Outstanding Riverside House in a Magical Setting within its own Peninsula Estate on the River Dart.
The house is on the north east point of the peninsula perfectly orientated to benefit from the magnificent views of the River Dart. The house is in excellent condition and well designed with large single pane French windows in the main reception rooms and surrounding stone terrace to display the view.
All the rooms benefit from wonderful proportions with good ceiling heights and characterful features including fine cornice detail, beautiful stone and wooden flooring, numerous period marble and wooden fireplaces, moulded doorways and elegant arches positioned throughout the house.
The poplar avenue curves round to a gravel parking area to the front of the house. Flagstone steps under a portico, lead to front door that opens to an impressive double height hall that is complimented with a wooden staircase with galleried landing and decorative flagstone floor. One of the particular features of the house is the easy flow of rooms from this central hallway and overall light from the numerous full height French windows.
With so many wonderful reception rooms the family kitchen is one of the highlights being large in scale and open to a conservatory and orangery, both of which have access to the terrace, ideal for alfresco dining, and views of the river. The kitchen was designed by Peter Booth from Newton Abbott and has Mandarin stone floor, granite work tops, fitted cupboards and a cream Aga.
The dining room, which has a particularly decorative ceiling, is conveniently connected to the kitchen via moulded double doors. Through another set of double doors is a dual aspect drawing room with further views of the river and formal gardens.
From the hall there is access to a boot room which connects the house to the study/billiard room. From here a further door opens into a sauna and loo.
The galleried landing has views to the south and accesses all the principle bedrooms. The master bedroom suite with dressing room has a dual aspect, balcony and river views from the bed. Two further bedrooms suites have views to the north east over to the River Dart estuary. There is one further suite with balcony and another bedroom with shower room. A further bedroom connects the first floor to a two bedroom staff flat which has its own entrance and terrace.
To the north of the house stands a cottage, similar in style to the main house constructed of bricked rendered elevations under a slate tiled roof. Also in excellent condition and has three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. On the ground floor there is a kitchen and open plan living/dining area which opens onto a conservatory. The building is surrounded by a paved terrace and has views over the garden to the river. The cottage also has a large wine cellar and store.
Gardens & Grounds
The house is surrounded by stunning gardens arranged on different levels and are primarily lawn with an array of colourful shrubs and hedges including a rose and lavender borders. A wonderful variety of mature trees, including Monterey pine, are landscaped among the formal gardens providing protection and privacy whilst allowing uninterrupted views over the river.
To the north of the house beyond stone steps and ornate fountain is an area of terraced flower, vegetable and fruit borders accompanied by a green house, chicken run and timber framed stable block with 3 loose boxes.
In addition to the water activities on the Dart, the formal gardens enjoy an immaculate terraced croquet lawn and boule court as well as a tennis court with elegant pavilion.
Beyond the gardens, Gurrow Point's grounds are predominately pasture and a mixture of soft and hard woodland. Enchanting grass rides meander through the woodland allowing vehicular access throughout the peninsula including to the water, its own beach, view points and hidden ponds. One ride runs to one of Gurrow Point's two slipways which is accessed via a wooden gate and used for launching larger boats at high tide. The main slipway, which is accompanied with a jetty, is approached via stone steps from the garden.
The peninsula's undulating landscape provides the grounds with panoramic views up and down the river Dart, across the South Hams countryside and as far as the Dartmoor National Park. Within the grounds is a large barn which has electricity and water that is useful for storing farm and garden machinery as well as boats.