New Barnstaple Road, Ilfracombe, Devon
An outstanding example of a gracious, imposing and very spacious detached gentleman's residence with versatile accommodation of approximately 371m2 (3,993ft2) with 5/6 bedrooms, 3 large reception rooms, a superb 33ft x 14ft kitchen/family room and 4 bathrooms.
Brentwood is an outstanding example of a very spacious, gracious and imposing Victorian detached gentleman's residence with attractive detailing to the front facade and having particularly versatile accommodation of approximately 371m2 (3,993ft2), ideal for the larger family or multi-generational family living. The property is located in a favoured part of the town and sits in its own good sized grounds approached via a private gated driveway and enjoys good views over surrounding properties towards the Bristol Channel and inland over the countryside.
The home is situated within walking distance of the town centre, approximately 3/4 mile, and is also close to the town's schools for all ages. The local Tesco supermarket is also just 1/2 mile away. The sea front with it picturesque harbour, which is home to artist Damien Hirst's 60ft high 'Verity' statue, is also a leisurely stroll away with Brimlands playing fields, the local swimming pool and Hele Bay with it sheltered beach and rocky coves also close by.
The present owners have made several improvements during their short time at the property but have been careful to retain much of the period character and charm of the original design. One of the main changes made is the creation of a superb 33ft long kitchen/family room which is a fabulous daytime living room perfect for entertaining and modern day family living. There are plenty of further very impressive features including the huge reception hall and wide staircase and landings, stained glass, fireplaces, and original tiled floors. The rooms throughout the house have been freshly and tastefully decorated and the rear garden has been transformed into an attractive and good sized leisure space, ideal for al-fresco dining, barbecues or sunbathing. There is also a productive vegetable and soft fruit area and a large stone built outbuilding which could have a variety of uses as a store or workshop or could potentially be converted for other uses as ancillary accommodation to the main house.
The accommodation is arranged over three floors with large rooms throughout. There is the immediate feeling of space as soon as you enter the property into the grand and impressive 35ft long reception hall with full height double doors, ornate coved ceiling, wooden archway with stained glass leaded light insert and a terracotta tiled floor. The wide staircase leads up to the first floor and has an ornate spindle balustrade. There are two large main reception rooms. The lounge is an impressive 21ft x 14ft room and has a large bay window to the front and a wood burner set on a slate hearth and fireplace with surround and mantle over providing a focal point to the room. The larger 23ft x 14ft sitting room is a delightful bright and airy room and also has a large bay and a door on to the rear garden. A wood burner sits in an ornate marble fireplace and hearth and there is a recently re-laid parquet floor.
Across the hallway is the heart of the home which is the superb 33ft x 14ft kitchen/family room which enjoys an abundance of light and plenty of space for the larger family. Within the kitchen area there are a range of fitted base units and wall units with Corian work surfaces over and a central island unit with a solid wood worktop. The cupboards provide extensive storage and are cleverly designed. There is a 4 oven gas fired Aga as well as an integrated microwave/combi oven, a wine fridge and a deep recess ideal for an American Style fridge/freezer with a wine rack unit over. Adjacent to the sink is an instant boiling water tap. Within the dining area, at the front of the room, a large bay window overlooks the front garden and there is a matching dresser unit.
Leading from the kitchen is a utility room at the rear which has a larder/store cupboard, a sink and plumbing for an automatic washing machine. There is a separate wc and a door leading out in to a side porch. At the rear of the hallway there is a further cloakroom/wc.
Moving to the first floor, there is a bright and airy impressive and spacious split level landing which gives access into 4 double bedrooms, a study/6th bedroom, two bathrooms and a separate wc. The staircase continues up to the second floor.
The 17ft x 14ft master bedroom has a large en suite shower room/wc with an impressive feature original oriel window. The en suite leads in to a separate dressing room which has a range of fitted wardrobes. The two front bedrooms (2 & 3) have large bay windows and enjoy views across the town towards the Bristol Channel. Bedroom 4 is a double room with an ornate cast iron fireplace and the study provides a handy space for the home computer and could provide a further occasional bedroom or sitting room if required. There is a family bathroom/wc and a further separate shower room with an adjacent wc providing excellent facilities.
The top floor has previously been used as ancillary accommodation and could be utilised in a variety of ways to suit the home owner. There is a most impressive 26ft x 17ft bedroom 5 which has a central atrium and feature semi-circular window which enjoys sea views. Across the landing is a large bathroom/wc with a modern white suite and a vaulted ceiling. There plumbing for an automatic washing machine and also a walk-in eaves storage room with full head height and light.
The property benefits from gas central heating and is mainly uPVC double glazed.
Outside, the gated driveway winds up through the front garden and leads to a large garage and a parking area for several vehicles. The large and wide front garden has mature hedging and is laid mainly to lawn and extends around the right hand side of the property to the rear. There is a lawned area to the left hand side of the drive which sits immediately in front of the house and provides an attractive and well screened sitting area. To the left hand side of the house there is a courtyard area which leads to the good sized stone built, gabled roof outbuilding/store shed which has light, power and outside tap. This outbuilding is a very handy additional facility that could be used for a variety of purposes as mentioned earlier.
Continuing around to the rear of the house, there is a wood store and a most attractive and sheltered sitting area which has coloured gravel and colourful and well stocked raised flowerbed borders. This area can be easily accessed from the sitting room and is perfect for al-fresco dining, barbeques etc. Steps lead up onto a upper tier of garden which again has been beautifully landscaped. There is an area of lawn with further colourful and well stocked flowerbeds and a chicken coup. Gated access under a pergola leads into the productive vegetable garden which has a variety of beds from growing vegetables and soft fruit, a wooden shed, and fenced boundaries. The current owners have worked very hard in the gardens to establish their existing uses.
This impressive and gracious house is ideal for the larger family or dual family accommodation and must be viewed internally to appreciate the size and features on offer.
Kitchen/Family Room 33' x 14' (10.06m x 4.27m).
Applicants are advised to proceed from our offices in an easterly direction along the High Street. Follow the road into Portland Street and continue up the hill and past Lantern Court (McCarthy & Stone). At the traffic lights turn right into the New Barnstaple Road and continue up the hill and follow the road around the sharp left hand bend. The driveway to Brentwood will be found a further 150 yards along on the right hand side shortly after the turning to Channel View and opposite the turning to Crofts Lea Park.
- Very spacious and imposing 35ft reception hall
- 5 double bedrooms (1 en-suite)
- Superb 33ft long kitchen and family room
- 2 further impressive bright and airy reception rooms
- Impressive 26ft x 17ft bedroom 5/games room
- Good sized private gardens approached via driveway
- Garage and additional parking
- Views over surrounding properties towards the Bristol Channel and countryside
- Ideal for the larger family or multi-generational living
- Close to the local amenities, high street and sea front