St. Milburga’s Oratory has been extended and refurbished by the current owners to create a beautiful family home, finished to the highest of standards. The accommodation is spread over three floors and is bright, spacious and free flowing, providing flexible living spaces. The house is full of character features including oak staircases, oak beams and a stone feature wall in the double height sitting room.
The accommodation on the ground floor comprises of a an entrance hall, a double height and dual aspect sitting room with an inglenook fireplace and open fire, oak staircases to the upper and lower floors and French doors out onto the south facing terrace, a large kitchen/breakfast room with an electric Aga, Mercury range with gas hob, fitted wooden units, oak and granite surfaces and a breakfast island with a butler sink, an orangery off the kitchen with French doors to a seating area, a utility room with fitted units, a wine store and log store, laundry room, cloakroom and a guest suite. The guest suite has a kitchenette, sitting room, shower room and bedroom and could be used for extended family or as the second bedroom.
On the lower ground floor is a reading room, store, office with air conditioning, a fantastic cinema room with a cloakroom, gym and the heated swimming pool area. The swimming pool is surrounded by large window and French doors, a tiled surround, seating area, Jacuzzi, sauna and shower room.
Upstairs is a spacious galleried landing with seating areas and access to a large balcony enjoying views to the estuary, the gallaried area could be reconfigured with the relevant consents to create an Estuary view master suite along with an ensuite bathroom and a further bedroom taking the total bedrooms upto 9 if required . The current master bedroom suite has a dressing room and ensuite bathroom with ‘his and hers’ sinks, a roll top bath and walk in shower and a balcony, two further bedrooms, one with fitted wardrobes and an ensuite shower room and a ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom with access from the hall and bedroom three.
St. Milburga’s Oratory lies in a sheltered location between the villages of Aveton Gifford and Bigbury alongside one of the smaller estuaries on the South Devon coast.
Bigbury, approximately 4 miles away, is situated on the hill above Bigbury on Sea and is less than 2 miles from the beach. The village offers a local shop and a fine 18 hole golf course. The hamlet of St Ann’s Chapel has a larger store and a popular pub. The well renowned seafood restaurant ‘The Oyster Shack’ is close by. Aveton Gifford has a post office, pub and primary school.
Kingsbridge, approximately 5 miles away, is an historic estuary town with a wide range of excellent everyday facilities, including supermarket, banks, Post Office, shops, restaurants, garages and inns. Salcombe, at the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary, is one of the most prestigious coastal resorts and is well known as a yachting centre, popular with both national and international sailors. The town has a good yacht club, some excellent quays and slipways with a number of sandy bays.
The South West Coastal footpath runs along the entire coastline and some of the most attractive beaches are Torcross and Blackpool Sands, within a few miles from the property. Bantham Beach
is only five miles away, and the beach at Bigbury has a sea tractor which runs to Burgh Island and
the eccentric art deco hotel made famous as the setting for Agatha Christie’s ‘Evil Under The Sun’,
a Hercule Poirot story.
The A38 Devon Expressway provides links to the south to Plymouth and Exeter to the north. Exeter provides links to the M5 motorway and London and Bristol. There are regular rail services to
London Paddington from Plymouth. Exeter International Airport provides an ever increasing number of domestic and international flights including two flights a day to London City Airport.
St. Milburga’s Oratory is approached through electric wrought iron gates onto a circular drive to the front of the property and up to the garages. The beautiful and peaceful landscaped gardens are mainly laid to lawn, on the south side of the house, with flowering borders and established
trees and run down to the foreshore. There are many peaceful seating areas with stone terraces
and low stone walls enjoying views of the estuary. At the front of the house is a pretty pool and fountain with a decked seating area. Replica ruined walls have been built, next to the ornamental pond, on the site of the old chapel in memory of the history of St Milburga.
The apartment and garages
St. Milburga’s Oratory benefi ts from an apartment built over the detached garage block with separate access, ideal for additional family or as income potential as a holiday let. The accommodation
comprises of an open plan living area/kitchen, master bedroom with an ensuite shower room and walk in wardrobe, two further bedrooms and a shower room. There is a triple garage, a further garage/ boat store, utility room, stores, dog kennels and run and WC on the ground floor.
St. Milburga’s Oratory is set in 12.68 acres of gardens, there is a field owned by the property immediatly to the rear of the house which has been used in the past as a private helicopter landing pad, the surrounding pasture land and stock proof paddocks provide privacy and seclusion to the house. The land has approximately 250 yards of frontage to the River Avon estuary ideal for launching a boat and is owned down to the Mean High Tide mark. Deep water moorings in the channel can be obtained by
arrangement with the harbour authorities.