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Atherton Lane, Totnes Offers in Excess of £430,000

  • Detached Period Townhouse
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Large Private Garden
  • Charming Historical Position
  • Potential for Improvement
  • Original Features

Unique and interesting detached period townhouse for improvement with a private garden in an historic conservation area.

Atherton Lane
Totnes TQ9 5RT
County: Devon
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: DRO1507


Atherton House is situated in an elevated position at the very end of the charming Atherton Lane (pedestrian only, which we are given to understand is the property of Atherton House) located off Totnes Fore Street, in the very centre of this beautiful town. Enjoying a high degree of privacy, the property is close to an interesting range of small shops, cafes and restaurants. Totnes also provides excellent educational amenities, a main line station to London Paddington and access to superb South Hams countryside. The River Dart and quayside is within walking distance with opportunities for sailing and rowing and the South Devon coast is within a 30 minute drive.


Atherton House is a fascinating townhouse offering potential for sympathetic restoration and updating. The four bedroomed accommodation predominately dates from the 18th Century, but there has been a significant post war extension which provides a spacious sitting room and double bedroom above. There are numerous character features and the traditional slate-hung front elevation is typical of properties of this period in Totnes. There is an area of garden to the front and a good-sized private garden to the rear of the property, with outside stores. To conclude; Atherton House presents a superb opportunity to purchase a special and important old townhouse within the historic setting of Atherton Lane.


Atherton House is situated in a conservation area and it is believed that the site and surrounding grounds were originally Saxon strips for the growing of produce and the keeping of livestock. The house itself probably dates from the 1750s/60s although it is possible that parts are of an earlier period and that the property was upgraded and enhanced in Georgian times to match the more sophisticated fashion and style of the period.


The property comprises the following: Entrance on east side of house to:


With radiator, staircase rising to upper floors and doors to:


13' 7'' x 11' 4'' (4.14m x 3.45m)

With period fireplace with side shelving, windows on two aspects with one looking down Atherton Lane toward the Fore Street Archway, radiator.


13' 7'' x 12' 2'' (4.14m x 3.71m)

With door to kitchen, door to main Living Rooms and door to:


8' 6'' x 15' 9'' (2.59m x 4.80m)

With stainless steel sink unit, worktops with appliance space under. Radiator and door to:


With W.C. and hand wash basin. Coal/fuel cupboard with external hatch access. Potential to create shower room.


18' 3'' x 8' 7'' (5.56m x 2.61m)

With worktops on three sides. Aga range. 1½ bowl stainless steel sink unit with cupboards and drawers under, built-in dishwasher and door off kitchen to outside.


15' 0'' x 20' 0'' (4.57m x 6.09m)

With radiator, working fireplace, windows on three aspects and with one window having view to south garden. Door to:


7' 9'' x 11' 11'' (2.36m x 3.63m)

With quarry tiled floor and door to garden. Open balustrade staircase rising to:


With doors to:



15' 0'' x 20' 0'' (4.57m x 6.09m)

With full range of wall cupboards along one wall with cupboards above. Windows on three aspects to east south and west. Radiator and power points. Views to South.

Inner Landing off First Floor Landing

With east facing window. With airing cupboard, doors to family bathroom and door to bedroom two.

Airing Cupboard within Side Landing

With wall gas mounted boiler and hot water cylinder and shelving.


With panelled bath, pedestal hand wash basin and W.C. With radiator and towel rail/heater. Shower fittings.


12' 8'' x 11' 3'' (3.86m x 3.43m)

With vented and panelled fireplace. Side cupboards. Radiator and power points. Staircase from First Floor Landing to Second Floor Landing: With doors to:


13' 11'' x 12' 3'' (4.24m x 3.73m)

With window to east. With power points and radiator.


13' 11'' x 11' 7'' (4.24m x 3.53m)

With radiator and power points and window looking east.


The property is approached by the historic path known as Atherton Lane. A wrought iron gate leads to a front garden, 17’7 x 27’ comprising small grassed area with mature trees, shrubs and pathway to the front door. A gateway leads to a further uncultivated area 19’3 x 15’7 and a small inner gate to a very large walled ‘secret garden’, currently rambling and overgrown, of approximately 90’x 34’. To the rear of the house, a pathway leads around via some useful outside stores/workshop onto a very attractive and private rear garden, enclosed by stone walls and high fencing, 82’max x 34’2, and comprising level lawn, bordered by mature trees and a delightful stock of well established shrubs. There is further outside storage on a paved area to the side of the extension. Single garage in a block within easy walking distance. NB. Due to difficult access because of trees and shrubs, all garden measurements should be regarded as very approximate and as a rough guide only.


The property is connected to Mains Water (two supplies), Electricity, Drainage and Gas.


From the offices of Rendells in Fore Street, walk across the road and take the pedestrian lane (Atherton Lane) to the left of Anne of Cleves Tearoom. Follow the path to the top and Atherton House will be seen straight ahead with the wrought iron gate on the left.

Atherton Lane
Totnes TQ9 5RT
County: Devon
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: DRO1507

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Atherton Lane
Totnes TQ9 5RT
County: Devon
Sale Type: For Sale
Ref #: DRO1507
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