A five bedroom Arts and Crafts house in an unparalleled waterside location with direct access to the water
3 reception rooms
Kitchen / breakfast room
In all about 4,160 SqFt.
Cliff House is a fine example of a late period Arts and Crafts house designed by a local architect in the manner of the world famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Built for the vendor’s grandfather in 1923 the property occupies a very secluded position yet enjoying arguably one of the best views over Torbay from several vantage points in its extensive grounds.
The ground-floor accommodation is accesses via an impressive pillared entrance porch with mosaic tiled steps. From the Mahogany panelled hallway access is gained to the main reception rooms and the staircase to the first floor. Large reception room with high ceilings are a feature of the ground-floor accommodation and all the original Oak and Mahogany woodwork and panelling are still in place. The Drawing Room with an open period fireplace leads through to the spacious colonial style double aspect veranda with bi-fold patio doors leading to the gardens. The Dining Room, comfortably seating eight, also has access to the veranda and contains a wealth of Arts and Crafts features.
The kitchen / breakfast room which has been tastefully modernised features solid oak kitchen units complemented by Villeroy & Boch tiling and an original feature Welsh Dresser. Both utility rooms are adjacent to the kitchen / breakfast room.
The Morning Room / bedroom 4 is a spacious rectangular room with direct views to Torquay Harbour and would equally suit as a bedroom or Reception room. From the hallway a downstairs staircase leads to the integral garage benefitting from an electrically operated door. The extensive cellars could be converted into a home gym, mini spa or a large wine cellar.
The extensive gardens enjoyed by Cliff House make up a large part of the 0.75 acreage. The vendor has maintained the garden in a style to complement the Lutyens influence on the house.
The South Easterly seaward aspects of the gardens comprise a large lawned area and a multitude of mature shrubs and palm trees have been planted over the years to produce a truly Mediterranean ambiance. There is a large and sunny patio for al fresco entertaining sheltered by an ornamental brick wall with a mature productive grapevine. The patio area provides magnificent views towards Torquay Harbour and adjacent to the patio is a large greenhouse.
Other delightful features of the garden include a WWII Anderson Shelter, a timber summer house and a former WWII gun emplacement at the top of the garden now a seating / observation platform providing 180o views over Torbay high above the rocks below. A productive vegetable garden and fruit cage provide additional interest.
Believed to be the sole private residential property in Torquay to have direct private access to a beach and the sea via an ornamental gatehouse, Cliff House represents a unique opportunity to purchase one of the finest waterfront homes on the South Coast.