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Vane Tower Penthouse

England / Torquay, Devon
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A sumptuous apartment at the top of an iconic Torquay villa, featuring outstanding coast and country views.

There is a certain pedigree to Torquay's iconic Vane Tower. A strikingly elegant, Grade II listed Italianate villa, the building was originally constructed in the 19th century, supposedly for the first American Ambassador to Britain.  

Vane Tower was also once visited by George Bernard Shaw, who based one of his plays - You Never Can Tell - in the beautiful bay.

Expertly renovated for the 21st century, the top two floors of the tower have been transformed into a luxurious two-bedroom penthouse apartment with truly breathtaking coastal views that stretch all the way out to the rolling hills of Dartmoor.

Head through your private entrance and up two flights of stairs, to be welcomed by a light-flooded, open-plan living and dining area with a scenic backdrop of sea and hill views (and a 40" Netflix-equipped TV, if you should tire of the natural scenery).  

You'll also find a deluxe harbour-view kitchen equipped with a breakfast bar and that all-important dishwasher, and two refreshing shower rooms.

Winding steps lead you up to the jewel in Vane Tower's crown - the very top. Twelve windows magnificently showcase those expansive views to their most mesmerising effect, and you can enjoy them from the comfort of your opulent gold king-size bed. A second double bedroom lies just below, also featuring enormous shuttered windows that look out over the bay.

Enjoy morning coffee as you watch boats glide past, the tide roll in, and the ever-changing sky overhead. With binoculars thoughtfully provided for close-ups, just you try tearing yourselves away!

You'll also have an exclusive area of the building's terraced garden to enjoy during your stay - perfect for afternoon cocktails and evening barbecues.

Before all that, how about getting out and exploring the palm-fringed, Mediterranean-style coast? The South West Coast Path is a mere stroll away, at the bottom of the hill, while the Jurassic Coast is a thing of wonder, with its red rock cliffs and sandy coves. Bring your camera, and you might be lucky enough to snap a grey seal or a dolphin, both regular visitors.

It almost goes without saying that you can enjoy a myriad of water sports here, and you'll find plenty of storage at Vane Tower for those paddleboards and kayaks. There are plenty of tempting restaurants and shops to browse through too, for those who prefer life on land.

However you choose to while away your holiday time, you'll want to escape to the top of your apartment before the blazing sunset sinks over the horizon. Toast your good fortune, as you immerse yourselves in the spectacular natural scenery and make excited plans to return, one day in the very near future.

Things to note

No smoking or vaping permitted. Not suitable for young children due to the number of stairs. No pets permitted.

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The basics

Region: Torquay, Devon
Cost (from): £318 (3 nights)
Sleeps: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 957

Facilities

Sleeps up to 4, master double bedroom, twin/double bedroom, bedding & towels provided, family bathroom, walk-in rain shower, second shower room, fully-equipped kitchen, breakfast bar & seating for 4, electric hob, electric oven/grill, fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, iron & board, open plan living/dining area, glass dining table, Smart TV, Netflix, Wi-Fi, private courtyard, patio table & chairs, private parking for one car.

Local activities

Beaches, coastal walks, ports, boating trips, fishing, surfing, galleries, cycling, climbing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, golf, horse riding.

At a glance

  • Luxurious two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse apartment covering the top two floors of Torquay's iconic Vane Tower, a restored 19th century building once visited by George Bernard Shaw.
  • Private parking is available for one car at the property, with on-road parking spaces.
  • Note that the apartment is accessed via its own private entrance and two flights of stairs. It may not be suited to children or those with mobility issues.
  • Storage space is available for water sports equipment, and binoculars are provided for more intensive views from the top of the tower!
  • Enjoy magnificent sea and hill views, or explore the South West Coast Path and the nearby Jurassic Coast.
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