Beggars Roost is a magnificent house steeped in history, built in 1871 as the Vicarage. It has been beautifully restored in William Morris’s style typical of that era. Tucked in on the hillside, this spectacular Victorian property enjoys wonderful views over some of Devon’s most beautiful countryside, set in a great location in the edge of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park.
The current owners have undertaken a thorough and sympathetic program of restoration and brought it right back to its Victorian glory. Period detailing has been carefully preserved and enhanced and the requisites of modern living unobtrusively introduced. By sourcing original materials from reclamation yards and auctions and by complimenting this with William Morris wallpaper, antique furniture and soft furnishings, they have successfully accomplished the task without losing any of the original character. The former servants’ quarter in the rear wing has been incorporated into the main house to provide additional accommodation for house guests. The property is now a gracious family house currently running as a successfully holiday let/B&B in a delightful and private setting.
Up a sweeping drive through impressive gates entry to the house is through a stone porch with original tiling which leads to a large reception hall and sets the tone for the rest of the house.
On the ground floor the rooms are of generous proportions with large sash windows allowing in plenty of light. The west facing formal dining room and large drawing room have high ceilings, original fireplaces and cornicing. It has the added advantage of being able to be turned into one large room by opening the original panelled doors, making this a very versatile space. Next door the south facing sitting room is cosy yet still of generous proportions. From here there is access to the glass conservatory/garden room which looks over the small courtyard.
From the hall and past the stairs via a rear lobby, is the family sized kitchen with its bespoke hand built Pippin oak units, and traditional double Belfast sink. This room also has a large range which occupies the former fireplace and space for the breakfast table seating 8. Off the kitchen is a large utility room, with built in electric oven and hob, and the boiler. This room also has access to the courtyard via the rear lobby. The fifth smaller double bedroom and ensuite shower completes the ground floor accommodation. Under the stairs and by the back door there are steps down to the basement which extends the whole of the footprint of the house and is useful for storage/wine cellar or further development if required.
On the first floor, from a wide landing there are four large double bedrooms which have lovely views over to Dartmoor, three of which have ensuite bathrooms. The family bathroom, separate WC and walk in linen cupboard are also on this floor.
By the back door and accessed via the main drive are the original coach house and stable block. The top floor of the coach house has been upgraded into the most attractive 1 bedroom apartment the style very much in keeping with the feel and character of the building with the use of reclaimed wooden panels and doors. This works perfectly as ancillary accommodation to the main house, or subject to Planning would make the perfect holiday let/home for those looking for income potential.
There is a former gardener’s single storey stone cottage requiring renovation, which, subject to necessary consent, could provide further ancillary accommodation or studio”. Furthermore outside the grounds extend to approx. 1 acre. The original croquet lawn now serves as the perfect spot for afternoon tea or for taking in the atmosphere of the peaceful surroundings. There is a large vegetable garden at the top of the garden with orchard and soft fruit area a greenhouse and garden sheds. In the drive there is planning permission granted for a 3 bay garage.
The small village of Horrabridge a shop, two pubs, a bakery and fish and chip shop. There is an Ofsted outstanding Primary School in the village while further away in Tavistock a larger secondary school and the independent school Mount Kelly serving boys and girls from the age of 3. Tavistock, within easy reach, is The World Heritage stannery town and also offers an historic pannier market, boutique shops and plenty of cafes. Within striking distance there is Dartmoor National Park where there are great walks and cycle rides and many family attractions.
Beggars Roost is currently run as a successful holiday let and B&B and marketed as http://victorianvicarage.co.uk/ The property would also lend itself as a fabulous family home.
Mains gas, mains electricity, drainage and water.