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Oldway Mansion (Paignton)

Oldway Mansion is a very grand house at Paignton in South Devon.

It is situated in its own extensive grounds in Torquay Road.

The house was built in 1874 for Isaac Singer, the American sewing machine pioneer and millionaire, and modelled on the Palace of Versailles.

Paris Singer, one of Isaac`s sons, took over residency at the mansion, and a regular visitor was his mistress Isadora Duncan.

Features of Oldway include The Gallery, a miniature reproduction of the Hall of Mirrors and the Ballroom.

In the grounds are formal gardens, laid out by Achille Duchene, who had created similar gardens at Blenheim Palace.

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