One of Sidmouth’s oldest and most picturesque homes has sold after coming to market for the first time in more than 50 years.

Marino Lodge in Cotmaton Road dates back to Georgian times, and has a conical thatched roof, pointed arch windows and hand-etched glass windows. It is a Grade II listed building formerly known as Pauntley Cottage.

It went under the hammer on Wednesday, December 14, and was sold for £350,500 freehold by regional land and property auctioneers Clive Emson. 

Senior auction appraiser Audrey Smith said: “The new owners have acquired a wonderful property oozing charm in one of Devon’s most popular seaside towns.

“It came to auction after more than 50 years in the same family and represented an opportunity to acquire a property of rare character in an idyllic location close to the coast yet looking out on to National Trust fields and countryside beyond.”

The cottage was auctioned in arrangement with Your Move Edwards of Sidmouth.