St. Scholasticas, TQ14

For Sale: £550,000

A superb Grade 2 Listed conversion, comprising the dominant part of a former abbey with over 3000 square feet of highly characterful accommodation having numerous ecclesiastical features. Some coastal views, south-facing gardens, double garage and parking.

SITUATION 4 The Church is pleasantly "tucked away" in an enviable position within ever-popular East Teignmouth, around 1-mile from the town and promenade. One can take a pleasant walk through open park land, to the seafront and town centre via nearby Cliff Walk. Teignmouth is positioned on the lovely South Devon coastline, approximately 13 miles from the cathedral city and county town of Exeter. There is a fine promenade with sandy beaches, including a classic crescent of imposing Georgian buildings. There are boating opportunities on the estuary and the "back beach" has a selection of pubs and restaurants in a superb marine setting. The town has a wide variety of independent shops and cafés , along with several excellent public houses. There is a supermarket on the west side of the town, along with a recently opened theatre and bowling club close to the sea front. Teignmouth has several primary schools, along with a well-regarded secondary school/Community College, and Trinity School, being a private school offering both primary and secondary education.There is a mainline railway station offering a direct link to London Paddington. The junction to the A380 via the B3192 is just under 5-miles away, which can be used to access the A38 and the M5, offering an easy commute to Exeter and beyond.

DESCRIPTION 4 The Church comprises the dominant part of a former Abbey, sympathetically converted in the mid 1990's. The eye-catching external aesthetics comprise limestone elevations with sandstone reliefs and are highly impressive. The property is built in the "Gothic revival" style and provides outstanding accommodation of over 3000 square feet, which has a real sense of "past grandeur." The interior is something really "quite special," offering an elegant and beautiful environment with high-vaulted ceilings and being fenestrated through stained-glass windows. There are numerous ornate ecclesiastical features, 4 en suite bedrooms, spacious receptions and an exceptional mezzanine-style lounge. There is also a good-sized south-facing garden, as well as parking and a double garage.

ACCOMMODATION A secluded entrance courtyard serves 4 The Church and "The Chapter House," a timber entrance door with masonry surround opens to the entrance vestibule with flagstone floor, panelled walls and mullion window. The reception hall has a beautiful stained glass window, a holy water niche, a vaulted ceiling and marble and gilded columns. The dining hall has a vaulted ceiling as well as an intricately decorated and painted dome. There are beautiful stained glass windows set above an altar. There are further marble and gilded columns, two side altars and an ornate alabaster and onyx altar screen. The breakfast room also has a large stained glass window and various further features. The kitchen has timber-fronted wall and floor cupboards, granite worktops, a butler sink and a holy water corner niche and there is a cloakroom with vanity wash hand basin and WC. An attrium-syle inner halls opens to the four bedrooms, all well-proportioned with two having 2-piece en suite bathrooms and one having an en suite shower room, additionally there is a study and a utility room. The mezzanine-style galleried lounge is something of a "show piece" for the house, a lovely area to relax an contemplate the many features and there is a "snug" area with two windows giving views towards a coastal feature known as "The Ness," as well as the pier and across the bay. A spiral staircase provides access to a loft storage area as well as a ladder to the bell tower, which has windows giving 360 degree views of the coast and surrounding countryside. There is a basement housing the twin gas central heating boilers and water tank, as well as having a door opening to the outside at the rear.

THE GARDENS AND GROUNDS The private gardens enjoy a southerly aspect and have borders, a variety of mature trees and sun terraces. There are some places of rest for the past nuns and a mausoleum. At the end of the garden a gate gives access to the detached double garage with parking in front.

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Features

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Receptions
  • DINING HALL
  • GALLERIED LOUNGE
  • RECEPTION HALL
  • BREAKFAST ROOM
  • STUDY
  • KITCHEN
  • CLOAKROOM WITH WC
  • FOUR DOUBLE BEDROOMS (THREE EN-SUITE)
  • UTILITY ROOM
  • CELLAR
  • BELL TOWER
  • GARDENS
  • DOUBLE GARAGE
  • PARKING

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