Coastal holiday home offers taste of the roaring 20s

Live like a ‘Great Gatsby’ character in this impressive Porlock Weir home.

By Chloe Shakesby   |   Property writer   |
Thursday 23rd June 2022 12:15 pm
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Woodsborough was built in 1923 as a coastal holiday home. (Jackson Stops )

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This beautiful house that could be straight out of ‘The Great Gatsby’ was built as a holiday home for a 1920s socialite - and is now up for sale for £1.2m.

Woodborough, in Porlock Weir, was built in 1923 for a Lady Peacock - a woman who was in high society and lived glamorously.

It was built as a holiday home in the arts and craft movement, with unrivalled views of the pebble beach and the coastline, but is tucked away and surrounded by woodland for privacy.

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The views from the property encompass the pebble beach along Porlock Weir. (Jackson Stops )

It consists of three bedrooms, three receptions and two bathrooms, as well as a fully fitted kitchen.

A garden room stretches across the front of the property, with French doors leading through to the sitting room.

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The garden room allows the occupier to drink in the horizon from the comfort of their own home. (Jackson Stops )

The house also boasts a wooden-floored study, a utility room and a beautiful terrace.

The gardens are made up of mature trees, including oaks, woodland shrubs - many of which were gifts from botanist Norman Hadden - with other flora such as 120 differing rhododendrons and azaleas surrounding the woodland walks.

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The house is hidden away from the public, and is surrounded by plenty of plantlife. (Jackson Stops )

Outdoors, perfect for hosting a 20s-themed party, there is also a gazebo, a barbecue area, a pond, and several garden buildings - as well as a combination hot tub-jacuzzi.

The property is being marketed by estate agents Jackson Stops, who have it listed at a guide price of £1.2m.

Brian Bishop, of Jackson Stops, said: “It is rare that such a fascinating property comes to the market in a spectacular setting.”

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