5 bedroom detached house for saleStaverton, Totnes
- Beautiful Country Estate
- Spacious, Elegant Accommodation
- Separate Garden Apartment
- Swimming Pool Complex
- Lovely Gardens
- Woodland and Lake
- 14.3 Acres of Pastureland
- Multiple Large Garages/Workshops
- Licensed Wedding Venue
- Secluded, Private Setting
INTRODUCTION Welcome to Staverton Manor, a beautiful family home in a private setting near to Dartington and Totnes in the glorious South Hams. The property has been greatly improved over the years and now has everything you could want in a modern-day country estate.
Staverton Manor is a very handsome house that has been sympathetically extended and improved to create large, elegant living spaces and bedrooms. Outside has been as well thought out as the interior with 19+ acres in total. The formal gardens that surround the house are superb and include woodland areas, lawns and an established lake.
The property also has an indoor heated salt water swimming pool (the salt is virtually undetectable in the water, has additional health benefits and is much safer than chlorine) which overlooks the lake. It has platform lift access from the house and can be accessed from the outside or garden apartment.
If garaging is a requirement then you will be more than happy with what's on offer at Staverton Manor. There is enough space for a large car collection, boat or whatever else you need to store. To give you an idea of size, the largest garage is around 60 ft in width.
If generating an income from the property is of interest, then there is a self-contained garden apartment which generates a healthy holiday let income. The current owners have also got a marriage licence with the aim of providing wedding packages for small and elopement weddings.
SELLER COMMENT Beautifully positioned in the south Devon countryside, just a couple of miles from the bustling town of Totnes is Staverton Manor, a magnificent Victorian country house that boasts around five acres of stunning gardens and grounds and a further fourteen acres of pastureland. "We looked at an awful lot of properties during our search for a new family home but this one stood head and shoulders above the rest," says the owner. "I remember the very first time we came to view it and we drove up the long, sweeping drive, came through the trees and there at the top of the hill was this amazing house. Even to this day it still takes my breath away."
It's absolutely beautiful throughout and features a wealth of very classic Victorian features, but it's a house that has been refurbished with modern family living in mind, so we have this fabulous open-plan kitchen-and-breakfast room, which is a wonderfully sociable space; each of the bedrooms has an en suite and we even have an indoor salt-water swimming pool, which is a feature that we have all absolutely loved. It's without doubt a very large and impressive house but there's a comfortable flow from room to room so somehow it doesn't feel overwhelmingly big, and it has a really warm and welcoming feel throughout. I love absolutely everything about it."
"The gardens and grounds are definitely a standout feature of the property and have been an absolute paradise for our children," continues the owner. "They do forest school activities, build dens and camp out in the wood, and they quite literally have acres of space to run around and play in and it's all extremely safe and secure. We have open lawns, a small lake and countless lovely places to sit out, relax and entertain and because of our elevated position the views are absolutely breathtaking. It's such a lovely setting and there's so much to do here that during the holidays, as long as the fridge is stocked, there's no real need to go anywhere else. It's the most amazing place to call home."
Favourite Room: "It's almost impossible to choose a favourite room because they are all so beautiful," says the owner. "The kitchen is the real heart of the home and where we sit around our huge table and put the world to rites, but the room that for me has the real wow factor is the master suite. It has a huge bedroom, a living room area that opens out onto the balcony, a large dressing room and bathroom. We've had it all beautifully refurbished so it looks like something out of an interior design magazine. I know I'm really going to miss it when we leave."
What is your favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area? "I think what we've always loved about the setting is the fact that within the house and grounds you really do feel a million miles from anything or anyone," says the owner. "However, there's a shop just a mile down the road or we can hop in the car or even the steam train a quarter of a mile from our property which travels to Totnes. Totnes is a lovely little town that has everything you could need."
Interesting Point: "As well as a sizable garden apartment that we currently rent out for holidays, we've also just applied for a licence to hold small wedding ceremonies in our very elegant drawing room so there's great potential to be able to generate a small income from the property."
What you'll miss? "What will I miss most when we leave? I would say the whole experience of living here. It really is a place quite unlike any other," says the owner.
STEP INSIDE The sweeping driveway opens up to the impressive frontage of this beautiful property. Double doors open into a very impressive entrance. Oak panelling and with a galleried landing, it certainly has the wow factor and gives a fabulous first impression.
The layout works incredibly well and the living spaces all flow from the reception hall. On the left is the drawing room- a beautifully elegant room with two pairs of French doors leading onto the terrace. There is also a large bay to the front. To the right side of the reception hall is the Snooker/Play room. This would also work well as a formal dining room if it was required as it has a door in from the kitchen. It also has a bay window to the front and two windows to the side. The kitchen / breakfast room sits to the back of the house and again has doors out onto the rear terrace, parking and garaging. The room has a lovely kitchen area and sizeable dining area- it really is a great family/social space. The utility, boot room, larder and boiler room are all accessed off the kitchen which works very well indeed.
The sitting room is a very large room which is full of light and has French doors leading to the terrace and another into the orangery. It is in the orangery that you'll find the passenger lift down into the swimming pool complex and garden apartment.
Going up stairs you'll admire the quality of the galleried landing overlooking the Reception Hall. The master bedroom suite is to the front and stretches to the back of the house. It is a lovely suite which has a sitting area with two pairs of French doors leading onto a balcony. On from this there is a raised bedroom area and then a large ensuite with shower and bath. Next to the ensuite is an equal sized dressing room. Bedroom two, three and four are all doubles and all have ensuite facilities. There is a further staircase up to the second floor. There is a sitting room, bedroom, dressing room and ensuite available. This would make ideal guest accommodation or would be suitable as a teenager's flat.
SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX The pool enjoys views over the lake and gardens. There is a changing room with shower, a separate WC and a large plant room. The pool can be accessed externally, from either the apartment area or down steps leading from the rear terrace. There is internal access directly from the apartment or via the platform lift from the orangery. The pool itself has steps leading into the water giving easy access.
GARDEN APARTMENT Accessed from the main house or via separate entrance is the garden apartment. It has level access to its own sizeable garden. There is a generous living room which has lovely views over the lake, gardens and land beyond. It's a very tranquil space, you can certainly see why it works so well as a holiday apartment. There are two main bedrooms, an additional room, a modern fitted kitchen, a shower room and WC, separate bathroom with shower over and direct, level access into the swimming pool complex.
STEP OUTSIDE The land at Staverton Manor extends to around 19 acres. A large proportion of it is pasture land which the owner rents to the local farmer. The remaining acreage is made up of woodland, lawns and the lake. The lake is stream fed and so there are lovely pathways to walk following the stream down through the grounds and woodland. There are lots of seating areas and spaces to get peace and tranquillity. You really can switch off and relax here very quickly. On a viewing we'll show you all around the grounds, so you can experience it first hand - It is very special indeed.
OUTBUILDINGS The driveway at the front leads around to the back of the house where there is parking for a number of vehicles. The main garage is here. It is 36ft wide and has two electric up and over garage doors. Beyond this there is a drive which leads its way through the trees and up to a separate gated entrance. Along the drive there is another very large garage/workshop with a vehicle inspection pit. Between this garage and the house there is also a small detached office building. This is fitted out with purpose made light oak office cupboards and a built in desk. There are ample power sockets and potentially two phone lines in. Further on again is the largest of the garages 60ft wide by 26ft deep. It has three large, electric roller shutter doors and would make a perfect showroom garage for any car collection.
LOCATION Staverton is a quaint village on the outskirts of Dartington and Totnes. South Devon Railways have a small train station at Staverton where they run steam train journeys between Buckfastleigh - Staverton - Totnes. The line follows the river dart and takes in the beautiful scenery. There is a local pub, The Sea Trout which is in the centre of the village and within walking distance.
When at Staverton Manor it really does feel like you are miles from anywhere. It is important to remember that it is in fact incredibly accessible. You can be on the A38 for Exeter or Plymouth in around 10 minutes. Dartington in 10 minutes or Totnes in 20. Nearby is the well-known Riverford Farm, who as well as producing organic vegetable boxes have a lovely restaurant called Riverford Field Kitchen - famous for its fresh ingredients and incredible sticky toffee pudding! www.riverford.co.uk
USEFUL INFORMATION Land: Garden/Grounds 4.424 acres | Pasture Land 14.907 acres (Total of 19.333 acres)
Pasture land: The local farmer rents the pasture land for £1000 pa
Solar Panels: 38 Panels have earned the owner £325 in the last quarter as well as subsidising the electricity bill.
Council Tax Band: H
Local Authority: South Hams Council
Listed: Not Listed
Services: Mains water and electric (The property has a 3 Phase supply and the owners have an economy 10 system (10 hours at a cheaper rate). Private drainage.
Heating: Oil fired central heating
Broadband: Up to 80MBPS according to BT
VIEWING ARRANGEMENTS Strictly via Fine & Country 01803 898321
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