Tamerton Foliot

1 mile from Tamerton Foliot village
Plymouth City Centre - 4.5 miles

Excess of 550,00 Freehold




An exceptional re-working of a 1936 Grade II listed gamekeeper’s cottage by William Curtis-Green (of Dorchester Hotel fame) blended with a contemporary extension by award winning local architects Form Design.

The house has been comprehensively renovated, maintaining the character of the original cottage whilst in dramatic contrast, the dynamic living space creates a fascinating interplay between styles. The result is a superlative country home. 

Set in private gardens with far-reaching views, this house is less than a mile from the village of Tamerton Foliot, 6/7mins to the A38 and 10mins drive from the centre of Plymouth. 

Eco credentials:

There are high levels of insulation throughout. Photovoltaic panels at least halve the electricity bills (having bought in at the 43p/kwh rate with a 25year contract). An air-source heat-pump provides a cheaper and more efficient source of electricity.  There are low energy light bulbs throughout. There is under-floor heating in the extension and period style radiators in the cottage.  There are two multi-fuel stoves and plentiful fire wood on site. A Bio-digester processes foul water and waste and returns it to the stream with no bills except for bi-annual servicing. There is a private water supply and the connection is installed ready to connect solar thermal panels for hot water if required. The plant room outside houses the equipment – all you have to do is have it serviced annually, read the meter and wait for the cheque to arrive!

 Kitchen-Dining room

With floor to ceiling double-glazed sliding doors on three sides, this room catches the sun all day and there are far-reaching views out over the garden and the valley to the hills beyond. With the doors all open in the summer months you can feel as if you are living in the garden! The kitchen is fitted with Arrital joinery and a Corrian seamless, lap-down work surface and sink bowls. There is a Fisher Paykal 5-ring induction hob and a dishwasher. Large drawers mean easy access to all storage and in the full height bank of units there is a full-height fridge and freezer, a pantry unit and two Smeg pyrolysis ovens (ie. they clean themselves!) , one of which has a microwave function. A steel shutter door houses a shelving unit with stainless steel work-surface and hides all the kitchen clutter and power sockets.  The low energy LED down-lighters are on dimmers. This bank of units provides a dividing wall between the kitchen and living room and the white oak floor runs through both rooms. This is a wonderful space for family life, entertaining and quiet contemplation of the abundant local wildlife.

Living room

Traditional mouldings are replaced with shadow lines which ‘float’ the walls and ceiling. With openings off the kitchen area, this is a westerly facing room with a chimney -breast housing the Stovax 8kw multi-fuel stove, the surround-sound music system and smart TV. There is a ‘floating’ reclaimed slate hearth. The plentiful storage in the dividing wall also houses a home office with wireless fibre-optic broadband. There are views to the garden and beyond over the decking outside. 

Breakfast area

This is situated in a frameless glazed link between the extension and the cottage and is permanently light and (often!) sunny.  There are views over the garden and the decking. The glazed link forms a discrete junction between the old and new. Walking into the cottage through the original old pine door with hand-crafted ironmongery, you are transported to a different era…


Master bedroom

With a white stained, timber floor, small-paned windows and original granite fireplace and hearth, this is a peaceful, west-facing room full of original character. This room has views over the garden, through the trees and on to the fields beyond.

Family bathroom

Originally a bedroom, this is a good-sized bathroom with both a traditional and functional feel. There is a white painted timber floor. Timber wainscoting lines the walls to waist height, housing several ‘hidden’ cupboards. The Duravit  bathroom furniture includes a large, fully tiled bath which also has a drench shower and a glazed shower screen. The basin is a trough design – ample for two people at once and the room is warmed by a large, ladder, polished steel radiator.  Walls are finished with bathroom quality paintwork in soft colours and, with the south-facing casement window, it is a bright and airy space.

Bedroom 2

This room has the same traditional feel as the master bedroom with original door, ironmongery, granite fireplace and hearth. Currently used as a dressing room it houses 7metres of wardrobes under the sloping ceilings whilst still remaining perfectly operational as a bedroom.

 Landing and staircase

The timber staircase is original and untouched – save for a coat of paint. There is a ‘wardrobe’ cupboard on the landing (where the Gamekeeper used to keep his guns) whilst on the ½ landing there is a voluminous linen cupboard. Windows overlook the garden at the front of the house.



Flanked by bookshelves and, as with the rest of the cottage, all of the original doors with their hand-crafted ironmongery remain. There is another deep hall-cupboard which was formerly the old pantry. In addition the floor has the granite slabs which run through to the utility room.

Sitting room/study/bed 4

With windows on three sides this is a bright, sunny room with views over the garden and on to the surrounding countryside. There is a free-standing Villager multifuel stove set into the original fireplace and a wall fitted with purpose-made shelving.  All the original details remain – just as with the rest of the cottage.

 Utility Room

Newly re-fitted with solid timber units and oak work surface there is plenty of  dresser style storage, a washing machine, additional fridge and Belfast sink.

Downstairs Shower Room

This has a fully tiled shower unit with an electric shower, back-to-wall wc and bowl-basin (with wall-mounted taps) set on to a reclaimed slate shelf.  There is a large ‘secret’ storage cupboard hidden behind tongue and grooved paneling. The original window looks over the garden at the rear of the house.

Bedroom 4

This used to be the parlour for the Gamekeeper’s Cottage and has a particularly fine granite fireplace. It is currently used as the guest bedroom.


The garage, which has a new roof, is approached via the lane to the west of the garden, over which there is a right of way.

The extension has been rendered with a silicone cement finish which means you never have to paint it – just hose it down to keep it white! Similarly, the door/window frames are powder coated and don’t require redecorating.

 The gravel driveway, off Coombe Lane, has a field gate with pedestrian and vehicular access. There is ample parking for 6/7 cars – should the need arise! Coombe Lane is an adopted road and is well maintained.

 There is movement-sensitive low energy external lighting, two outside taps and two external double power sockets.

 The gardens surround the house on all sides and are bounded by a variety of Devon banks, laid hedges and a stream. There are a variety of mature trees which frame distant views over the surrounding countryside. The huge boulders, which landscape the stream and borders, were all discovered during the building of the extension.

The gardens have been designed to create a series of outdoor ‘rooms’.  The living room leads out to a private and secluded area of south-facing decking which is a perfect sun-trap and has inset external lights. Beyond this is an area of stone terrace with beautiful views over the valley ideal for evening barbeques and external dining.  There is a small orchard area of fruit trees and the borders have been planted with a variety of both tropical and indigenous, herbaceous and perennial species. To the front of the house there is a large area of flat lawns.

Tamerton Foliot:

The village is just under a mile away, along Coombe Lane. The centre of the village is a Conservation Area and is surrounded by open countryside. Near-by is the Tamar Valley AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) with walks around the estuary through the Warleigh Nature Reserve. It’s an active community with a strong identity.  There is a late opening, 7-day-a-week post office with general store. There are three pubs specializing in Thai, Italian and traditional pub ‘grub’ plus a Chinese take-away. There is an active church with a church hall attached, hosting a wide variety of activities for all the community. The village has an annual carnival, village fete and the annual music festival known as ‘Foli-Fest’.


In addition there is a primary school, doctors’ surgery and, not to be left out… an excellent car repair garage at the end of Coombe Lane. 
Village  Southway – 1.4 miles , Crownhill – 2.1 miles ; Town Tavistock – 12.2 miles; City  Plymouth (centre) – 4.8  miles;  Derriford Hospital – 2.3 miles.

Local Authority – Plymouth City Council
Services - Private water and drainage; mains electricity; oil-fired central heating to cottage.
Postcode - Keeper 's Cottage, 100 Coombe Lane, Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth PL5 4LF.     Tenure – Freehold.  Council Tax – Band 2015-2016
EPC - Listed building exemption.

Coombe Lane is off the Tamerton Foliot Road.
Coming from the village of Tamerton, pass the King's Arms and the church on your left hand side then take the left fork in the road into Coombe Lane. OR:
 Coming from the A38/A386 on to the Tamerton Foliot Road, first see the Tamerton Foliot village sign, then pass the Cann Care Home on your left, on the sharp bend to the left turn right into Coombe Lane.
Most GPS systems will take you to Coombe Lane but, once there you continue down Coombe Lane, staying to the right when the road forks. Keeper's cottage is about 1/2 mile from this point on your right hand side, set back from the lane.

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