A spacious and elegant Grade II listed Georgian villa set in just under an acre of gardens and grounds
Mount Braddon is an exceptional Georgian villa which dates back to around 1827 when it was built for Sarah Brydges-Willyams the widow of Col. James Brydges Williams, commander of the Cornish militia.
Born Sarah Mendez da Costa of Spanish Jewish descent, her enthusiasm for her Jewish heritage meant that she was a keen supporter of the Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and after writing to him, he and his wife became great friends of hers.
After visiting Mrs Willyams at Mount Braddon in 1853, they continued to do so annually until her death in 1863 whereupon she bequeathed Mount Braddon to him.
It is also believed that Disraeli's love of the primrose was fostered by his frequent trips to Torquay and that the Primrose League was formed under the large cedar tree at the front of the property following his death. (Sourced from "Disraeli" (a biography) by Sarah Bradford, 1982.
Nowadays, Mount Braddon is a magnificent and impressive home offering flexible accommodation over three floors. Modern luxuries such as en suite bathrooms are married well with its elegance, period charm and features.
Stepping into the impressive entrance hall really does set the tone for what is to come and immediately one is struck by the generous proportions and abundance of natural light. With wooden floors, original cornicing, full height triple sash windows and a stunning sweeping staircase the elegance and grandeur is clear to see. Whilst this beautiful and welcoming entrance hall is the focal point on the ground floor, it leads to two equally impressive reception rooms both of which are south facing and feature full length triple sash windows which look out over the veranda and garden beyond. The dining room benefits from a south and east aspect while the drawing room provides access into the sun room and out onto the verandah and garden.
The well-equipped kitchen / breakfast room is clearly the heart of the home. Arranged around the central island, it is integrated with a range of appliances including a NEFF double oven, a gas hob, dishwasher and Bosch fridge and freezer. Beyond this there is a utility with access into the integral double garage, a cloakroom and a gym / studio / additional bedroom.
From the entrance hall, the grand, sweeping staircase leads to the first floor and again the generous proportions continue. The principal bedroom with feature fireplace benefits from south and east aspects with large sash windows which flood the room with light. The views over the mature gardens are fabulous and through the trees there is a glimpse of the sea. Beyond this there is a generous dressing room with bespoke fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom.
There are a further two double bedrooms on this floor, both of which have en suite shower rooms.
A short flight of stairs leads to a second utility / laundry area as well as a study. The second floor provides a further four bedrooms, one of which is en suite as well as a family bathroom.
Gardens and Grounds
Mount Braddon is approached through electric gates and a private, sweeping driveway which is shared with the mews cottages, Mount Braddon Mews. Further gates lead to the private drive for Mount Braddon which provides ample parking.
Immediately outside the principal reception rooms is a lovely, covered veranda which looks out over the mature gardens and provides the perfect spot of alfresco dining. Steps lead down to the level garden which is largely laid to lawn and bordered with mature shrubs and trees giving a wonderful degree of privacy. There are a number of seating areas from which to enjoy the surroundings.
Adjoining Mount Braddon is a double garage.
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I love the proportions of this house and I was bowled over as soon as I stepped through the front door!Amy HartProperty agent