Stunning and elegant Victorian villa with Coach House, an additional apartment, a large artist's studio and gym with gated driveway and walled gardens.
Villa Rosa is a wonderful example of modern day living embracing Victorian architecture. This exquisite home dates from 1861 and the current owners have painstakingly restored and upgraded the house beautifully, ensuring the character remains intact with original shutters on triple pane sash windows, beautiful mouldings, fireplaces and parquet flooring. The house is steeped in history, having once been the home of Lord and Lady Clifford and then the home of the playwright and author Sean O'Casey from 1954 to 1964. Guests of Mr O'Casey included Alfred Hitchcock, Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe.
Within the walled grounds of Villa Rosa are three self-contained dwellings including the main house, a garden apartment and The Coach House. In addition the garage / artist's studio offers a first floor sitting room, bedroom and shower room. The main house offers four well-proportioned and elegant reception rooms, a full length south facing conservatory with established bougainvillea and a beautifully appointed kitchen / breakfast room with gas range and breakfast island. The stunning staircase rises to the first floor galleried landing with four double bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom to the principal bedroom and a further family shower room. The garden apartment is self-contained but also benefits from an internal entrance via a staircase descending from the kitchen in the main house. The apartment offers a fitted kitchen, sitting room, three bedrooms and two shower rooms. The apartment benefits from a lovely private garden.
The Coach House is a detached one bedroom property with a sitting room, kitchen and bathroom with a private walled court yard. The Coach House and the garden apartment share their own gated driveway and parking. Outside there is an impressive contemporary artist's studio. Adjoining the studio is the former double garage which now houses a gym and former pottery / workshop. The first floor has ancillary accommodation of sitting room, bedroom and shower room.
The gardens extend to about 0.7 acres and are a delight with a pergola covered al fresco dining terrace and summer house with bi-fold doors adjoining. The walled garden is mainly laid to lawn with a re-wilding area, chicken house and run, flower beds and borders and established trees.
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This has to be one of Torquay's hidden gems. Beautiful architecture combined with modern day living and walking distance to everything you could possibly need. It really is a wow!Sarah-Jane Bingham-Chick