One of the grandest houses in Kingsbridge close to the Salcombe and Kingsbridge estuary.

Buttville House is a magnificent Grade II listed house dating from 1820. The property was built for Admiral Abraham Hawkins, a descendant of Sir John Hawkins of Spanish armada fame. Since then, the property has had a number of illustrious owners including Major General William Birdwood and Lt Col John Jackson. Extending to 4,622 sq ft with a separate coach house of 1,450 sq ft located in the extensive grounds, the house is one of the largest properties in Kingsbridge. Buttville House has a colonial appearance with the wrap around veranda offering a peaceful setting to relax and enjoy the views over the immaculate manicured lawns. Internally the house is charming with a peaceful ambience combined with large double aspect rooms, high ceilings and a grandeur attributed to the era in which the property was built, ensuring that the house is the perfect family home whilst retaining the large formal rooms for entertaining guests.

Arranged over three floors with the flexibility to alter the internal layout if required, the house offers a host of period features throughout with open fire places, full height sash and case windows. To the side of the house there is a large walled garden stocked with mature trees accessed directly from the large dining kitchen with aga. The walled garden with its patio, garden room and bbq area offers sheltered al fresco dining and the opportunity to enjoy the stunning sunsets that the South Hams are famous for. The house, whilst large, is not overbearing and is an ideal family home given the layout and private location on the edge of the town.

The separate coach house, located discreetly within the extensive grounds, prevoiusly benefitted from planning (28/1792/90/3) to convert to a 3 bedroom dwelling. With its own access, the building would be ideal for ancillary accommodation/home office or studio or indeed commercial consulting rooms subject to change of use . Extensive works have been carried out by the current owners to the main house since they purchased the property in the early 90s. The house was fully re-roofed in 1996, the lead valley was replaced in 2021 and in 2003 work was carried out to the current kitchen area to create the all-important large family kitchen/dining area with direct access to the gardens.

Local Authority: South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5NE. Tel: 01803 861234.

Services: Mains water and electricity. Private drainage to septic tank. Oil fired central heating.

Council Tax: Band G.

This property has 1 acres of land.


Buttville House is accessed via wrought iron gates set into a high stone wall offering privacy to the property and gardens. There is ample off street parking available at the property with extra storage or parking available at the coach house. A feature of the house are the impressive private formal gardens, extending to in excess of 1 acre. Whilst large, they have been predominantly laid to lawn with formal borders, and therefore they are relatively easily maintained. To the west of the house there is a walled garden, ideal for al fresco dining. The area has a number of patio areas, a summer house, conservatory and a water feature.

To the rear of the formal gardens is the coach house with potential for further development if required. The ground floor of the coach house has a covered carport or boat storage with a range of outbuildings which could also be converted to equestrian use if required. Past the coach house there is an enclosed grass lawn area previously used as a tennis court and this leads to the adjoining field 'Searchwells' which is also owned by the property.

Currently the field 'Searchwells' extending to 11 acres is let on a Farm Business tenancy to a local farmer and is available by separate negotiation. The field would be ideal for equestrian use and provides a protective shelter belt around the main house. There is a footpath surrounding the field ideal for dog walking.


Buttville House is located on the outskirts of Kingsbridge town centre off Derby road leading up to The Kingsbridge Rugby football club. The club has over 600 junior members with both boys and girls enjoying excellent facilities and coaching. Fusion health centre in Kingsbridge offers excellent indoor facilities including a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, squash courts and tennis courts. The local park is also located nearby with all-weather tennis courts and play areas ideal for a young family. The Kingsbridge and Salcombe estuary is also located close to the property and with swing moorings available and boat launch facilities in Kingsbridge. The estuary is a haven for boaters accessing Salcombe, Frogmore and South Pool and is ideal for family water sports including sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking.

The town of Kingsbridge has excellent local schooling with the Ofsed Outstanding Kingsbridge Community College secondary school also being located in the town. Independant schooling at Blundell’s, Stover, Plymouth College and Kelly College are also within reach, with a number of the schools running buses for day pupils and boarders from Kingsbridge and the surrounding areas. Kingsbridge offers an array of shopping facilities, with boutique clothes shops, food shops, butchers, bakers and two larger supermarkets, Tesco and Morrisons. There are excellent local doctors surgeries and dentists along with the South Hams Hospital located on the outskirts of town.

The local area is blessed with some of the finest beaches in the UK, with nearby Bantham and Bigbury renowned for their surfing. The South West Coast Path is also a firm favourite with walkers and the nearby golf courses at Thurlestone, Bigbury and Dartmouth are all easily accessible. There are also a number of excellent local bars, pubs, restaurants and a cinema in Kingsbridge.


From the centre of Kingsbridge, head along The Embankment on the A379. Take the first turning into Derby Road and then follow Derby Road around to the right after around 200 yards. Follow this road down the hill, passing the Recreation Ground on the right hand side, continue straight up the hill and Buttville House will be found on the left hand side, opposite the sharp right hand bend.

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Other features

  • Unique historical property
  • Highly flexible accommodation
  • Magnificent period features
  • Outbuildings
  • Over 1 acre gardens
  • Additional 11 acres available by separate negotiation

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Derby Road Kingsbridge Devon TQ7

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