Gracious coastal villa with additional coach house
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Cliff House is a truly stunning home in Torquay, a Victorian residence built in the era when the Bay was favoured by the upper classes as a retreat for fresh air, mild climate and clear bathing waters, which remains the case today.
In its more recent history the property was a hotel, since lovingly restored over the past five years at considerable expense and great attention to detail.
Cliff House now provides commodious living space with exceptional versatility to accommodate home working, extended family or potential to generate a healthy income from letting of the beautiful three-bedroomed Coach House.
The extensive renovation project extended beyond the main home and auxiliary accommodation into the gardens.
The principal room flows out onto expansive terracing where wide steps decent to the level central lawn with selection of relaxation or entertainment spaces whether seeking sun or shade throughout the day.
Beautiful arched double doors open to the vestibule with stained glass detailing and matching inner door opening to the impressive reception hall. An open snug area with Minster fire, lofty ceiling height with detailed egg and dart plaster work, the hall is comprehensively tiled throughout the 'L' shaped design in black and white motif.
The drawing room is an impressive room optimising the whole ground floor front portion of the villa with twin sets of French doors leading out to the extensive terracing and beautiful landscaped gardens. There are arched side windows with a central fireplace housing a substantial log burner.
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The dining room features an ornate fireplace and bay window enjoying views across the valley.
A comprehensively appointed kitchen/breakfast room boasts German units with solid quartz worktops with shark-nose edging. Integrated appliances include a bank of four Siemens steam/microwave ovens with option to work remotely, induction hob with automated retractable extraction fan and two sets of draw fridge units.
The room features a generous breakfast bar and further window seating area with bi-folding windows and Sandford blinds.
An adjoining utility features a range of units and solid woodblock worktop with inset Butler sink.
There is also a separate wine store with chiller cabinet and oak top.
A ground floor bedroom suite provides a perfect space for guests requiring level access, alternatively an ideal space for home working. The en-suite provides both bath and shower facilities.
A cloakroom with the attractive tiled floor follows through from the reception hall, while oak stairs descend to the game and leisure area with cosy internal music room, gymnasium, workshop/store and cloakroom.
The principal games area is arranged in an 'L'-shaped design with projector screen and Atmos speakers for surround sound. Comprehensively insulated and with lower ceiling heights to the rest of the house, this area provides a perfect space for relaxation, complete with feature stone wall and warming log burner. Stepped access leads from the games room to the terracing and gardens.
From the reception hall, stairs rise to the half landing with stained glass door opening to the rear wing currently arranged for guest accommodation - two large double bedrooms and a family bathroom with double-ended bath, walk-in shower area and vanity unit.
Stairs continue to the main landing with four generous bedrooms includign the master bedroom with a striking en-suite with both double-ended roll top bath and shower area and some of the finest views out towards the sea.
Outside, a pillared and gated approach to the sweeping driveway leading to a modern garage with remote-controlled roller door with generous ceiling height, two large windows and glazed personal door. Beyond the garage is brick-paved courtyard parking.
The main gardens are positioned to the front of the villa enjoying sunshine throughout the day. The renovation of the property has been continued into the gardens with comprehensive hard landscaping involving essential levelling of the main areas.
Cliff House in St Marks Road, Torquay, is on the market at offers in excess of £1,650,000. For more information, call John Lake estate agents on 01803 328899.