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Kenton, Exeter
Guide price £950,000 | 4 bedrooms | 0.37 acres

Property features

• Unique dwelling adjoining the Powderham Estate
• Wonderful views over the Castle grounds
• Over 2,400 sq ft of accommodation
• Detached studio
• Exquisite gardens
• Set in 0.37 of an acre
• Ample parking

Kenton is a popular village well served by local amenities including village hall, primary school and farm shop in the grounds of nearby Powderham Castle estate. Inland from the village is Haldon Forest, an area of Forestry England woodland with wonderful walking, riding and cycling facilities, with the open moor and river valleys of Dartmoor beyond. There is a cycle path along the estuary to Exeter's Quay via numerous pubs, with beaches at Dawlish and Teignmouth only a few miles away. Starcross has a branch line railway station which links to Exeter St Davids and London plus Newton Abbot and Plymouth to the south. Kenton lies 7 miles south of Exeter providing excellent sporting and leisure facilities as well as a selection of theatre, cinema, museum, football and rugby clubs, leisure centres, private and state schooling, shopping and excellent dining.

3,500 acres of land with 4 farms, woodland, 33 houses and 9 miles of foreshore. Home to the Deer Park of around 600, a herd of fallow deer which has been continuously maintained since before 1723.

The Castle
Home to the Earl of Devon, Powderham Castle is the ancient seat of the Courtney Family. Their history is recorded back to the ninth century. The medieval core of the castle structure was built by Sir Philip Courtney some time after 1390. The original building on the site was a fortified manor house, the appellation "castle" was added probably no earlier than the 17th century.

Penhayes Lodge is a unique and characterful former lodge house positioned on the edge of the Powderham Estate enjoying superb views of the castle grounds and deer park. It is believed Penhayes was built for the Steward to the Powderham Estate in the mid nineteenth century, the lodge itself is believed to date from the early 20th century. The property offers versatile accommodation of over 2,400 sq ft and includes a detached studio with a bathroom ideal for use as a 4th bedroom, gym or craft room. The property is set in a 3rd of an acre of exquisite gardens with generous areas of lawn, patios and parking area.

A covered storm porch opens to the charming entrance hall with stairs to the first floor, a generous store cupboard and finished with exposed timber flooring. To the right is a bright and spacious sitting room with a triple aspect, inset wood-burner, double doors out and delightful views over the garden and Estate. To the left of the entrance hall is the second reception used as a snug with a front aspect, feature fireplace with open grate and alcove shelving. The study/3rd bedroom is a versatile room with French doors leading to the garden room. The kitchen/breakfast room has a dual aspect with access to the garden room and rear garden. The kitchen has an array of matching base and wall units, granite worktop, breakfast bar with integrated appliances including a range style cooker, fridge-freezer and dishwasher. The breakfast area has a rear aspect with garden and Estate views. The stunning garden room is the gem of the Lodge, predominantly glazed with views over Powderham and access to the garden.

An inner hall provides access to the ground floor bathroom arranged with a bath with shower overhead, wc and basin. The utility has a side door giving access from the Studio and parking area, fitted units, sink, airing cupboard, wall mounted boiler and space for appliances. The ground floor bedroom has a rear aspect with views over the Powderham Estate, fitted wardrobes and an ensuite providing a corner shower, wc, basin and ladder style radiator.

The first floor has a galleried landing with revealed beams and a Velux window. The master suite has a triple aspect with far reaching views down through the Powderham Estate out to the Estuary, with eaves storage and an ensuite arranged with a shower cubicle, wc, basin and ladder style radiator. An extremely useful area on the first floor is the loft room currently used as a dressing room and storage.

The detached outbuilding to the Lodge is an excellent versatile space in addition the the main dwelling. Services connected to the main house and well insulated provides a useful room which could be used as the 4th bedroom, studio, gym or craft room. The studio also has a bathroom providing a bath with an electric shower overhead, wc and basin.

Penhayes Lodge is set in approximately 0.37 of an acre. An impressive door in the boundary wall leads to a secluded garden area on the south side with covered porch with Victorian tiled floor. A wealth of shrubs and heathers are in this area with a rose covered archway leading to the main gardens on the east of the house. Vehicular access to the parking area with pathway leading past the Studio and to both the front and back doors. There are gardens on the north side of the house which adjoin farmland whilst the main gardens extend to the east, mainly laid to lawn with paths running through, which extends down to well stocked beds, vegetable plot and summer house.

All mains connected. Gas central heating.

Proceed from Exeter/M5 on the A379, Dawlish road. Proceed into Kenton and after passing the centre of the village, turn left down Slittercombe Lane (just before Penhayes and the main drive to Powderham Castle). On the sharp left hand bend the pedestrian gate to the property is on the right with the entrance drive being a short distance thereafter on the right.

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