Published on 10 June 2022
Featured by Savills
Do you ever find yourself driving around the island (or flying over while coming in to land after a trip away), spotting an almost hidden but grand-looking driveway, not insignificant collection of chimney pots poking up over tree tops or a property so hidden yet surrounded by such an expanse of land it can only be seen from above?
Do you ever find yourself driving around the island (or flying over while coming in to land after a trip away), spotting an almost hidden but grand-looking driveway, not insignificant collection of chimney pots poking up over tree tops or a property so hidden yet surrounded by such an expanse of land it can only be seen from above? They're the kind of properties that 'never come onto the market', often passing from generation to generation without a prying eye able to take a glance inside (other than welcome guests, of course). Clos de Tours slips directly into that category, becoming available to buy for the first time since construction in 1933 by Lord Coutanche, who would later become Jersey's wartime Bailiff. Designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Peter Blampied, the property is Grade III listed on account of its architectural and historical importance, with a whole host of interesting and unique features; notably the circular headed granite front door leading to an impressive entrance hall containing an imposing open fireplace and panelling. Set upon a full acre of land with commanding views over St Aubin's Bay, Clos de Tours has an abundance of south-facing windows that allow natural light to flood into the generously-sized rooms. The sitting room is particularly grand, and leads to the conservatory and onwards into the gardens. If entertaining is your thing, the panelled dining room - featuring an eighteenth century fireplace - would be the perfect place to do so, oozing elegance in a timeless and understated way. The master suite, complete with bathroom and dressing room, is located on the first floor along with two further double bedrooms, two children's rooms and two bathrooms. Should that be insufficient space for your family, however, don't fret! There's scope to extend upwards - subject to planning permission, of course - into the 60ft attic space to create further bedrooms if required. On top of this (or should that be 'underneath'?) a large cellar sits beneath the house and would be perfect for use as a home gym or media room, as there's also a separate wine cellar. Away from the main residence is a detached double garage block and workshop, as well as ample parking, extensive gardens, orchard and woodland paths - all approached via a long, sweeping driveway extending through the grounds. Set just off a peaceful green lane, Clos de Tours is the only property on the coastal side of said lane, located right between St Aubin's Village and Ouaisne Bay. Just a five minute walk from St Aubin's Harbour and the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, nipping out for dinner and drinks or even a relaxing seafront walk are both activities that are right on your doorstep, and the airport is a mere ten minutes by car if you're venturing further afield. Properties like this 'never come onto the market' - so now's your chance to put your own stamp on a beautiful slice of island history.