On the market for the first time in over 50 years, Old Walls is a charming and distinguished period house offering spacious six bedroomed accommodation and retaining superb character features. These include fine original fireplaces, Georgian doors, dado panelling, picture rails, display alcoves, internal window shutters and a lovely old staircase. The principal rooms, particularly from the upstairs, enjoy outstanding village and countryside views and the property leaves excellent potential for sensitive improvement, blending modern features with the fine original character. The gardens, which are cleverly landscaped, provide beautiful seating areas, lawns, a wonderful selection of mature trees and shrubs together with ancient stone steps and walls. Old Walls also benefits from a single garage.
To conclude; Old Walls is a truly enchanting listed house of exceptional character and quality with a well established garden, situated in the centre of this historic and celebrated South Hams village, within half a mile of Slapton Sands and Slapton Ley.
Old Walls occupies an important and elevated position in the centre of sought after Slapton. There is a fine parish church, noted local inn and a thriving village hall which hosts an interesting range of local events. There are further facilities in the nearby villages of Strete, Torcross and Stokenham. The famous Slapton Sands and the freshwater Slapton Ley, are less than one mile away and the beautiful family beach at Blackpool Sands is about 2.5 miles. The celebrated South Hams towns of Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are both approximately 8 miles and offer superb facilities, whilst Totnes is approximately 11 miles and provides a mainline station to London Paddington.
The principal house is believed to date from circa 1720 with extensions in the 1800s. Most of the 18th Century joinery survives, including panelled window shutters, doors, cupboards and unusual staircase with chinoiserie balustrade and moulded rails. This was a village house of importance and is believed to have historical associations with the parish church.
(Source: Historic England and current owners)
24' 2'' x 5' 2'' (7.36m x 1.57m)
Front aspect room enjoying splendid village and countryside views beyond. Various mature flowering climbers and original Georgian panelled front door to:
Stairs to first floor. Understairs cupboard, electric storage heater and doors to:
14' 0'' x 13' 11'' (4.26m x 4.24m)
Double aspect room with decorated recessed archways. Period painted wood fireplace with lovely cast iron grate. Electric storage heater and French doors to sun room (previously mentioned).
13' 11'' x 11' 4'' (4.24m x 3.45m)
Front aspect window with period shutters. Open stone fireplace, deep display cabinet with arched glazed doors. Built-in bookshelves. T.V. aerial point and door to:
14' 1'' x 7' 11'' (4.29m x 2.41m)
Side aspect windows with deep display shelves. Original stone fireplace with raised hearth and bread oven. Deep storage cupboard. Display shelving. Beautiful thick flagstone steps down to:
14' 2'' x 12' 0'' (4.31m x 3.65m)
Side aspect windows. A light, bright kitchen fitted with a range of wall and base units, beech block worksurfaces, tiled splashbacks. Inset 1 ½ bowl sink with mixer taps and shelves above. Fitted dark green Rayburn range for cooking. Electric cooker point. Hatch to roof space. Half-glazed cottage style door to outside. Plumbing for dishwasher and velux window. Door with steps down to:
SIDE HALL/UTILITY ROOM
Various alcoves and shelving. Plumbing for washing machine. Velux window. Exposed beams, half-glazed door to outside. Door to:
STUDIO/LIVING ROOM/BEDROOM 1
Exposed roof beams, side aspect windows and display shelves. T.V. aerial point and feature stonework. Door to adjoining:
Fully tiled with chrome shower unit, small wash basin and W.C. Shaver point, velux window and heated towel rail.
Stairs from Entrance Hall, with unusual cross lattice panels to first floor:
HALF LANDING AND FULL LANDING
Large rear aspect window and doors to:
Fitted wash basin with cupboard below and W.C. Doors to:
11' 7'' x 8' 3'' (3.53m x 2.51m)
Front aspect room enjoying superb rural views. Built-in wardrobe/cupboard. Electric storage heater, fitted wash basin with cupboard below.
14' 3'' x 8' 3'' (4.34m x 2.51m)
Front aspect room enjoying similar views, airing cupboard with cylinder and immersion heater. Further storage cupboard. Electric storage heater.
14' 0'' x 12' 7'' (4.26m x 3.83m)
Front aspect window with rural views. Wash basin with cupboards below and shaver point. Period fireplace (boarded). Side cupboard.
Stairs from main landing (previously mentioned) to second floor:
With exposed roof beams, small hatch to roof space, velux window and doors to:
14' 0'' x 9' 3'' (4.26m x 2.82m)
Sloping ceiling with exposed beams, double aspect velux windows, small Victorian fireplace and electric storage heater.
13' 11'' x 12' 9'' (4.24m x 3.88m)
Sloping ceiling with exposed roof beams. Two velux windows, small Victorian fireplace and electric storage heater. Door to:
Part-tiled with light grey suite, comprising panelled bath with electric shower unit above, pedestal wash basin and W.C. Tiled display shelf and velux windows.
Exposed roof beams, fan heater and shaver point.
The property is approached by beautiful old stone steps which lead up to the front terrace and sunroom. The stone slab terrace gives way to an undulating lawn bordered by colourful mature shrubs and trees, meandering pathways and quiet seating areas. The upper reaches of the garden enjoy delightful rural views over village rooftops to beautiful countryside beyond. To the side of the house is a good sized timber garden store. To the rear of the property, accessed through a wide door from the first floor landing is a very pleasant enclosed garden with lawned area, mature trees, shrubs and hedging.
From Kingsbridge take the A379 Dartmouth coastal road for about 5 miles passing through a series of villages, the road then bears left at Torcross and follows the coast for about half a mile. Turn left signposted Slapton and follow this lane to the village. The property will be found on the right hand side, opposite the village shop.