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5 bedroom manor house for sale

Penquit, Modbury, South Devon

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Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II Listed Manor House
  • Five Bedrooms, Three Reception Rooms
  • Versatile and Adaptable Family Home
  • Large Farmhouse Kitchen
  • Gardens, Paddock and Stables
  • Stables with Potential for Conversion

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A stunning and historic Grade II Listed Devon Manor House. Beautiful, well proportioned rooms and many south facing windows making it wonderfully light. Gardens and paddocks of around an acre along with stables complete the picture of idyllic life on the edge of a delightful hamlet. 

DESCRIPTION This fabulous Grade II Listed Devon Manor House sits on the edge of a charming hamlet in the South Hams, an area of outstanding natural beauty. A wonderful family home with spacious living areas, five bedrooms, gardens, stables and around an acre of land. The house faces south with masses of natural light spilling in through its many windows along the front façade. These look out over a deep front garden to the extensive parking area beyond where there is a stone mounting block close to the gate into the paddock.

The entrance to the house is through an open porch, with seating on either side, leading into a cross hall with the massive farmhouse kitchen to one side and the spacious living room with its wood-burning stove to the other. Beyond the living room lie the dining room, study and useful utility area. Two sets of stairs lead up to the first floor and one of these is a lovely original spiral set curving up the back wall of the house. Although parts of the house date back some 900 years its green credentials are borne out by the eco friendly biomass pellet boiler providing the heating and hot water. To the rear is a garden with stable block which is a tastefully converted stone barn with 2 spacious stables, concrete floors and a slate pitched roof with door through to a tack room and a gate into the back of the paddock which wraps around the eastern side of the house.

In 1442, Penquit Manor was seized and granted by King Henry VI to the newly founded Eton College. Ownership of the manor was retained by Eton College until 1957. In the 16th century Henry Champernowne, son of Sir Arthur Champernowne and brother of Sir Richard Champernowne, lived at Penquit Manor.

SITUATION Modbury is a picturesque Georgian town situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is only about 4 miles from the nearest beach. Some two hundred years ago it was extremely prosperous being the local market town and a centre for the wool trade. Today there is a good range of local shops including a butcher, baker, grocers, hardware store, chemist, delicatessen and a number of gift shops and art galleries. Modbury received world wide media coverage when it became the first town in Europe to become plastic bag free. Other amenities include a primary school, health centre, dentist, veterinary surgery and mobile library. For more comprehensive shopping, Kingsbridge is to the South and Plymouth is about 12 miles to the West. Modbury is on the main bus route and is also only about 5.5 miles from the A38. Nearby there are fine cliff top and coastal walks, beaches and coves, with sailing at Salcombe and Newton Ferrers, 18 hole golf courses at Thurlestone and Bigbury and Dartmoor National Park is several miles to the North. 



ENTRANCE PORCH Timber seating to either side. Slate flagstone flooring. Old pine part glazed door. 

CROSS PASSAGE Wonderful flagstone flooring. Obscure glazed double doors opening to the Rear Lobby. 

REAR LOBBY Partly glazed door. Windows overlooking the rear garden. Door to Cloakroom. 

CLOAKROOM Wall mounted wash hand basin. High level flush WC. Window to the rear.  

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM Wonderful spacious farmhouse style kitchen with triple aspect windows to the front, side and rear. Original ceiling beams. A range of pine floor base cupboards, drawers and wall units. Twin stainless steel sink with double drainer, mixer taps and set within a tiled worktop with pine trim. Space and plumbing for dishwasher. Space for freestanding electric cooker. Part tiled floor. To one corner is a MCZ Club Hydro 22 pellet burner boiler set on a slate hearth which supplies hot water and central heating.  

SITTING ROOM A wonderful room with dual aspect windows. Two windows to the front overlooking the front garden and one to the rear all with window seats. Exposed ceiling beams. Feature stone built fireplace with slate hearth and exposed timber lintel above and fitted with a woodburning stove (also supplying part of the hot water). Part exposed stonework to one wall.  

INNER HALL Staircase rising to first floor.  

DINING ROOM A spacious dining room beautifully lit with window seat and window looking out to the front garden. Feature slate fireplace with exposed stonework and stone hearth. Two built-in display cupboards. Understairs storage cupboard. Exposed pine floorboards.  

STUDY Flagstone flooring. Window to the side overlooking the garden. Sloping ceiling.  

UTILITY ROOM Window to the side. Cupboard with stainless steel sink with drainer and mixer taps set within a wood effect roll edge work surface. Wall shelving. Factory insulated hot water cylinder.  

SECOND INNER HALL Fabulous original spiral staircase leading to the first floor. 


LANDING Window to the front 

MASTER BEDROOM A spacious double bedroom with dual aspect windows to the front and rear. The front window has a window seat overlooking the surrounding countryside with a view across to Ermington.  

EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM Fully tiled shower cubicle fitted with a Mira Event shower. Pedestal wash hand basin. WC. High level storage cupboard. Electric wall mounted heater. 

BEDROOM 2 A double bedroom with views to surrounding countryside and window seat. Built-in wardrobe. Loft hatch.  

INNER LANDING Built-in airing cupboard with factory insulated hot water cylinder and slatted shelving.  

BEDROOM 3 An L-shaped double bedroom. Steps down to a study area. Two windows to the front overlooking the surrounding gardens. Alcove shelving. Built-in wardrobe.  

2ND LANDING Loft hatch. Window to the rear.  

BEDROOM 4 A further double bedroom with window to the front. Slate fireplace.  

BEDROOM 5 A single bedroom which is currently used as a study. Window to the front. Loft hatch. 

FAMILY BATHROOM Window to the side. Bath with shower above, folding bath shower screen. Pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splashback. WC.  

OUTSIDE Double wrought iron gates open to a gravelled driveway with plenty of parking. To one side is the original stone mounting block. Lawned areas with planted established shrub borders. Five bar timber gate to the side giving access to the paddock. The property is bounded by a stone wall with wrought iron gate. A cobbled pathway leads to the front door. The remainder of the garden is lawned. The driveway continues around the side of the property where a five bar gate gives access to the rear garden which is laid to lawn. To one corner is a stone built woodstore. Pedestrian gate giving access to the paddock. At the rear of the property is the stable block one with door through to a tack room with window to the side, radiator and lighting. There is potential here (subject of course to any necessary planning consents) to possibly provide further accommodation should the stable be surplus to requirements. From the rear garden a five bar timber gate gives access to the rear paddock. Located in the paddock is the septic tank.  

SERVICES Mains electricity. Private drainage. Private spring water supply.  

COUNCIL TAX The property is in Council Tax Band G. 

LOCAL AUTHORITY South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5NE. Tel: 01803 861234. 


TENURE Freehold 

VIEWING Strictly by appointment only through Luscombe Maye (Modbury Office) Tel: 01548 830831.  

DIRECTIONS From our Modbury office take the main road, A379, out of Modbury towards Plymouth for about 1.9 miles and after going over the River Erme turn right towards Ermington and then right again at the junction onto the A3121. Take the third left, after about 3/4 mile and at the bridge, signposted to Penquit and Strode. The lane goes up a hill and then down through a wood and as you come out of the woods the property is the first on the right in just under a mile.  

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