Set in probably one of the finest locations in South Hams, a SUPERB Grade II Listed farmhouse with ONE ACRE of formal gardens. Superb location close to the coast, Grade II Listed impressive farmhouse, 4380 square feet of delightful accommodation, spectacular gardens with glorious views, separate annexe, boat store, nearly ¾ of an acre of beautiful gardens, classic proportions and character features.
Rowden House is located high in lush and green rolling farmland of South Devon, only half a mile from the sea with splendid cliffs and quiet sandy beaches and only mile from the beautifully picturesque yachting haven amongst the wooded slopes of the Yealm Estuary with the enduringly popular twin villages of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers. A better location would be hard to find.
Rowden House offers its residence an exclusive quality of life, just outside of the bustling village in a rural but certainly not remote location, in the unspoilt South Hams countryside, an area rightly recognised for its Outstanding Natural Beauty. From the front door are some splendid dog walks including the spectacular Warren Walk along Revelstoke Drive, a nine mile track built in the 1880s by Lord Revelstoke to impress his guests with the wild open sea and rugged coast, sheltered estuary, wooded riverbanks and the waterfront village of Noss Mayo with its chocolate box charm.
A short drive away is Mothecombe Beach, quieter than most beaches in South Devon, this large and unspoilt beach is perfect, and is at the mouth of the stunning Erme estuary.
The house is within easy commuting distance of the maritime port of Plymouth and the cathedral city of Exeter.DESCRIPTION
This truly tremendous farmhouse located on the former Revelstoke estate, dates from 1884 and is constructed on an interesting and unusual cruciform plan. Lord Revelstoke of Baring Brothers Bank fame, lavished much energy, not to mention a great deal of money on his Membland Hall estate, being some 4,000 acres of the lovely South Hams countryside centred on his Jacobean mansion at Membland. Rowden House was reputedly designed by the revered architect Piers St Aubyn, which creates a highly unusual property for the South West.
Constructed of slate rubble with yellow brick dressings under a Scantle slate roof with gabled and half-hipped ends, and pierced ridge tiles. Forget any preconceived ideas about typical Devon farmhouses, this really is a unique property, time has been kind to Rowden House and it retains many fascinating period features that are rarely found today,
Much improved and loved by the current owners, who have meticulously and sympathetically retained the original character, this deeply unusual farmhouse is impressive throughout. Constructed over two levels, with a warm and dry basement, the house creates an impressive amount of lateral space that extends to around 4380 square feet. The principal rooms are of generous proportions with tall ceilings, large windows which bathe the interior in natural light and stunning period features.ACCOMMODATION
Approached from a brick paved in and out driveway with plenty of parking, crossing the threshold the entrance hall leads to all the principal rooms with stairs to the first floor and the basement area. The property offers wonderful entertaining space. Principally a stunning sitting room with exceptional proportions and views over the pretty gardens, a lovely warming open fire crackles away. There is also a cosy and bright day or family room, again with high ceilings and an abundance of natural light. Situated on the other side of the hallway is the dining room. Of particular note is the original wide slate shelf running around the room with gully for running water in the days before refrigeration.
The well equipped kitchen/breakfast room is ideally positioned within the house with easy access to the dining room and sitting room. Usefully divided into kitchen and informal dining, the kitchen features solid oak fitted units with wooden work surfaces, karndean flooring and tall ceilings add to the light feel. There is a large 2 oven electric (Falcon) AGA with induction hob and an impressive wood burning stove. A door from the kitchen leads to the annexe and gardens via a courtyard.
On the first floor are 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The master bedroom is a spacious, dual aspect room with stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Adjacent to this bedroom is a small room with a separate high level Victorian style WC and hand wash-basin. The spacious family bathroom has a roll-top stand-alone bath, WC, heated towel rail and a hand wash-basin. The second bathroom has a WC, ladder-style heated towel rail and corner shower cubicle.Annexe
Rowden House also has the benefit of the annexe which is detached from the house. The present owners use this really useful ancillary accommodation as overflow accommodation for guests, although it could easily house an extended family or create a useful source of income.
Also incorporated within the annexe, and accessed from the courtyard outside the back door, is a large store room, currently used to store the logs and firewood, and separate potting shed.Garaging
This former carriage house, whilst small by current motor vehicle standards, makes fine storage or workshop. Currently used to house a sailing dingy, it could, subject to the necessary permissions, be incorporated into the annexe, if needed.GARDENS & GROUNDS
The gardens have been enlarged to the curtilage of 0.676 of an acre. They have meticulously maintained and improved the gardens and regularly partake in the open garden scheme, once seen then you will understand why.
The gardens are level and extremely usable.TENURE
Freehold.COUNCIL TAX BAND
Band G (House). Band A (Wood Barn).SERVICES
Mains water and private drainage. Electric. Oil fired central heating.VIEWING/NEGOTIATIONS
Strictly by appointment through Stags' Plymouth Office Tel: 01752 223933 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.DIRECTIONS
From the pretty waterside village of Noss Mayo, follow the road up the hill and pass the church on the right, continue to follow this road into the countryside and after less than a mile the farmhouse will be seen shortly after Rowden Barns. An in and out driveway is protected by electronic gates. Those travelling by electric vehicle should note there is a charging point on the driveway.