Always had your heart set on owning a home in the bucolic English countryside — one nestled alongside a picturesque river in a quaint sailing town, perhaps? You’re in luck! This statuesque waterfront estate has just popped up for sale in Dartmouth, Devon; and if you’ve got a cool £7.25 million ($8.7 million) burning a hole in your proverbial pocket, the keys to the historic residence could be all yours.
Built on the site of the former Paradise Fort — and known as “Paradise Point” — the Victorian-style showpiece is tucked into a bend in the River Dart, with unobstructed views stretching from Dartmouth to Kingswear Castle. Extensively renovated by its current owners, who bought the place back in 2008, the Grade II-listed structure features five bedrooms and six baths in a little over 6,700 square feet of four-level living space boasting hardwood floors, high ceilings, built-ins and sash windows throughout.
Sited on a gated, garden-laced parcel spanning nearly three-quarters of an acre, amid the village of Warfleet, the yellow brick and slate-roof dwelling is rife with modern amenities, such as a decked-out wine cellar, movie theater and wet bar-equipped entertainment room with access to a roof deck. There’s also a pathway meandering down to a jetty and mooring, along with parking for up to nine vehicles
A fireside reception hall greets, and displays Jerusalem stone floors and a curved bookcase with a secret door leading to a bathroom. From there, the custom Mark Wilkinson kitchen is outfitted with granite countertops, a central island, high-end Britannia range cooker, windowed breakfast nook with banquette seating and French doors spilling out to an al fresco dining terrace, and a formal 12-seat dining room is warmed by a fireplace and adorned with a mural depicting river scenes.
Other highlights include a purple-hued primary bedroom sporting a fireplace, private balcony, dressing room and dual baths; and elsewhere is a drawing room leading to a wraparound conservatory, plus a self-contained apartment on the second floor that has two en-suite bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen and dining area. An added bonus: Submitted plans to create a two-story office/boat house adjacent to the property’s jetty.
The listing is held by Tom Bedford of Savills and Sarah Brown of Knight Frank.