A brief history of this beautiful period family house starts with the arrival of the railways and the paddle steamers to Ilfracombe. The house was built in the early 20th century as the healthy holiday resort expanded. As their prosperity grew, shop keepers began moving to the suburbs towards the Torrs, where many of the houses captured fine views towards the sea. The owners' family have been in the China, Hardware and Outfitting trade in Ilfracombe for nearly 100 years and the house has passed down successive generations. In 2016 the present owners decided to convert the house to a holiday home, first undertaking a complete upgrade of the services and the rooms to meet modern standards of comfort, whilst also retaining the Edwardian character for guests.
Ilfracombe has a wide variety of attractions including the famous Tunnels Beaches and Damien Hirst's Verity. Boat trips can be taken from the historic harbour where you will also find a good choice of shops, pubs and restaurants. Lee Bay for rockpools and Woolacombe for surfing are a short distance along the coast. The house is close to the Cairn former railway line walk, and the Torrs Walks, part of the 600mile long South West Coastal Path is on the doorstep.
The entrance hall of the house has magnificent period floor tiles and part of the family collection of porcelain is on display. The family have a musical tradition, and guests are invited to play the grand piano in the living room. At the rear of the house, the dining room with large table for up to ten guests, is adjacent to the newly fitted modern kitchen and both rooms provide ample living space. The kitchen has a central breakfast bar and just next to the kitchen is the pantry, the utility room with washing machine and a new shower room.
Climbing up the grand staircase and just off the landing are four attractive spacious bedrooms. A King and Twin at the front plus a Superking and Double at the rear. The rear bedrooms look out over the roof tops to the ocean in the distance. The bedrooms offer period features and furniture and a mix of artwork and historic prints including works by the artist Nik Pollard, R.A., SWLA, which can be purchased. All bedrooms are served by a modern bathroom plus a separate shower room and an additional upstairs WC. All bedrooms have decorative rather than working fireplaces.
The good size garden has a large lawn as well as planted mature borders. There is a picnic table and additional garden chairs, a barbecue and a rotary clothes drier. For summer play there are bats and balls but take care with the greenhouse! There is provision for secure storage of bicycles and surfboards. There is also a sun trap recess at the front of the house with a table and chairs. There is driveway parking behind the gates for up to 3 cars.
With spacious comfortable accommodation and presented with a mix of period and modern furnishings, the semi-detached Edwardian House is ideal for large families or groups of friends at any time of year.
Accommodation: Ground floor: Hallway. Living room with TV/DVD with freeview, Grand Piano, sofa, sofa bed and occasional chairs. Kitchen with breakfast bar, electric 5 ring ceramic hob, two ovens, one with microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Dining room with large table and 10 chairs. Pantry with tumble dryer. Utility room sink and washing machine. Shower room with corner shower, heated towel rail, WC and basin. First floor: Bedroom 1 with Super King. Bedroom 2 with Double. Bedroom 3 with King. Bedroom 4 with Twin. Bathroom with bath and shower over bath, heated towel rail, WC and basin. Shower room with corner shower, heated towel rail, WC and basin. Separate WC and basin.
Facilities and Services: Linen and towels. Highchair and travel cot. Gas CH. Wi-Fi. No smoking. Regret no pets. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Private parking spaces for up to 3 cars plus additional roadside parking. Secure outside storage for cycles. Short breaks available. 3pm arrival time. Arr/Dep for weekly bookings is Friday.
- Sleeps 8
- 4 Bedrooms
- Sorry, no pets
- WiFi connection available
- Friday changeover
- 3 Bathrooms
- Bed linen provided
- Private parking
- 0.4 miles to the nearest pub
- Towels provided
- Highchair available
- Travel cot available
- 0.7 miles from the coast
- Sea views from the property
- Outdoor storage space
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
The property was very spacious. The kitchen had recent been refurbished and was well designed. The house was warm and cosy. We would recommend to stay there againA Palace - 7th January 2018
Lovely family house, very well equipped kitchen. Beds very comfortable indeed.Mrs E Smith - 10th September 2017
The house is a delight and beautifully renovated - just the right combination of modern comfort and bits of history/curiosity. It was lovely to have so much space in the house and garden! Thank you for the use of your super property - we hope to visit again!The Pollard Family - 15th February 2017
Lovely week away for Easter in this beautiful house. We really enjoyed the piano and having big family dinners at the dining table! Brilliant to be so close to the SW coastal path for some walks. Thank you! Mrs Annabel Clifton
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