- 8 bedrooms
- 5 bathrooms
- 5 receptions
A magnificent, beautifully restored Grade II* Listed house with sea views
East House forms the substantial south-easterly wing of the Grade II* Listed mid Victorian former mansion house. East House was previously owned by All Hallows School and was in very poor condition until the current owner purchased it a number of years ago. The restoration of the entire property took approximately 10 years, due to the precise attention to detail and care that was taken to preserve the original features, and owing to its substantial size. The internal area of the property is approximately 12,000 sq. ft. The result of this meticulous restoration is evident, and the house is now a truly magnificent example of mid Victorian architecture with innumerable exquisite period features.
The main entrance to the house on the ground floor leads into a beautiful drawing room with an entrance vestibule. This room has intricate carvings in the wood panelling, stained glass windows, gold leaf detail on the ceiling, parquet flooring and wonderful views of the grounds. A door leads through to an exquisite inner hallway, with an intricate ceiling, stone carvings and a marble floor. Original ornate tiling depicting nautical creatures, believed to be made by prisoners of war in the 1800s, decorates the floor. A grand library is at the heart of the ground floor, with two wood burners at both ends, an ornate carved fireplace, three large alcove windows with window seats, a parquet floor and an original, restored grandfather clock. A reception hall with carved wood panelling and ornate stone carvings, plus a lobby and a cloakroom complete the ground floor. A separate entrance from the lobby leads outside to the gardens and parking area.
The majority of the lower ground floor comprises an open plan kitchen/dining/family room that is less formal than the accommodation on the other floors. This is a bright and spacious room with a wood burning and electric Esse, marble windowsills and original Delft tiling around the room, which depicts an illustrated story of life in centuries past. A pair of double doors leads out to the gardens, and a further door leads to an inner courtyard with three stone archways, cast iron railings and a tiled floor. On the lower ground floor there is also a workshop, a boot room with a wood burning stove, a shower room and a utility room with a limestone floor and granite worktops. Accessed via stairs leading down from the ground floor reception hall, there is also a boiler room, plus two storage rooms.
There are three very spacious bedrooms on the first floor, including the master bedroom with an ornately decorated ceiling, parquet flooring, a wood burning stove and an octagonal viewing area with spectacular views of the sea and gardens. The inner hall on the first floor has equally beautiful intricate tiling as the hall on the ground floor, ornately carved pillars, plus a dazzling array of birds in a display case that is included in the Listing of the building. There is a balcony at the end of the hall with fabulous views of the sea and gardens. Two further large bedrooms, both with detailed character features and lovely views, plus a cloakroom and two family bathrooms are located on the first floor.
At the heart of the second floor is an open plan kitchen/breakfast/sitting room, which is a wonderfully light and spacious room, with large stained glass windows, detailed wood panelling and an ornate stone fireplace with a wood burner. The kitchen is well-equipped with an electric hob, electric oven, integrated refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher. Three double bedrooms are on the second floor, each with character features, plus a family bathroom and cloakroom. Far-reaching views can be enjoyed from the second floor.
Two further double bedrooms are on the third floor, one with a wet room. There is also a very large storage area on this floor, accessed from bedroom eight.
A turret with a spiral stone staircase links each of the floors in the house, leading up to an observation tower on the fourth storey. This tower is the tallest part of the entire manor house and spectacular, panoramic, coastal views reaching from Portland Bill to Berry Head can be enjoyed from here.
This property has 3.1 acres of land.
East House has a gravelled area to the front of the property with parking space for two cars. The majority of the private gardens at East House lie to the east of the property, with a large formal lawn surrounded by box hedging. The house also has a private tennis court. There is a raised terrace to the front of the house, overlooking the tennis court, which is an ideal place for al fresco dining and entertaining. Beautiful views of the coast and the estate can be enjoyed from here. There is also a log store and a timber shed within the grounds.
The purchasers will also have access to the surrounding estate which covers 350 acres, owned by several of the 104 freehold properties, which includes the private Charton Beach and many wonderful walks.
The Rousdon Estate: The 350 acre Rousdon Estate dates back to the 1870s when Sir Henry Peek commissioned a Tudor style mansion, which is now Grade II* Listed, to be built on the land. The estate later became a school until it was sympathetically sub-divided into six properties for residential use. There is an active and social community with summer barbeques and Christmas carol services on the estate. The purchasers will have access to the surrounding estate and beach, owned by several of the 104 freehold properties.
East House is located in an enviable position on the private Rousdon Estate. The estate is about 150 metres above sea level and the parkland provides an array of woodland and countryside walks bordered by a private beach on the dramatic East Devon Jurassic coastline.
Lyme Regis is just 2 miles away and is a gem of a fishing town with its literary and artistic connections. It has a wide range of shops, galleries, restaurants and pubs. There is fresh seafood available at Mark Hix Oyster and Fishhouse overlooking the beach, which has an excellent reputation. For other well-regarded eateries, the River Cottage HQ is approximately 3 miles away and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls Canteen is based in nearby Axminster.
East Devon is renowned for its beauty and ample opportunity for a range of outdoor pursuits. The resort of Sidmouth on the Jurassic Coast, with its Regency seafront esplanade and interesting variety of shops and cafes, is only 13 miles away. There is ample opportunity for walking in the Blackdown Hills, which are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as well the South West Coastal Path, which is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. As well as the Jurassic Coast, there are sailing opportunities from the Axe Yacht Club, Seaton and Beer Sailing Clubs. For the golfing enthusiast there are courses at Tiverton, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Sidmouth and Woodbury. There is racing at Taunton, Wincanton, Exeter and Newton Abbot, and the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks are also within easy reach.
Intercity high speed trains operate from Axminster and Exeter St Davids to London Paddington, the Midlands and the North of England, and via Salisbury to London Waterloo. There are also an increasing number of flights to UK and international destinations from Exeter Airport, including a route to London City Airport with two flights a day taking less than an hour.
Take the A3052 from Lyme Regis or Seaton direction until reaching the village of Rousdon. The entrance to the Estate is marked by a gatehouse and stone pillars. Follow the drive until the Mansion House is in front of you and turn left. Take the next road on the right, and the gate leading to East House is on the right hand side.
- Sea views
- Exclusive location in a private estate including a private beach
- Impeccably restored
- Over 12,000 sq ft