Oldway Mansion, Paignton

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  • August 9, 2017
    This beautiful building is falling into disrepair and is closed to the public. Torbay council did a disservice to Paignton residents by selling it off to a developer who has failed to do the agreed de...  more »
  • July 9, 2017
    Isaac Merritt had this built for himself and his French wife. He was the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine company, no expense was spared but unfortunately it needs money spent on it to return it t...  more »
  • May 23, 2017
    As a house it is beautiful , it's a pity the council has it locked up , they don't seem to be looking after it ,the gardens are quite well looked after , parking is free, you wouldn't believe you were...  more »
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  • An 'ICONIC' building of ages past which has featured in 'historic films'. From the mansion lawns the building is impressive, with ornate flower gardens adding 'romance' to the once, 'SINGER' family home. (of the world famous sewing machine company). An opportunity to use the building as a public library was missed, with millions being spent on a new library at Paignton. Torbay Council vacated the mansion over three years ago, the proposed development of this heritage site unobtainable. The 'mansion' still stands empty, its 'grandly painted' interior ceilings over the marble staircases captivated by only the silence with in. With imaginative flare and professional promotional skills who knows what 'revenue' this 'elegantly romantic iconic mansion', could generate, whilst being a 'centre piece' of "RIVIERA HISTORY", all year.....
  • Beautiful but sad house....superb gardens.
  • Lovely gardens for a stroll, but sadly the mantion itself is falling to rack and ruin
  • Amazing gardens, if only the house was restored to its former glory
  • Superb place, an exquisite mansion in the heart of Paignton that should be more popular than it is A great place by the looks of it's outside. It's not open to see inside, which is a huge shame, because it seems like a real interesting place. We were appalled, when the tourist attraction bus just passed by on the near street without even slowing down to acknowledge this mansion, let alone let people out to see it. The gardens are beautiful - there are many dogs, but thankfully we didnt see any dog fouling. Both I and my two adult children enjoyed the walk around this mini-Versailles. There is plenty of sitting areas, where you can stop to read a book, have a picnic or just enjoy the tranquillity. We'd love to visit again WHEN (as we're hoping it'll be "when", not "if") they open it up, hopefully with some older and historic Singer sewing machines to view.

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