Cliffside Home Hits the Market in England’s Torquay

A newly listed cliffside home on the English Channel offers all the scenic remoteness house hunters have craved during the pandemic—plus a few World War II relics in the garden.

The century-old Arts and Crafts house hit the market last week, asking £1.85 million (US$2.53 million), and is believed to be the only home with private beach access in Torquay—a seaside resort town in South West England made famous by the popular John Cleese 1970s sitcom “Fawlty Towers,” which was set, though not actually filmed, there. 

The aptly named Cliff House overlooks a garden perched at the edge of a steep bluff that leads down to the rocky, terracotta-colored shoreline, which wraps around to the nearby Institute Beach. This is the first time the house, built for the seller’s grandfather, has ever been offered for sale, said Richard Speedy, head of Strutt & Parker’s Exeter office. 

“As such, it’s a rare opportunity for a buyer looking in this part of the world,” Mr. Speedy said. The seller could not be reached for comment.

The homes of great English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens inspired the property’s 1920s design, from the detailed oak and mahogany woodwork and paneling to the open fireplace in the drawing room. A windowed tower rising across the home’s three levels brings sunny views into a sitting room and primary bedroom on the top floor, images of the property and floor plan show. 

Article Source: Mansion Global