A beautifully presented GF apartment forming part of an impressive GII* listed building. 2 bedrooms (1 en suite), bathroom, living room, kitchen/breakfast room, basement hallway, snug/study, wine cellar/store, 3 Acres communal grounds, parking & garage.
A beautifully presented, spacious & recently improved ground floor 2 bedroom apartment forming part of an impressive GII* listed building. 2 bedrooms (1 en suite), bathroom, living room, kitchen/breakfast room, basement hallway, snug/study, wine cellar/store, 3 Acres of park-like communal grounds, parking & garage.
Pitt House is situated in a secluded countryside setting hidden from view at the lower end of the Teign Valley, between the popular towns of Chudleigh and Bovey Tracey, close to the village of Chudleigh Knighton just south of Exeter in Devon. From here the Devon coast and the rugged hills of Dartmoor are easily accessible.
Between Chudleigh and Bovey Tracey are all the local facilities and amenities that you could wish for including some wonderful independent shops, convenience stores, cafes, pubs, restaurants, as well as a weekly markets selling local produce. There are doctors and dental surgeries in both towns as well as sports clubs and seasonal open air swimming pools. Both towns have active communities and there is always something going on to cater for all tastes and interests.
Supermarkets are located in Kingsteignton or Newton Abbot, a short drive away. The county capital and Cathedral city of Exeter can be reached by bus or car with all of the facilities you would expect.
Nearby Chudleigh Knighton has a pub – The Claycutters Arms, and car repair/service garage. Just outside the village is Chudleigh Knighton Heath, a site of Special Scientific Interest with a number of footpaths running through it.
There is excellent walking and cycling in the area and there are opportunities for all types of water sports and beaches a short distance away at Teignmouth or Torbay, where there is also a deep water marina. The walks, pubs and Tors of Dartmoor are only a short drive away. There are several golf clubs in the area, Teign Valley, Dainton, and Teignmouth.
The property is conveniently located for commuting to Torbay, Exeter or Plymouth with easy access to the A38 Devon Expressway, and also for access to the rest of the country via the M5 motorway at Exeter. There are regular local bus services and mainline rail station in Newton Abbot and Teignmouth linking to London Paddington in around 3 hours. Exeter has an airport flying to national and international destinations.
Set in the earlier and original part of Pitt House built in the 1840’s this stunning apartment is presented to a very high standard throughout. The current owners have put a huge amount of time and effort in to improving the apartment during their tenure. Including but not limited to refurbishing and incorporating the basement rooms into the main accommodation, moving the kitchen to one of the front rooms, adding an en suite to the main bedroom, renewing the bathroom, as well as redecoration throughout. Located off the main entrance hall you really get a sense of the grandeur that Pitt House had as country house in the 1800’s when you walk through the communal front door. This grandeur can still be appreciated today in several of the rooms of this fine apartment.
Accommodation briefly comprises; to the ground floor – entrance hall, large and impressive sitting/dining room, recent kitchen/breakfast room, 2 double bedrooms (1 en suite) and bathroom. Stairs to the basement and a reception hall open to a snug/study/potential 3rd bedroom, wine cellar/store room. There is a garage and parking space demised to the property and the owners enjoy the use of the park-like communal grounds of approximately 3 Acres.
Pitt House was designed and built in the 1840’s by the renowned London Architect Sir George Gilbert Scott in Partnership with William B. Moffatt. Sir Gilbert Scott being responsible for many iconic buildings such as St Pancreas Hotel and Train Station, and the Prince Albert Memorial. Pitt House is described as being of immense architectural and historic interest as one of the few remaining examples of a domestic building by Sir Gilbert Scott, and as an example of the early Victorian Jacobean revival style. Constructed of Devon squared stone with Bathstone dressings the house is almost symmetrical in design and features curly Dutch gables and castellated bay and oriel windows.
In the 1880’s whilst in the ownership of Charles Seale-Hayne Pitt House was extended to the rear, including the addition of a billiard room and ballroom as well as several service rooms. During the second world war the American military used Pitt House, and then it saw use as a boys boarding school for a period of time prior to the conversion in the 1980’s. In the mid 1980’s much restoration work was carried out and the mansion was split into the current layout of three large houses and six apartments.
This apartment is situated on the ground floor and is accessed through the original front door via the communal entrance hall. An impressive and richly decorated room with wood panelling, ornately plastered ceiling and original staircase leading up to the first floor, a large window over the stairs features hand-painted glass. There is a large open fire place with a stone mantle. This room has been used on occasion for the residents social gatherings.
The oak panelled front door opens to an entrance hall with space for storing coats and shoes and leading to the principal rooms. This apartment benefits from high ceilings throughout adding to the feeling of space of an already large property. Polished wooden flooring continues from the hallway into the sitting/dining room where it’s believed to be the original flooring. Originally the drawing room to Pitt House, this impressive and grand room boasts some fabulous period features such as the intricately plastered coffered ceiling, almost floor to ceiling stone mullion and transom windows including the beautiful deep bow window to the front giving expansive views over the grounds. The fireplace has an ornate black marble mantlepiece with a wood-burning stove in-situ. As can be seen a circular dining table fits well in the bow window, and there is plenty of room to place sitting room furniture.
The kitchen is also to the front of the property, again with a lovely view over the grounds from the tall stone mullion and transom window, and has recently been completely made over with a new kitchen. The cream shaker style storage units are complimented by black stone worksurfaces and upstands with an under counter ceramic sink. There is space for a range cooker with an extractor over and a central island gives further storage with a breakfast bar to one side. In addition there is space for a fridge/freezer and dishwasher, and space for washing and drying machines which are cleverly tucked away in a tall unit. To the floor is practical wood effect vinyl flooring. According to drawings this would have been the original dining room to Pitt House.
The main bedroom, originally the Pitt House kitchen, is off the sitting room with a lovely view to the side of the property and has recently been completely made over and fitted build-in wardrobes, the central door of which leads to the modern en suite shower room with underfloor heating. A mezzanine level has cleverly been created over the wardrobes and en suite which makes a great storage area, or is large enough to take a double mattress, and is accessed with a ladder.
Bedroom two is off the hallway with a window facing the inner courtyard, opposite which is the luxurious bathroom, again recently made over and part tiled with a large shower cubicle with thermostatic shower, tiled floor with underfloor heating, vanity unit with wash basin and hidden cistern WC, and a heated towel rail. Over the bathroom accessed via a hatch is a handy loft space with useful extra storage space.
Between bedroom 2 and the bathroom a door opens to a new wooden staircase leading to the basement rooms. The current owners put a lot of thought, time and effort into making this area suitable for use as further accommodation, and it is a very useful space. The stairs lead to a hallway which could have a number of potential uses. Off which is a snug, or perhaps a study, with a low barrelled ceiling, although the current owners have had a sofa bed which fitted well giving the possibility of using it as an occasional third bedroom. On the afore mentioned drawings this is denoted as a Strong Room – one can only imagine what it has contained over the years! At the other end of the hallway is an opening to the wine cellar, with many of the original slate cooling shelves still in place. Those missing have been replaced with contrasting oak shelves. This also makes a handy general store room. The heating has been extended to these rooms, although being below ground they do maintain a fairly constant temperature throughout the year. A door from the rear of the hall opens to external steps up to a central courtyard.
The property is approached over the driveway from the road, with Pitt House being completely obscured from view from the road, set back behind paddocks and trees. Towards the top of the drive is a block of garages with one garage demised to this apartment as well as an allocated parking space, with limited further parking on the gravelled area to the front of the house. The park-like communal grounds are to the front of Pitt House and the driveway extending to in the region of 3 acres. Steps lead down from the front of the house to the main lawn with central bed. On a lawned terrace between the house and the lawn are a pair of Terra Cotta Urns set on decoratively carved plinths made by Mark Henry Blanchard and believed to have been shown at The Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace. Beyond the main lawn are pathways leading to further secluded areas to relax and enjoy. Including a barbeque area with brick BBQ and log seating, a wildlife pond, and woodland paths. There are several large and ancient trees to admire. You can almost imagine the house as it was in 1845 when looking up at it from the gardens!
Agents Notes: This is part of a Grade II* Listed Property: Pitt House – List entry number: 1165950
Photo 16 is of the communal entrance hall leading to the apartment.
Tenure: Leasehold – 125 years from 1985 with 87 years remaining. 1/6th Share in the Freehold. Service charge approx. £2,100 per Annum, Peppercorn Ground Rent.
Council Tax: Band E – £2618.09 for the 01/04/2022 to 31/03/2023 financial year.
Services: Mains water, gas and electricity, gas central heating. Private shared drainage.
Local Authority: Teignbridge District Council, Forde House, Brunel Rd, Newton Abbot TQ12 4XX, 01626 361101.
Directional Note: Approaching from the north or south on the A38 take the exit signed for B3344 Teign Valley and Finlake. At the bridge over the junction turn down the hill and round a left hand bend. Pass the entrance to Finlake Holiday Park and pass the entrance to Pitt Lodge (the old driveway). Slow down and on the next bend you will see the turning to Pitt House on the right flanked by two lodge houses.
Viewings: Strictly by appointment with the selling agent: James Taylor – The Agency UK Teignbridge.
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