A five bedroom Arts and Crafts house in an unparalleled waterside location.
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Cliff House is a fine example of a late period Arts and Crafts house. Built for the vendors grandfather in 1923 the property occupies a very secluded position yet enjoying arguably one of the best views over Torbay from several vantage points in its extensive grounds.
The ground-floor accommodation is accesses via an impressive pillared entrance porch with mosaic tiled steps. From the Mahogany panelled hallway access is gained to the main reception rooms and the staircase to the first floor. Large reception room with high ceilings are a feature of the ground-floor accommodation and all the original Oak and Mahogany woodwork and panelling are still in place. The Drawing Room with an open period fireplace leads through to the spacious colonial style double aspect veranda with bi-fold patio doors leading to the gardens. The Dining Room, comfortably seating eight, also has access to the veranda and contains a wealth of Arts and Crafts features.
The kitchen / breakfast room which has been tastefully modernised features solid oak kitchen units complemented by Villeroy & Boch tiling and an original feature Welsh Dresser. Both utility rooms are adjacent to the kitchen / breakfast room.
The Morning Room / bedroom 4 is a spacious rectangular room with direct views to Torquay Harbour and would equally suit as a bedroom or Reception room. From the hallway a downstairs staircase leads to the integral garage benefitting from an electrically operated door. The extensive cellars could be converted into a home gym, mini spa or a large wine cellar.
The extensive gardens enjoyed by Cliff House make up a large part of the 0.75 acreage. The vendor has maintained the garden in a style to complement the Lutyens influence on the house.
The South Easterly seaward aspects of the gardens comprise a large lawned area and a multitude of mature shrubs and palm trees have been planted over the years to produce a truly Mediterranean ambiance. There is a large and sunny patio for al fresco entertaining sheltered by an ornamental brick wall with a mature productive grapevine. The patio area provides magnificent views towards Torquay Harbour and adjacent to the patio is a large greenhouse.
Other delightful features of the garden include a WWII Anderson Shelter, a timber summer house and a former WWII gun emplacement at the top of the garden now a seating / observation platform providing 180o views over Torbay high above the rocks below. A productive vegetable garden and fruit cage provide additional interest.
Believed to be the sole private residential property in Torquay to have direct private access to a beach and the sea via an ornamental gatehouse, Cliff House represents a unique opportunity to purchase one of the finest waterfront homes on the South Coast.
Cliff House is situated on its own cliff top promontory, Livermead Head, in a quiet cul-de-sac off the min coast road between Torquay and Paignton, approximately one mile from the harbour and centre of Torquay. The vibrant harbourside with its many new restaurants, bars and cafes is an easy 25 minute walk, as is Torquay International Marina.
From the M5 south follow the A38 south towards Torquay, staying to the left of the Splatford Split at Haldon Hill. Keep on this road until you reach Penn Inn roundabout in Newton Abbot and take the second exit onto the A380 signposted for Torquay. Upon entering Torquay at Torre Railway Station branch right and take the A3022 signposted for Paignton and the sea front. Turn right towards Paignton and after 100 metres turn into Cliff Road on the left. Cliff House is the first house on the left.Read all
- Entrance hall
- 3 reception rooms
- 5 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
- Kitchen / breakfast room
- Extensive cellars
- In all about 4,160 SqFt.
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