'Casafico' is a luxurious, very spacious and stylishly renovated 2 bedroomed private annexe over three floors formed from the servant’s wing of the early Victorian Villa ‘Greythorpe House’ built around 1850 which overlooks the sea.
A peaceful, tranquil retreat set high above and a short walk from Torquay’s harbour with its bustling restaurants, bars and pavement cafes. ‘Casafico’ comfortably sleeps 4 in two full en-suite rooms and offers an exceptional standard of private accommodation.
Private parking for one car is available in the driveway of Greythorpe House (the owners live in the main house). For additional cars there is on-street parking just outside the gated driveway.
Access to Casafico is through a small paved private courtyard with outside barbecue, garden table and chairs and a gate to the private garden for your exclusive use throughout your stay. The sheltered kitchen garden with a huge fig tree – inspiring the name ’Casafico’ or Fig Tree House, has a sun deck and dining area overlooking the lawn with fruit trees. It is ideal for a spot of afternoon sunshine, to relax and read.
Enter through a slate-floored hall to the properly-equipped galley kitchen and smart breakfast room. Chandeliers scintillate against grey walls and there’s a vintage French feel in furniture, prints and ornaments collected by the owners.
The sitting room is decorated in the grand style of an English country house, with rich 'Hague' blue walls, high ceilings, original floorboards, an ornate fireplace, generous sofas and bright fabrics. The dual aspect windows overlook the garden.
Guests are also well served by a downstairs shower room with toilet.
The inner hallway leads to three tight 'squeeze' steps which then open out to a full staircase winding to the first floor - with the first of two double bedrooms. Up another flight of stairs to the second double room. Both have en-suite shower rooms and walk-in wardrobes with plenty of hanging space. The rooms are spacious, sophisticated and relaxing. Highly comfortable beds, pretty fabrics, luxurious feather pillow and duvets and restful colours. Sash windows offer views over the driveway and beyond to the high moorland hills.
The first-floor room is offered with a super-king size bed which can be converted to two single beds on request. The second floor room has a double/queen size bed.
Torquay on the 'English Riviera' has a wonderfully mild climate year-round. 'Casafico' is situated a few minutes’ walk above lively Torquay harbour where there is a huge choice of water-front restaurants and bars including a Michelin Star restaurant. Walk to shops in the town and other restaurants along the sea front esplanade.
From the harbour take a ferry boat or steam train to pretty Brixham, known for its fresh fish restaurants or on to stunning Dartmouth, home of Royal Naval College. Enjoy the yacht filled estuary, narrow streets of art galleries, boaty boutiques and tea rooms.
Torbay is a UNESCO World Heritage geo-park. If you are keen walkers the South West Costal Path offers absolutely breath-taking views. Enjoy tiny secluded coves, the red cliffs of Babbacombe, views across Lyme Bay and the beautiful estuaries of the rivers Dart and Ex.
Visit nearby National Trust properties: Art Deco 'Coleton Fishacre' home of the theatrical D'Oyly Carte Family; 'Greenway' the summer home of Agatha Christie; 'Overbecks' tropical gardens near Salcombe; 'Killerton' and 'Castle Drogo' on the edge of Dartmoor.
Book ahead in summer and then walk to Torquay's Princess Theatre or the Babbaccombe Theatre. In 2015 top artists included Lulu, Tony Christie, many original 60s/70s bands and top name comedians.
Within one mile (20 minutes walk) is award winning Kents Cavern and Wellswood's local shops, cafes and pub - away from the main tourist areas. 20 miles away any antique lovers 'must visit' location is the ex stannery (tin mining) town of Ashburton.