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8 bedroom house for sale

St Tudy, North Cornwall

Guide Price £2,750,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II* Listed Manor House
  • 7/8 bedrooms
  • 2/3 bedroom coach house
  • 38 acres
  • Estate outbuildings

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Situation

St.Tudy is a beautiful and unspoilt rural village nestling between Bodmin Moor and the north Cornwall coast. This picturesque parish and village has a long and distinguished history and today has - Conservation Area - status. It is centred around the original Celtic graveyard that now contains the beautiful Grade I Listed parish church and interesting - Clink' building to the north. The village name is derived from Tudy, a 6th Century monk and missionary strongly associated with the founding of monasteries and churches in Brittany.

The parish covers approximately 3,257 acres of undulating farmland and woodland areas with the central area of the village made up of mostly older traditional houses and cottages all situated off various lanes that lead out from the centre of the village. The village contains a Methodist chapel, primary school, pub, original forge and thriving post office and stores.

St. Tudy lies close to the beautiful Camel Estuary and north Cornwall coast with easy access to the most popular areas including Rock - 9 miles away on the north bank of the estuary, offering sailing and water skiing facilities. From there, a passenger ferry crosses to picturesque Padstow, where you will find Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant. The pretty fishing village of Port Isaac lies approximately 7 miles distant. Extensive sandy beaches stretch along the both sides of the Camel Estuary with Polzeath and Daymer- two famous surfing beaches, a further 2-3 miles along the north coast. There are primary schools within St. Tudy and secondary education can be found at the up and coming former market town of Wadebridge. Private schools, both primary and secondary levels, can be found in Truro, 31 miles to the west.

There are golf courses at Rock, St Enodoc, St Kew, Roserrow near Polzeath, Lanhydrock, Bowood at Camelford and the spectacular Trevose across the Camel Estuary. There is a mainline railway station at Bodmin Parkway, 9 miles away and regular flights to London and other European destinations from Newquay airport 17½ miles away.


Description

HISTORY
Believed to be located on a Saxon site Wytherham (Wetherham) was first mentioned in 1351 when it was conveyed by the Kellgrens to John Billoun (Bullen, Billing). The spelling of Wetherham changed in approximately 1830.

According to Lake's Parochial History of Cornwall vol. 1V p.264 - - .. - there are two glebes - - - - ..one near the church, on which the old rectory house stands, - and the estate of Wetherham, which measures 36A. 3R 31P, on which there is a handsome residence, surrounded with tasteful and neatly kept grounds.'

The house was used as a Rectory until the early 1900s when, rather than vacate the property, the retiring Rector had a replacement house built for the incoming Priest. A note by the Rector in the Parish register of 1854 claims that a lady, named as, Alice Reskymer, who died in 1564, gave Wetherham to the church. In the early C19 a Rector who died in 1846 - enlarged and improved Wetherham house and grounds,' almost certainly it was he who added the superb octagonal music room with its high vaulted ceiling.

The hexagonal walled garden situated to one side of the house is believed to originate from the C17 and may historically have had some religious significance.

DESCRIPTION
Wetherham is a magnificent Grade II* Listed Manor House set within 38 acres of surrounding land, gardens and woodland (TBC). Positioned just outside of St Tudy and surrounded by beautiful open countryside, the house is believed to have been built on the site of a much older house, part of which is believed to be the kitchen today.

Wetherham is built of elegant mellow stone under a vast and recently re slated roof. The house is a beautiful example of an early 18th Century Queen Anne country house, the likes of which are very rarely seen in the south-west of England. The front elevation, accommodating three of the reception rooms and three of the principal bedrooms, commands a wonderful vista across the broad gravelled terrace, surrounding lawns and lake.

The house is, without doubt, a most elegant property, with all of the principal five reception rooms of a good size and height, and bristling with beautiful architectural features, including spectacular plaster barrelled and bell-shaped ceilings, panelling, cornicing and tall sash windows. The Bell towerrope passes through room by room to the ground floor.

Although extensively refurbished and restored externally, the main house does now require internal restoration and refurbishment, offering the incoming purchaser an almost certainly - - once in a lifetime'' opportunity to purchase and tailor a house of such importance and magnitude to suit personal tastes and preferences - for most discerning purchasers, the ideal scenario.

A grand Oak low-rise staircase leads from the entrance hall, up to the first floor which houses, overall, eight bedrooms, three bathrooms.

Set back behind the inner courtyard, the 'Coach House wing' is attached but no longer connects with the principal accommodation at first floor level. It does have its own independent entrance door from a flight of stairs at the rear of the house and comprises of a large sitting room, kitchen diner, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus garage.

There is therefore great versatility and the house lends itself to use as one large family residence or, alternatively, as principal residence plus accommodation for staff, relatives or even lettings.

GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The house is approached from the country lane through a pair of metal arch topped gates set in stone walls. The long tarmac driveway winds through open pastureland and an enclosed five-acre field into the wooded valley. Glimpses of the house can be seen as you approach and continue on pass the grand lake with its hydrangea and gunnera border. The sloping ancient beech woodland to the right offer an eclectic mix of native and managed planting interspersed with granite steps climbing upwards.


Directions

Travelling west on the A30, passing Launceston take the turning for the A395 for Camelford. Follow this road until you meet the A39 (Atlantic Highway), and turn left here. Travel through the town of Camelford. After about a mile, just after the petrol station, take the left turn for Bodmin (B3266) Follow this road for about 5 miles and then take the right hand turn at Cedar Croft Nurseries signposted St. Tudy and proceed into the centre of the village. Follow the road past the Church and the school and continue down Redvale Road until you leave the main residential part of the village, passing by Wetherham lane on the right. At the bottom of the hill the road turns sharply to the left, turn right at the junction. Continue for approximately half a mile and the main entrance gates will be found on the right-hand side.

Please do not access the house via Wetherham Lane.


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