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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Polruan, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23

Sold STC £1,595,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
  • Private quay with boathouse
  • 2 outhaul moorings and boat crane
  • Garage and parking space nearby
  • 47' living / kitchen / dining room
  • Terrace and balcony
  • EPC Rating = E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Superb architect designed contemporary house with 5 bedrooms, private quay, mooring and boat lift on the Fowey River



As its name suggests, Waterside House enjoys a spectacular water-fronting position with truly magnificent views over the River Fowey, providing an ever-changing and fascinating marine vista of harbour, boating and sailing activity. Waterside House is remarkably convenient by boat to the facilities of Fowey across the river, whilst the quaint historic town of Polruan has two pubs, village stores, a strong community spirit, village hall and regular passenger ferry across the river to the ancient unspoilt town of Fowey, one of Cornwall's most historic communities renowned for its safe deep-water anchorage, excellent sailing and good restaurants. Fowey Harbour is a charming and picturesque inlet between imposing headlands extending for about six miles inland to Lostwithiel with a good depth of water for the first mile or so along with a number of tributaries to explore. Fowey has all the activity of a busy working harbour with ships from many nations entering and leaving.

A passenger ferry links Polruan with Fowey, and a car ferry links the nearby Bodinnick with Fowey, both running constantly during daylight hours providing easy access to the town's shops and amenities. The area generally is one of Outstanding Natural Beauty with much of the land on the neighbouring headlands being in the ownership of the National Trust (including the beautiful 'hidden' Lantic Bay) with a beautiful coastal footpath known as the Hall Walk running between Polruan and Bodinnick and continuing along the south Cornish coast.


In the 19th century Fowey Harbour was home to a number of shipyards which built fine oceangoing wooden sailing ships. The level, waterfront site of Waterside House was once home to Slade's shipyard, whose flagship schooner Jane Slade, was the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's first book, The Loving Spirit. The site later housed the local dinghy club and after that, the Waterside Bistro which was converted into a family home in the 1980s. The property was upgraded and the interior re-designed by the present owner in 2002.



Available on the open market for the first time in 15 years, Waterside House presents a very rare opportunity to purchase a marine residence with unrivalled views and facilities. The house is deceptive in appearance with spacious, versatile accommodation on three levels, directly fronting the water with a tidal beach within a stone's throw.

A particular feature of Waterside House is the huge open plan reception room which provides the perfect space for socialising with a dining room seating up to 20 people, a sitting area featuring a contemporary woodburner and kitchen/dining area. Leading out from the dining room is a glazed and timber-framed 'garden' room opening out to the terrace / private quay and featuring an attractive oak staircase leading up to the glazed atrium. Leading out from the kitchen/dining area is a covered terrace providing the perfect place for al fresco dining. To the rear of the ground floor there is a study, utility room, store room and two WCs and a further staircase leading to the first floor along with a separate lobby and entrance to the side.

On the first floor the master bedroom suite enjoys beautiful harbour views and provides a walk-in wardrobe and spacious en suite bathroom. The principal guest bedroom to the rear has its own en suite and there are three further bedrooms, one of which is currently used as a first floor sitting room, a family bathroom and potential for a roof terrace. On the second floor there is a large loft room currently used as a gym / sail loft providing ample space as an occasional bedroom, hobby room etc with extensive eaves storage.

The detached purpose-built boathouse / workshop measures some 24' in length and leads straight out to the waterside terrace with its private quay, two sets of steps to the water, two outhaul moorings for boats up to 4.5m (subject to Harbour Commissioner's licence) and a hydraulic boat crane (taking up to two tons). This really is a sailing enthusiast's perfect Cornish waterside retreat.

In our experience, as and when any one of the very limited number of properties in such a sought-after waterside location are offered for sale, they attract purchasers from not only a national but also an international market. Interest and demand remain such that we have recently sold properties in the locality without them being offered publicly. Accordingly, interested buyers are very strongly advised to give the sale of these properties their earliest consideration.

The garage, measuring 5.6m (18'4") by 3.5m (11'5") and with extra height for small boat storage, is situated in a block along near by Battery Park (off St Saviour's Hill).

Closer to the house is a parking space situated on the corner of Battery Lane and Hockens Lane.

GARDEN (available by separate negotiation)
Situated a short walk away from the house is a charming landscaped and terraced garden enjoying beautiful views over the river and towards Fowey. There is a summerhouse with power connected and well tended areas of lawn, beds and kitchen / fruit gardens.

Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil fired central heating.

Square Footage: 3,790 sq ft


From the crossroad above Polruan Quay (by 'Crumpets' tea shop) enter West Street and continue to a sign on the right for Waterside House. Follow the cobbled path in front of Waterfront Apartments and the steps leading down towards the water. The upper entrance to Waterside House is located half way down on the right hand side. Alternatively, at low tide, the property may be accessed from the beach via the steps near the Winklepicker shop.

West Street is accessible to small cars only. Parking can be found on Polruan Quay and at the top of the village in St Saviour's Hill, although viewers coming from Fowey may find it preferable to park in Fowey and take the foot ferry across the water.

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23 February 2016


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