Property Of The Week – The Shotts, Dartmoor National Park


An enchanting and unique family home with incredible views; in a class of its own; The Shotts is a substantial detached property situated in an enviable private position within the Dartmoor National Park. The current owners spent three years painstakingly renovating the house into a unique family home in a class of its own, with a magical, fairy tale feel. No expense was spared in the refurbishment and many of the fixtures and fittings have been individually sourced and imported from around the globe; giving the house its authentic and individual style. Exquisite Moroccan tiles feature heavily throughout; all of which were hand made in Morocco, specifically commissioned for The Shotts, taking nine months for a team of tilers to install. The entire design of the house is centred around the sunrise and outstanding views, providing many fabulous spaces for entertaining, hosting guests and for everyday family life.

The accommodation on the ground floor is spacious and flexible, with six sizeable reception rooms. The large reception hall creates a striking first impression with Indian hand-carved heavy double doors opening into the room which has Moroccan tiling at the entrance and an Esse as a focal point at the end, with a Moroccan tiled surround and a copper hood. The sitting room adjoins the reception room in an open plan layout, benefitting from extensive glazing looking out to the gardens and a bespoke circular slate framed open fire. The large kitchen is combined with open plan living space to provide the hub of family life, currently configured as a dining area, extensive pantry and a seating area.

The kitchen (hand-painted by a notable Scottish artist) benefits from a four oven Lacanache range cooker, high quality white goods (all-new in December 2019) and a colourful Moroccan-tiled floor. The dining area has extensive glazing which takes full advantage of the breath-taking Dartmoor views. The two remaining ground floor reception rooms are the games room and the living room; the games room with eye-catching red velvet wall panels and the living room featuring a hand painted bar and more unique Moroccan floor tiles. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a boot room, laundry room, store and two cloakrooms; one of which has a WC which was hand painted in Mexico and a marble basin sourced from Australia.

One of the most remarkable features of The Shotts is the beautiful curved slope which connects the ground and first floors, complementing the playful theme throughout the house. There is also a separate regular staircase as well as steps from the kitchen to the mezzanine. On the first floor are six superbly appointed bedrooms; all with arresting views and impeccably finished. The principal bedroom is particularly impressive, accessed via intricately hand carved heavy double doors from India, and featuring exceptional views, a well-placed freestanding CP Hart cast iron bath and an en suite shower room with a dressing area and another marble sink from Australia. Bedroom two also has an en suite bathroom.

A cloakroom and a family bathroom, with a Whirlpool spa bath and a Moroccan brass basin, service the other bedrooms. Completing the first floor accommodation is a fabulous mezzanine which provides a flexible space and is currently used as a hobby room/office, plus The Nest which is a viewing gallery, with hand painted walls and ceiling; perfectly designed for appreciating the incredible vista. On the second floor is the seventh bedroom and an en suite bathroom; currently used as a sleepover room for the children.

Little Shotts: Completely renovated in early 2020, the cottage Little Shotts is close enough to the main house to be perfect for relatives and guests whilst maintaining a good level of privacy. It has previously been let out as holiday accommodation via Unique Home Stays for a significant annual income. Little Shotts has its own entrance from the drive leading to a parking area. It is single storey, with an open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room and two en suite bedrooms.

Helen de Burton of Strutt & Parker Exeter comments: “Haytor is quintessential Dartmoor and The Shotts is right on its doorstep, yet completely secluded and private. The views from the house are sublime – a combination of moorland, countryside and the sea in the far distance. The serenity of the views and the outside space are a fabulous contrast to the flamboyant and imaginative home that the current owners have created. This enchanting space radiates fun, warmth and creativity - a perfect and unique family home.

“Properties such as this rarely come to the market, especially in this part of the world, and for a family looking for somewhere secluded, quiet and completely individual, The Shotts fits the bill.”

The Shotts is currently on the market for £3.5m, or to rent at £5000 pcm.


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