This is a home that provides fuel for the soul. There is rich promise here and for those who want to make a home truly theirs, it is an amazing opportunity.
The sound of cascading water follows you through the falling camellia petals as you begin to wind your way along a zig zag path to the water's edge below. You are passing through a landscape, just over two acres in all, that you know will change constantly with the seasons, hydrangea flowers fade, bluebells push their heads through the soil reaching for the spring sunlight and each day brings change with the ebb and flow of the tide. Summer visits here in all its joyous glory leading the seasonal cycle into the delightful reds, browns and golds of autumn and throughout the enchanting glint of sunlight upon water will be your companion.
Life here on the edge of the River Dart is magical.
Our client moved here in 1971 to a home that was smaller and very different to the one you see today. It has been a home that has seen children grow and many incredible memories made across the decades, years filled with adventures and treasured times with family and friends.
Choose your path to the water, one way will take you down to steps and your running mooring. The river is the reason to be here, the raison d'etre for living in this home; how many wonderful hours can you fill with travels along and across the Dart? There are other coves to explore and the open sea beckons.
This is a special place. An alternate route takes you across cascading water and down to your part of the cove, one side is yours, the other side your neighbours. At low tide the beach is revealed and another incredible aspect of life here becomes evident, days ahead can be occupied with sunbathing and watching life on the river pass by.
The landscape is filled with places to sit, to pause and wonder at your surroundings. Opposite you proudly stands Dartmouth Castle, a defence for the mouth of the Dart begun in 1388. Turn your head inland and look across to Dartmouth itself and imagine the scene on August twenty-third, sixteen twenty, when two ships sat there on the water by Bayards Cove, the Speedwell in need of repair and the Mayflower, soon to embark on their trip across the Atlantic to New England, one, forced to return, the other continued alone.
Today this captivating scenery is part of the one hundred and thirty square miles of coastline, countryside and estuaries that are the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This home provides an amazing opportunity to become one with that and, as you draw a deep breath to savour your surroundings, it is easy to understand why the owner has lived here for so long.
The Royal Dart Yacht Club is based in Kingswear and has a comprehensive program through the year. Dartmouth Classics Weekend is usually held in July and the Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week at the end of August.
What of the house? This home that has captivated our client for four decades plus. It started life as a gardener’s cottage would you believe and may even have spent some time as a chapel! Larger than it then was, it sits beside Brookhill House, a bigger building that is now divided into sought after apartments. Both enjoy stunning views across the river, always changing, the view will bring life past your eyes constantly. Fishing boats move purposefully back and forth following the tides, dinghies, yachts, rowing boats, all manner of vessels will be evident as you spend more time paying attention to life upon the Dart.
The accommodation focuses upon that incredible view across the water with two balconies, throw open the french doors on either and the light comes flooding in, bringing with it that backdrop; watching the sun set and the lights come on across in Dartmouth is a sight we're sure no-one will ever tire of.
The house has been extended by our client and the design ensures privacy, when indoors you never feel conscious of having neighbours and the curve of the building keeps the main garden completely private. The layout of the house allows you to choose how you use rooms and the choice will depend upon the size of your family and how you like to spend your time.
Much of the land here is wooded and paths meander down to the water’s edge and skirt the hillside, leading to contemplation spots, a grove where you can take a picnic and sit and watch the river from above.
Paignton is a convenient place for general shopping and going to the cinema, it is easy to reach. Close by though is the ferry to Dartmouth, take a car across the water or travel as a foot passenger, the closest and smaller 'Lower Ferry' takes you into Bayards Cove, a delightful and historic first step into the beautiful riverside town.
There are three garages set together in a detached block. One has a mezzanine level and from there you step out into an area of land, leading up to another vantage point. This is set just on the other side of Castle Road.
For the lucky people who buy this, they will do the same as our client most likely. They will make some changes to suit their lifestyle, to suit their wants and choice of fashion, then they will have a home that will allow them to savour life for decades to come too.Get in touch if you like this property.