- Elegant Two Bedroom Ground Floor Apartment
- Stunning Location Within Historic Grade 1 Listed Flete House
- Private walled garden
- Gracious drawing room
- Two spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms
- Grand shared spaces
- Stunning gardens and grounds
- Tennis court and croquet lawn
- 24 hour staff presence
- Retirement Property Exclusively for the over 55's
Turn in from the road through the impressive stone pillars and wrought iron entrance gates that lead onto the long private drive, flanked by fields where cattle quietly graze and Canada geese feed in the water meadow alongside the meandering River Erme. As the driveway rises gradually you will catch your first glimpse of the paradise that is Flete House. Drive on through the huge archway leading to the extensive parking facilities for both residents and visitors. The heavy grand double doors of the main entrance open into the impressive entrance lobby with its ornate granite mullion leaded light windows and mosaic tiled floor. A further door leads in to the grand reception hall providing access to the state rooms which all residents at Flete House have unlimited use of. Turning left through the magnificent and well stocked library with its four "Burne-Jones" stained glass windows and enormous fireplace with its ornate carved marble surround and pillars, a door leads though to the inner hallway to the internal former servants entrance and staircase into Apartment One. A second entrance into the apartment is located externally directly from the Rose Walk via an intricately carved wooden door believed to have been carved to celebrate the marriage of the Mildmays.
From this door, turning left externally will allow one level access through to the apartment's own private walled garden and further to the croquet lawn. Stone steps lead back around to the front of the house. If turning right, one can enjoy direct access along the rose walk around to the rear of the house where the sunny terrace, with its tables and chairs provides a wonderful place to take morning coffee or enjoy evening drinks with friends. Wide gravelled pathways meander through the beautifully manicured gardens and grounds where oak benches here and there allow one the opportunity to sit and absorb the wonderful peace and tranquillity this very special place provides. Moving on, one will come across the water garden, a haven for wildlife and stocked with a plethora of beautiful plants and shrubs surrounding the babbling brook which runs through. The next delight to behold is the stunning Italianate Garden with its central fountain, there could be no better backdrop to enjoy summer pre dinner drinks on a special occasion. An iron gate leads from the main gardens through the wall to The Stables Courtyard where the former stable block has been converted to provide a number of elegant and individual apartments retaining many original features, all situated around a delightful original cobbled courtyard. APARTMENT ONE
This is a handsome, spacious and impeccably appointed two bedroom apartment conveniently located on the ground floor of the historic Grade I Listed Flete House. Entered via the intricately carved wooden door, one finds oneself within the superior drawing room with its impressive granite fireplace providing a real focal point for this truly beautiful room. The original granite mullion leaded light windows allow the light to flood in and afford beautiful views over the stately Grade II listed gardens. Moving through to the inner hallway which provides access to a separate former servants internal entrance and staircase which now provides useful storage space and further leads through to the remaining accommodation including a modern kitchen with integrated appliances, granite worksurfaces and sophisticated lighting. Both double bedrooms are of generous proportions and benefit from en-suite bathrooms, the principal suite having a separate walk in shower and a dual aspect allowing for views out into the private walled garden with its variety of colourful plants including roses, clematis and hydrangeas.
Being on the ground floor, pets are permitted in this apartment. TENURE
Leasehold (83 years remaining) SITUATION
Set deep in the rolling hills of South Hams in Devon, a couple of miles away is the picturesque Georgian town of Modbury, at the heart of the South Hams and the vibrant waterfront city of Plymouth is just ten miles to the west. FLETE HOUSE
Flete House is set in unspoilt rolling parkland punctuated by magnificent oaks and other centuries old trees, overlooking the beautiful Erme Valley as the tranquil river meanders towards its estuary a couple of miles downstream. From the terraces are breathtaking views towards Ermington and Dartmoor. This splendid house was the family seat of the Mildmays. The earliest parts date back to Elizabethan times. In the 1870s the house was greatly enlarged by Norman Shaw.
Set in 12 acres of landscaped grounds, the house and stables have been impeccably restored and refurbished and now comprise 29 exclusive self-contained serviced apartments. Flete House is designed for a relaxed lifestyle in a stylish and tranquil environment. The apartments may be used as a main home or a 'lock up and leave' home for those who travel, or perhaps have another residence abroad. GRAND SHARED SPACES
Wood panelled with an impressive granite fireplace and plaster ceiling. Windows give views onto the huge trees in the driveway and also onto the gardens at the rear.
With magnificent plaster ceiling and beautiful fireplace. It is a light uplifting room and a lovely place to meet other residents or friends and family for coffee after lunch or on other social occasions.
Stunning panelled room with book lined walls. There is a spectacular carved marble fireplace with two small pairs of windows each side with stained glass by Burne Jones. The bookcases have interesting carvings with individual small faces. It is a quiet place to relax in the leather armchairs for a read, do a jigsaw or play chess. It is also used for social events.
A very large and impressive room with a full size billiard/snooker table at its centre. Yoga classes are held here and also concerts and carol services. PARKING
Allocated parking for the apartments together with visitors parking. TENNIS COURT
Available all year round CROQUET LAWN
In the summer the lawn is prepared for croquet, and residents enjoy an annual competition fuelled by Pimms. THE GUEST SUITE
For a small charge, this suite can be used for family and friends who cannot be accommodated in an owner's apartment. STAFFING & SECURITY
Flete House is attended by staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your security and peace of mind are assured by the presence of courteous and helpful Flete Management staff. SERVICES
The apartments are served by central heating, mains water and electricity, the cost of which is included within the service charge. COUNCIL TAX
The property is in council tax band F LOCAL AUTHORITY
South Hams District Council. Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE. Tel: 01803 861234. www.southhams.com TENURE
Leasehold with a 99 year lease from 2004 SERVICE & MAINTENANCE CHARGES
The current service and maintenance charge is £1130 per calendar month.
This charge is made up of costs common to all the apartments such as buildings insurance, maintenance, ground rent, gardening staff, cleaning staff, 24 hour security and 'concierge' staffing, window cleaning etc.
In addition to all this, most of the household utility bills are included, for example, electricity, lighting, central heating, water and drainage. Apartment owners are responsible for telephone and council tax charges.
Reserve fund contribution is payable on resale. DIRECTIONS
From Luscombe Maye's office in Modbury, take the A379 towards Plymouth, for about two miles; just after crossing the Erme at Sequers Bridge, the entrance to Flete House will be seen on the left hand side. Turn in between the fine stone gateposts and follow the road through the park and up hill, through another grand stone entrance into the large car park for residents and visitors. VIEWINGS
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