This architect designed, four-bedroom, detached house has spectacular and panoramic views of the River Dart from the interior, the terraces and the garden.
The views take in the sweep of history. Dartmouth was where The Mayflower stopped on her momentous journey taking the Pilgrim Fathers to America. Dartmouth Naval College is also within sight – and that is the place where Princess Elizabeth met cadet Philip and first fell in love.
The house is arranged over three floors with the rooms designed to allow maximum light and views.
Owner Leslie Marsden, says: “We have lived there since 2011 and life is great down here – fantastic sailing, biking, hiking, golf, kayaking, beaches and really good restaurants. Even though Dartmouth is small there is always so much going on, with proximity to Dartmoor, Exmoor and historic market towns like Totnes. There are also easy connections to London and Heathrow.”
Leslie and partner Keith are moving to Portugal on a new adventure, but both are very conflicted at selling.
“The house is so fabulous for parties of which we have had many. There are two big living rooms to cater for guests and a gourmet kitchen with plenty of ovens. It has a beautiful retreat in the form of a charming summer house with great view. I’m a writer so that is where I work from.
“The tower gives the house interesting angles and from every single window there is a different view. The river is always changing. We watch the naval ships come in and the ferries going back and forth, all the amazing yachts that sail in and out and the steam train that goes back and forth to Paignton along the river as well as the crab and lobster boats that come in to unload their catches.”
The house is just off the South West Coast Path, England’s longest marked long-distance walking trail, with some challenging and remote hiking right on the doorstep. A security gate to side of the garage gives access to a stepped path rising through the tiered front garden to the generous front terrace ideal for relaxation and al fresco dining complete with Jacuzzi and barbecue area. A glass screen on the terrace keeps the wind off diners while they can enjoy the full panorama of the yachts berthed beneath them.
There is underfloor heating to ground floor and modern electric panel heating to the upper floors. The rooms have double glazing, category 5 cabling and interconnected speaker system throughout.
The house is exceptionally well placed in Kingswear for easy access to amenities, including a school, church, the Royal Dart Yacht Club, marina, post office, pubs, general store and car and passenger ferries to Dartmouth and the railway link to Paignton.