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Property of the month: Banking on a fine heritage

PUBLISHED: 09:33 01 August 2014

Dove House, Newton Ferrers, near Plymouth

Dove House, Newton Ferrers, near Plymouth

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A delightful home with a rich history is our Property of the Month for August

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Address: Dove House, Membland, Newton Ferrers, near Plymouth, Devon, PL8 1HT.

Location: A38 six miles; M5/Exeter 40 miles; Plymouth city centre 12 miles; Newton Ferrers/Noss Mayo waterfront 0.5 miles.

Guide price: £1.5million

Agent: Stags, 34-36 North Hill, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8ET. Tel: 01752 223933; e-mail: Plymouth@stags.co.uk

Accommodation: Five reception rooms, outstanding kitchen, seven bedrooms, six bath/shower rooms, swimming pool, extensive lawns, paddock, woodland, stream frontage.

Dove House lies on the outskirts of the historic hamlet of Membland, which is just outside the yachtsman’s haven of Newton Ferrers, on the Yealm Estuary.

This fabulous “small” country house is Listed Grade II and is believed to be the former laundry and manager’s house on the estate of the banker, Edward Baring, later Lord Revelstoke. Dating from the late 1800s, mention is made of the property in Pevsner’s respected Devon edition of The Buildings of England.

Featuring slate gabled and hipped roofs with deep eaves, a distinctive style of the estate, Dove House is also locally known for its prominent clock tower. Other details retained from its former use include a ventilator turret with pyramidal roof on the ridge. There is a tablet set in the gable with the Baring monogram inset.

The present owners have carried out many improvements over the last decade, capitalising on the inherent attractions of the sizable house, which extends in all to over 5,600 sq ft, incorporating five reception rooms, seven bedrooms, and six bath or shower rooms.

Dove House entrance gateDove House entrance gate

The grounds total about 5.3 acres, about 2.9 of which are woodland. The sweeping lawns offer privacy, with an aspect that extends over the rolling adjacent hillsides and towards the head of the nearby creek at Bridgend.

To the roadside there is a long stone wall with two vehicular gateways, one of which is in regular use with electrically operated security gates. The drive swings down to the rear of the house where there is ample parking space and access to the garaging. To one side of the principal lawn is a paddock area, bounded by low fencing, with an old stone bothy set to the lower edge adjoining the wood.

A swimming pool lies in the lower corner of the grounds, and is exceptionally private, partly sheltered by established trees.

Membland consists of an extraordinary range of buildings, with the centre portion reminiscent of an Oxford quadrangle. It is sad that the financial crisis of the 1890s resulted in the estate being sold and later the principal house of the estate was demolished.

The sitting room at Dove HouseThe sitting room at Dove House

However, the distinctive buildings of the estate are to be found over a large portion of the area.

Negligible through traffic, the beautiful twin villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo, and a mild climate make this an idyllic setting for all types of buyer. Yachtsmen are drawn to the sheltered waters of the estuary, inevitably helped by the presence of three waterside pubs and a yacht club, while further marine facilities are to be found in Plymouth with its extensive waterfront and marinas.

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