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5 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Torquay, Devon

Offers in Region of £640,000

Property Description

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Tenure: Freehold

An outstanding residence of charm and character comprising the major part of a landmark property enjoying spectacular views over Torbay. Income potential from Self-contained tower apartment.


HISTORY: Vane Tower comprises the major part of a Grade II listed landmark property constructed in 1872 reputedly for the first American Ambassador to be based in England. The design was probably copied from a similar property overlooking Lake Lugano and is a fine example of the Florentine Style of architecture.

. During the 1920s George Bernard Shaw was a regular summer visitor to the Hydropathic Hotel above Meadfoot Beach and is known to have visited the property in the company of Mr (later Sir) Basil Cameron, conductor of the Municipal Orchestra.

SITUATION: The property was constructed to maximise the outstanding and comprehensive views over both Torbay and inland as far as Haytor and Ripon Tor on Dartmoor.

. Below the property the marina, shops and other facilities around Torquay Harbour provide a wide range of options and within the Borough of Torbay are a broad selection of public, private health and education providers.

DESCRIPTION: The listing record for the property states 'the house is built of cut and dressed limestone walls with courses of both yellow Minster Stone and Red Sandstone, together with areas of red brick on the side and rear elevations. There are string courses and panels of moulded tiles in floral designs. Throughout there are many features and points of architectural style, which combine to make this one of the most interesting and unusual houses in Torquay.'

. The house is also mentioned in the highly regarded book 'The Buildings of England' by Pevsner where he states that the property is 'unusual in having applied terracotta ornament.'

. Vane Tower affords a rare opportunity to purchase the major part of this most individual property, which exudes the charm and elegance of a bygone era.

. Two wide stone steps rise to imposing doors with leaded light and matching screens to either side with various motifs and the double doors open to:-

Entrance Porch:12' x 5'8" (3.66m x 1.73m). Spacious with bench seats to either side and a small oak door opening to the letterbox. Beamed ceiling. Tiled floor. Classic pillar style inner entrance with obscure-glass leaded light timber doors opens to the:-

Reception Hall:21'6" x 14'1" (6.55m x 4.3m). A most gracious area with leaded light windows to the side aspects. Solid woodblock flooring. Two radiators in attractive covers. Beamed ceiling. Door off to:-

Cloakroom:5'5" x 4'2" (1.65m x 1.27m). Low-flush WC. Wash hand basin. Bidet. Part marble tiling to walls. Leaded light window to side aspect.

. A further door form the reception hall opens to the:-

Study:14'3" (4.34m) x 8'8" (2.65m) narrowing to 3'11" (1.20m). 'L' shaped with obscure-glass window to side aspect. Radiator in attractive cover.

. Further double doors off the reception hall with leaded light panels open to a long:-

Inner Hallway:37' x 5'9" (11.28m x 1.75m). Most attractive beamed ceiling and exposed timber flooring. Two radiators in attractive covers. Three branch ceiling lights.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room:16' x 13'5" (4.88m x 4.1m). Spacious and comprehensively fitted with a range of floor and wall units, including glass display cabinets. Cupboards. Drawers. Shelving. Built-in dishwasher. Built-in fridge. Built-in fan oven and microwave. Aga with impressive hood above and tiled surround. Built-in larder cupboards. Sink with mixer tap. fine beamed ceiling. Picture rail. Leaded light windows to side aspect. Window seat.

. A door form the inner hallway with leaded light obscure-glass window opens to the:-

Utility Room:'L' shaped 16'8" (5.08m) x 6'5" (1.95m) to a maximum of 7'8" (2.33m). Very much a second kitchen if required and incorporating a range of built-in floor units including, cupboards and drawers. Wall cupboards. Tiled surrounds. Wine racks. Linen basket. Gas hop unit with extractor over. Door to shelved larder cupboard. Radiator. Built-in freezer. Plumbing for washing machine. Space for tumble dryer. Sink with mixer tap.

Cloaks Cupboard: Walk-in cloakroom. Hanging rails and shelving.

. From the hall a further door opens to the:-

Dining Room:15'10" x 15'8" (4.83m x 4.78m). Spacious and once again with beamed ceiling. Radiator in attractive cover. Two arched alcoves. Three leaded light stained obscure-glass windows to the hall. Further leaded light window to exterior side aspect. Picture rail.

. Proceeding down the inner hallway, a glazed door with a wrought iron panel opens to the:-

Drawing Room:20'11" x 15'6" (6.38m x 4.72m). A fine room with high beamed ceiling. Open fire in hearth with marble surround and cast iron grate. TV point. Three radiators in attractive covers. Picture rail. Alcove area with four arched windows. uPVC double-glazed doors open to:-

Conservatory:14'9" x 12'4" (4.5m x 3.76m). Outstanding views over Torbay from uPVC double-glazed windows with double-glazed uPVC doors opening to the garden beyond. This room offers some of the finest views of and in Torbay. Seating. Plant shelves. Tiled flooring. Security screens.

. From the inner hallway an arch leads to a turning staircase off which is a covered radiator and side window and the staircase rises to the first floor.

Landing:25'2" x 5'6" (7.67m x 1.68m). Covered radiator. Coved ceiling. Mirrored niche.

Bedroom 1:14'4" x 13'7" (4.37m x 4.14m). Dual aspect with outstanding views from both front and side over Torquay Harbour and rout around the bay. Leaded light windows. Two radiators. High beamed ceiling. Bedside cabinet with shelving above. Mirrored triple wardrobe with sliding doors. Picture rail. TV point.

Bedroom 2:14'9" x 14'7" (4.5m x 4.45m). Once again with town and sea views from leaded light windows. Fine range of built-in wardrobes including two double wardrobes and storage cupboards along one wall. Built-in shelved cupboard. Coved ceiling. Picture rail. Radiator.

Shower Room:7'10" x 5'6" (2.39m x 1.68m). Tiled shower cubicle with cascade head and shower attachment. Glazed door and side panels. Low-flush WC. Pedestal washbasin. Heated towel rail. Medicine shelves. Tiled flooring.

Family Bathroom:11'2" x 10'6" (3.4m x 3.2m). Attractive suite of claw foot bath with antique style mixer attachment. Pedestal washbasin. High flush WC. Walls panelled to dado height. Heated towel rail. Two airing cupboards both with cylinders and immersion heaters for domestic hot water. Coved ceiling. Leaded light windows.

Bedroom 3:13'9" x 10'8" (4.2m x 3.25m). Views over Torre Abbey Sands and the harbour from leaded light window to side aspect. Radiator. Coved ceiling.

. From the landing a door opens to the staircase and first floor landing within the Tower.

The Tower: Approached externally via its own front door opening to a lobby area with pattern tiled flooring. Beamed ceiling and a staircase rises to the first floor landing, which connects via an internal door at first floor level with the landing of the main house, so the Tower is independent of, but integral to the property as desired.

. At landing level there is shelving and an under stairs storage cupboard, whilst the staircase continues upwards to the next level. Smoke detector. Glazed door to:-

Small Reception Hall: Airing cupboard with cylinder and immersion heater for domestic hot water.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room:14'10" (4.52m) x 11'6" (3.50m) decreasing to 4'11" (1.49m). which is the width of the alcove area. Range of floor cupboards and drawers. Rolled-edge work surface over. Tiled surround. Mono bloc tap over acrylic sink. Electric cooker point. Larder cupboard. Further cupboard with plumbing for washing machine and space for fridge/freezer. Radiator. Alcove/breakfast area with breakfast bar below window. Velux roof light.

Bathroom:9'7" x 7'9" (2.92m x 2.36m). Panelled bath with shower mixer attachment, rail and curtain. Tiled around bath and shower. Pedestal washbasin. Low-flush WC. Electric wall heater. Radiator. Fire escape door to roof area.

. From the reception hall a door opens to the:-

Lounge:16'5" x 12'5" (5m x 3.78m). Captivating and dramatic views around Torbay and as far as Hay Tor in the distance. Radiator. TV point. Coved ceiling.

Dining Alcove:10' x 6'8" (3.05m x 2.03m).

. From the lounge steps rise to a door opening to a:-

Rear Lobby: Under stairs storage cupboard . Side window with fine views.

Bedroom 4:13'7" x 9' (4.14m x 2.74m). Three uPVC double-glazed windows with views, views and more views almost around to Berry Head and inland to both Ripon Tor and Haytor. Radiator. Coved ceiling.

. Stairs rise once again to the top of the Tower where there is:-

Bedroom 5:14'5" x 14'3" (4.4m x 4.34m). Twelve windows enjoying comprehensive and outstanding views, what a fantastic spot!

Outside: The property is approached through two wrought iron entrance gates, which open to a paved parking area off which is the:-

Double Garage: With electric point and light. A remote controlled double door opens from a secure entrance courtyard with substantial wrougbh iron gates opening from the road.

. A side gate with paved courtyard area for bins etc and drying area leads to a door off which are steps dropping down to a small cellar room with various service meters. There is screen hedging at the front and side of the property and a flowerbed with palm tree and bush. Outside lighting. The paths continue round to steps dropping down to a pedestrian gateway and a paved sitting out area screened by hedging, shrubs and bushes, from which there are lovely views. Paths continue round to a further screened terraced area.

Garden: The principal area of garden is accessed from the conservatory and comprises: A level lawned area, flowerbeds, shrubs, plants, hedging and Torbay Palms with a bench from which to gaze out over the bay and admire the English Riviera.

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15 February 2008

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