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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Polstrong, Roseworthy, Cornwall

Guide Price £1,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Kitchen, scullery & larder, dining room
  • Sitting room, snooker room, snug, orangery
  • 7 bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, 4 cloakrooms
  • Two-storey, aisled conservatory designed by Silvanus Trevail
  • Outbuildings include pool house (with heated pool), large barn with attached garaging and stores, workshop, Georgian greenhouse, 'roundhouse' garden shed and stables
  • 7.5 acres of grounds including a walled garden, and paddock
  • Stunning views over the gardens and grounds to the valley beyond.
  • Optional 12 acre lot including large ponds, streams and paddocks
  • A30 0.9 miles, Truro 13 miles, Exeter 97 miles

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Sitting above its own grounds this house is a most elegant and comfortable home which enjoys both easy access to the amenities of the nearby town and privacy and tranquility of the countryside. Its location provides good access to the main trunk road through Cornwall along with nearby coastal beaches and towns such as Hayle, Carbis Bay, St. Ives and Penzance.

Despite its near 7400 sq. ft (688 sq.m) floorplan the home feels comfortable with well proportioned rooms. The heritage and history of the home remain with delightful features such as ornate cornices, wooden floors, shuttered sash windows, picture rails and wooden paneling, whilst being tastefully married to modern conveniences such as an attractive farmhouse style kitchen and central heating.
The gardens, grounds and outbuildings are a further compliment to the house with a mix of formal and informal gardens, a paddock and woodland. There are a number of useful outbuildings, from garaging and storage areas to workshops, greenhouses and a pool house.

An optional 12 acre lot offers buyers the ability to own the lower ground of the valley including large ponds, additional paddocks and woodland paths.

This is a most grand yet comfortable home whose owner will enjoy privacy and tranquility in a convenient location. No doubt by design the property sits above its grounds allowing a feeling of being the master of all you survey.

Steps lead from the drive to the front door which is framed by a virginia creeper. A large entrance hall is welcoming with wooden floors and a feature fireplace. To the left are the sitting room and snooker room. The sitting room is of good proportion being nearly square (22' x 18') and has an attractive fireplace with marble surround. French doors to two aspects open to the front of the property and to the conservatory as well as a very large sash window create a light room. The conservatory was a later addition to the property, finished in 1902. Designed by the renowned Cornish architect Silvanus Trevail this is an architecturally significant part of Cornish history as well as being a most delightful room. Double height with an encaustic tiled mosaic floor, stained glass elements in the windows and double doors which open to the west gardens, this is a charming place to while away time in the summer. A second set of internal French doors lead back into the main house via the snooker room. Wood paneled to chair rail height and with a raised dais with seating area around a large attractive fireplace this is a more informal room than the sitting room. Tri-aspect windows provide plenty of light. Should snooker not appeal this would make a superb media room or additional reception room.

To the front of the property there is a smaller reception room which could be used as a snug or office as well as a dining room which has a pair of large windows enjoying the view. Both of these rooms also feature fireplaces. To the west side of the house is a comfortable farmhouse style kitchen with oil fired Aga, a range of matching floor and wall mounted cabinetry and central island all with marble countertops sitting on a slate flagstone floor. The original servant bell board is still in place in the kitchen as is a large built in Georgian kitchen cupboard with drawers below. The flagstones continue into the scullery. Perhaps redundant in modern life this room , with adjoining rear porch, is of great use as a mud room for children with sandy feet, wellies or wet dogs! Finally there is a larder to the front of the scullery. If not used as such, with its concrete floor, and more utilitarian space this could be an ideal artists studio.
The principal staircase has a delightful stained glass window at it's half landing. Upstairs there are 7 bedrooms, most with their own fireplaces. The master bedroom has a pair of windows overlooking the grounds to the south as well as a large adjoining dressing room. The second bedroom has the benefit of dual aspect windows and is currently used as a library. The other rooms are all of comfortable size and capable of having double beds. There are two family bathrooms on this floor as well as a w/c with a built-in sauna. Finally, there is a smaller room which is currently used as a craft room but could be a small eighth bedroom if needed or a storage area.

From the courtyard at the rear of the house steps lead down to a large full height cellar. This is a convenient storage area or could be used as a wine cellar.

Approached via a quiet, tree lined, private drive a pair of cast iron gates open to a graveled drive which leads through the west garden to the front of the house. The west garden is predominantly planted with mature trees and shrubs with delightful hidden paths cut through them. Secluded seating areas create interest and provide quiet areas to escape. A captivating view over the valley greets you as you approach the house. The front lawn beyond the drive is level and is bordered by a wrought iron fence which sits atop a high retaining wall providing a viewing terrace over the grounds and paddocks to the ponds and woodland below. To the east side of the house is a Victorian walled garden which includes a level lawn croquet pitch, Georgian greenhouse as well as the pool house which has a tiled and heated swimming pool allowing year-round enjoyment. Directly to the rear of the house is a courtyard which, within its retaining wall, sits a small workshop or storage area. Steps from the courtyard lead down to the cellar of the house. To the north east of the house is a large outbuilding which includes a garage, storage rooms and an open front 2 storey barn. An unmade path, suitable for four wheel drive vehicles or pedestrian use, leads from the barn around the rear of the walled east garden down to the stables. With loose boxes and a tack area there is sufficient room for horses or, as the current owners use it, a field shelter for more hardy animals. Referred to as the orchard the adjoining paddock to the stables is of good size, is fully stock fenced and can be overseen from the terrace above.

A five bar gate at the south of the grounds, leads to the level grounds at the bottom of the valley. Here, streams meander through the grounds forming natural boundaries to open glades and woodland. A connecting series of three ponds has been cultivated allowing a haven for wildlife with a park- like area around it. This is an ideal area for outdoor festivities, or quiet contemplation. With various paths, a mix of lawned, wooded and wild areas, these are captivating grounds to walk. Just under 13 acres, this land complements the house and is available by separate negotiation.

The mining boom of the late 18th century made Camborne the richest mining area in the world. Polstrong House was believed to have been built in the mid 1800's, no doubt from the proceeds of said industry. Indeed the earliest confirmed conveyance of the property was in 1912 between Arthur Francis Basset, a member of one of the wealthiest families in Cornwall, whose income was derived from the mines of Camborne, and Richard Arthur Thomas, a mining engineer, who paid 3750 for the property. Plans submitted in 1890 for a new conservatory were drawn by Silvanus Trevail, one of Cornwall's most famous architects, and most prominent of that era. Two storeys, with an attractive Encaustic tiled Floor which remains a superb feature of the house.

Located to the west of Camborne close to the hamlet of Roseworthy the property is quietly positioned in a rural area surrounded by beautiful countryside. Camborne has an excellent range of facilities including a main line railway station and both junior and senior schools. The A30 is a few minutes drive away and links a number of the principle Cornish towns including Penzance, Bodmin and Launceston. The Cathedral city of Truro is approximately 13 miles distant and Exeter and the M5 approximately 97 miles away. Nearby is the superb Tehidy Country Park and Tehidy Park Golf Club. The park has over 9 miles (14.5km) of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore. The golf club is an 18 hole, par 71, picturesque course catering to golfers of all levels of experience. There are beaches at Portreath (5 miles), Godrevy (5 miles) and Carbis Bay (9miles).

The property is connected to mains water with private drainage and has oil fired central heating. There are no public footpaths across the land.

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