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LONDON-An historic home with breathtaking views and a private beach has been put on the market for a £7.5 million. Redlap House in Devon is a stunning Georgian home which may have been a stomping ground for royalty, and played an important role in 18th-Century smuggling.
It has seven bedrooms, four reception rooms, a 60ft indoor swimming pool and cliff-top garden with a hot tub. The star attraction of the 30-acre property is its private, sandy beach which is only accessible from the mansion itself and from the sea. Redlap House was owned in the 18th Century by the Governor of Dartmouth - who was actively involved in smuggling. During his ownership the property was fitted with false walls to conceal contraband, and there are longstanding rumours of a secret tunnel linking the property to nearby Redlap Cove. However a tunnel has never been found, and the beach is accessed by steps leading down from the garden.
There are also rumours that George V visited the house, as he was frequently seen in the area while he was Prince of Wales in the earlier 20th Century. It has now been put on the market for 'offers in excess of £7.5 million', making it one of the West Country's most expensive homes - though it is still a third of the price of a five-bedroom flat in One Hyde Park, London.
Savills, the agents marketing the Redlap House, today described the home as 'the finest coastal property in south Devon'.
Martin Lamb, director of the Exeter office, said: 'In 30 years this is the only house I have ever sold with its own private beach. 'It is in a cove on a very rugged coastline and it was perfect for ships to drop off contraband before arriving in Dartmouth. It is a wonderful family home set back from the cliff in tropical gardens. There is very rarely any frost and in the garden you can actually grow bananas.
'It has always been the most expensive coastal home in Devon and is the best house I have sold. The holiday cottage, which is made from oak, has a stunning pool and overlooks the sea. It is like the south of France but in Devon.' On top of the principal house, which measures 8,400sq/ft, there is also an additional guest house and pool complex which adds a further 7,000sq/ft. The guest house boasts the 60-foot pool along with a 22-foot cinema, two bedrooms and a fully equipped barbecue room and art studio. There is also a staff flat, estate office and six garages and 30 acres of frost-free ground, which allows exotic plants to flourish.