Lydney is a magnificent period property that dates back to the early 1800s and is rumoured to have been built for Horatio Nelson’s Surgeon General. The accommodation is extremely spacious; benefitting from high ceilings, large sash windows and open fireplaces. Despite its age and wealth of period features, Lydney is remarkably not Listed. Sea views can be enjoyed from most of the house.
On the ground floor is a spacious entrance hall that leads to the reception rooms. To the front of the house is a well-proportioned dining room with an open fireplace and fitted storage within the alcoves; plus a drawing room with a wonderful original barrelled ceiling, further fitted storage and another open fireplace. There is also a pleasant sitting room with an open fireplace.
Each reception room has views of the sea and the fireplaces are all fully operational. To the rear of the house is a fabulous kitchen/breakfast room that links in an open plan layout to a large garden room with bifold doors and a contemporary design that provides an eye-catching contrast to the period architecture of the rest of the house. The kitchen is very well equipped with Ashgrove units, granite worktops, a large kitchen island/breakfast bar, concealed pull-out bins, an integrated dishwasher, under-counter freezer, wine cooler, integrated NEFF coffee machine, a 4 oven AGA with an integrated module, a waste disposal unit, boiling and filtered water taps, a larder fridge and a large larder cupboard. Frosted sliding doors provide the option of separating the kitchen and the garden room, if desired. There is also a useful utility room and a cloakroom.
Upstairs, there are three large double bedrooms in the main part of the house. The extremely spacious master bedroom suite faces towards the sea, enjoying excellent views, and has a balcony, a very large dressing room and a stylish en suite bathroom with his and hers twin basins. Double-aspect bedroom two also has the benefit of a good-size dressing room and an Ashgrove en suite bathroom with a claw foot slipper bath under a glass section of the roof and separate shower. A separate shower room services bedroom three.
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Lydney has the benefit of an attached annexe, connected to the house by a unique walkway with a glass floor over an ornamental fish pond. The annexe has a separate entrance that opens into a living/dining room with an attached kitchenette; making it ideal for visitors and additional family members or it could be let out on Airbnb. The annexe has a family bathroom and two double bedrooms upstairs, both with lovely sea views, as well as a shower room on the ground floor.
Local Authority: East Devon District Council
Services: Mains gas, electricity, water and drainage. Gas underfloor heating in the kitchen/ breakfast room and garden room. Electric AGA. The roof has been netted and spiked.
Lydney occupies a large plot of approximately 0.4 acres in total, which includes a strip of lawned garden across the road. The house has two driveways, both with electronically operated gated entrances. There is ample space to park multiple vehicles on both drives and there is also a garage with heating and electricity connected.
To the front of the house is a formal garden with box hedging and views to the sea. To the rear is a pretty, walled courtyard garden with areas of paved terrace and decking, as well as an ornamental fish pond that descends underneath the interlinking corridor between the main house and the annexe. The walled garden provides the ideal space for al fresco dining and entertaining; particularly when the bifold doors to the garden room are open, combining the indoor/outdoor space. There is a good amount of storage provided within the stone arches, believed to be original apple stores, in the high exterior wall. Raised above the garden is a large first floor terrace that enjoys lovely views across to the town and the sea.
Across the road, Lydney has a good-size area of lawn, enclosed by box hedging. There is also a further lower garden with a number of fruit trees including apple, pear and plum trees, as well as raised beds for vegetables.
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