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10 bedroom character property for sale

Shaldon, TQ14

Guide Price £1,750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Main House with 6 bedrooms
  • 4 bedroom Self-Contained West Wing
  • Garage & parking on forecourt with clock tower
  • Stable block with tack room and hayloft
  • Formal gardens with tennis court and croquet/badminton lawn
  • Avenue of yew hedging leading up to temple, paddocks and area of woodland
  • About 17 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The Property
Believed to date from 1849, when this substantial Victorian house was thought to be owned by George Hennet, a railway engineer who undertook many contracts for Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s broad gauge railways in the South West of England. The residence has been in the same Scottish family since 1865 when Alexander Graeme purchased the house before extending it. He was also responsible for building a summerhouse in the style of a temple in the grounds with a frieze based on Greek mythology.
The summer house is still in situ, as is the old font, which forms a focal point at the end of an avenue created by neatly trimmed yew hedging. There are also numerous plaster plaques and ornaments throughout the grounds, which extend to about 17 acres and include an area of woodland together with fields and paddocks.

The house itself, which would benefit from modernisation and refurbishment, has a hipped slate roof with wide eaves.
There are rusticated quoins, moulded architraves and bracketed sills. A covered verandah extends across the entire length of the magnificent drawing room, which has French windows allowing access on to the adjoining badminton/croquet lawn.
Mention should also be made of the two storey Tuscan porch with semi-circular sash windows together with part of the family’s arms. A full coat of arms adorns the rear elevation of the house above the wide paved terraced at the rear. The clock tower, with its bell and working chime, forms a distinctive feature to the front of the property, the clock face having the words “after time eternity”.

Internally, there are many lovely period features including a magnificent fireplace in the drawing room, which was brought from Scotland to enhance this quite exceptional room. The period panelled doors are also most substantial, complimenting the exceptional carpentry and timber work, which includes working shutters, various mouldings and carvings.

The Location
The picturesque seaside village of Shaldon is situated on the southern side of the Teign estuary, the larger coastal town of Teignmouth being located on the other side of the water. The village retains much old world charm and character with its narrow back streets, alleyways and quaint cottages and is known for its maritime history of fishing and smuggling. In addition to a good selection of shops, there are a number of historic village inns, restaurants, a post office, doctors’ surgery etc. The primary school is highly regarded and the local churches include St. Peters which is Grade I listed.

Shaldon’s location, being right beside the water with its many moorings, make it ideal for anyone interested in water borne activities including sailing and fishing or simply messing about in boats. The village has its own carnival and regatta and there are also a number of clubs providing recreational activities both on and off the water.

The cathedral city and county town of Exeter provides a comprehensive range of educational, recreational and shopping facilities including the newly opened Princesshay shopping centre.

Communications are excellent – the M5 motorway network (junction 31) gives direct access to Bristol and the rest of the national motorway network, while the A38 provides access to the coastal city and port of Plymouth, where Brittany Ferries operate services to France and northern Spain. There are regular services to London (Paddington) from Exeter and Newton Abbot (approximately 2½ and 3 hours respectively), whilst there are regular internal and international flights from the airports of Exeter and Plymouth.

• Exeter 15 miles • Newton Abbot 6 miles • Totnes 16 miles • Plymouth 39 miles (distances approximate)

The Accommodation
Porch bow fronted with columns. Heavy panelled front door with adjoining leaded light stained glass.
Reception hall 5.5m x 4.7m (18’1” x 15’5”) fireplace fitted with log burning stove having ornately carved mantel shelf and surround. This lovely part panelled room has period mouldings and tapestry, together with plaques and wall carvings. Ornate ceiling frieze and central rose.
Drawing room 9.5m x 5.5m (31’2” x 18’1”) glazed French doors opening on to the verandah, which overlooks the croquet lawn and gardens. Further window with working shutters looking into the adjoining conservatory. Open fireplace with heavily carved surround and mantel of Scottish origin with wall tapestries on either side. A lovely room with further period mouldings and ceiling frieze.
Dining room 5.4m x 7.9m (17’9” x 25’11”) double French doors onto terrace with lily pond. Marble fireplace with magnificent overmantel. High ceiling with period plasterwork and ceiling frieze. A panelled door opens from the reception hallway and a further door opens to
Inner hallway period china cupboard with delicate glazing bars. Part panelled wall. A shallow tread staircase with ornate Newell posts and delicately turned spindles rise to the landing above. Panelled doors open to both the library and rear hallway, which provides access to the domestic quarters.
Cloakroom WC, wash basin.
Library 6.6m x 3.6m (21’8” x 11’10”) a cosy L-shaped room with a marble fireplace again fitted with log burning stove. High level plate rack and interesting display alcove.
Breakfast kitchen 6.3m x 3.6m (20’8” x 11’10”) entered from the rear hallway, the kitchen has windows to both the front and rear aspect, the rear overlooking an inner courtyard. Oil fired Esse cooking range also heating domestic hot water. Lovely old dresser. Deep built-in store cupboard. Two large fitted base units with work surfaces and with wall cupboards over. Quarry tiled floor, panelled door opening to
Scullery 3.7m x 2.7m (12’2” x 8’10”) sink unit with cupboards under, various appliance space and fitted shelving.
Butler’s pantry 3.2m x 3.6m (10’6” x 11’10”) door to courtyard.
Pantry room 3.5m x 3.10m (11’6” x 10’6”) also accessed from the rear hallway, this useful room has a Belfast sink together with storage cupboards, fitted shelves and a dresser with sliding doors.
Rear hallway panelled door opening from the driveway. Secondary former servants’ staircase rising to the west wing above. Storage area to the rear. A panelled door allows access down to the useful cellarage beneath the property.
Main landing 12.8m (42’) in length and approached from the rear hallway below by the shallow tread turning staircase with wall frieze and wall hangings on either side. Sash window above the half landing overlooking the Teign estuary. Additional
natural light from a large skylight. Panelled doors open to all of the bedrooms on this floor and there are further period wall hangings and plaques. Access to the west wing is through a further panelled door.
Bedroom 1 6.6m x 5.3m (21’8” x 17’5”) period fireplace with marble mantel shelf and surround. Two large sash windows set on the angle overlooking the lovely grounds. A connecting door leads through to the adjoining dressing room/bedroom 6.
Bedroom 2 5.6m x 4.5m (18’4” x 14’9”) period fireplace with marble mantel shelf and surround.
Bedroom 3 4.9m x 4.8m (16’1” x 15’9”) lovely views, period fireplace with marble mantel shelf and surround. Connecting door through to
Bedroom 4 2.3m x 5.5m (7’7” x 18’1”) which is positioned above the entrance porch and again enjoys a lovely view over the property’s own tennis court and across the Teign estuary.
Bedroom 5 3.7m x 3.8m (12’2” x 12’6”) fireplace, which is at present sealed.
Bedroom 6 3.7m x 2.9m (12’2” x 12’6”) connecting door with bedroom one.
Family bathroom 3.6m x 2.3m (11’10” x 7’7”) lovely old period cast iron bath with original taps and waste pipe. Wash basin. Seperate WC.

The West Wing
The wing has its own separate entrance via an external flight of stairs on the western side of the property. The wing provides additional versatile accommodation which was at one time used for letting purposes. Enclosed glazed entrance porch with part glazed panelled doors to
Hallway 3.8m x 2.3m (12’6” x 7’7”) panelled door to inner hallway, which has windows overlooking the garden at the rear and a door giving access to the cloakroom.
Sitting room 4.8m x 3.9m (15’9” x 12’10”) boarded up fireplace.
Guest bedroom 5.6m x 3.5m (18’4” x 11’6”) wash basin, boarded up fireplace.
Bathroom 3m x 2.8m (9’10” x 9’2”) panelled bath, WC, wash basin, corner shower cubicle. Fitted airing cupboard with water cylinder. Separate WC.
Kitchen 3.4m x 2.2m (11’2” x 7’3”) sink unit, appliance space, fitted cupboards under work surface, wall cabinets.
Second floor landing approached from the inner hallway of the west wing by an easy staircase. The landing has a glazed roof light and panelled doors opening to the bedrooms on this floor, two of which have en suite facilities.
Bedroom 1 3.6m x 4.4m (11’10” x 14’5”) door opens to the en suite. Lovely period fireplace with mantelshelf and surround. Panoramic views are enjoyed over the Teign estuary. The property’s own clock tower being in front of the window.
En suite shower room corner cubicle with shower unit, wash basin, WC.
Bedroom 2 3.9m x 2.8m (12’10” x 9’2”) wash basin.
En suite shower room 2.8m x 2.4m (9’10” x 7’10) corner cubicle with shower unit, wash basin, WC. Built-in storage cupboard with water tank.
Bedroom 3 5.7m x 3.2m (18’8” x 10’6”) boarded up fireplace.
Bedroom 4 3.8m x 3.2m (12’6” x 10’6”) boarded up fireplace, wash basin.

Garage 5.8m x 3.2m (19’ x 10’6”) of modern block construction under a pitched slate roof. Electric power and light are connected and there are two glazed windows. Personal door to the side. Sliding timber doors opening on to the wide driveway, which provides additional parking and turning areas and sweeps up from the road where substantial iron gates are hung on stone pillars with ball finials. A magnificent Austrian pine tree is positioned beside the driveway.

Beside the garage is The Clock Tower, which is a lovely feature of the property, being faced in stone with a gallery around the clock, which has a wind vane and bell above. On the clock face is written the words “after time eternity”.

Stable, tackroom & hayloft positioned at the western end of the house with its own entrance lobby. Stable 6.1m x 4.9m (20’ x 16’1”) housing oil storage tank for the Esse cooking range. A passageway leads through to a small greenhouse and the garden
at the rear. A ladder provides access to the hayloft over. Door to Tackroom a staircase from the entrance lobby leads to a small first floor room with fireplace and separate WC.

The Gardens and Grounds
These extend to over 17 acres and include a full size tennis court positioned below the drive at the front of the house.
The established formal gardens and lawns around the house are delightful with a large paved terrace extending the southern elevation with feature lily pond. Various statues and ornaments are situated around the grounds including the font and temple. The origin of the Greek frieze is unknown. At the east end of the wood is a seat and sundial in memory of a donkey which used to trot behind the family coach.

Property Information
Postcode: TQ14 0AX
Services: Mains electricity, water and drainage. We understand mains gas is
available in the road outside the house.
Local Authorities: Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road,
Exeter EX2 4QD. Tel. 01392 382000.
Teignbridge District Council, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4XX. Tel. 01626 361101.
Contents, fixtures and fittings: Only those mentioned in this brochure are included in the sale. All others such as carpets, curtains, light fittings, mirrors, garden ornaments etc. are specifically excluded but may be made available by separate negotiation. Some garden statuary will remain in the ownership of the present vendor.
Viewing: By appointment with Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Exeter office: 01392 214222.
For Sale by Private Treaty with Vacant Possession Upon Completion.

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04 March 2011

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