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West Looe, West Looe, Cornwall, PL13

Offers in Region of £825,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Approximately 9861 sq.ft (916 sq.m).
  • Huge potential for alternative uses
  • Close to beach, harbour and town amenities
  • Approximately 3.7 acres

Full description

Within splendid wooded grounds overlooking the confluence of the East and West Looe River estuaries, a detached former hotel with detailed planning consent for nine luxury residential apartments and associated parking. Approximately 9861 sq.ft (916 sq.m). Huge potential for alternative uses. Close to beach, harbour and town amenities. Approximately 3.7 acres.


The property is situated within walking distance of the harbourside towns' many amenities, in a sheltered position from which it commands a stunning prospect over the Millpool, tidal waters of the East and West Looe Rivers and the unspoilt countryside of the East and West Looe River Valleys. The town of Looe straddles the wide river with its long bridge and stone
harbourside which remains important today as a commercial fishing facility, thriving tourist industry and popular with boating enthusiasts. There are many properties on both sides of the river providing a wide range range of shopping and community facilities. On the edge of the town is a branch line railway station which links with the main line at Liskeard (Plymouth to London Paddington 3 hours). The coastline either side of Looe is beautiful and unspoilt, easily accessible via the South West Coast Path and the substantial areas of ownership held by the National Trust. There are excellent bathing beaches and a wide network of footpaths and bridleways in the vicinity.

Access to the area is good with main roads leading to the A38 west of Plymouth. The market town of Liskeard, to the north, includes a wide range of facilities, as does the town of Saltash with a Waitrose store on its northern outskirts. The City of Plymouth lies within commuting distance and has an extensive and historic waterfront together with an excellent range of shopping, educational and recreational facilities. In addition there is a cross channel ferry link with regular services to France and Northern Spain.


An intriguing detached property with a colourful history. The last use of the building was as a care home. The substantial property is not listed and has interesting architectural appeal with wide bays and arched windows in the Regency Gothic style. It extends to a total of approximately 9861 sq.ft. (916 sq.m).

There is planning consent for change of use to nine residential apartments. Certain works have been carried out in recent years including a new roof (some remedial work still required), a new flat roof, some damp proofing and other restorative/remedial works. The generous plot extends to approximately 3.7 acres and includes established woodland and former garden areas together with level parking. The gardens have the potential to be restored to their former glory. The planning permission allows for three parking areas each with an oak framed covered parking bay providing a combination of covered and open parking for a total of fifteen vehicles with ample turning and unloading space.


The site is within a Conservation Area, albeit none of the buildings are Listed.

It is located within the town boundary and has the benefit of two relevant planning consents.

99/01243/FUL granted in January 2000 and allowed for change of use from care home to six flats at first floor level and ground floor to tea room/licenced restaurant. This permission is extant due to the work being started before the permission had expired, two of the flats being completed and signed off by building control (00/314) 9/2/07. Unit seven has also been partially converted.

PA10/05909 granted in November 2010 for change of use of Polvellan House to six residential apartments (revised scheme to approved application 99/01243/FUL).

Copies of the relevant plans and planning permission are available through the following weblink or at Stags Plymouth office or at Cornwall Council, Luxstowe House, Liskeard, Cornwall, PL14 3DZ. Tel: 0300 1234 100.

Schedule Of Proposed Accommodation:-

(All dimensions and areas quoted on these particulars have been lifted from the designers drawings and have not been verified. All prospective purchasers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of the areas and dimensions prior to submitting an offer.

Apartment 1

Ground Floor, 2 Bedrooms, 1065 (99 sq.m)

Apartment 2

Ground Floor, 3 Bedrooms (1 en suite), 1356 (126 sq.m)

Apartment 3

Ground Floor, 2 Bedrooms, 936 (87 sq.m)

Apartment 4

Ground Floor, 2 Bedrooms, 785 (73 sq.m)

Apartment 5

Ground Floor, 3-4 Bedrooms, 1550 (144 sq.m)

Apartment 6

1st/2nd Floor (duplex), 3 Bedrooms (1 en suite), 1646 (153 sq.m)

Apartment 7

First Floor, 2 Bedrooms (1 en-suite), partially completed, 764 (71 sq.m)

Apartment 8

First Floor, 3 Bedrooms, (complete), 1033 (96.6 sq.m)

Apartment 9

First Floor, 3 Bedrooms, (complete), 726 (67.5 sq.m)


Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage.

Local Authority

Cornwall Council 0300 1234 100.




Andrew Thomas, AHT Design, Looe, Cornwall. Tel:- 01503 240748. Email:-

Historical Notes

Taken from the History of Cornwall: Polvellan, of which Col Lemon held a long lease under the Corporation of Looe, was the seat for the late John Lemon, Esq. M.P. It is a neat Gothic cottage, encircled with beautifully ornamental grounds, commanding a fine view of Looe River. The house was built in the year 1786, and the grounds were rescued from the surrounding wastes. From The Parochial History of Cornwall: on West Looe Down the late John Lemon, Esq. (M.P. For Truro, and who died April 5th 1814), about the year 1787 erected a small but extremely neat house in the cottage style, and enclosed some ground around it by virtue of a grant from the Corporation. He gave it the name of Polvellan, and laid it out with great taste. Pol, in Cornish, signifies a pool, and vellan, a mill; and below the house are a mill and pool, enclosed by a stone wall of about half a mile sweep, in a circular direction.

Potential Uses

The current planning consent envisages renovation and conversion to create nine individual residential apartments.
However as the building is substantial it may suit alternative uses, subject of course to the usual planning consents.

Viewing And Negotiations

Strictly through the vendors' agents. Stags, 34-36 North Hill, Plymouth, PL4 8ET. Tel:- 01752 223933. Website


From Plymouth proceed in a westerly direction on the A38 as signed for Liskeard and Looe. At Trerulefoot Roundabout
turn left onto the A374 again as signed for Looe. After approximately one mile turn right onto the A387 to Looe. When reaching Looe, cross the bridge signposted to Polperro and after a short distance turn right as signed for the car park. The property will be found on the left hand side approached over a long entrance drive.


The EPC's shown are that of No. 8 and No. 9.

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