DESCRIPTION This ELEGANT END HOUSE forms part of the prestigious grade II* listed Wellswood Park, a handsome crescent of originally fifteen similar residences enjoying a southerly facing aspect overlooking the stunning green swathe of the residents private park adjoining the professionally landscaped beautiful garden to this striking home. The park and houses were designed and built circa 1852 by the Harvey Brothers, reputedly one of the finest builders of the period in Torquay.
The amenities of Wellswood can be found crossing the end of the road which retain a ‘village ambience’ with local pub, bistro restaurants, highly regarded primary school, convenience store and delicatessen. Scenic walks can be enjoyed beyond through the wooded Ilsham Valley to picturesque Meadfoot Beach, continuing toward Torquay’s bustling harbour, Yacht Marina and sea front promenade with Princess Theatre, Torre Abbey Sands Beach and Train Station at the far end.
SELLER INSIGHT I first visited this property 37 years ago and was amazed that I did not know this hidden gem existed. We had spent over a year looking for the right house and had gone past this great location many times without knowing of the private Park in the centre of Wellswood. The location is on the level, minutes from the Wellswood shops and wooded Ilsham valley leading to Meadfoot beach, with a fifteen minute walk to the harbour or the town, it really is very convenient living!
The property is a classic Georgian town house built by the Harvey brothers in 1852 for the Admiralty. It is full of original period character. gracious with a subtle charm. The house bowled me over when I walked in the front door, exactly what I had been looking for. The layout is practical and connected, every room feeding off the central hall so there is no wasted space. The kitchen faces East, the dining and drawing rooms face south, both leading directly onto the terrace and garden. The upstairs sitting room faces west and is filled with light from the inner courtyard. The house is drenched with light whatever time of year and the veranda facilitates outside enjoyment even in the winter… All these qualities together in a town house are rare and we love it!
The garden is a delight to enjoy, we had it designed by Sarah Eberle in 1988 with the remit to reflect the period elegance and provide seating areas that have sun and shade throughout the day. The result was an intrinsic part of the living space connected to the house. Everyone who spends time here loves it, it’s perfect for sitting out, snoozing, or dining… One of my favourite things is to sit at the bottom of the garden with a cup of tea and watch the sun rise, my own private paradise. For even more space a gate opens up into the Park, a private space owned by the residents.
I love this house, it reveals its charms as you experience the different seasons throughout the year. It can be a very sociable house with the interconnecting rooms, it can be grand and imposing or casual and informal, or simply quiet and private but always there is a happy and relaxed atmosphere within its walls. It is time for me to move on and fulfil ambitions to travel while I am fit enough to do so, I hope the next owner will love this unique home as much as I do, it is very special.*
* These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
STEP INSIDE It is fair to say that as soon as you step into the Entrance Hall you’ll be surprised at the space that this beautiful home offers. The hall is generous in size and provides a lovely sitting area, coat room with storage and also has a most appealing inner courtyard – a feature that has been enhanced by the owner, filled with plants and light. The hall gives access to all the ground floor accommodation, there is no wasted space at all and the accommodation flows very well indeed. The kitchen breakfast room is a good size with plenty of space for breakfast table, pantry and plenty of worktop space and storage. Whilst the kitchen has been in place for some time, it is of a very good quality. There is a door from the kitchen which gives access to the utility, outside and cloakroom. Access to the cellar space is from the kitchen space too, where there are two rooms, one of which houses the gas fired boiler.
The dining room and connecting drawing room are to the rear of the property, both rooms are beautifully arranged and emphasise the subtle Georgian inspired design. With lovely high ceilings, grand fire place and full height, French doors and sash windows out onto the verandah and garden. Being South facing, both these rooms are flooded with light throughout the day.
Upstairs the quality accommodation continues with a stunning master suite to the front with two full height sash windows looking out over the gardens and park beyond. The room also has a large ensuite featuring a beautiful rolled top bath and a separate shower cubicle as well as plenty of storage. The second bedroom is of an equal size and also to the front with matching full height sash windows over the gardens and park. It has access to a spacious bathroom which is also accessible from the landing. Bedroom three is also a good double room with built in storage. Off the half landing there is access in to the guest suite. This would have been the original servant wing. Today it forms lovely accommodation with a hall space which has French doors and Juliet balcony over the inner courtyard. This leads into a library/lounge with a bedroom accessed on one side and lovely bathroom to the other.
STEP OUTSIDE The professionally landscaped gardens are accessed via the side path, from the dining room or drawing room. They are a real credit to the owner and compliment the house perfectly. There is a gorgeous, reclaimed Yorkshire stone terrace sat underneath the glazed verandah which has a beautiful mature wisteria. It’s the perfect place to sit and enjoy the garden, whatever the weather! The central lawn has a meandering water feature and bridge which crosses into the further lawn area bordering the private park with a hedged boundary. The garden has an abundance of mature plants, shrubs, and there is a selection of tranquil seating areas to enjoy the sun or shade, throughout the day. A gate at the bottom of the garden opens into the park. The park is is for the enjoyment of all the residents of Wellswood Park – it is a tremendous space which is private and beautifully kept year round.
To the entrance side of the property there is a vegetable garden which adjoins the garage and is accessed via a side gate. The double garage has sliding doors, power and water just outside.
LOCATION Wellswood Park is just a short walk to the popular shops at Wellswood Village. On from Wellswood and around fifteen minutes walk away is the beautiful Meadfoot beach and the Osborne Hotel. Torquay Town and the award winning marina is around 15-20 minutes walk, or there are regular buses passing through. This location is extremely handy, it is very accessible and within close reach of amenities and yet no one really knows where you are. It’s the best of both worlds!
USEFUL INFORMATION Council Tax Band: G
Council: Torbay Borough Council
Services: Mains water, drainage, gas and electric
Heating: Gas central heating
Broadband: Up to 80 MBPS accrding to BT
Listed Building Status: Grade II*
List Entry Number: 1206876
TORQUAY IS WELL CONNECTED By Train: Torquay Train Station is just one stop from the main line Newton Abbot.
By Air: Exeter Airport provides both UK and international flights.
By Sea: Torquay Marina provides a safe haven for boats in all weathers, sheltered from the prevailing south-westerly winds.
Regional Cities of Exeter & Plymouth approximately 22 miles and 32 miles respectively. Magnificent Dartmoor National park approximately 12 miles.
DIRECTIONS: SAT NAV: TQ1 2QB. From our office take the Babbacombe Road towards Torquay and after approximately 2 miles, passing St Matthias Church at Wellswood on your left, take the second right into Wellswood Park.