Bideford is an attractive market town and port situated on the banks of the river Torridge. In 1790, the year Mount Pleasant House was built, Bideford was a bustling and industrious place rivaling some of the great ports of the country. The river would have been crowded with shipping, the quays thronged with merchants, sailors & dockers, buzzing with activity. The town has managed to preserve much of its charm and atmosphere due to its position, built on a high slope that layers down to the riverbank. The property sits in a prominent position on the highest point of the old town & within the conservation area, facing down the estuary and overlooking the historic Pannier Market; a pretty covered market building built in 1884. Bideford offers a wide range of amenities including many independent shops, butchers, greengrocers, cafe's, pubs & highly regarded restaurants. In the prestigious Muddy Stiletto awards 2019 Bideford had more entries across the categories than any other town in Devon! There is a thriving & lively music scene, similarly artists & crafts people abound and North Devon local food producers are renowned in the SW. BIdeford has schooling for all ages (public & private), a large selection of supermarkets & an outlet village.
There is access to the Tarka Trail from Bideford, which affords superb walks and cycle rides, that extend beyond Torrington and Barnstaple and form part of the national cycle trail. The popular friendly beach at Instow is around 3 miles away (also accessible via the Tarka Trail), with the renowned coastal town of Westward Ho! even closer with its three mile long safe and sandy beach which adjoins Northam Burrows Country Park and The Royal North Devon Golf Course. The regional centre of Barnstaple is approximately 10 miles away. There are also good transport opportunities via the A361 Link Road which connects to the motorway network at Junction 27 of the M5 motorway or via the railway to Exeter.DESCRIPTION
Mount Pleasant House is one of the most impressive and unique period character homes in Bideford, situated in a private and secluded location with breath-taking views over the estuary and down to the sea, countryside & both moors in the distance. Dating back to 1790, this fine period house, surprisingly not listed, was constructed for a retiring sea captain. The captain instructed his architect to build a 360 degree panoramic look out point on the top floor of the property to keep a watchful eye on his successors shipping actives. Over the years, Mount Pleasant House has had various uses and in the late 1800's the building was one of the top 5 girl boarding schools in the country. At present this private residence offers versatility and elegant well-proportioned accommodation suitable for a variety of purposes. In more recent years the property has been a significant labour of love for the current owner, who has painstakingly reinstated, uncovered and restored nearly all of the period features with no expense spared. Some of the most notable improvements have included a new roof & opening up the old servants quarters on the top floor, kitchens, luxury bathrooms, a new gas boiler & landscaped gardens.ACCOMMODATION
Internally, there are multiple elegant reception rooms arranged over the ground and lower ground floor with a library full of bespoke handmade bookshelves and cupboards, sitting room - both with original working open fireplaces - and 'top' kitchen with a range of handmade units and slate worktops. On the lower ground floor is the 'lower' kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, hallway and dining room all with the original slate flagged floor. There is a beautiful restored staircase winding up through the floors, with typical Georgian mahogany rail and multiple twists. On the first floor, there are two huge bedrooms with a luxury walk-in shower room. On the second floor, there are two further bedrooms enjoying fabulous views with one of the bedrooms having an en-suite shower room There is also a lovely bathroom with a standalone roll top claw foot bath from which you can view the incoming ships. On the top floor the attics stretch right across the house, still with the old wood panelling insitu and with the addition of a built-in bed, velux windows and a dressing area/snug and steps that lead to the roof terrace & viewing platform. We believe this to be the highest point in Bideford & from where the 360 degree panoramic views can be taken in.OUTSIDE
The enclosed lawn gardens are tranquil and sunny enjoying a very high degree of privacy with mature trees, shrubs and two impressive holly trees which were planted when the property was first built. There are multiple seating areas ideal for entertaining, and again with fabulous views. There is also a detached stone barn which has the potential to be converted into a home office/ pottery art studio and a separate garage located in the former coach house for the property and also parking. We believe the property suitable for use as a beautiful main residence, dual occupancy, a second home / UK base or for various home/income uses such as an upmarket bed & breakfast establishment, hotel and consultation rooms etc.