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Trenarren, Cornwall, PL26








2,670 sq ft

248 sq m

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Key features

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 reception rooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • Walled garden
  • Boat store
  • The Sea Room
  • Outbuildings
  • Period
  • Coastal
  • Detached


Nestled within Cornwall Wildlife Trust woodlands, Ropehawn emerges as a breathtaking ode to waterside elegance and history. This exceptional property, accessible via a serene woodland path or by boat over some of the cleanest sea water in Europe in St Austell Bay, offers a waterfront retreat like no other.

The story of Ropehawn is woven into the very fabric of the Cornish coast, a narrative that began in the 17th century, when it served as a bustling base for the netting and curing of pilchards, under the sheltered cove of its own
natural harbour. The Hext family, pivotal in the estate's history since 1638, contributed to its legacy, transforming it from a vital fishing outpost to a cherished family retreat, notably in 1893 when the house was reconstructed.

The walls of the derelict cellar were used to form the boundaries of the garden, and the Sea Room was erected, overlooking the harbour, and the boat house was built with access to the slipway leading to the harbour. At this time, the Duchy of Cornwall owned the whole of the foreshore from Porthpean to Blackhead, but in 1899 decided to sell. Charles Hext bought the Ropehawn frontage, transforming the waterfront lifestyle of the property and securing it for future owners.

Ropehawn is a unique coming together of privacy, historical charm, and waterfront luxury. Its secluded position, hidden amidst ancient woodlands with no near neighbours, offers a level of privacy and serenity that is rarely
found on the waterfront. The property stands proudly on the water's edge, its own natural harbour inviting the gentle caress of the waves, along with a slipway acting as a gateway for endless marine adventures.

The interiors of Ropehawn are a masterpiece of understated elegance, where each room is designed to frame and celebrate the stunning views of the sea beyond. The reception rooms and bedrooms, with their classic
proportions, are finished to an exceptional standard, offering a warm embrace of luxury and comfort. The heart of the home, a quaint kitchen and dining room, retains its original charm while embracing modern conveniences.

The enchanting gardens and outdoor spaces of Ropehawn are a verdant tapestry of tranquillity and beauty, with charming sheltered gardens and a courtyard terrace that beckons for al fresco dining on the water. For those seeking the waterfront lifestyle, Ropehawn is a paradise. The property boasts its own harbour, slipway, and deep-water moorings, making it an ideal base for sailing, kayaking, and exploring the hidden treasures of St Austell Bay.

The Sea Room, a beautifully converted boathouse, offers additional accommodation with kitchen/dining room, bedroom, and shower room with breathtaking views

Ropehawn is ideally positioned to enjoy life on the water. The property provides the incredibly rare combination of level sea access, ownership of the foreshore, and a high degree of degree of privacy thanks to the surrounding woodland.

Positioned on the small strip of coastline, midway between Gwendra Point to the North-West and Gerrans Point to the South-East, and immediately below and to the North-East of the village of Trenarren, Ropehawn offers unparalleled sea and coastline views, and water access.

Being adjacent to the South West Coast Path, there is direct access to some of the most breathtaking walks in the region. The path weaves through the stunning landscape, offering walkers a unique blend of coastal views, wildlife encounters, and the unspoiled beauty of Cornwall's countryside.

About ten miles away in the picturesque town of Fowey, a haven of excellent restaurants and artisanal and craft shops. The harbourside presents a tranquil spot, set against a backdrop of stunning sea views. About 2.5 miles away is historic Charlestown, a location immortalised by its appearance in the BBC's “Poldark.” This charming port town offers a glimpse into Cornwall's rich maritime history, with its well-preserved harbour and tall ships.

Further afield, the South Cornish coast can be explored by boat directly from Ropehawn's harbour and slipway. The coast stretches from the Roseland Peninsula to Rame Head, each turn revealing hidden beaches, secret coves, and the dramatic vistas that define Cornwall's unique coastline.


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Trenarren, Cornwall, PL26


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  • St. Austell Station2.6 miles
  • Par Station4.1 miles
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