An outstanding penthouse apartment in a Grade II Listed building, dominated by its breathtaking view over Plymouth Sound. EPC Rating C.
Historical note: Described in Pevsner’s “The Buildings of England – Devon” as “…and the Grand Hotel, in a fussier, mid 19th century Italianate”.
The Grand is one of the fabulous buildings of Plymouth designed by architect George Wightwick, a pupil of John Foulston, standing prominently, south facing, on the western end of Plymouth’s Hoe Promenade.
Originally a 77 bedroom hotel, it provided a vantage point in 1889 for Prime Minister William Gladstone to speak to an expectant crowd of more than 10,000 people. It was an historic ceremony which has remained an important event in Plymouth's history. The Grand’s guest list over the years was impressive, including The Beatles, Laurel and Hardy, and many other famous names. It regularly boasted that it enjoyed “The finest view in Europe”.
The Grand was converted in 2013 into 26 stunning two and three-bedroom apartments. Retaining the elegance of the original building, not just with the restored exterior, but also with a gracious reception hall and common areas, furnished in keeping with the original style. Modern lifts and facilities have been installed and the apartments have been configured to the demands of contemporary living.
The Penthouse is the jewel apartment, located on the 4th floor, enjoying a totally distracting view over the Sound and the English Channel, with the mile-long Breakwater in the distance, and flanked by the countryside of South Devon and South East Cornwall respectively. The Hoe Promenade, Drake’s Island and the waterfront are in the foreground. The Sound is constantly populated by a myriad of marine craft, including yachts of all sizes, naval vessels from around the world, and the car ferries to Roscoff in Brittany, and Santander in Northern Spain. The Sound also hosts many yachting events, including The America’s Cup in 2011, the finish of the Fastnet Race, Transat transatlantic Yacht Race, and numerous other important yachting and watersports events.
An attractive communal entrance hall and reception area, with high ceilings and beautifully retained architectural details, gives lift and stairway access to the apartment, which lies on the top, level four, of the building.
Entrance door to the apartment only a few steps from the lift exit.
This fabulous and welcoming, long, room gives easy access to the principal level rooms.Strategic lighting. Ample cloaks cupboards. Video entry phone. Stairway to upper level.
A naturally well-lit dual aspect room with high vaulted ceiling and exposed cross beam. Distracting views across many miles of seascape and coastline, and additionally over the historic Hoe Promenade. Glazed gallery over.
Open plan with the living space, but naturally tucked away, also taking advantage of the sea aspect. Long working surface/breakfast bar. Custom built and comprehensively appointed appliances incorporating coffee machine, multi-function microwave, double capacity fridge, integral plate warming drawers, dishwasher, wine cooler cabinet, induction hob, and much more.
Windows enjoying the uninterrupted southerly sea views. Lofted ceiling.
En suite Bathroom
With Laufen suite, including a generously sized shower, separate bath, and bidet.
Lofted ceiling and the same, inspiring, views across The Sound.
Comprehensively and stylishly equipped to match the other suites, and incorporating a twin vanity basin.
This marvellous and versatile room looks down over the main living space, bordered by a glazed balustrade screen. Short flight of steps up to the private roof terrace.
This useful facility has many options for its use, and could form an exercise suite, guest facility, or simply the rare apartment capacity for two further bedrooms:
Bedroom or 2nd sitting room. Leading to:
Velux skylight. Door to:
Ensuite Shower Room
Laufen suite and fittings matching the others.
Protected from the prevailing wind, and with panoramic views from this high level, extending across the City to the heights of the Dartmoor National Park on the horizon.
A large communal garage is accessed directly from the communal ground floor hall and lift exit, giving full covered and easy access. Two designated, easily manoeuvrable, spaces (marked nos. 38 & 48). Electric security door, and separate pedestrian exit.
Mains electric and water. Underfloor heating.
The property is in Council Tax Band H.
Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth, Devon PL1 3BJ, telephone 01752 668000, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fixtures and Fittings
All items in the written text of these particulars are included in the sale. All others are expressly excluded regardless of inclusion in any photographs. Purchasers must satisfy themselves that any equipment included in the sale of the property is in satisfactory order.
Leasehold, 999 years from 2003, Ground Rent £400 per annum
Very strictly by appointment only through Marchand Petit (Newton Ferrers office). Tel 01752 873311.
£4,500, to include share of building insurance, maintenance of common areas, lift, etc.
Leasehold, 999 years from 2003, Ground Rent £400 per annum
Within about half a mile of the property is Plymouth’s well equipped City Centre, The Theatre Royal and the Elizabethan Barbican. The South West Coast Path also runs along the Hoe, giving access to hundreds of miles of scenically captivating coastline.
From the A38 Exeter direction take the first Plymouth City Centre signed route at the Marsh Mills exit (A374). Upon reaching the City Centre (Exeter Street) take the exit marked to The Barbican (B3240) which becomes Vauxhaul Street. Passing the entrance to Southside Street takes the 2nd left, at the traffic lights, into Hoe Approach and then right into Citadel Road. Pass the Holiday Inn on the right, continue straight over the next crossroads (Lockyer Street), and then turn left into Elliot Street. The Grand is at the top of the road on the right.
City Centre 0.5 mile A38 4 miles M5 (Exeter) 50 miles
The Green, Parsonage Road Newton Ferrers, Plymouth Devon PL8 1AT
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm
Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday viewings by appointment
01752 873 311