From The Plains in Totnes, proceed over the bridge into Bridgetown and follow the road to the junction. At the junction take right onto Bridgetown hill and follow the road along out of Totnes towards Paignton. Approximately one mile after leaving Totnes take right for Aish and Stoke Gabriel. Proceed down the hill and the property will be found a short distance down the road on the right hand side.
Parliament House is situated just outside the town of Totnes. The ancient borough of Totnes enjoys a prominent position above the River Dart. The town is one of Devon's gems: full of both colour and character that stems from a rich cultural, historical and archaeological heritage. It is the second oldest borough in England and is full of facilities to include its own hospital, two supermarkets, interesting shops and galleries together with the riverside walks, Guildhall, Churches and its very own Norman Castle. The railway station links directly with London Paddington and the A38 Devon Expressway is a short distance away joining it at Buckfastleigh, giving excellent access to Plymouth and northbound Exeter.
Parliament House is a unique thatched detached grade II listed house.It is said that William of Orange held his first parliament here after landing in Brixham in 1688. The property is laid out in a totally unique way with the various levels linked with a number of staircases, one of which is a traditional stone circular staircase. At the rear of the property is an impressive living room forming part of an octagon with several windows and log burning stove. Parliament House has a wealth of character features but does require updating and comprises a large number of rooms which could be used for a variety of purposes. A successful purchaser will be able to create a unique character home in this enviable rural location.
The property comprises, with approximate measurements:
Fitted with a range of wall and base level units with wooden worksurfaces, Belfast sink, built in double oven and 4 ring hob, space and plumbing for dishwasher and space for fridge freezer. Walk in larder. Windows to two sides. Wood panelling to walls. Cupboard with trip switches. Two radiators. Space for table and chairs. Door to the dining room and stairs to the drawing room.
Part panelling to walls. Radiator. Built in dresser. Two leaded windows. Ornamental Georgian style fireplace. Space for table and chairs.
Leaded window with window seat. Morso Squirel multi fuel cast iron stove. Radiator. Panelling to ceiling. Door to the garden.
Steps from the dining room lead to:
Doors to the bathroom, utility room and library.
Space and plumbing for washing machine. Sink. Door to garden.
Wood panelling to walls. Panelled bath with hand shower attachment, low level WC and wash hand basin. Radiator. Built in shelving. Window.
Fitted cupboards. Door to the library.
Panelled walls with shelves. Fireplace. Door to the porch. Window. Tiled flooring. Alcove housing the LPG fired Worcester central heating boiler. Steps up to:
Spacious room with vaulted ceiling and five windows allowing plenty of natural light. Wooden flooring. Fireplace with multi fuel stove with hearth and wooden mantle over.
Spiral staircase from the ground floor rise to the FIRST FLOOR LANDING
Two windows. Inset LED spotlights. Radiator. Stairs down to the second landing.
Stairs accessed beside the sitting room lead to FIRST FLOOR LANDING
Wood panelled bath with hand shower attachment, low level WC and wash hand basin. Self contained hot water system via emersion. Radiator.
Leaded window. radiator. Ornamental fireplace.
Stairs providing additional access to bedroom one.
Stairs from the inner hall provide access to:
Wide boarded flooring. Leaded window. Radiator. Fitted wardrobe. Ornamental fireplace.
Suite comprising shower cubicle, low level WC and wash hand basin. Inset LED spotlights. Radiator. Leaded window.
Parliament house stands in extensive gardens that surround the property, they are a reasonable size but need maintenance to return them to their previous splendour. To the front of the garden a cobble path leads to the door to the side of which is a storage shed storing four LPG cylinders. This area has a number of shrubs and creepers including Wisteria on the property's front elevation. Behind the stone wall abutting the lane is the "parliament stone" which refers to William of Oranges first parliament here.
A raised garden lies to the left of Parliament House where there is a Magnolia and sitting area providing views. There is gated access from the garden to the adjacent parking area suitable for a number of vehicles. To the rear of the property is an additional garden area which is well stocked with flowers and shrubs together with trees inc Silver Birch and an Indian Bean tree. To the right hand side of Parliament House is a gravelled terrace with two storage sheds and greenhouse, beyond this area is the kitchen garden. The kitchen garden is now overgrown but is well laid out with raised beds which could once again be restored and be productive.
Mains electricity and water with private drainage. LPG fired central heating.
South Hams District Council
Tel: 01803 861234