Our attention is caught by the uninterrupted patchwork of emerald green fields leading to a glimpse of Start Bay, the eye sweeps across the glittering sea giving us an almost theatrical introduction to the breath of fresh air that is Chatham House.
Standing statuesque in its elevated position on the headland of East Prawle, maximum advantage has been taken of these unrivalled views - every single window and the whole of the neat, level, lawned garden capture this vista.
Leading straight off the garden, we are welcomed into the most glorious spacious kitchen. Handmade shaker units in blue to match endless summer skies, this large space is cleverly divided into useful zones. The traditional Belfast sink with its own views out to sea, will have the family fighting to do the dishes. The farmhouse style range cooker, integrated appliances, topped with deep wooden worktops and a magnificent open storage unit is ideal for food prep, an island with composite worktop for snacks. Towards the back of the room there is a cosy TV or reading snug and a handy ground floor WC. Pride of place is a lovely breakfast table situated in the east and south facing fully glazed corner of the room, ready to take advantage of sunrise – the best way to start your day.
Glide through glazed double doors now through and to the open plan living space. Firstly the dining area, there will be no arguing for the best spot at the dinner table as all of your guests will have the same glorious view over the garden and sea beyond, thanks to the wrap around glazing, enormous sky lights above allow for amazing amount of light into this space.
The beauty of the outdoors is drawn into the space by the handsome real wooden floors, deep window cills and roof light surrounds. The neutral palette really showcases the views whilst a nautical theme for the soft furnishings perfectly matches the ambience of the surroundings.
A gentle step down into the cosy living room - the perfect spot to unwind after a busy day. With ample room for big squashy sofas and plenty of built in storage space, the multi-fuel burner in the whitewashed stone chimney is a grand focal point to this super sociable space. Wind up the open staircase now to see what delights lie upstairs...
The generous master bedroom is situated on the top floor of the house. Benefiting from 3 roof lights, this room has even more spectacular views over Start Bay. With the added advantage of a pretty en-suite shower room, this space is the perfect gentile rustic retreat.
A second large double room with a neat en-suite is situated on the first floor, a large fully opening window complete with adorable window seat, takes full advantage of the postcard views.
The first floor is also home to a third dual aspect double bedroom. Prawle Point can be seen from the fully opening south facing windows.
There is a fantastic fourth double bedroom on the top floor with French doors to a heavenly balcony. A clear night at Prawle is like no other and at Chatham House, with zero light pollution you are even closer to the stars – your only interruption will be the occasional flash of the lighthouse at Start Point to the East.
Nothing says luxury like a bathroom with a claw-footed double-ended free-standing bath, but this one has the added advantage of a huge picture window, exceptional vintage basin, built in storage bead-boarding and delicate wallpaper – imagine soaking in this tub as the setting sun casts long shadows over the fields at the end of a joyful day - this bathroom is relaxation re-defined.
Chatham House has even more to offer than just a glorious family home, at the bottom of the garden is a marvellous detached Art Studio. This construction is a masterpiece in tiny house design. Modern farmhouse with a vintage industrial twist, this studio is gloriously unique, from the handmade island unit and quirky light fixtures to the bi-folding doors that open fully onto a private patio. With it's own kitchen, WC and heating (wood burner), one can close off completely from the main house though I challenge anyone to work without being distracted by the incredible views from the mezzanine level. The enormous top hung velux windows can be fully opened to take maximum advantage of it’s elevated position.
A short drive from the main Dartmouth to Kingbridge road brings us to the delightful village of East Prawle. Nestled at the top of Devon’s most southerly headland, East Prawle holds a special sort of magic.
It’s popularity is not only reserved for it’s beauty – and it really is the epitome of English rural life – a picturesque village green is surrounded by the original houses - some over 300 years old, beyond that rolling Devon countryside and a little further still, the most spectacular rugged and beautiful coastline this country has to offer.
Yet there is a vibrancy to East Prawle that is not captured in photographs or tour guides - a buzz to the air on a summer’s evening that is not explained by the bright blue skies or golden fields. Partially attributed to the historic village pub – The Pig’s Nose - a fantastic music venue – the whole village is a strong, active community which gives East Prawle the most friendly welcoming vibe.
Chatham House itself has a quiet beach within a ten-minute walk. Another easy walk takes us to East Portlemouth to catch the ferry to the sailing mecca of Salcombe.
The village also benefits from a local shop and café that sells all manner of delights, a village hall and local bus links including a school bus to Kingsbridge and the local primary.
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