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This beautiful home is situated on a generous plot approaching 3/4 of an acre whilst being located in a prestigious and highly desirable location. The current owners have undertaken an enormous amount of work to create a home which has plenty of period splendour whilst feeling homely and comfortable. Originally built in 1895, Blue Gates remained in the ownership of the same family until 1982, and this is only the fourth time it has ever come up for sale. Situated in Crapstone, a short distance from open moorland and within easy reach of Plymouth for work this home provides the perfect balance. The private gardens with the outdoor swimming pool entice you outside to relax and unwind.
The front door opens to an entrance vestibule where you note the original tiled floor. Once coats, hats and shoes have been removed you proceed into the main hallway passing a cloakroom WC. The main hallway, which is also utilised as a snug, shows off the high ceilings with glazed doors that allow you to look through the reception room and beyond to the outside. The reception room offers an opulent feel with a period fireplace creating a focal point in the room. Two full height windows overlook the original veranda and the garden beyond. This reception room provides the first glimpse of the ornate ceiling rose’s and cornicing that are found throughout the property.
The kitchen and family room are found to the rear of the property and boasts generous space, light & charm. The kitchen itself has vaulted ceilings showing the original beams off in all their glory and incorporates a dishwasher and fridge, whilst the double ‘Belfast’ sink and polished granite work surface provide a further quality. There is currently space for a range style cooker and a solid fuel ‘Rayburn’, plenty of cooking options for those family gatherings! The kitchen is bathed in natural light via sky lights and light from the family room. This area really is the hub of the home, and what a place to spend your time, with a number of windows and a sky lantern allowing natural light to pour in. There is plenty of space for a family dining table, and any further soft furnishings you require. A fireplace with a wood burner provides additional warmth and character whilst former openings have been cleverly utilised as a wood store. From the kitchen there is a utility space where there are further storage options and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer. The original pantry, with period slates still in situ, is also found off the kitchen where you can store fresh produce.
A hallway takes you past the stairs to the first floor passing a shower room where you find a modern shower, WC & basin. The hall, which has decorative panelling & a dado rail, takes you to the four bedrooms and family bathroom. The two bedrooms to the front of the property are both generous double rooms which overlook the veranda and garden beyond and benefit from period fireplaces. The larger bedroom interestingly has some fitted wardrobes that are believed to have been fitted near the time of construction. The final two bedrooms are both double rooms, still maintaining the ceiling roses and cornicing. The family bathroom is generous in proportion with a feature stone chimney breast and corner fireplace, the modern roll top bath and large walk in shower, WC & basin are a continuation of the high quality, chic style.
The staircase takes you up to the first floor which comprises of two double bedrooms and two en-suites. The larger bedroom offers lavish accommodation and benefits from a sizeable dressing room and a large en-suite with a shower, roll top bath, WC & basin. The second bedroom upstairs offers an interesting bedroom space with a further en-suite.
You enter the studio on the ground floor where there is a large entrance hallway with access to a shower room with a corner shower, WC & basin. Stairs rise up to the main room, which benefits from three double doors with Juliet balconies allowing natural light and indeed fresh air to flood in. This space could be utilised in a number of ways as a hobbies room. Subject to the necessary consents, additional accommodation could be created for a dependent relative or for use as a holiday let to generate additional income.
Beneath the studio is a double garage where power is connected with an electric up & over door. A further single garage provides further space for a beloved vehicle. The brick paved driveway offers copious parking whilst also accessing a double car port.
To the front of the property is the original veranda, again with original tiles, where you can sit and enjoy your garden in shelter. The gardens are mainly found to the front of the property, mainly laid to lawn, and flat with mature hedging and fencing defining the boundaries, providing a safe environment for pets and children alike to play and enjoy the fresh air. A sizeable patio area encompasses an outdoor swimming pool, measuring 10m x 5m and approx. 6’ at the deepest point. To one end of the pool is a building housing a pump room and a bar area, perfect for entertaining the children, friends and family on those summer days and evenings.
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