The gardens at Linhay, Maindencombe Credit: John Lake

Property of the Week: Charming thatched home converted from 1700s hayloft

Torbay Weekly

Property of the Week is nestled in the picturesque Maidencombe conservation area, on the coastal periphery of Torquay.

Linhay is a charming detached, thatched residence understood to have been built in the 1700s as a hayloft to the Grade II-listed Court House and converted into this beautiful, individual home in the late 1980s.

Set in a well-tended good size plot, rising to the rear, and enjoying beautiful views over the rolling hillsides with sea glimpses into Lyme Bay, the property enjoys characterful reverse level two double bedroom accommodation complimented with a large open-plan principal reception room enjoying vaulted ceilings with exposed beams.

Linhay at Maidencombe, Torbay, dates back to the 1700s Credit: John Lake
Linhay at Maidencombe, Torbay, dates back to the 1700s Credit: John Lake

A  front door, with natural stone pillars to either side, opens to the reception hall with ceramic tiled floor, part wainscot panelling to the walls.

There are large windows to the front with plantation shutters and a stable door leading out to the rear garden.

Bedroom one enjoys a double aspect with a large window overlooking the front garden with a further high-level window, both with plantation shutters, a beamed ceiling, corner cupboard housing the electric and gas meters and a further cupboard housing the Baxi gas fired boiler.

The property is in historic Maidencombe, Torquay Credit: John Lake
The property is in historic Maidencombe, Torquay Credit: John Lake

Bedroom two also has a dual aspect with a large window with plantation shutters overlooking the front garden and a further high-level window to the side looking towards Maidencombe and the adjacent woodland. The bedroom also has a beamed ceiling.

There’s also a shower room with corner shower cubicle with hand shower and large rain head, circular stone sink unit set on an oak vanity unit with natural stone top, corner WC, alcove display shelving, ceramic tiled floor and an extractor fan.

From the reception hall, stairs rise to the open-plan living accommodation which is a large, triple-aspect room with windows enjoying views over the rolling fields of Maidencombe hillside, a feature vaulted beamed ceiling, painted natural stone walling and display shelving surrounding the staircase.

The kitchen area Credit: John Lake
The kitchen area Credit: John Lake

The kitchen area is fitted with a range of bespoke units and wooden butchers block working surfaces with inset Butler sink unit and carved drainer. There’s a fitted double oven, a four-ring gas hob, provisions for washing machine and a slimline dishwasher, integrated fridge and freezer.

The property is set in a small courtyard complex of two character dwellings within the curtilage of the court house.

To the front is an almost level, lawned garden with flagstoned paved patio planted with shrubs and trees and a climbing rose to the front of the house.

The open-plan living accommodation Credit: John Lake
The open-plan living accommodation Credit: John Lake

To the rear is a large patio enjoying views across the adjoining fields and rolling hills of Maidencombe Valley.

To the boundary wall is a trellis with mature white clematis.

Steps rise to the lawned garden and further seating area with stepping stone pathway leading to an area suitable for additional parking which is accessed via a five-bar gate to the side of the property.

Steps formed by wooden sleepers rise through the garden to a raised seating area from where beautiful views are enjoyed over the grounds of the property across the adjoining fields with sea glimpses into Lyme Bay.

The property is on the market with John Lake estate agents with an asking price of £450,000. To book a viewing, call John Lake estate agents on 01803 328811.

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