Guide Price £520,000
Link Detached House
Atherton Lane, Totnes
One of Totnes' finest hidden gems. A stunning Grade II* listed home centrally located within the very heart of Totnes offering light and spacious rooms with many period features. The property offers adaptable accommodation currently with two bedrooms, two receptions and an attractive, private walled garden. Garage available to rent.
INTRODUCTION Tudor Cottage is one of Totnes' hidden gems located off Atherton Lane, quite possibly the most picturesque lane in Totnes. This grade II* listed home offers ease of access to the town's shops and amenities yet possesses a warm and peaceful feel. Accommodation is adaptable to suit one's requirements. Currently there are two bedrooms, two reception rooms, a dining room/studio, a spacious kitchen/breakfast room, a bathroom and a modern shower room suite. The upstairs reception room connects beautifully with a private walled garden which is totally private.
If you are looking for a home and a piece of history in the very heart of Totnes then Tudor Cottage must be viewed to be fully appreciated.
STEP INSIDE Hidden behind the front door of Tudor Cottage is a rare gem of a property that offers an adaptable layout together with peace and quiet and a private garden in the centre of town. Retaining much in the way of old and original features, the house has been carefully restored to provide bright and spacious up to date accommodation on three levels. The principal rooms, upstairs, include a sitting room that opens onto an enclosed walled garden, a well fitted modern kitchen/dining room and the main bedroom and bathroom. Below are a dining room/studio and the room with the original fireplace which would serve as a reception room or a bedroom. Stairs lead down to a further room below which provides another bedroom and wetroom. The accommodation allows considerable flexibility. The front door and hall are halfway between the upper and lower floor levels, so that each floor could be occupied separately.
Totnes is regularly described as an Elizabethan town, and although its origins are very much earlier, half of the four hundred or more listed buildings in the town are located along the continuous frontages of Bridgetown, Fore Street, High Street and Cistern Street. Many of these are 16th-century merchants' houses, a number of which were built to the corps de batiments plan (two groups of buildings), whereby the main front section was linked to a second block behind it by a gallery that overlooked a 'burgage plot', or piece of land that lay between the two main sections. Grade II* listed Tudor Cottage is situated on Atherton Lane behind 54 Fore Street (also listed) and is a good example of this layout. The listing, which describes the property as early 17th century, refers to the original kitchen's fireplace and a newel staircase, both still present in what is now a reception room.
STEP OUTSIDE From the sitting room, doors open out to an attractive and extremely private walled garden. There is a paved terrace immediately to the front of the sitting room, level lawned garden with raised flower bed to one side and a door in the wall opening onto Atherton Lane on the other. To the far corner of the garden is a recently constructed summer house with insulation, power points and lighting. There is also an outside water tap and useful store to the side of the property. The seller rents a nearby garage which we understand will be available to a new owner to rent.
SELLER INSIGHT Tudor Cottage has been a wonderful home to live in. It offers excellent access into Totnes' central shops, facilities and walks along the river nearby. The property has an abundance of character and period features and you are aware of a sense of history living here with its thick stone walls, feature fireplace and display niches found throughout. Tudor Cottage is an extremely private home offering an excellent degree of seclusion even though it has such a central location. While it is a historic house, there is an abundance of light throughout the property and a warm, homely feel.
During our time here, we have put in a new shower room, oak flooring, repaired the store to the side of the house and had a summer house built to the corner of the garden with insulation, lighting and power points. This has become a fantastic space to create pottery. The high stone walls that surround the garden offer privacy and a tranquil feel. It is sometimes difficult to believe that we are living in the centre of a town!
LOCATION Totnes is known as an Elizabethan town but has much earlier origins. The town enjoys a castle, a wonderful position on the River Dart and a main line railway station for quick access to Paddington. Totnes also has a well regarded community college, a full range of shops, a weekly market and a wide choice of cultural facilities. The area is host to a variety of cultural, recreational and sporting pursuits: Dartmoor, the South Hams and the South Devon coastline are all within easy reach and both Exeter and Plymouth are within half an hour's drive.
DIRECTIONS TQ9 5RT. Atherton Lane is a picturesque cobbled lane approached off the south side of Fore Street just above the Station Road junction and to the side of The Anne of Cleeves teashop. Tudor Cottage is the second property on the left.
USEFUL INFORMATION Council Tax Band: C
Local Authority: South Hams District Council (www.southhams.gov.uk)
Listing: Grade II*
Services: Mains drainage, Gas, Electricity, Mains Water
Garage available to rent / residents permits for long stay parking available from South Hams District Council
Estate Agent Contact: Ian Bransdon MNAEA F&C South Hams 01803 898321 / 07539 273555 / email@example.com
- Stunning character home
- 'Tucked away' location
- Located in very heart of Totnes
- Two / Three bedrooms
- One / Two reception rooms
- Kitchen / Breakfast Room
- Bathroom and Shower Room
- Many original features
- Bespoke Summer House
- Attractive walled garden