A lovingly restored fabulous Grade II listed Georgian Villa with wonderful sea views over the bay. With over 7000 sq ft of flexible space, fabulous main house with 4 bedrooms (all en suite) + spacious 2 bed (1 en suite) annexe, further 2 bed apartment, landscaped gardens, triple garage with games room over & parking, income potential.
Situated in a commanding position on one of Torquay's seven hills with splendid sea views, this imposing villa stands in an elevated position on the picturesque south Devon coast. Tucked away but close to the harbour, this house really can be described as a hidden gem.
Torquay provides a wonderful quality of life for its residents with excellent shopping, waterside restaurants, a theatre and bars. Internationally renowned water sports are held in the sheltered deep water bay, with the marina providing excellent mooring facilities for luxury yachts and motor cruisers. The area provides many scenic walks along south Devon's coastal footpaths, with local golf courses also nearby. A short distance to the north lies the magnificent Dartmoor National Park.
Torquay is well served with direct rail links to the major cities, the new by-pass will put the property within commuting distance to Exeter and the surrounding area.DESCRIPTION
Braganza is believed to have been the first Villa built on Braddons Hill in 1823 by Sir Charles Dashwood (an Admiral in the Royal Navy) and his wife Lady Elizabeth. He chose the centre part of the hill as it provided the perfect vantage point to watch over his ships moored in the bay. The house was originally named Braganza Cottage after the Portuguese royal family as Sir Charles was affiliated with them at the time of construction. Lady Elizabeth was 17th in line to the throne giving the property a royal connection.
Fast forward 173 years to 1996 and Braganza was in a poor state of repair having been neglected for many years. However the property's fortunes changed when it was bought by the current owners and underwent a thorough programme of restoration and refurbishment. Today the property forms a truly wonderful and substantial family home with over 7,000 sq ft of flexible and adaptable accommodation. Including the main house, self contained two bed annexe and apartment.ACCOMMODATION
The main house is entered via the grand pillared porch and through a further door in to the gracious reception hall, with high ceilings and many period features including working shutters, impressive carved mahogany fireplace with log burning stove. The original turned staircase is the main feature of the reception hall with hardwood handrails and cast iron detailing. Traditional panelled doors lead to the principle rooms. The dining and drawing rooms can be opened up to each other with wide double doors, there are three sets of french doors between the two rooms leading to the full width terrace and garden beyond, combining to create a fantastic entertaining space. Again there are many features typical of a property of this era. The kitchen/breakfast room is a large room with impressive bay window to one end and door leading to the gardens. Featuring a comprehensive range of storage units under a roll-edge worktop, central island unit, and gas fired Aga, loosely divided by the breakfast bar and plenty of space for a large table. Also on the ground floor is the home office, w.c and door leading to the annexe.
To the first floor are four substantial bedrooms off the landing which is flooded with light by the full height stained glass window on the half landing. All the bedrooms have en suite facilities. The master and bedroom 4 have the potential to be combined to form a large master bedroom suite. There are lovely sea views to be appreciated from most of the bedrooms.ANNEXE & CROWS NEST
The present owners have created a fabulous self contained two bedroom annexe in what would have been the staff quarters to the main house, where they live whilst holiday letting the main house. The annexe could easily be incorporated into the main house if required, let out, or accommodate a dependant relative. Recently refurbished, the accommodation consists of a spacious modern kitchen/dining room, large sitting room with lantern roof light and utility room on the ground floor. Master bedroom suite and family bathroom on the first floor and a further bedroom to the second floor.
The Crows Nest is a self-contained two bedroom apartment with its own entrance located on the second floor of the main house. There is outside space in the form of a terrace over the bay window below which benefits from some lovely sea views. The Crows Nest could provide additional income if let out as a holiday let or long term let.GARDEN & GROUNDS
The grounds have been beautifully maintained and thoughtfully planned with a selection of tiered gardens adjoining the Games Room with selection of patio, terracing and decked areas complete with hot tub and views to the harbour and bay. The main gardens are positioned to the front elevation of the villa with full width wide terracing with access from the principle rooms and a southerly aspect. Steps lead down to the main lawned gardens with mature palms, Lily pond and a wide selection of flowers, shrubs and plants designed in a Mediterranean style. The gated driveway provides a grand entrance sweeping up from the road to a large parking area and triple garage with large games room over with separate accessSERVICES
Mains water, drainage, electricity + 4kw Solar PV, gasLOCAL AUTHORITY
Torbay District Council, Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3DR.
Tel: 01803 201 201. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.DIRECTIONAL NOTE
From the Stags office, proceed along the Strand to the clock tower. Turn left at the island and proceed up Torwood Street, before taking the fourth left onto Braddons Hill Road East. Just over the brow of the hill you will find Braganza after a short distance on your right.