SITUATION Plymouth is a city with one of the most natural harbours in the world. To the north is the Dartmoor National Park extending to over 300 sq. miles which provides excellent recreational facilities. Plymouth itself has a population of well over 250,000 and has a full range of shopping, educational and sporting facilities. There is a mainline train service to London (Paddington) and to Penzance in West Cornwall. Brittany Ferries operates seasonal services from Plymouth to France and northern Spain.
DESCRIPTION Widey Grange is a splendid Georgian villa of impeccable heritage. The rear part of the current building is thought to have been constructed circa 1640, around about the same time as the adjacent long barn which is reputed to have once sheltered the fugitive, King Charles II whilst he attempted to escape from England. The front part of the dwelling with its classic Georgian symmetry and magnificent entrance portico is thought to have been constructed in the early part of the 19th Century and was originally the Dower House to nearby Widey Court (demolished circa 1954), renowned for being the Royalists forces headquarters of Charles I as they lay siege to Plymouth during the Civil War during 1643.
Widey Grange is a detached Grade II Listed villa that has been lovingly and sympathetically renovated over the past fifteen years by the current owners. Internally, all modern provisions have been added including a gas central heating system and high-quality luxury fitted kitchen and equally classic sanitaryware. The versatile accommodation is extremely adaptable and has two staircases, the grand principal example and the servant's staircase, and as a consequence the property lends itself to two families or dependent relatives sharing. The back right hand corner of the property is particularly suited to independent occupation. As a single dwelling the accommodation delivers a drawing room with arched French doors onto the garden and a splendid fireplace, a dining room with a magnificent fireplace with inset burner and original panelled walls, a large family/games room with an exposed inglenook fireplace with a wood burner and French doors onto the garden. A large, versatile, family room connects breathtakingly well with the kitchen/breakfast room.
Following significant recent investment, Widey Grange now boasts a "statement", luxury, fully integrated kitchen/breakfast room equipped with a contemporary range of furnishings and offers an island unit with a four-stool breakfast bar, which like the worktops, boasts Corian surfacing. The integrated appliances include American style fridge and freezer, a drinks fridge, a dishwasher, two Neff ovens and a Neff induction hob. There is a large laundry/boiler room, Butler's pantry and log/wine store, a large ground floor cloakroom and WC. Upstairs there are six bedrooms (five of which are doubles), the master of which gives access to a large and well-appointed en-suite bathroom. The accommodation is concluded by an eye catching principal bathroom with a slipper bath and state of the art shower system.
The house stands on grounds thought to be approaching a third of an acre and can be accessed via gates, hinged on impressive original Georgian gate posts. There are substantial parking areas to both the front and rear of the property delivering multiple off-road parking and potential stowage for caravans, trailers, dinghy's etc, along with a rear yard with a pond, single garage (not currently used as a garage). The gardens are level and predominantly laid to lawn with two sunny patio areas that face south and west.
Located within this popular residential area, offering ease of access to the City Centre and the A38, along with local amenities at Crownhill shops and excellent local schooling at Widey Court, Eggbuckland Vale and Eggbuckland Community College, (Plymouth College School is approximately 3 miles south of the house). It goes without saying that a personal inspection of this property is highly recommended to fully appreciate its charm, heritage and scale.
ACCOMMODATION Reference made to any fixture, fittings, appliances or any of the building services does not imply that they are in working order or have been tested by us. Purchasers should establish the suitability and working condition of these items and services themselves.
The accommodation, together with approximate room sizes, is as follows:
ENTRANCE PORTICO Part double glazed front door to:
RECEPTION HALL 24' 6" x 7' 4" (7.47m x 2.24m) Retaining a number of original features that include; ceiling cornice; dado rail; inset wall niche, cabinet. A unique turning staircase to the first floor has period spindles and a newel post. There is a burglar alarm control panel; door to:
DRAWING ROOM 16' 5" x 14' 10" (5m x 4.52m) Dual aspect room with a shallow bay window to front elevation and a deep arched recess with original ornate architrave to the reveal and double glazed arched French doors opening onto the garden. Another focal point of the room is a magnificent open fireplace with detailed carved mahogany surround and mantelpiece, cast iron insert and slate hearth. Adjacent to the fireplace there is a deep storage cupboard. Radiator; TV point; wall mounted display lights; cornice; moulded rose.
DINING ROOM 16' 5" x 13' 7" (5m x 4.14m) An elegant room with original Georgian panelled walls and a dado rail, focusing on a magnificent and ornate open fireplace with cast iron surround, mantelpiece and grate with tiled inset and tiled hearth. To the front there is a recessed panelled window, whilst the room is finished with an original corniced ceiling and has a moulded rose; radiator; lighting via a dimmer switch.
CLOAKROOM/WC Spacious room (affording enough space for a shower enclosure if required), equipped with a white suite comprising pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC with tiled floor and radiator. The room can be accessed via doors from the main reception hall and the service passage.
FAMILY/GAMES ROOM 20' 1" x 14' 11" (6.12m x 4.55m) Focusing on an exposed chimney breast featuring natural stone with a flagstone hearth and inglenook fireplace with timber mantle and large cast iron wood burner as a focal point. The room retains its original beamed ceiling and has pretty French doors that open onto the garden. Radiator; laminate floor.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 28' 5" x 20' 10" (8.66m x 6.35m) Triple aspect room with windows to both side elevations and the rear elevation delivering plenty of natural light. A recently re-fitted, luxury, fully integrated, kitchen/breakfast room and equipped with a contemporary range of furnishings and offers an island unit with a four-stool breakfast bar, which like the worktops, boasts Corian surfacing. The integrated appliances include American style fridge and freezer, a drinks fridge, a dishwasher, two Neff ovens and a Neff induction hob. Ceiling spotlights, laminate floor. Opening to:
LAUNDRY 14' 11" x 10' 9" (4.55m x 3.28m) Retaining the original flagstone floor and equipped with worktops with cupboards under, plumbing for a washing machine and room for further appliances. Beamed ceiling; window to rear; gas combination boiler; radiator; hot water tank; glazed door to service passage.
SERVICE PASSAGE The service passage gives access to the "servant's" staircase and has doors communicating with the family room, cloakroom, utility room and a further doorway that opens into the:
BUTLER'S PANTRY 14' 11" x 10' 9" (4.55m x 3.28m) PVCu double glazed window to side; back door; power and light; cold water tap. The room could easily be converted into an additional bathroom or alternatively an additional kitchen. Opening to:
LOG/WINE STORE 16' 8" x 4' 5" (5.08m x 1.35m) Windows to side and front; electric light.
FIRST FLOOR MAIN LANDING Accessed via the principal staircase, the spacious landing with cornice and a beautiful, double opening glazed linen cabinet with cupboards under. Dado rail; radiator; loft inspection hatch; door to:
BEDROOM TWO 14' 8" x 13' 1" (4.47m x 3.99m) Window to front with original panelled surround; original slate fire surround and mantel piece; storage recess; coving; radiator.
BEDROOM SIX/STUDY 10' 4" x 7' 11" (3.15m x 2.41m) Window to front with original panelled reveals; broadband and telephone points; radiator; coving.
BEDROOM THREE 16' 5" x 11' 11" (5m x 3.63m) Window to front with original panelled reveal; walk in wardrobe; tiled open fireplace; coving to ceiling with recessed ceiling spotlights; radiator.
MASTER BEDROOM 15' 0" x 14' 0" (4.57m x 4.27m) Splendid room with a large window overlooking the garden with original panelled reveals. TV point; walk in wardrobe; door to:
EN-SUITE BATHROOM 15' 0" x 8' 8" (4.57m x 2.64m) Sumptuous suite focusing on a double ended bath with centrally positioned tap set within a tiled platform. The four piece suite also includes low level WC, large pedestal wash hand basin and a double tiled shower enclosure with an upright shower system including full body jets. Window to side; tiled floor; radiator.
PRINCIPLE BATHROOM 12' 3" x 11' 9" (3.73m x 3.58m) Equipped with a four piece suite comprising double ended slipper bath with telephone style, wall mounted mixer set, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and double tiled shower enclosure with upright shower system including umbrella style drencher and hand held shower attachment. Room tiled to waist height with tiled floor; wall mounted vanity light; opaque window.
BEDROOM FOUR 16' 6" x 12' 11" (5.03m x 3.94m) Two windows to the rear; radiator.
BEDROOM FIVE 17' 11" x 11' 9" (5.46m x 3.58m) A charming dual aspect room with double glazed windows to the front and side; vaulted ceiling with original beams and a radiator.
GROUNDS The main entrance to Widey Grange is achieved via gates with original limestone pillars.
DRIVE AND FORECOURT The drive proceeds to the house giving access to the coach house on the right hand side before becoming entirely private as it leads to a large parking forecourt delivering space for up to six cars. A small gate opens onto the:
MAIN GARDENS The gardens are south and westerly facing, predominantly laid to lawn, enclosed by walling on two sides and a mature hedgerow on the other. The lawn is flanked by well stocked shrubberies and lovely patio areas have been positioned off of the drawing and family rooms, (accessible in each case by the previously mentioned French doors), finished with flagstone surfacing and, in the case of the patio accessed from the drawing room, built in seating and a table. A flint path proceeds around the left hand corner of the property onto the rear courtyard which has been attractively landscaped to include a pond with slate surround and a well stocked rockery. A timber gate opens onto the rear courtyard which can be accessed via a pedestrian gate and double vehicular gates from Winsbury Court and provides further off road parking for at least three vehicles and would be perfect for the stowage of a caravan, boat or trailer. A wide chipping path then returns to the front parking forecourt.
GARAGE A single garage has a courtesy door from the courtyard, the garage door has currently been removed so it is not possible to store a vehicle within the garage at this time and it is currently used for storage. It would be extremely simple to reinstate a garage door which would open onto Winsbury Court.
MISCELLANEOUS External lighting; cold water tap; external power.
SERVICES Mains water, gas, electricity and mains drainage.
VIEWING By appointment with LAWSON.
OUTGOINGS We understand the property is in band 'F ' for council tax purposes and the amount payable for the year 2019/2020 is £2618.98 (by internet enquiry with Plymouth City Council). These details are subject to change.
DIRECTIONS From our offices on Mannamead Road proceed uphill passing Emmanuel Church on the right hand side and preparing to filter right in order to turn right at the traffic lights at Henders Corner into Eggbuckland Road. Continue through Higher Compton bearing left at the second roundabout to ensure that you remain on Eggbuckland Road and continue over the flyover and eventually ascend Church Hill in Eggbuckland passing the church on your left hand side. Continue to the T-junction and turn left into Fort Austin Avenue. Take the next turning left into Widey Lane and the property will be found on your left hand side just after the left hand turning into Winsbury Court.
FLOORPLANS & ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE These plans are set out as a guideline only and should not be relied upon as a representation of fact. They are intended for information purposes only and are not to scale. Copyright Lawson 2019. C2809