Remarkable 4 bedroom property in sought after Salcombe location
Only property in Salcombe with triple aspect sea views
3 acres of south-facing gardens
Direct water access and boathouse
Fort Charles sits in an elevated south-facing position overlooking the sea and stands on the site from which the stone for Fort Charles castle was quarried, giving the house its name. Built by King Henry VIII in the 1540s, Fort Charles castle is located immediately below the house’s extensive private grounds, guarding the entrance to Salcombe estuary, and was the last castle to fall to the Roundheads during the English Civil War.
Constructed predominantly of stone with a slate roof, Fort Charles is believed to date from the 1900s and provides light-filled, flexible accommodation arranged over two floors. The property has been extensively reconfigured and upgraded by the current owners to take advantage of the panoramic sea views and, subject to relevant planning permissions, could be further extended or indeed rebuilt if required.
In its current configuration, Fort Charles is designed to maximise the magnificent sea views, with the upper floor providing a large glazed sun room with vaulted glazed roof, French doors to a private terrace with outstanding sea and estuary views and access to an external spiral staircase leading to two eagle’s eyrie terraces offering arguably the best views over the Salcombe Bar and the open sea beyond. The bespoke hand-built kitchen provides an extensive range of wall and floor units reminiscent of a ship’s bridge, with modern integrated appliances and space for a breakfast table. The kitchen opens into a dining room with space for a sizeable dining table, the whole enjoying spectacular views out to sea. The upper floor accommodation is completed by a spacious dual aspect master bedroom with built-in storage, a large en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and a neighbouring dual aspect sitting room.
The ground floor accommodation provides a large welcoming reception hall with coatroom opening off it, a spacious sitting room, a generous study, a fitted utility room, a store room and the property’s two remaining wellproportioned bedrooms, both with en suite facilities. A rear porch gives access to the integral triple garage.
To the rear of the property a concrete block outbuilding currently provides a W.C. and store and offers an opportunity for further development to provide ancillary accommodation if required (STP).
The renowned estuary town and yachting haven of Salcombe is located at the heart of the South Hams region in South Devon and is famed for its uncommonly temperate climate, verdant unspoilt countryside and a spectacular coastline. Arguably one of the most sought-after seaside locations in the UK, Salcombe is the perfect setting for this fantastic waterfront home. Once a thriving fishing village, Salcombe still retains much of its original charm and character and provides a good selection of day-today amenities including boutique shopping, numerous restaurants and public houses and two upmarket hotels, Salcombe Harbour Hotel and The South Sands Hotel. The town also has a protected harbour offering deepwater berths, magnificent sandy beaches and numerous coves and sheltered anchorages, making it an excellent base for dinghy sailing, water sports, boating and long coastline walks.
The property enjoys excellent communication links: Ivybridge train station offers regular trains to Paddington in just over 3 hours and the A38 Devon Expressway gives access to major towns and to the national motorway network. Exeter Airport offers a growing number of national and international flights, including daily flights to London City Airport. There is also a grass airstrip nearby at Bolt Head, ideal for helicopters and light aircraft.
The area benefits from a good selection of state schooling including Salcombe C of E Primary School and Kingsbridge Community College together with some noteworthy independent schools including Kelly College, Blundells and Stover.
With formal gardens extending to some 1.6 acres and a total site area including the foreshore of more than 3 acres, Fort Charles is approached over a gated private driveway providing parking for several vehicles and access to the integral triple garage, which on wet days has doubled up as a children’s games/table tennis room. The sheltered front garden offers a south-facing oasis of calm, ideal for entertaining and al fresco dining. This garden is predominantly laid to lawn with individual specimen palm trees planted in 1995, a cherry tree and a number of flower borders generously stocked with colourful seasonal flowers. The remaining lovingly-engineered terraced gardens are accessed through secure private gates and are a particular feature of the property, reminiscent of the world-famous Amalfi coast, with multiple water features and plant collections sourced from nearby nurseries to take advantage of the local Mediterranean microclimate.
The terraced Palm Garden is adorned with a selection of mature palms, manicured paths and an infinity water feature with a large deck offering splendid views of The Bar and North Sands and the sea. A glazed studio room with W.C., power and water is located behind the decked area, sheltered from prevailing winds and benefiting from uninterrupted views of the sea, offering an ideal space for entertaining and al fresco dining or for a home office. A flagstone pathway leads to an Italianate summer house and to the Mirador terrace, offering unrivalled views of the castle and with a wrought-iron security gate leading to a bathing platform owned by Fort Charles, providing sheltered swimming and access to the sandy beach of North Sands at low tide. The path leads to Hope, an area of garden reclaimed over the years by the current owners and transformed into generous terraced gardens including a viewing platform looking out to sea.
A flagstone pathway leads to a wooded section of the gardens with mature pines and a treehouse, and then continues on to the Italian garden which features a pergola adorned with climbing roses, a charming summer house with power, and a circular terrace, ideally placed to capture the morning sun and to enjoy al fresco breakfasts while taking in the views up the estuary towards Salcombe.
The gardens also feature a well-preserved World War Two bunker with rooftop timber viewing deck, providing further future development potential (STP).
A custom-made spiral staircase leads down to a security gate and a private boathouse with a timber access ramp and manual winch down to a sheltered private harbour, ideal for tenders and sailing dinghies.