Plymouth and its surroundings are full of hidden gems, if you know where to look.
And while the A38 might not be the most obvious place to seek stunning beauty, just off the busy dual carriageway is a chic, historic mansion.
Filham House is just off the busy dual carriageway, but many don’t even know it exists.
The property sits on the edge of the South Hams near Ivybridge, nestled in the heart of South Dartmoor, and was built on the site of a former monastery, which was destroyed in the dissolution during the reign of Henry VIII .
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The classically proportioned four/five bedroom Georgian mansion and its annex set in impressive grounds with five cottages, an outdoor swimming pool and various outbuildings – including its own observation tower and folly.
The impressive and historic building sits on six acres of beautifully landscaped mature grounds, and the main house is believed to have been built on the site of a former monastery, which was destroyed during the dissolution during the reign of Henry VIII.
The 14th century ruins of St Andrews Chapel still stand in the park.
The current house, which predates a mansion destroyed by fire, dates from the early 19th century and was extensively remodeled in the 1920s.
How is it inside?
The property, which is set in magnificent grounds of around six acres, opens into an entrance hall and an imposing reception hall with a gallery landing and doors to the main rooms.
On the ground floor there are three large reception rooms all of which benefit from stunning views over the surrounding gardens.
Both the salon and lounge have patio doors to the garden and a number of notable period features including decorative ceiling moldings and open fireplaces.
The kitchen/breakfast room is located at the rear of the house and is beautifully appointed with an extensive range of bespoke units including an island, granite worktops and AGA double oven. From here a laundry/laundry room with space for various appliances, WC and boiler room.
On the ground floor there is a most spectacular gallery office and dining room with a high ceiling and an array of spectacular period features and charm.
From the hallway there is an elegant staircase with a mahogany handrail and attractive turned balustrade which leads to the gallery landing with doors to all bedrooms and the gallery above the dining room.
The master suite enjoys magnificent views over the gardens and park and has been fitted with an extensive range of wardrobes and drawers in the dressing area which leads to the en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath.
The cottages, located at the rear of the house, have their own separate driveway which ends in parking and a turning area at the rear of the house. On the ground floor, the Gardener’s, the Groom’s and the Coach Cottage are accessible.
The cabins are currently rented out on a short term basis and each has a separate title deed. Attached to the gites and forming part of the courtyard is a garage, next to which is a large workshop with electric meters for the gites.
There is a mainline station to London Paddington, while the A38 Devon motorway provides dual carriageway access to Plymouth and Exeter, as well as links to the M5 (J31) motorway network. Exeter Airport is easily accessible and there are ferry services to the mainland from Plymouth.
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