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Cliff House, Cliff Road, Torquay, Devon

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Cliff House, Torquay – Stunning Arts & Crafts Freehold Coastal house for sale.

Cliff House situated on Livermead Head in Torquay on the English Riviera is now for sale privately for the first time since it was built in 1923. Cliff House is a fine example of a late period “Arts and Crafts” house. Built in 1923 for the vendor’s grandfather who was a Victorian entrepreneur & brick manufacturer the property occupies a very secluded position yet enjoying one of the best views over Torbay from several vantage points in its extensive grounds.

The ground-floor accommodation is accessed 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 retains a wealth of 1920s features including the piano which was regularly played by the vendor's aunt who was a member of the D'Oyly Carte Opera company - the nearby Coleton Fishacre being the Devon home of the D'Oyly Carte family. Agatha Christie who was born in Torquay & lived nearby at Greenway on the River Dart was also believed to have visited Cliff House on a number of occasions as she moved in the same social circles as the vendor's family. Bespoke curved windows & a curved door lead 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 also contains a wealth of “Arts and Crafts” features including the original oak fireplace surround with intricate oak carvings. 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 with its intricate Mahogany woodwork & 9ft 6inch ceiling there is a cloakroom with wash hand basin with adjoining lavatory and nearby stairs to the half landing to the upper floor. On the half landing there is another lavatory.

The upper floor comprises two main bedrooms a smaller single bedroom currently used as a home office a shower room & a bathroom adjoining the second bedroom. There is an extensive storage area under the eaves accessed from a corridor. The Master Bedroom leads on to a double aspect balcony with wooden balustrading made from Western Red Cedar wood & reconstructed in the original style in 2005. Extensive sea views of Torbay are enjoyed from both main bedrooms. The second bedroom was originally two rooms but could be reconfigured back into two rooms if desired. The contemporary shower room with basin & adjoining open plan linen cupboard benefits from a view through a small window to Torquay Harbour & Marina.

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. Cliff House is situated on its own cliff top promontory, Livermead Head, in a quiet cul-de-sac off the main coast road between Torquay and Paignton, approximately one mile from the harbour and centre of Torquay.

The extensive gardens enjoyed by Cliff House make up a large part of the 0.75 acreage. The vendor a keen gardener has maintained the garden in a style to complement the Lutyens influence on the house. Lutyens designed the nearby Drum Inn at Cockington. 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 WW2 Anderson Shelter, a timber summer house and a former WW2 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.

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Price: Offers over £1,895,000 for the freehold property. Further information available from the vendor by email or phone 07770 989897.

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