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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Near Looe, Cornwall, PL13

Sold STC £1,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II Listed
  • 4 bedrooms (2 en suite)
  • Attached 3 bedroom cottage annexe
  • Detached 3 bedroom barn conversion
  • Park-like gardens
  • 3 miles from coast
  • Sitting room with wood burner
  • Heated swimming pool

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A beautifully finished Grade II listed 4 bedroom house, with adjoining 3 bedroom cottage and a detached forge arranged as two holiday cottages. Set in 3.5 acres of park-like gardens.


Morval, which means "Sea Valley", is a particularly beautiful part of south-east Cornwall, just a short distance inland from the ancient fishing port of Looe and its bustling harbour. The village is set within rolling countryside that makes up part of the picturesque Looe Valley, its boundaries extending from Steppes Lodge, near Looe to By-Lane-End and Topes Mill. Over the centuries the valley has been shaped by agricultural activity, canal boats would travel up river with cargoes of seaweed; these would then be delivered to the farmers of the valley, who spread it over their fields as fertiliser. The valley was renowned for its cider with virtually every farm in the area having orchards for its production.

Churchtown lies within a south-facing valley enjoying a sheltered position, not far from the River Looe. The house is approached from a narrow and probably very ancient lane that otherwise only provides access to the ancient church of St Wenna and Morval House, which was originally the manor house of the Morval Estate.



Churchtown was, until 1960, part of the large Morval estate. The estate was owned from the late 17th century until 1900 by the Buller family. It was then inherited by the four daughters. Thus it was then occupied, by marriage, from 1900 - 1940 by the Tremayne family from Heligan. It then passed to John Buller's grandson Captain J.B Kitson R.N., who died in 1976.

Originally three cottages, housing the sexton, the smith and the forge, records and photographs show that the cottages were once partly thatched but were modernised and combined to make the existing house, in the 1960's. The sexton's cottage, nearest the lane, was built by the "Bullers" circa 1860, a newer forge was then later built on the opposite side of the rear courtyard.


Sitting in over three acres of gorgeous landscaped grounds, Churchtown has been beautifully finished by the present owners. The main residence enjoys lovely views through diamond pane windows from all principal reception rooms and bedrooms across traditional country gardens. Providing four bedrooms (Master en suite), a wonderful open plan dining room/ living room with slate flagstones and a wood burner, study, bath and shower rooms and a fabulous kitchen breakfast room.


Across the stone chipped rear courtyard, the old forge has been painstakingly renovated by the present owner and now has three bedrooms (master en suite) as well as two open plan living areas and kitchens. Cleverly designed, this fabulous conversion works well as a whole or as a one and two bedroom unit. Both living rooms are a particular feature. One is a contemporary, light and airy mezzanine bordered by glass while the other is resplendent with vaulted ceilings, huge fireplace, formal dining area and exposed stone walls. Along with a private garden and separate parking makes this a great asset or overspill accommodation.


The attached cottage provides three bedrooms, an open plan kitchen/dining room and a separate living room, again with lovely views over the grounds.

A detached stone outbuilding currently provides a wash/laundry room with an adjacent store.


The gardens are charming. A gently sloping lawn forms the central feature of the main garden, with various beds planted with shrubs and perennials along the northern and western sides, including some wonderful rhododendrons and camellias. A woodland area on higher ground has carpets of bluebells and snowdrops sloping down to camellias and rhododendrons while the outdoor heated swimming pool lies on the eastern side of the garden on an embankment terrace to catch the last of the evening sun.

The front of the property faces south and looks over a more recently laid patio, across further lawns and towards the church. To the east of the house the gardens are somewhat different in character, small compartments which have been planted with specimen trees, shrubs, roses and magnolias are divided by beech hedges. In all, a truly lovely Cornish country garden.


Mains electricity, mains water. Private drainage. Oil central heating - House and Forge.

Square Footage: 4,700 sq ft
Acreage: 3.5 Acres


From Looe, proceed along the A387. Follow the road for approximately 2.5 miles. On entering Morval, take the turning on the right hand side at the signpost for Morval Church. Follow the lane round to the right. Churchtown is located towards the bottom of the lane on the left hand side.

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08 May 2016


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