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Cliff House, Torquay

Detached House

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14 Mayors Avenue, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9NG

01803 835788

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Relish In The Grandeur Of This Unique Period Home With Private Beach Access, Unrivalled Panoramic Sea Views And A Beautiful Clifftop Garden.


On entering Cliff House you are immediately transported to a bygone era where craftsmanship and attention to detail were evident in every aspect of a home. The impressive pillared entrance with its mosaic tiled steps gives you a taste of what’s to come.

Built by a Victorian Entrepreneur and brick manufacturer in 1923, this is the first time this stunning example of the late Arts & Crafts movement has been for sale. You will not find a better example of this exquisite detailing anywhere else.


In the Porch the panelling is divine welcoming you into a beautiful and spacious Mahogany panelled Hallway off which you have a choice of Reception Rooms. Do you choose the Drawing Room with roaring fire in the hearth leading out to a curved covered Veranda and the beautifully landscaped Gardens? Or the more opulent Dining Room with its original serving hatch to the spacious eat-in Kitchen beyond Whichever you choose you’ll be amazed at the far-reaching panoramic views over the bay and out to sea. The high ceilings and original Oak and Mahogany woodwork and panelling take you back to a period of timeless elegance and feeling of serenity – a perfect place to rest and unwind.


The bespoke curved windows and door entice you out from the warm feel of the Drawing Room with its ornate fireplace into the dual aspect Veranda with doors out to the extensive Gardens. Here you’ll find a Summerhouse and World War II Anderson Shelter, plus those steps down to what feels like your own slice of beachy heaven.


You don’t have to have green fingers here as the 0.75 acre south-east facing Gardens have been lovingly cultivated in a style to complement Lutyens’ influence on the house. With a large lawned area with mature shrubs and palm trees there is a real Mediterranean vibe to the luscious Gardens which are easily maintained. Enjoy the sunny Patio for al fresco entertaining sheltered by an ornamental brick wall. The Patio area provides truly magnificent views towards Torquay Harbour. To complement the Anderson Shelter is a former WW2 gun emplacement at the top of the Garden now a seating/observation platform providing 180 degree views.


The Dining Room has the original oak fireplace surround with intricate oak carvings and doors to the Veranda. Entertaining guests here is a delight as you can have drinks in the Garden, stroll around the grounds then relax in the curved double-aspect Verdanda before retiring to the Drawing Room after dinner.


For the budding chef there is a spacious eat-in Kitchen with the original feature Welsh Dresser built-in, plus not one but two Utilities so plenty of space to store your ingredients and larger appliances. There is also access to the Kitchen Gardens for those fresh herbs to add to your dish. You might also like to know that you share your home with famous faces of bygone times. Cliff House has played host to celebrities throughout its history including members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera company and the famed Agatha Christie.


If you can tear yourself away from the beach, the Gardens and the view then back in the house you’ll find another large and sumptuous room on the ground floor – ideal for a more formal Reception Room or a Guest Bedroom – The Morning Room. Sit and watch the sunrise with light flooding in and views towards the heart of Torquay. This spacious room retains a beautiful copper period feature fireplace and large windows. There’s another room on this level perfect for a Home Office and a handy Cloakroom too.


The Principal Bedroom is large and opens to a Balcony with magnificent sea views. The wooden balustrading here is made of Western Red Cedar wood. Two further Bedrooms provide ample accommodation for family and friends. There is also extensive under-eave storage, although down in the Basement you have all the storage space you could possibly need! The contemporary Shower Room has a walk-in Linen Cupboard with views over to Torquay Harbour & Marina. Another Bathroom serves the larger of the two Bedrooms. There’s also an additional Cloakroom.


Situated on Livermead Head in the heart of the English Riviera you are only a short walk to the promenade leading into the centre of Torquay with shops and the marina on your doorstep. But before you go that far, you have the public beaches at Livermead or just walk to the edge of the Garden to find your own private access to another, more secluded beach from which to swim or paddleboard. You’ll feel a million miles away!


If you are looking to put your own mark on this home then look no further than the extensive Basement. Accessed from the downstairs Hallway, stairs lead down to one of the Garages and a large complex of Storage Rooms. This could be your Home Gym, Cinema Room or Wine Cellar. Let your inner designer run free.


  • Magnificent Gardens

  • Panoramic Views

  • 2/3 Reception Rooms

  • 3/4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Kitchen With 2 Utilities

  • Full Basement & Storage

  • Ample Parking

  • Development Potential


Postcode: TQ2 6RE

Tenure: Freehold

Council Tax: Band G

EPC Rating: G

Local Authority: Torbay Council

Access: Several steps to front door

Broadband Speed: Upto 1130mbs

Mobile Coverage: Good

Mains: Water, Electricity & Drainage

Heating: Gas Central Heating

Parking: 2 Single Garages & Ample Driveway Parking For 4 Cars

Transport: Newton Abbot (6.8 miles) for mainline trains to London

A38 Devon Expressway - 4.4 miles

W3W: charmingly.tamed.silver

The Coastal House use all reasonable endeavours to supply accurate property information in line with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. These property details do not constitute any part of the offer or contract and all measurements are approximate. The matters in these particulars should be independently verified by prospective buyers. It should not be assumed that this property has all the necessary planning, building regulation or other consents. Any services, appliances and heating system(s) listed have not been checked or tested. Purchasers should make their own enquiries to the relevant authorities regarding the connection of any service. No person in the employment of The Coastal House has any authority to make or give any representations or warranty whatever in relation to this property or these particulars or enter into any contract relating to this property on behalf of the vendor. Floor plan not to scale and for illustrative purposes only. Coastal House Ltd Registered Office: 14 Mayors Avenue, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9NG Registered in England & Wales: No 9447216

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