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7 bedroom detached house
- Tenure: Freehold
- Great Hall / Dining Room
- 4 further Reception Rooms
- Long Gallery / Gym
- 7 Bedroom Suites
- 2nd Floor Office & Staff Flat
- Sunken Walled Garden & Swimming Pool
- About 10 Acres
- EPC Exempt
Canonteign Manor occupies a near perfect location. It is surrounded by and overlooks beautiful unspoilt countryside in the hinterland of the Dartmoor National Park, yet is close enough to the A38 dual carriage way and Exeter to be convenient. It sits about half way up the valley side of the River Teign, one of the principal rivers flowing off Dartmoor. Behind Canonteign the land rises to one of the least visited parts of the National Park, a lightly populated area of scattered farmsteads, patchwork of fields and areas of afforestation. At its centre the 3 reservoirs of Trenchford, Tottiford and Kennick provide a focal point for the area Surrounding the reservoirs there are miles of tracks and paths many of which are open for walking and riding (subject to permission).
Almost adjoining Canonteign the area's very scenic Teign Valley Golf Course provides further recreation with the renowned Bovey Castle course at Mortonhampstead also within an easy drive. Canonteign itself is an exclusive community, originally based around the Manor, but now including the 19th Canonteign House, built by the then owner of the Manor House the 2nd Viscount Exmouth. The other vernacular houses include traditional cottages and a very striking conversion of a former overlook or intrude on the Manor, the grounds of which are largely behind granite walls.
The nearest village is Christow, which also overlooks the Teign valley and is popular due to both its location and good range of community facilities including pub, village school, shop, sports fields, doctors surgery and clubs. Exeter itself is a short drive away, accessible either via the A38 dual carriage way or the very scenic Teign valley road and B3212. Exeter enjoys an expanding economy with many amenities expected in a Cathedral City, including the university, good range of schooling, theatre, restaurants and shopping outlets.
Canonteign Manor is a magnificent Grade I Listed 16th century manor house, handsomely constructed with symmetrical proportions, of granite under a typically steeply pitched and gabled slate roof.
This ancient house, with its long history dating from the doomsday, includes being garrisoned by the King in the Civil War and ownership by notable Devon families, including the the Davys and Pellew family, later the Viscounts Exmouth. It was the 2nd Viscount who moved his family seat to nearby Canonteign House at the beginning of the 19th century and the Manor then fell into a state of slow disrepair over the following 150 years. It was then restored by Lady Exmouth in the 1970s and recently during the last few years the ancient house has been brought into the 21st century with extensive and sympathetic renovation. It now makes a comfortable and workable family house, combining the best of its 400 year old origins with the conveniences of modern technology.
The real magic of Canonteign Manor is its generously proportioned and simply elegant rooms, which although lit from mullion windows, are both tall and light. Most of the principal rooms are panelled with linen fold panelling and have a focal point of a massive granite fireplace and enjoy the spectacular views across the Teign Valley. The house is configured to accommodate a staff flat on the second floor with its own facilities and access through the house.
The house stands in simply landscaped grounds which include areas of lawn, shrubbery and a park field providing space for grazing (although currently mown) and the immediate foreground to the view. The grounds are approached through a beautiful pair of electrically operated tall wooden gates opening onto the gravelled drive leading to a generous parking and turning area beside the house.
In all Canonteign Manor is one Devon's most important and ancient country houses presented in superb condition for the 21st Century and is situated in a spectacular yet convenient location.
Square Footage: 12080 sq ft
Acreage: 10 Acres
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