Thursday, July 25, 2024

A hothouse and a half

Britain’s most stunning bungalow available for £2.5 million

 

Whilst Strutt & Parker have yet to achieve the £8 million asking price they seek for the Grade I listed Georgian mansion Mamhead House, buyers on a more limited budget can acquire a smaller property on the estate named The Orangery.

 

The Orangery, Mamhead, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8HE
The Orangery, Mamhead, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8HE

Built in 1740 and later extended to the designs of Robert Adam, this is possibly the grandest gardener’s cottage in England. This 3,615 square foot 4-bedroomed property, which stands in gardens designed by Capability Brown, is Grade II* listed and features a domed cupola and views toward the Exe estuary and Lyme Bay. Also included in the sale is a 2-bedroomed boat house, a summer house and 60 acres of land.

 

A formal drawing room is one of three reception rooms
A formal drawing room is one of three reception rooms
The dining room is certainly colourful
The dining room is certainly colourful
As is this sitting room
As is this sitting room
A courtyard garden provides a sheltered outdoor entertaining space
A courtyard garden provides a sheltered outdoor entertaining space
The property enjoys the most spectacular of views
The property enjoys the most spectacular of views
Additional accommodation is provided in the form of a boathouse and studio
Additional accommodation is provided in the form of a boathouse and studio

Restored by current owners Sir Michael and Lady Field, The Orangery has had £500,000 sliced off its asking price since it was launched to the market in the summer of 2012. Of why they are selling Sir Michael, the former chief executive of WHSmith, told The Telegraph’s Christopher Middleton:

 

“We’ll be incredibly sad to leave this house… I’ve spent the past 10 years restoring the gardens here. I must have planted a thousand magnolias and azaleas”.

 

“I’ll miss sitting out by the boathouse beside the lake. It’s just that our grandchildren are an important part of our life, and it’s a long way for them to come and see us now”.

 

Knight Frank now seek £2.5 million for this most exceptional bungalow.

 

 

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    The floor plan of the main house
    The floor plan of the main house
    The floor plan of the additional accommodation
    The floor plan of the additional accommodation
    The Orangery comes with 60 acres of gardens and land
    The Orangery comes with 60 acres of gardens and land
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