Sold Subject to Contract

Rawlyn Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6PQ

5 bedrooms
4 reception rooms
3 bathrooms

Key Features

  • Beautiful, detached Victorian villa retaining many period features
  • About three quarters of an acre of lovely gardens surrounding the house
  • A belvedere with extensive views over Torquay and to the sea
  • Two double garages and ample additional space for parking
  • A large cellar which includes a wine store and small workshop area
  • Within easy walking distance of the sea, Cockington Village and the local shops
  • Very convenient for the amenities of Torbay
  • Good access to The South Devon Highway & hence to Newton Abbot, Exeter and the M5

Detached Council tax band: G Tenure: Freehold

This property is within easy walking distance of the coast, the picturesque village of Cockington & the local parade of shops. It also has a very convenient location for all the amenities which Torbay has to offer yet feels private and peaceful. There are 4 reception rooms, including lounge, dining room, sitting room and study as well as a large kitchen with an Aga and a utility room. Upstairs the accommodation consists of 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a separate toilet. There are 2 double garages with further ample space for parking. The Victorian features include ornate plaster work and exterior brickwork, the belvedere , fireplaces & cast iron radiators. The gardens, which include a pond and numerous camellias, azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons, are a particular feature of the property. It also has the benefit of a large cellar which includes a wine store and workshop area.

A most appealing, Victorian period, detached villa complete with belvedere and considerable grounds.

Yew Tree house in our opinion is a particularly fine example of late-Victorian architecture that has over the years been carefully maintained and cared for to retain its beautiful Italianate styling and fine period features.

Situated in most desirable Chelston, this property is a mere 600 yards from the seafront and promenade and in close proximity to Torquay railway station with mainline train services to London and the North.

The property is detached and sits in what our vendor would estimate to be 3/4 acres of grounds (you are of course encouraged to make your own enquiries regarding this matter) which are testament to the years of hard work invested to produce such a beautiful garden which sits behind a gated drive and extensive perimeter walling.

This is a significant and important property forming part of Torquay’s architectural  heritage and history and our vendors during their stewardship have been meticulous in their desire to respect and preserve this for future generations.

In addition to the main house and grounds, the sale includes an adjacent plot which our vendors acquired after their original purchase which might lend itself to modest further development of course subject to obtaining any necessary consents but when you visit the property in person it will put into context the significant plot that Yew Tree House occupies where historically many such fine properties were lost to conversion and sub-division in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

If you are seeking a fine example of a period home in a sought after location yet convenient for local services then we would encourage a visit in person to appreciate what an unusual and unique home Yew Tree House represents.

Some of the standout features include the main living room, large family kitchen, study/library the fabulous belvedere and of course the gardens.


Schedule of accommodation:

Ground Floor

Entrance lobby 2.46m x 2.56m

Grand Reception Hall with stairs to first floor

Living Room 4.67m extending to 6.52m into the bay x 5.80m x 6.73x into bay

Reception Two (drawing room) 4.34 x 3.58m

Dining Room 4.73m extending to 5.79m x 4.12m

Family Kitchen/Breakfast Room 5.07m x 4.51m

Inner Hallway


Utility Room 2.80m x 3.16m

Stairwell with secondary staircase to the first floor

Study/Library 4.23m (max) x 4.34m (max)


First Floor

Landing with stairs rising to belvedere

Master Bedroom 4.89m x 4.30m and door leads to:

Ensuite Bathroom 2.47m x 2.52m

Bedroom Two 4.58m x 3.98m

Bedroom Three 4.60m x 5.83m

Bedroom Four

Family Bathroom

Inner Landing


Stairwell with secondary staircase to ground floor

Bedroom Five 3.41m x 2.57m

Shower Room


Second Floor

Landing space with stairs to:

Belvedere 2.33m x 2.78m

Access to flat roof



Suite of three rooms:

Room One 4.85m x 4.03m

Room Two (Wine Cellar) 2.61m x 2.16m

Room Three 4.14 x 3.36m

Below the stairs is a small workshop area



We understand the property sits in approx. 3/4 acre of carefully crafted and cared for grounds which have been a labour of love for our vendors and represent many hours of careful planning and work to create such a stunning garden.

The gardens need to be appreciated first hand and can be enjoyed by a network of paths meandering through the ground and some of the highlights include the following. Formal lawn with central Italianate pond and statue. Rear patio area with access to secondary plot. Large parking area with two garages.

Needless to say the grounds contain many fine example of well-established trees, shrubs and plants which our vendor will be pleased to walk and talk you through, a particular feature is that the property and grounds sit behind an extensive sandstone perimeter wall and gated drive further contributing to the grandeur of Yew Tree House.

Secondary plot or additional garden:

Acquired after our vendors original purchase and with gated frontage onto Old Mill Road this area of garden is currently used as an annexe to the main gardens activities but could serve a number of additional purposes perhaps even a modest development opportunity but we would suggest you make your own formal enquiries and take independent advice regarding these possibilities.

Floorplan 1

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