Forgotten for many years and reclaimed by nature, this stunning period property was restored to offer luxury self-catering accommodation by the recent owners who live in the original adjoining manor. It was originally created at the turn of the 20th century by Arthur Graham, the eccentric owner of the historical Great Ambrook estate near Totnes, Devon. Many say the London aesthete moved to the South Hams to become a recluse, but his additions of an enormous music room, four-acre Italian garden and swimming pool skirted by dozens of chairs hinted otherwise. One can only imagine the parties this extravagant country manor could host within its wild and secluded valley location. And now you can have your own parties in The Lost Music Hall that comfortably sleeps 12.
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William Morris once said that ‘simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement.’ And paying homage to its Arts and Crafts roots, The Lost Music Hall follows a similar vein. The pared-back interiors are a rejection of classical Victorian frivolity, instead a celebration of simple, honest craftsmanship. After all, who needs to inject additional design into an interior that boasts such unconventionally grand and colossal proportions? The original ceilings climbing to over 11 metres high, oak parquet flooring gleams in the light-filled living spaces, and auction ‘finds’ sit in harmony with pieces imported from the owners’ New York loft.
Spectacular valley views can be enjoyed from the wraparound upstairs balcony where (of course) each bedroom generously boasts not one but two double beds. The master suite includes king-size beds plus an en suite bathroom with shower attachment, while the other two bedrooms share a Victorian-style bathroom with overhead shower. All three are spacious, light and furnished in the Arts and Crafts style.
The reception rooms and kitchen are open plan with plenty of space to socialise, dance, or just escape with a book if the fancy takes you. And I’m thinking that sofa with it’s wonderful views would be a favourite space to sit even if the rain is lashing down outside. On warmer days there is the balcony upstairs for alfresco meals and the pool area (not shown)for a cooling dip.
The music hall and adjoining manor sit in over seven acres, shaded by ancient trees and crossed by the gurgling Ambrook river – tempting wild swims on balmy afternoons. Guests have private use of the games room, terraces, back garden and pool area. As for Graham’s Italian garden (the only surviving work of architect T. H. Lyon), the forgotten site was accidentally discovered beneath 50 years of growth and is now undergoing restoration work by private owners.
The Lost Music Hall is available to rent via Unique Homestays.
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