Guide price £995,000
An iconic and historic period house, with stunning gardens, in the centre of Cockington Village The Property • Beautiful, thatched period cottage, listed as being of architectural or historical interest Grade II • Extensive, picturesque and beautifully maintained gardens, with stream and lake • Garaging and parking • Until recently run as a thriving tea gardens business with restaurant • Stunning location within the centre of the beautiful village, yet within easy distance of the seafront and Torquay centre Summary of accommodation • Sitting room • Dining room • Kitchen • Principal bedroom/dressing room/shower room suite • 3 further bedrooms and bathroom • Extensive, picturesque gardens with stream and lake • Garage for 3 cars and parking for 6 • Former tea gardens business, including restaurant with open air and covered areas About 1.4 acres Distances (approximate) Torquay 1 mile Totnes 17 miles Exeter 24 miles Communications From Torquay there is easy access, via the A380, to the A38 dual carriageway and the M5 motorway at Exeter. There is a mainline railway station at Newton Abbot, with trains, via Exeter, to London and at Exeter there is an international airport. From Plymouth, to the west, there are ferries to France and Spain. Location Rose Cottage is situated in the centre of the unique Cockington Village, which is effectively a country village within a town, hidden away in a deep valley, yet just a mile from the centre of Torquay, with its seafront, beaches, harbour, golf courses and many recreational and shopping facilities. Cockington itself, however, is an archetypal English village, with its thatched period houses and cottages, pub, village shops and local businesses, including Cockington Court and country park, with craft centre, historic manor house and art garden. Education in the area includes the renowned Torquay Grammar School. From the road the garden path leads to the front door into the entrance hall, with doors to the cloakroom and the sitting room, with fireplace incorporating woodburner, exposed beams and a door into the gardens. A further door from the hall leads into the dining room, with built in window seats, fireplace with woodburner and steps down to the kitchen, with a range of fitted base and wall cupboards with granite worktops, sink and drainer, dishwasher, electric oven and hob, fridge and freezer and microwave. From the sitting room the staircase rises to the landing with doors to 3 bedrooms, two having fitted wardrobe cupboards and one also with drawers, shelving and desk. From the landing a further staircase rises to the second floor principal suite, with dressing room, having fitted cupboards and dressing table and built in wardrobe cupboard, bedroom with exposed roof timbers and view over gardens and shower room with shower cubicle and wash basin, WC, fitted cupboards and drawers and under eaves storage cupboard. The Gardens and Grounds One of the principal features of the property is the extensive, picturesque and immaculately maintained gardens. A lovely clear stream runs, via small waterfalls, through the gardens and, crossed by foot bridges, both the stream and small leat pass through a lovely clear water pool, attracting ducks and moorhens. Paved paths and terraces interconnect between beautifully stocked shrub and plant borders and including a pergola supporting climbing plants and level lawned areas interspersed with ornamental trees. To the southern end of the gardens the lawns slope uphill, again interspersed with a variety of ornamental trees and from the top there are stunning views across the gardens and the beautiful surrounds of Cockington Village, with its cluster of thatched houses and cottages. The Business Over more than 20 years a thriving business has been created, being Rose Cottage Tea Gardens. These are fully equipped, licensed tea gardens, catering for 185 covers and famous for its gorgeous cream teas and beautiful setting overlooking the gardens and stream and enhanced by a pianist who plays during opening hours. The business was open from April to September. Steps from the main gardens rise to open decked and paved terrace areas overlooking the gardens as well as a covered restaurant and service area. Adjoining are further buildings, including customer WCs, storage and a thatched, stone outbuilding incorporating the commercial kitchen. NB Since Covid-19, the business has not re-opened Services Mains gas, electricity, drainage and water, gas fired heating.
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