- Entrance Hallway
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- Sitting Room
- Family Bathroom
- Four Bedrooms
- Communal Gardens
- Tennis Court
- Games Room
- Ideal Holiday Let
Property Description: SITUATION & DESCRIPTION
The history of Rowden Court goes back to the 1870's when Lord Revelstoke, formerly Edward Baring of the Baring Brothers Bank, lavished money on his Membland Hall estate, being some 4,000 acres of the lovely South Hams countryside centred on his Jacobean mansion at Membland. It included a coastal 10 mile carriage drive for his wife, Louisa, along which delightful walks can still be enjoyed. Access to this popular walk is a short distance from the property. Lord Revelstoke is believed to have instructed Piers St. Aubyn as his architect, and his style is to be seen in the many examples of his architecture that still exist. The use of local stone and the exposed rafter ends immediately identify the properties he designed. He did not limit his work to houses. He designed the village church and school and all the service buildings to the estate. Rowden Court was originally an outstanding range of barns and it is to preserve their architectural merit that permission was granted to convert them. The conversion of the barns was carried out in the late 1980s.
The properties have consent for full residential use and so can be used either as holiday accommodation or as permanent homes. Owners living out of the area can benefit from the maintenance of the communal areas being overseen by the Management Company which is run by all the owners. The whole complex lies within several acres of lawns and landscaped gardens including a tennis court, barbecue area and ample car parking.
The property is located high in farmland only half a mile from the sea with splendid cliffs, coast path, cove beach, and only half a mile from the beautifully picturesque boating villages of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers. The twin villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo enjoy a delightful riverside setting on the wooded slopes of the estuary of the River Yealm. This sheltered, deep water mooring is much favoured by yachtsmen and a truly beautiful valley within the unspoilt South Hams countryside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The villages share a number of facilities including a post office, pharmacy, traditional butchers, Co-operative stores, three good public houses, two churches, yacht club with bistro and good Primary School. Bus services run to Plymouth city centre which is within easy commuting distance. The main route from Plymouth to Exeter (A38/M5 Devon Expressway) is only a few miles away. Intercity trains run throughout the day from Plymouth to Paddington. Plymouth Continental Ferryport are also easily accessible. All combine to give superb access to the rest of the country, combined with living in one of the most beautiful riverside locations on the south coast. Plymouth itself is an historic and vibrant waterside City, well provided with colleges, grammar and public schools, modern university, the Peninsula Medical School, Theatre Royal and cinemas, large department stores, cafes, bistros and restaurants. The leisure facilities are outstanding with superb watersports in and around Plymouth Sound. ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation is as follows:- (Please note that all dimensions are approximate. Metric measurements are conversions from imperial figures which have been rounded to the nearest three inches).
Swift Cottage is full of character and is situated in the centre of the Rowden Farm complex with fantastic southerly views of the gardens and grounds with the countryside beyond. Part glazed door to: HALLWAY
Cupboard housing fuse boxes and under stair cupboard. Stairs rising to first floor. Door to: CLOAKROOM/WC
Low level push button WC and sink with tiled splashback. Celling light fitting. Door from hallway to: KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM
Window to rear elevation. Roll edge wood effect worksurface with twin bowel sink and mixer tap. Floor to base cupboards and drawers. Space for dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Electric four ring hob with electric oven and grill. Extractor hood and light over. Tiled plash back and floor covering. Exposed ceiling beams. Ceiling light fitting. SITTING ROOM
Twin windows to front elevation, window and glazed door to rear elevation and terrace. Fitted cupboard. Ceiling light fitting. Telephone and TV point. Electric heater. Space for electric fireplace with surround. Opening through to hallway with stairs rising to: LANDING
Stairs rising to first floor. Window to front elevation. Ceiling light fitting. Cupboard housing the hot water tank. Doors to: FAMILY BATHROOM
Window to front elevation. Bathroom with electric shower over bath, glazed screen, basin and WC. Tiled splash back. Ceiling light fitting. BEDROOM TWO
Window to rear elevation overlooking the gardens and grounds beyond. Fitted wardrobe. Sink with tiled splash back. Exposed roof beams. Ceiling light fitting. BEDROOM ONE
Window to rear elevation. Double fitted wardrobes with fitted dressing table. Ceiling light fitting. Exposed roof beams. Electric heater. BEDROOM THREE
Window to rear elevation. Exposed roof beams. Ceiling light fitting. BEDROOM FOUR
Window to front elevation overlooking the courtyard. Fitted wardrobe. Exposed roof beams. Ceiling light fitting. OUTSIDE
One of the main features of Rowden court is the superb landscaped communal garden which provides sweeping lawns with charming picnic areas, barbecue area, a tennis court and a large car park. The views from the gardens are delightful across rolling countryside towards the coast. Swift Cottage backs onto a south facing terrace and patio area, with space for outside patio furniture/dining. There is also a shared games room and a communal laundry room with coin operated washing machines and dryers. LOCAL AUTHORITY
South Hams District Council. Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, Devon. TQ9 5NE. 01803 861234. COUNCIL TAX
Currently a commercial rate. Swift Cottage is registered as business with the local authority and as such 'small business rates relief' applies and that means since purchase no business or local rates have been liable. SERVICES
Mains electricity and water are connected. Private drainage to shared treatment plant. TENURE
The whole complex at Rowden Court is run on a Limited Company Basis of which any buyer would become a shareholder of the Rowden Court Management Company and as such is able to vote on issues concerning the management of the complex. The board is very well run by owner/shareholders who have a vested interest in ensuring delivery of a quality environment at an economic cost. The annual management fee for Swift Cottage is approx. £2,200 (payable in two instalments) which includes Grounds Maintenance, Roof Maintenance, Sewage Plant Maintenance, External Painting, Pointing and Buildings Insurance. This makes it ideal for owners living out of the area. Leasehold 999 year lease from 1986. SPECIAL NOTE
The property is a holiday home with a proven letting income with Sykes Holiday Cottages (www.sykescottages.co.uk) Ref: 1051010. Letting figures available upon request to seriously interested parties. Fixtures and Fittings available by separate negotiation. VIEWINGS
Strictly by appointment with Luscombe Maye, Newton Ferrers Office 01752 872417. Bespoke appointments outside usual office hours can be arranged with adequate notice. DIRECTIONS
From the A379 in Yealmpton, take the B3186 to Newton Ferrers. On reaching the village, take the left turn to Bridgend. Drive down the hill, around the head of the creek and up the hill to Noss Mayo. Continue past the Church and stay on this road for approximately 1¾ miles. The entrance to Rowden Court and the main car park is on the right hand side. Walk under the archway, continue through the middle courtyard and Swift Cottage is on the right.