This 1840s home for sale has been everything from a military base to a boarding school - and is made up of a former ballroom and coach house. 

Lantern Hall, in Chudleigh, is part of Pitt House, a Grade II* listed former country house full of original features and details. 

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The sitting and dining room. (The Agency )

Pitt House was designed and built in the 1840s by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, being built of Devon squared stone with Bathstone dressings. 

The property was extended in the 1880s, and was used by the American military during the Second World War. 

After the war, Pitt House was used as a boys’ boarding school until the 1980s, when it was restored and split into three houses and six apartments. 

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There are family crests on the original windows. (The Agency )

Lantern Hall is one of the three houses, formed from the original billiard room and part of the ballroom and spanning more than 2,000 square feet. 

The entrance to the property comprises a heavy oak panelled door with brass furnishings, and a hall leading to the main house. 

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There are period features throughout. (The Agency )

The kitchen and breakfast room was originally part of the ballroom, retaining the period hardwood floor, and diamond glazed panels with two family crests, while the kitchen also includes integrated appliances and wooden-fronted storage units. 

Behind the kitchen is the sitting and dining room, which was originally the billiard room which was added to the main house in the 1880s. 

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The snug. (The Agency )

There is a large lantern in the wooden coffered ceiling with ornate cornicing, with other features of the room including original decorative floor tiles, a fireplace with an intricately carved wooden mantelpiece. 

The original doorway of Pitt House has been converted into a drinks cabinet, while the room also includes stone mullion and transom windows. 

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The drinks cabinet is formed from the original front doors. (The Agency )

Above the kitchen is a mezzanine snug with built-in storage cupboards, while on the lower ground floor is a stone archway leading to a library and study area, which would once have been a carriage way, with a brick arched ceiling. 

Also on this level are three bedrooms, including the main bedroom, once a carriage room, with stone archways, an en-suite shower room and a walk-in wardrobe. 

The other two bedrooms have features such as diamond framework windows and original shutters, and a bathroom. 

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Steps leading to the private garden. (The Agency )

Outside, there is a private garden area with a stone retaining wall, a wildflower area, a lawned space with mature trees, and a seating and barbecue area. 

The property is being sold by The Agency for a price of £535,000. 

The agent commented: “Once in a while something special comes to the market, and Lantern Hall is certainly that. 

“Lantern Hall is a substantial and impressive freehold home formed from the original billiard room and part of the ballroom as well as several of the service rooms added by Seal-Hayne.

“The house is richly decorated with many well preserved and interesting original features, including the large lantern light over the living room which gives the house its name.”