Sidmouth, UK, United Kingdom
Wayside is an impressive detached family home, situated in the quiet and leafy Bickwell Valley area of Sidmouth. The house was designed by the renowned architect R.W. Sampson and built around the turn of the 20th century. The property is very spacious with flexible accommodation that retains many original period features including Edwardian tiling, cast iron fireplaces, decorative stained glass windows and a fully-operational servants bell box.An entrance porch, with an original tiled floor, leads into a spacious entrance hall. A dining room is found to the right, featuring a large bay window that provides plenty of natural light and a decorative fireplace with attractive original tiles. To the left of the entrance hall is a very large, naturally well-lit drawing room with a beautiful Victorian cast-iron fireplace at one end and a contemporary gas fire at the other.Accessed via an archway from the sitting room is an elegant south-facing garden room with lovely views of the fountain and water feature. To the rear of the house is the large kitchen/breakfast room, with a high vaulted ceiling, fitted with cream bespoke Barnes of Ashburton units. The kitchen is well-equipped with a Butler sink, an integrated dishwasher, granite worktops, an electric dual-control AGA, extractor fan, integrated refrigerator and an AGA woodburner. Large glass sliding doors open out to the gardens, providing lovely views and plenty of natural light. There is also a separate utility room with a Butler sink, bespoke Barnes of Ashburton units and granite worktops. The ground floor is completed by a cosy rear-aspect snug/office, two cloakrooms and a sitting room with a separate entrance to the front that could be re-configured into an annexe with the music room above if required.Upstairs, the music room is a bright south-facing room with large sliding glass doors that open out to a fabulous decked terrace with a hot tub and a shower. The large master bedroom has bespoke fitted Barnes of Ashburton wardrobes and a spacious en suite bathroom with his-and-hers basins as well as marble surfaces. There are four further good-size bedrooms, three with original cast-iron decorative fireplaces, and two with en suite facilities. There is also a well-appointed family bathroom, with a shower over the bath.
Wayside has a large drive with space for parking multiple vehicles, as well as a detached garage to the side of the house. In the front garden there is an area of landscaped lawn, bordered by established hedging, as well as a number of raised beds with pretty climbing plants ascending the front of the house.To the rear of the property, the gardens are south-facing and enjoy a very good level of privacy. There is a terraced and beautifully landscaped central lawn that has two sets of stone steps leading upwards to the boundary. A spacious patio provides the ideal space for al fresco dining and entertaining, with an ornamental pond and fountain providing an attractive focal point. To one side of the garden is a decked terrace with a hot tub and shower, as well as two sheds that provide storage. From the upper level of the gardens, far-reaching views can be enjoyed towards Salcombe Hill and the coast.