Oldway Mansion - Torbay (UA)

Formal gardens laid out to complement a grand house, apparently inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Built by the Singer sewing machine dynasty, the grounds have been steadily rationalised and simplified. Permission was granted in 2012 for mixed-use development, including a hotel in the main house and housing in the grounds, but this was never implemented. The property remains in Local Authority ownership, with no scheme identified.

Oldway Mansion - Torbay (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Oldway Mansion
  • Heritage Category: Registered Park and Garden grade II
  • List Entry Number: 1001368
  • Local Planning Authority: Torbay (UA)
  • Site Type: Gardens parks and urban spaces > Garden


  • Unitary Authority: Torbay (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Torbay
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Park and garden
  • Condition: Generally unsatisfactory with major localised problems
  • Vulnerability: Medium
  • Trend: Declining
  • Ownership: Private
  • Designation: Registered Park and Garden grade II, 12 LBs