Reception Rooms: 3 | Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 5
Magnificent 5 bedroom Georgian farmhouse and two 3 bedroom cottages all set within 2 acres of gardens and grounds, positioned within a tucked away and tranquil setting and all just metres from the picturesque and world renowned Charlestown Harbour and beaches. There are further stone built buildings within the grounds offering great potential for other uses, subject to any requisite planning consents.
The current owners have carried out considerable improvement works to the entire property during their ownership and the house today offers exceptionally well balanced three storey accommodation that is beautifully presented throughout. The house is constructed of an attractive combination for Cornwall of both stone and red brick. The house faces south-west and is L shaped in design. The accommodation comprises of a large and welcoming entrance hall that is flanked by two of the three delightful reception rooms (drawing room and dining room) and also the large kitchen breakfast room, that is the heart of the house. The third reception room is an attractive sitting room / office, created from the conversion of an attached former barn, positioned at the southerly end of the house, beyond the kitchen.
The first and second floors are home to a combination of 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in total. The first floor houses 4 of the bedrooms and 4 of the bath/shower rooms and the second floor offers more of a private characterful suite in the loft of the house, that comprises of an attractive bedroom, sitting area and its own bathroom. See the floor plans for the exact layout of the accommodation.
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The property, whilst centrally located in the heart of the village enjoys a tucked away position, just to the north of the harbour, off Quay Road. The property is accessed via a 5 bar gate that opens on to a private driveway that leads up to the house. Immediately adjacent to the house are the garages and opposite the garages is a large parking area offering space for many cars to park. The driveway continues past the garages, passing the cottages and turning around to the east, in line with the L-shape of the building, continuing until you reach the Cart Barn.
The gardens and grounds are mostly made up of large areas of lawns, gently sloping and facing in a south westerly direction, with well stocked borders. On the north side of the property is a further area of lawn and good-sized productive fruit and nut orchard - the apples from which go in to producing cider that is brewed and bottled locally and given to guests of the cottages within welcome hampers. There is also a second apple and pear orchard to the rear of the farmhouse. At the southerly end of the gardens, immediately accessible from the house is a sheltered sun terrace/patio, with a built in pizza oven and three former small pig sties within an area immediately adjacent. There is also an enclosed vegetable garden, accessed via a 5 bar gate.
Immediately adjacent to the house is a long detached stone built L-shaped building that is made up of the two attractive holiday cottages, a large conservatory, two good-sized garages and a former cart barn.
The two cottages are both two storey barn conversions. The first is Seagull Cottage, which has a delightful sense of space and airiness from the moment you set foot across the threshold and enter its good- sized kitchen/dining/living room as this area enjoys the full height of the building, having double height vaulted ceilings and features such as exposed ceiling beams. The southerly end is the two storey section, where there are three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a mezzanine area positioned. Immediately adjacent is Dolphin Cottage, again two storey but the building has a completely different look and feel due to it being L-shaped. The feature room is the kitchen/diner as this has a beautiful semicircular beamed ceiling creating a dramatic and memorable feeling to the room. Accessed off the kitchen is a very large, split level conservatory that offers a delightful outlook across the top gardens and orchard. The 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are split over two floors at the southerly end of the cottage.
Beyond the conservatory and attached to it, is an open fronted stone built former Cart Barn. Nearest to the house, at the southerly end of the building are the two garages. Within the orchard, at the northerly end of the gardens, are the dilapidated and derelict remains of a further stone built former barn. There is great potential for each of these buildings to possibly be converted to different uses, subject to the requisite planning permissions and Listed Building consents.
Largely unspoiled by modern development, Charlestown is a world heritage site that is renowned for its picturesque harbour that is surrounded by immensely pretty sea captains houses and colour- washed cottages. Today it is still a working harbour as well as providing a safe haven for visiting old ships. It is also the location for many television series and cinematic film projects, the latest being the renowned BBC series, Poldark that was based on the books of the Cornish Author, Winston Graham.
Charlestown’s birth came from the growing demand on the nearby China Clay pits, which the St Austell area is famous for. The China Clay industry flourished during the latter part of the 18th century and a local businessman by the name of Charles Rashleigh identified the need for a local port.
With the aid of John Smeaton (renowned designer of harbours and lighthouses), Rashleigh took on the task of constructing a harbour at West Polmear, and appointed his protege Joseph Dingle as superintendent of the works and later harbour master. Dingle lived at Polmear Farm and embezzled huge sums from his patron, Rashleigh, sadly both dying penniless. The outer arm of the harbour was completed first, providing shelter to shipping and the inner piers were finished later in stages, after large areas of rock were able to be blasted away, which were then manually cut and removed or re-purposed.
In addition to the harbour, Charles Rashleigh constructed a gun battery in order to protect the harbour and village during the Napoleonic Wars. This battery was also used as look-out, from where local men could spot large shoals of fish and they would then alert the villagers and guide their boats to the fish. The name of the village was eventually changed in 1799 to honour Mr Charles Rashleigh, when it became Charles’ town. Many ships used the harbour and the local businesses began to flourish, with this its population grew, bringing with it the need for more houses, cottages,
a hotel, inn, the chapel and church. Although over time many of the historic industries have become almost non-existent in the area, Charlestown remains a working port and in modern times, it has become one of the most well known locations on Cornwall’s tourist map. The historical charm, character and appeal of the village and harbour attract thousands of people every year to visit the area.
The nearby town of St Austell offers numerous shops, supermarkets and a leisure centre, plus a mainline railway station to London Paddington. The attractive coastal town of Fowey just 71/2 miles distant has a range of shops, restaurants and bars and excellent sailing facilities.
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