One of Exe Estuary's finest waterfront homes set within 13 acres of extremely well-kept gardens and woodland.
Belvedere is a Grade II listed house of intriguing Georgian crenelated architecture standing in a majestic elevated position above the Exe Estuary with outstanding views of the water. The oldest part of the house dates from the 17th century, with 18th and 19th century additions and during the 19th century was the Dower House of neighboring Nutwell Court. Unusually for a waterfront property, the house is not overlooked from any direction thanks to the wonderful established gardens and mature woodland. The west facing façade is both imposing and attractive, crenelated and with large sash windows to take advantage of the magnificent views.
Numerous and significant improvements have been made to the house, and it now stands as an ideal family home with ample space for entertaining. First impressions are superb, with a stunning reception hall with high ceilings and large windows accessed via the entrance porch. From the reception hall, the dining room is accessed, situated in the older part of the house with a cosy and relaxing feel thanks to the slightly lower ceilings. The doors leading to the patio at the rear of the house ensure, along with the open layout, an abundance of natural light is enjoyed.
The kitchen and breakfast room form the heart of the house, with a beautiful open archway between the two rooms. The breakfast room has space for a large dining table, ideal for family dining and informal entertaining. This leads to the drawing room, perhaps the most impressive reception room in the house with magnificent proportions. The vast windows and glass doors give exceptional views over the gardens, beyond the ha-ha wall to the estuary beyond. The drawing room is west facing and an ideal place in which to watch the magical sunsets over the estuary.
A home office and study are also situation on the ground floor, as are the practical elements of the house including a utility room, cloakroom and integral garage.
A large wine cellar with excellent ceiling height offers superb space for storage and a selection of wine bins. The most impressive addition to Belvedere is without doubt the outstanding leisure area, designed to blend in perfectly with the house and surroundings, being carefully built underground to the north of the house, disguised externally underneath a patio and seating area. The indoor pool area is of a grand scale, with glass doors down one side giving access to the patio and views over the gardens and estuary. A central skylight above the pool ensures the area is light whilst maintaining a calming atmosphere. There is a hot tub, two shower rooms, a sauna, tanning room and the plant room. The gym is particularly impressive and sits in a double height octagonal building with attractive lead lined windows giving views all-round the gardens and over the water.
The first and second floor bedroom accommodation continues the theme of superb proportions whilst maintaining the feel of a manageable family home. There are a total of five bedrooms on the first floor and two on the second floor. The magnificent master bedroom suite occupies one end of the house with a double aspect, far reaching views from a balcony and a beautifully finished en-suite bathroom, next to which is a dressing room. The other end of the first floor features the principal guest suite with bay window overlooking the gardens and estuary beyond.
At the entrance to the drive to Belvedere and behind the entrance gates sits the Grade II listed gate lodge, an attractive single storey building with an open plan kitchen / breakfast room and living room, a bedroom and bathroom. This provides excellent ancillary accommodation to the main house and would be ideal for a housekeeper, gardener or family member.
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