Once, the ballroom of Admiralty House was full of music and glamour: men in uniform, women in beautiful dresses, a swirl of Regency music, brass buttons, silk and satin.
Now, the ballroom comprises one of the most prestigious properties at the new Mount Wise re-development: a three-bedroom flat worth nearly a million pounds.
Admiralty House was originally built for the Governor of Plymouth, in 1793, on a prime spot overlooking Plymouth harbour, with all the grandeur of state. When the role of Governor was dissolved in the mid 1800s, the building was handed over to the Army and the Navy, who in 1935 re-named it to Admiralty House.
In 2006, the MOD sold the site for regeneration, and Mount Wise (Devon) Ltd started construction on the first new homes in 2010.
In 2017, planning consent was granted to convert and refurbish Admiralty House into 12 individual apartments, including The Roxburgh, shown here.
This prestige home, still under construction, is on the ground floor, with a South-facing sun terrace and spectacular water views.
There’s 2179 sq ft of accommodation, with the feature space being the building’s historic ballroom: now being converted to an open plan living, dining, and kitchen space. It’s designed as a contemporary space, yet retaining the room’s original elegant features: tall sash windows, a high ceiling, French doors, and a feature fireplace.
Stairs will lead to a second hallway with a guest cloakroom and storage cupboard, as well as a second private entrance door, accessed externally.
From the inner lobby, doors will lead through to the master bedroom suite. This includes an en-suite full bathroom, dressing area and a door leading into a second inner lobby. From here are planned a further two double bedrooms and a shower room.
Outside, the Roxburgh has a sun terrace with direct access onto Admiralty Gardens, and gorgeous water views. There are also three allocated parking spaces, and extra storage areas including bicycle storage. Can you imagine further historic scenes being enacted on those gardens: a croquet match, a heated political argument that shaped Plymouth’s future, a romantic liaison? They’ve probably all happened here.
Mount Wise is close to the recently refurbished Royal William Yard, with its cool selection of restaurants and wine bars and the International Mayflower Marina. Passenger ferries also connect to The Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe.
The Roxburgh is one of the jewels in the crown for estate agents Atwell Martin, 01752 202 121, see their website here.