Francis Louis are excited to offer For Sale four fantastic freehold properties forming the Quay Hill and Chapel development situated within Exeter’s beautiful historic City Centre and Quayside. The site abuts the Roman and Medieval City Wall behind the Customs House on the Quay. Two houses are new-build and two are conversions. All are energy efficient, adaptable, low maintenance homes that focus on delivering comfort within a healthy internal environment. Layered into the hillside where several routes between the City and the Quay converge, the development is a notable feature in the urban landscape that frames the main entrance to the Quay. All houses enjoy panoramic views over the Quay, River Exe and Haldon Hills. The houses are also an added focal point in the views along the Exe river valley towards the City, Cathedral and St Leonard’s church.
About the site, its history and amenities
The site is located on the hillside, known as Quay Hill, just behind the Customs House and Quay. The Roman and Medieval City Wall forms the southern boundary of the development and what makes the site so special is the marriage between its historic setting and the modern design of the four properties. The elevated position of the development affords each house fantastic panoramic views over the Quay and River Exe towards Exmouth to the south and Haldon Hills to the west. Being south-facing on rising ground, the site enjoys good daylighting from sunrise to sunset, and sheltered behind the Customs House and City Wall the terraces and courtyard gardens will feel almost Mediterranean. Two semi-detached new-build houses are situated on the lower level of the site which was originally part of the City’s barbican. After the Civil War, the City Fathers split the barbican into leasehold plots. This site was Barbican Plot 19 and, over the following two centuries, was inhabited by a clay pipe maker, an arris maker (carver) and a fishmonger amongst others. Those buildings were demolished in the late 1800’s. Two semi-detached Chapel conversions are situated on the higher level which was originally the site of the Tabernacle Chapel built in 1769 by the Reverend Henry Tanner to serve Exeter’s West Quarter. In the 1890’s the kite-shaped Chapel fell into disrepair and was demolished. In 1902 the Chapel was rebuilt and is now converted into two houses.
The site’s City Centre and Quayside location with easily accessible parking and transport links, offers a wealth of lifestyle opportunities with shopping, dining, cultural, leisure, sports activities and schools only a few minutes walkaway. It is a convenient and desirable location.
About the properties
Each house is designed to make the most of its individual position with regard to orientation and historic features. They are finished to a high standard throughout and examples of materials are available to view. Each property provides good storage and adaptable accommodation. In addition to on-street residents’ parking, residents can purchase season tickets from the City Council that cover both the nearby Cathedral and Quay car park as well as other car parks in central Exeter. Together with the Quay Hill houses, they form a small community of four characterful homes.
Exeter is both full of history and a modern, culturally vibrant and economically strong Cathedral City with excellent University, colleges and schools. It is a great place to live and work, and interesting to visit. Exeter is Devon’s capital and ‘gateway’ to the West Country with good transport links to London, the Midlands and the North.
Property Specification Notes
1 Chapel Cottages
Property Specification Notes
• Well insulated floors, walls and roofs, a vapour permeable thermal enclosure allowing external surfaces to ‘breathe’ also using mass to reduce midday solar gain and enhance acoustic attenuation
• Internally exposed thermal mass of the original masonry Chapel structure to further moderate high summer temperatures and enhance comfort
• Hi-performance triple glazing with aluminium (outer) and wood (inner) composite frames for good acoustic attenuation and low maintenance
• Clay double Roman tile and Zinc clad roofs, zinc clad facias, bargeboards, and rainwater goods for long life and low maintenance
• High quality German render system (Baumit) for long life and low maintenance
• Whole house mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, NOx filters, acoustic attenuation, simple weather compensated controls and summer bypass allowing the house to ventilate throughout the year even with the windows closed
• High efficiency gas condensing combination boiler, weather compensation, programmable controls and underfloor heating
• Virgin Media (cable and telecoms) with data network installation
• Fire/smoke detection and alarm system
• Kitchens from the Exeter Kitchen Store (a local manufacturer) ‘Remo’ range with Quartz worktops and Bosch white goods
• Sanitary ware: basins and wall hung wc’s (My Home), baths (Eurowa) with wall mounted taps and overflow filler, shower trays (Dart stone resin), shower panels (Merlyn), brassware (Crosswater)
• Open riser staircase: open lightwell with oak treads (Saicos translucent ‘white’ oiled finish) with black steel balusters, oak handrails (Saicos translucent oiled finish) and painted strings
• Cork tile flooring throughout (Saicos translucent ‘white’ oiled finish) for natural feel and appearance, long life and low maintenance
• Larch heartwood lining to roof terrace for long life and low maintenance
• Granite paving to terraces
11' 6'' x 4' 3'' (3.50m x 1.29m)
Open Plan Lounge/Kitchen/Dining Room
20' 2'' x 18' 10'' (6.15m x 5.75m)
15' 6'' x 13' 9'' (4.73m x 4.2m)
First Floor Landing
11' 2'' x 10' 9'' (3.4m x 3.27m)
15' 6'' x 13' 0'' (4.72m x 3.95m)
6' 7'' x 6' 7'' (2.01m x 2.01m)
12' 2'' x 12' 4'' (3.71m x 3.76m)
Second Floor Landing
14' 9'' x 14' 5'' (4.49m x 4.39m)
All Images are CGI impressions of what the build will look like.