Apartment 19, The Old School, Bideford
- For Sale
Introducing a 2/3 bedroom split level unique, spacious and contemporary apartment within a former historical Victorian school building with many original features being close to Bideford town centre. With allocated off road parking.
THE OLD SCHOOL is a purpose built school dating from 1902 which has been converted into unique and modern apartments retaining many original features including sash windows, high ceilings and some with parquet flooring. The apartments have fully fitted kitchens as well as modern bathrooms and shower rooms. Many apartments have a gallery floor offering flexible living accommodation. The apartments are accessed via a gated entrance with communal gardens and two car parking spaces per apartment along with visitors’ parking.
First Floor over 2 floors
2 Parking spaces
16’4 x 13’8 (4.99m x 4.16m)
32.8 x 13’9 (10m x 4.18m) max
14’1 x 16’4 (4.3m x 4.97m) max
7’6 x 13’1 (2.28m x 3.98m) max
TOTAL AREA 125sqm
Inside the flat is a spacious and welcoming hallway with an airing cupboard.
The impressive living/dining room has a double height ceiling with tall windows, a useful under stairs cupboard and stairs leading to a large galleried mezzanine area which could be used as a bedroom, a second living room or even an office space.
Separated from the living room by a wide breakfast bar is the kitchen, fitted with attractive American Walnut style units with wood-block worktops, an integrated electric hob, eye-level electric oven, microwave and there is under counter space for further appliances.
There is a very spacious master bedroom with built in wardrobe and luxurious ensuite shower room, an adjacent second bedroom and a contemporary master bathroom.
The flat comes with 2 allocated parking spaces and there are communal gardens surrounding the building.
Although Geneva Place was completed in 1902 it is of an earlier design being brick built and circa 4.5m floor to ceilings. It is a unique Victorian building given the specification and wealth of original features and the mainly original condition of the building. The interior has a beautiful simplicity without the delicate frieze work or stained glass windows expected from this era. The width of corridors and feel of the interior space is very spacious with exposed brick, high timber sash windows. The main alteration to the building has been the addition of a mezzanine floor through the majority of the ground floor and much of the first floor which is at least 30 years old.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
The Boarding School for girls and infants relocated in 1903 from the High Street to the new school at Geneva Place. After a fire, the Old Town School for Boys was transferred to Geneva Place. Following reorganisation in 1932, the senior pupils became a separate school on the upper floor of the building. In 1955 and 1958 the infants and juniors were transferred to Pynes County Infants School and Westcroft County Junior School respectively. Since then the building was used by Bideford Grammar School and in the latter years Bideford College. The building ceased to be used in July 2010 at the end of the summer term when Bideford College moved into new purpose built facilities on the main campus thus ending 107 years of educational use for the building.
The developers have sympathetically worked with the building retaining as much of the original character as possible, such as the unusually high ceilings and tall sash windows but now with a beautiful modern kitchen and contemporary bathrooms this property would make a splendid main residence, second home or even rental investment.
This is the second and final phase and there are other sizes with different prices available.
From Bideford Quay, proceed up the High Street and turn left at the top. Take the first right into Abbotsham Road and turn left at the traffic lights into Dymond Road. A little way up, you will see The Old School on the left. Turn left into Geneva Place and the entrance to Phase 2 is at the end of the building on the left.