We actually spotted this one last year, but with it being back on the market, this 1960s Reginald Gale-designed midcentury modern property in Barnstaple, Devon is obviously still looking for its next owner.
It has had a small price cut, which might well help it along the way. Outside of that, not much has changed, That’s a good thing by the way.
We loved it them and we love it now. The house was designed in the 1960s by the noted local architect for his own use and judging by the images, not a great deal has changed in some areas of the house. Perhaps that’s because the house is still in the ownership of the architect’s family.
From the outside, the ‘wow’ factor is the location, which i a spot in the Devon countryside with views across the Taw Estuary to the sea beyond with Hartland Point in the distance. Once inside, there’s a very different ‘wow’ factor.
Yes, we are talking about the amazing reception space within. An entrance hallway with Sicilian marble floor and decorative coloured glass screens leads into that living room with central fireplace clad in copper, which goes all the way up to the vaulted beamed roof. The space also benefits from floor to ceiling windows and an open timber staircase leading to a galleried landing overlooking that living room.
Other space on the ground floor includes the dining room with ‘feature lighting detail’ and large picture window, a refurbished kitchen, a utility room, a study and a family room.
We mentioned the galleried landing already. Off that are the bedrooms and bathrooms and a store room. The two end bedrooms also access a large terrace, which in turn offers ‘panoramic views’ across towards the sea. Completing the layout is a double garage and office, which are accessed separately.
It isn’t quite a ‘time capsule’, with the house extended fairly recently, around the same time that the kitchen was updated. There is planning permission to extend further, see the listing for details of that.
As we said, a price drop from last year, but you will still need to find around £975,000 to secure it.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and images, please visit the website.