An extraordinary property near Torquay has come to the market - a manor house owned by Brunel, the famous civil engineer.

Brunel Manor was designed by William Burn on behalf of its former owner Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Available in three separate lots, Brunel Manor is a rare and historic refurbishment opportunity originally designed to be the retirement home of the civil engineer.

Brunel never saw the home or gardens finished due to his death in 1859 but was able to plant numerous trees in the grounds of the site which still stand today.

Rich in history, the buildings are nestled amongst woodland with views over Babbacombe Bay.

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Rhiannon Charles, at Savills in Exeter which is listing the property, said: “Brunel Manor is a unique collection of buildings in an exceptional setting.

"Retaining many of the period and characterful features of its original design, the main manor house is Grade II listed and would make a wonderful conversion into residential apartments or houses.”

“Brunel Court and Lodge would also make excellent conversions for residential purpose with close proximity to Torquay. A thriving coastal town, Torquay offers a full range of services and amenities as well as the beaches for which it is well known.”

“We are anticipating that the site will make a potential residential conversion in an area of growing demand," Rhiannon added.

“Torquay balances growing business opportunity with straightforward access to the coast and countryside.”