrated appliances include an AEG induction hob, two Siemens ovens, a warming drawer, separate grill, fridge and freezer. The kitchen opens to a useful Utility Room, finished to a similar standard with two areas of granite work surface, an inset one and a quarter bowl composite sink, cupboards and under surface space for a washing machine, dishwasher and further appliances. A Side Porch/Boot Room, also opening from the kitchen, has space for boot racks, cupboards and space for a tumble dryer.

To the first floor, 
the large landing opens to an attractive seating area with feature arched window overlooking the grounds and woodland beyond. There is oak flooring and a further ash staircase to the second floor. The Master Bedroom Suite is another outstanding space with three, full-height arched windows taking in the stunning southerly aspect across the grounds and beyond. There is quality oak flooring, as described, and an extensive range of built-in cupboards and wardrobes with glass doors, having a subtle branch and leaf motif. A screen separates the bedroom space from the Dressing Area, where there is an attractive free-standing roll-top bath. The luxurious En-Suite Shower Room has beautiful marble tiling and a designer suite with bidet, WC, large rectangular wash hand basin with vanity unit and large shower cubicle with Grohe shower with rainshower head and separate shower attachment. There are built-in linen cupboards and a window affording good views across the front aspect toward (truncated)

The second floor accommodation 
is loosely arranged as an apartment, making an excellent guest suite, although these rooms could easily be absorbed into the main house and have oak flooring throughout the most part. The landing area has an ash balustrade and good views across the front aspect. The larger Bedroom at this level is triple aspect with uPVC double glazed windows, having an elevated aspect across the grounds to rolling countryside beyond. The second Bedroom at this level also has good views and built-in furniture with two chests of drawers, a wardrobe and dressing table with mounted circular wash hand basin. There is a second floor Lounge, which could also serve as a bedroom, also with country views and access to a large storage cupboard housing the Gledhill hot water cylinder. The Kitchenette is another dual aspect room with good views and floor and wall-mounted Shaker-style units with areas of work surface with inset double bowl sink unit. The second floor Shower Room has travertine floor t (truncated)

From the lane, gated access leads to an area of shared driveway, which in turn opens to the wonderful sweeping private driveway, flanked by lawns and a small orchard opening to an expansive parking area with a beautiful large refurbished Victorian greenhouse beside. To the side of the house there is a substantial Outhouse/Store set on two levels, with the lower level housing the Biomass boiler. The main expanse of gardens and grounds are set behind the house with a wonderful southerly aspect. Immediately behind, there is a broad sweep of lawn spanning beyond the width of the building with well-stocked borders with inset flowers and mature plants providing a profusion of variety and colour. The original antique garden wall partially encloses the side gardens, which are long established with countless specimen shrubs, plants and trees. A raised terrace beside has a rose garden and lilies. A gated arch leads to a sheltered, equally mature garden, being wooded with Weeping Wi (truncated)

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