4th June 2014

An Englishman's Home Is His Castle

Glen King is invited to take a sneak preview of Withycombe House, a lovingly restored castellated gothic-style villa converted to luxurious accommodation by multi-award winning independent developer, C G Fry & Son before the official unveiling to the public at an open weekend on 7th and 8th June from 10am – 4pm.

A majestic and stately property, Withycombe House is set amidst unspoilt gardens and grounds in the popular holiday destination of Exmouth. The Gothic-style villa has been painstakingly restored to its former glory by the skilled craftsmen from C G Fry & Son direct labour force and local sub-contractors, with great attention to detail. Offering a choice of superbly presented houses; cottages and apartments, this is a rare and unique opportunity to own a part of an authentic Gothic-style villa in a quiet and secluded parkland setting which really has the wow factor!

Originally constructed in a Gothic villa tradition with a continuous castellated parapet rising to end gables with corner and ridge pinnacles, the main house has been converted to individual, luxurious and spacious homes. The high ceilings and many beautifully designed windows including Gothic arches reflect this much loved architecture often attributed to castles, palaces, churches and Cathedrals with classic and timeless beauty.

I’m given a grand tour by a member of the C G Fry sales team who told me that each individual property has very different layouts. The restoration includes the installation of gas fired central heating and hot water systems, double glazed windows, insulation levels to the latest building regulation requirements. The fully fitted high-quality bespoke kitchens have integrated appliances and the superb quality bathrooms and en-suites are all complemented with Spanish tiling by Porcelanosa.

We begin with a spacious ground-floor two-bedroom apartment, part of the original courtyard known as Withycombe Court. In the kitchen two glorious Gothic windows overlook a generously-sized south-facing garden laid to turf with a paved patio and stunning woodland backdrop. The apartment above boasts a large turreted paved balcony with stunning views across the estate where I imagined myself relaxing with a large glass of G&T on a summer’s evening listening to the bird song and watching the wildlife. Next viewing is a delightful three-bedroom character cottage on the south side of the East wing of the manor house with a south facing garden and patio.

We then turn the key in the original handsome Gothic front door to the magnificent Plot 1 extending to over 211 sq. metres (2200 sq. ft.). An imposing four-bedroom dual aspect south and west facing character town-house, it retains many of the original features including striking quarry-tiled mosaic floor and sweeping staircase with ornate oak newel posts leading off from the grand main entrance hall. The restored 'egg and dart' cornicing and plaster ceiling roses in the large sitting room add to the feeling of grandeur.

On Saturday 7th June pre-booked visitors can enjoy a bespoke wine tasting and food matching experience by local independent specialist Jim Kingston of Topsham Wines in Plot 2 Withycombe House, a magnificent three-bedroom west facing character house.

To reserve your place at the wine-tasting from 2 – 6pm at Plot 2 Withycombe House on Saturday 7th June please contact C G Fry & Son Sales Team on: 01395 282982 or email: hillcrestsales@cgfry.co.uk