Welcome to Canonteign Manor, a truly wonderful property set at the top of a 10 acre plot overlooking the beautiful Teign Valley, around 25 minutes’ drive from Exeter. It is not hard to see why the current owners fell in love with Canonteign Manor. As soon as you enter the drive and approach the house you feel a sense of calm, a feeling that you are in the middle of nowhere, and then seeing the property up close really takes your breath away.
HISTORY A Domesday Manor, Canonteign was given to the canons of St Mary du Val in Normandy circa 1125 and later conveyed to the Prior and convent of Merton, in Surrey. After the Reformation it was granted to Lord John Russell and then passed through a series of owners. It was garrisoned for the King during the Civil War and taken by Fairfax in 1645. According to Lysons it belonged to the Davy family in the 17th Century.
In 1812 Sir Edward Pellew, later Lord Viscount Exmouth, purchased the manor and it became a farm after 1828 when Exmouth built Canonteign House close by. It was restored by Lady Exmouth in the 1970’s and during the last few years the ancient house has been brought into the 21st century with extensive and sympathetic renovation.
Today it is a comfortable and workable family house, combining the best of its 400 year old origins with the conveniences of modern technology. It is a beautiful property which has been sympathetically cared for to ensure it continues to stand proudly for decades to come.
STEPINSIDE The real magic of Canonteign Manor is in its generously proportioned and elegant rooms, which although lit from mullion windows, are both tall and light.
Most of the principal rooms have a focal point of a granite fireplace and enjoy spectacular views across the valley of the river Teign. From the main entrance you step into the dining hall, an impressive space by anyone’s standards. With stone floor, intricate wood panelling on the walls and beautiful stone mullion windows it is a very special space indeed with a substantial dining table which comfortably seats twenty guests. A large open fireplace is a beautiful focal point.
Moving through the dining hall there is access into the cloakroom and rear entrance. There is also a staircase to the first floor. The kitchen has been very well designed to fill a large space but without it feeling overwhelming. There is a large central island and plenty of storage. The AGA sits on one side of the room and the owner has added in a large oven and hob to the other. Double doors open into the breakfast room which has a grand fireplace with wood burner, so it could also make a lovely sitting room or family room.
On the other side of the house there is a spacious study, a snooker room and a formal sitting room. Each room has been decorated sympathetically in neutral tones to enhance the natural beauty of the building’s windows, stonework and period features.
All the main rooms are fitted with wood burners to create cosy spaces in winter. The current owners have enhanced the property with LED lighting, refurbished bathrooms and most importantly, carried out extensive work to the roof.
There are two staircases which access the first floor, where you’ll find the bedrooms. The largest rooms are at either end of the house. The master bedroom suite has been improved with the renovation of the ensuite to create a luxury space with high quality fittings and finish. The master bedroom is accessed via the dressing room where there are numerous built in wardrobes. The second and third bedrooms are also of a generous size and accommodate large four poster beds. There are seven further bedrooms, all of which are bright, inviting spaces. They either have ensuite facilities or are very close to facilities.
From the landing a staircase takes you up to the second floor. The amount of space here is a real surprise, with exposed wooden beams and plenty of light, with gorgeous, elevated views across the grounds, valley and hills beyond. The main space here has previously been used as a comprehensive gymnasium but could be used for a number of different things. It leads into another substantial room which is set up as a family games and TV room. It is big enough to create a home cinema space if desired. Also on this floor are various store rooms as well as a room with steam and sauna facilities and a further room currently set up as a massage/treatment room.
The staff apartment, also on this floor, provides a generous living/dining room with lovely views, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom and double bedroom.