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House from The French Lieutenant’s Woman

The elegant Grade II listed Upper Cobb House is in the heart of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and was the location of the 1981 film starring Meryl Street. The author of ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ John Fowles lived several doors down.

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Built in the 1820s, the Regency property is set in an acre of exquisite terraced gardens.  The celebrated architect, Arnold Mitchell, purchased the property in 1915 and created the flamboyant and beautiful ceilings and transformed the property from the original of the 1820s.  The current owners have also carried out an extensive programme of modernisation and refurbishment, including the installation of a new kitchen and improvement of the Italianate gardens, which fall away from the house seaward in gentle terraces.  The property now contains 3 reception rooms, a study, conservatory overlooking the garden and sea, a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, and 2 further bedrooms and bathroom.  There are also a useful wine cellar and a range of outdoor utility rooms, as well as a double garage.

The property is bordered by National Trust land and has direct access to the coastal footpath.  

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Robin Thomas, of Strutt & Parker’s Exeter office, comments:  ‘Upper Cobb House is a Regency jewel in a wonderful coastal setting with stunning views out to sea.  It is a very special property and one that buyers will certainly fall in love with, as the property is exceptionally well presented and the beautiful gardens complement the house perfectly.’

Guide price: £2.45m (01392 215631)