Approximately 6,217 sq. ft. main house
Approximately 1,352 sq. ft. annexe
Approximately 19 acres
Indoor swimming pool
Staverton Manor is a substantial family home that provides over 6,200 sq. ft. of living space in a flexible layout. Built around the turn of the 20th century, the property has retained many attractive period features including wood panelling, open fireplaces, bay windows and large sash windows.
Accessed via an entrance porch, there is an impressive wood panelled entrance hall that leads to the kitchen and reception rooms. There are four large reception rooms; a double aspect sitting room with a biofuel burner within a stone fireplace, a double aspect dining/snooker room, an extremely spacious drawing room with bespoke oak fitted bookshelves and an open fire, plus a light and bright orangery with lovely views of the gardens. Four sets of French doors; one from the orangery, one from the drawing room and two from the sitting room lead out to a large west facing terrace with lovely views overlooking the gardens and pond. An electrically-operated canopy above the terrace provides shelter from the sun. There is a large kitchen/dining room with attractive units, granite worktops, a kitchen island and a range of integrated appliances including an oil fired AGA with an extra module, an electric oven, hob, fridge/freezer and a dishwasher. Completing the ground floor is a utility room, pantry, boot room and a cloakroom.
Upstairs, there are four double bedrooms, accessed by a central galleried landing. The very large master bedroom suite has the benefit of a seating area, two sets of French doors leading onto a balcony overlooking the gardens and pond, a well-appointed dressing room and a stylish en suite bathroom with a claw foot bath. The remaining three bedrooms each also have their own en suite bath or shower rooms.
On the second floor there is a family bathroom, plus a further large double bedroom with an adjacent dressing room, as well as a snug/bedroom 6. Both of these rooms offer flexible living space which can be adapted to suit a variety of requirements.
The current owners have extensively renovated this section of the property to create a stylish three bedroom annexe which provides excellent income potential or could be used for additional family members. Currently successfully let on Airbnb, the annexe has a spacious living room, kitchen, family bathroom, shower room and three bedrooms. The annexe has its own separate entrance via the gardens, but can also be accessed via a lift from the orangery. The bathroom and shower room have electric underfloor heating. The annexe has its own generous-size section of garden, neatly separated by a wall and mature hedging from the rest of the grounds. There is a patio, as well as flat areas of landscaped lawn and a beautiful pergola with an established wisteria growing across it.
Adjoining the annexe is a fabulous pool complex which has a wall of full-height windows looking out to the gardens and pond. There is an electrically-operated pool cover, a resistance pump that creates a current to swim against and the room has air-conditioning temperature control. The complex has a changing room and shower, plant room, storage room and a WC.
Staverton Manor is located on the edge of the well-regarded village of Staverton. The village has a strong sense of community, offering a popular local Inn, a church, Staverton Heritage (steam) Railway line and St. Christopher’s Prep School taking children from nursery age up to the age of eleven. There is a range of good private and state schools in the area, including King Edward VI Community College, South Devon Steiner School, Stover School and the Torquay Grammar Schools.
The historic market town of Totnes, just 2.5 miles away, was nominated in British Airways ‘HighLife’ magazine as one of the world’s top ten funky towns. The town has a medieval castle, direct access to the River Dart and offers an eclectic range of shops including an organic vegetable shop, a specialist record store, an exceptionally well-stocked book shop and many other interesting independent shops. There is a street market twice a week and a monthly food market.
Staverton Manor is also situated just 4 miles from the Dartmoor National Park. The National Park covers an area of 368 square miles and features hills, valleys, granite tors and rivers, providing a dazzling backdrop to a range of outdoor activities including walking, cycling and riding. There is ample opportunity for other activities in the immediate area, including golf at the Dartmouth Golf and Country Club just 12 miles away, whilst the South Devon coastline provides excellent sailing and water sports opportunities.
Exeter, approximately 26 miles away, is the most thriving city in the South West and offers a wide choice of cultural activities with the theatre, the museum, arts centre and a wealth of shopping, including John Lewis, and many good restaurants. There are many primary and secondary schools situated in Exeter, including Exeter School and The Maynard, whilst Exeter University is recognised as one of the best universities in the country.
Communication links are excellent; the A38 provides links to Plymouth, Cornwall and Exeter. The M5 at Exeter links to the North, Bristol and London. There are also frequent rail services from Totnes and Exeter St. David’s to London Paddington. Exeter Airport, approximately 30 miles away, offers an ever increasing number of domestic and international flights including daily flights to London City Airport.
Staverton Manor is accessed via an entrance gate and a private drive that leads through the gardens to a large paved area at the front of the house, providing ample parking for a number of vehicles. To the rear there is also a further extensive area for parking, as well as a large dog kennel/run and a very large double garage with a gardener’s WC. The other outbuildings within the grounds include an outdoor office, a large garage/workshop with an inspection pit, a barn, log store and a quadruple garage with an area currently set up as a gym.
The gardens and grounds at Staverton Manor are spectacular; featuring an impressive variety of all-seasons planting, and enjoying a high level of privacy and seclusion. There are different sections of the garden, ranging from the vegetable garden and bespoke chicken run closer to the house, to beautiful areas of woodland at the fringes. A number of paths wind through the grounds, creating pleasant walking routes from where to enjoy the picturesque surroundings. A stream traverses the gardens, to a large pond that creates a haven for local wildlife. Adjacent to the stream and pond is a parkland-style area of garden, with large sweeping lawns and a striking willow tree. There is also a natural bog-garden area, with a raised plank walkthrough, leading through more mature established woodland.
Included within the grounds are two fields, both with gated separate access to the neighbouring lanes.