SUPERB COUNTRY RESIDENCE with PANORAMIC VIEWS, designed and built in ART DECO style in 1949, in a HIGHLY DESIRABLE COUNTRYSIDE SETTING in West Devon, on the fringes of DARTMOOR and within easy reach of Plymouth. Approximately 18 ACRES of formal garden and woodland, sweeping PRIVATE DRIVEWAY, SWIMMING POOL and separate DETACHED THREE/FOUR BEDROOM COTTAGE to suit variety of uses.
SITUATION AND DESCRIPTION This handsome country house is situated in an idyllic position, rural but not isolated, on the western flanks of Dartmoor National Park and within easy commuting distance of Plymouth. This large impressive family residence sits in approximately eighteen acres of formal garden and recreational woodland, enjoying panoramic views across the surrounding countryside.
Its stunning location was cherry picked shortly after the Second World War when a prominent Plymouth businessman elected to find a site on the fringes of Dartmoor in order to construct a house for his family. Chartering an aircraft, he surveyed the area from the air, after which he approached Grenofen Manor Estate and secured his acreage overlooking the Walkham Valley. With the assistance of a local architect, he designed Furzeland Down House in such a way as to take maximum advantage of the beautiful setting and views. Construction started in 1948 and the house was completed in 1949, with a commemorative date stone over the front door.
The house is approached from the Tavistock to Plymouth Road by a quarter of a mile long private tarmac driveway lined with Tibetan cherry trees, specimen rhododendrons, a variety of ornamental shrubs and mature hardwoods providing a high degree of privacy. The drive continues, terminating in an extensive parking area with stone retaining walls, grassy banks and mature trees to the north side of the house.
MAIN HOUSE: This home has been perfectly planned as all the windows to the principal rooms face south over a generous level lawn and the gently sloping meadow towards the Walkham Valley and the moors. You enter the property into the spacious hallway with original parquet flooring which opens out into the dining room, a fine feature of this home with an open fireplace and large French windows opening out onto a sun terrace and the grounds. An impressive sitting room extends around to the side of the house which also overlooks the garden and the cricket net. Here, there is an original Minster open fireplace, oak parquet flooring and French doors leading out to the sun terrace and garden. The bright and airy kitchen with Aga has been refitted to a particularly high standard with modern units and tasteful colours. Open plan access leads to the breakfast room from which there are expansive views and French doors leading out to the sun terrace. In addition, there is a walk-in pantry, large utility room, family room, cloakroom, separate WC and a large office/fifth bedroom which has its own separate access.
On the first floor, you will find four further well proportioned bedrooms, the master bedroom being en-suite, a family bathroom and a family shower room. On the landing, there is a beautiful leaded glass window in Art Deco style, overlooking the front of the property.
The lower ground floor consists of a fully fitted kitchen/living room with a bedroom and en-suite, which could easily be used as a separate annexe for a dependent relative, independent teenager or housekeeper. From here you enter the impressive cinema/games room, the wine cellar, large storage room and boiler room.
THE COTTAGE: Adjacent to the house, but not in view, is the separate detached cottage which boasts well appointed living accommodation, including an open plan living and dining area, fully fitted kitchen, downstairs bathroom and three bedrooms. The cottage could be used for a variety of different purposes, perhaps to provide accommodation for a family member or to produce a useful rental income. Next to the cottage there is a garage with electric shutter and a workshop and bike shed to the rear.
To the east side of the house is a swimming pool with sun terrace and a pool house with changing room, WC and shower and a separate 'jungle' shower room.
Furzeland Down House and Cottage stand within exceptional grounds and gardens totalling approximately eighteen acres which would be of particular interest to the plantsman or arborist. To the south of the house there is a large level lawn with wide steps leading down to the meadow, below which is an arboretum. A significant programme of planting within the arboretum and elsewhere, include many varieties of acers, camellias, ceanothus, magnolias, rhododendron and hardy hybrids, maple, monkey puzzle, burnt toffee tree, tulip tree and Indian bean tree amongst others.
In March there is a stunning display of daffodils and primroses and from May the woodland meadow is awash with violets, followed by the bluebell season when the meadow and woodland become a sea of blue. There are many hidden areas and much to discover. To the west of the property is a timber and iron roofed garden store below which is a fishpond and rockery. Beyond, to the south and west, is a series of delightful woodland walkways and paths, one of which leads to a clearing (also approached by a spur from the driveway) within which there is a timber and corrugated wood store, tiny house, privy and barbecue area.
Whilst enjoying a rural situation, this house is not isolated, on the outskirts of the small hamlet of Grenofen, just two miles from Tavistock, three miles from Yelverton and approximately thirteen miles from Plymouth city centre from which you can access the main line rail link to London or the A38 dual carriageway.
The popular ancient stannary and market town of Tavistock provides an excellent array of educational, recreational, cultural and shopping facilities, primary and secondary schools, state and private education including Mount Kelly public school, hotels, fine dining restaurants, arts centre, county hospital and swimming pools. There are a number of GP practices and health centres, veterinary practices and dentists. The historic Pannier Market and Butchers Hall always attract a large crowd and there are excellent sporting facilities, including golf courses on Whitchurch Down and at Yelverton, locally there are three cricket clubs, a competition standard athletic track, leisure centre, Olympic pool, rugby and football clubs.
Dartmoor National Park, with its 368 square miles, is renowned for its spectacular scenery, granite tors, heather-clad moorland and wooded valleys bisected by rushing streams and rivers, and offers many opportunities for walking, riding and fishing. Superb sailing and other water sports are available from a number of venues along the coastline and the north to south Devon cycle path is easily accessible from the grounds of the property.
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:
DINING ROOM 15' 9" x 15' (4.8m x 4.57m)
SITTING ROOM 14' x 21' 4" (4.27m x 6.5m)
MEDIA ROOM 12' 1" x 11' 1" (3.68m x 3.38m)
BEDROOM FIVE/OFFICE 12' 5" x 14' 8" (3.78m x 4.47m)
KITCHEN 15' 6" x 18' 1" (4.72m x 5.51m)
BREAKFAST ROOM 11' 8" x 9' 3" (3.56m x 2.82m)
UTILITY ROOM 12' 2" x 7' 8" (3.71m x 2.34m)
FAMILY ROOM 12' 3" x 14' 10" (3.73m x 4.52m)
KITCHEN/LIVING ROOM 15' 2" x 15' 3" (4.62m x 4.65m)
BEDROOM 9' 3" x 8' 4" (2.82m x 2.54m)
ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM
GAMES/CINEMA ROOM 30' 9" x 20' 8" (9.37m x 6.3m)
BOILER ROOM 9' x 10' 3" (2.74m x 3.12m)
WINE STORE 9' 5" x 6' 1" (2.87m x 1.85m)
MASTER BEDROOM 14' 2" x 17' (4.32m x 5.18m)
ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM
BEDROOM TWO 12' 10" x 15' 1" (3.91m x 4.6m)
BEDROOM THREE 14' 1" x 10' 4" (4.29m x 3.15m)
BEDROOM FOUR 10' 8" x 7' 7" (3.25m x 2.31m)
DINING AREA 18' 4" x 13' 8" (5.59m x 4.17m)
LIVING AREA 11' 1" x 10' 11" (3.38m x 3.33m)
BEDROOM THREE 9' 1" x 9' 7" (2.77m x 2.92m)
BEDROOM ONE 8' 9" x 16' 6" (2.67m x 5.03m)
BEDROOM TWO 8' 1" x 16' 6" (2.46m x 5.03m)
GARAGE/WORKSHOP 11' 1" x 16' 8" (3.38m x 5.08m)
BIKE SHED 11' 1" x 8' 1" (3.38m x 2.46m)
SERVICES Mains electricity, mains water, private drainage and oil fired central heating.
OUTGOINGS We understand the Main House is in band 'G' and The Cottage is in band 'B' for Council Tax purposes.
VIEWING By appointment with MANSBRIDGE BALMENT on 01822 612345.
DIRECTIONS Leave Tavistock via the A386, heading towards Plymouth. After approximately two miles, pass through the hamlet of Grenofen and continue down the hill. As the road goes right, into Magpie bends, take the driveway on the left signposted Furzeland Down House. Continue along this private drive taking the right hand fork which leads down to the property.