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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Port Navas, Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall


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Tenure: Freehold

Set in around 2.55 acres of the most glorious gardens extending down towards the creek, an amazing opportunity to take ownership of the impressive Inow House, a brick built detached residence from circa 1928, providing spacious five double bedrooms, two large separate reception rooms, substantial sized kitchen with pantry, ground floor cloakroom, two first floor bath/shower rooms and the unusual addition of a former bomb shelter - a great potential wine cellar. In addition to the main house is a separate 'Lodge' which, subject to planning permission could provide additional living accommodation. The property has both mains and private water supplies with the well house and water tank located to top of the garden. The property has the most wonderful gardens - a worthy rival to those of Trebah and Glendurgan Gardens. For those looking to purchase in this idyllic location viewing is an absolute must. The property is offered for sale chain free and is a perfect renovation opportunity not to be missed.
Port Navas has been settled since medieval times, with some evidence of activity during the Iron Age. ‘Port Navas’ is thought by some to mean ‘Cove of the Sheep’ suggesting pastoral origins, but the village has seen periods of great industry.

Higher and Lower Quay, constructed in the mid-nineteenth century, stimulated the development of much of the village as we know it today. The quays were used for shipping granite from the quarries around Constantine. A late nineteenth century account describes ‘immense numbers of granite blocks piled up forty to fifty feet, waiting to be loaded into the two or three ketches, schooners or smacks moored under the cranes or anchored in the stream’.

During this obviously very busy period, construction included a blacksmith’s shop and workshops for the rough finishing of granite, as well as the Quay Master’s cottage (now Creek Cottage); a chapel and restroom for seamen (now Mayn Cottage), and a lime kiln (now Old Kiln).

The main areas of settlement that adjoin the river are Gweek, Port Navas, Helford village, Helford Passage and Durgan. Gweek is larger than the others and has a larger permanent population, with more businesses, shops and a pub, The Gweek Inn. Helford village, on the south bank, has a shop/post office, Helford River Sailing Club and pub, The Shipwrights. Helford Passage, on the North bank, has a pub, The Ferryboat.

Helford and Helford Passage are linked by a passenger (and pedal cycle) ferry which has existed for over 300 years.
Port Navas is home to the Duchy Oyster Farm and has at its focal point the Grade II listed Port Navas Quay.

Gate posts mark the bottom of the driveway leading up past 'The Old Orchard' and continuing up the hill through a second set of gate posts where you first glimpse 'Inow House'.

The driveway opens up onto private parking for a number of vehicles in front of the single garage. The area also gives access to the "Lodge" and attractive stone walling with gate posts mark the access via a paved footpath to the side courtyard, currently housing a large greenhouse set upon a solid plinth. A further raised area lies to one side of the Lodge, with additional small outbuilding with electricity. A paved walkway leads around to the front of the property, bordered by an impressive variety of plants, shrubs and trees both local and exotic! The walkway leads to the front patio with wide steps leading down to a lawned area with footpaths to either side and a further set of steps to the extensive front garden.

The property is accessed via a wooden and leaded glass front door, set under a large pillared storm porch, to an entrance with second wooden glass door opening to the large hall complete with mirrored panels. A beautiful turning oak staircase rises to the first floor with double height window ensuring plenty of light into the property. Original exposed oak doors lead off from the hallway giving access to; the main reception room, dining room, kitchen, cloakroom, bomb shelter and storage cupboards.

To the first floor is a most spacious landing with triple panelled leaded window allowing plenty of light into the area and providing easy access to the five double bedrooms and both bath/shower rooms. Being in such an elevated position the property boasts a most appealing view from every room upstairs taking in the stunning outlook of the surrounding countryside and totally amazing private gardens.

In addition to the main house is 'The Lodge', formerly store rooms. This is an area that subject to necessary planning permission and building regulations could provide additional living space. A double-glazed front door opens to a spacious hall area with doors accessing a large dual aspect room, a utility/kitchen with additional WC and to a further large potential bedroom with walk-in wet room. Please note that there is no current planning permission for this conversion.

Externally the surroundings of the house are quite astonishing. The 2.55 acres provide a variety of areas and style of garden with footpaths linking everything together, reminiscent of the gardens at Trebah, Glendurgan and indeed Trelissick at Feock. The variety of plants is simply breathtaking as are the interesting features such as the stone circle, footpath down to the centre of the village, well house and water tank.

To the far side of the house is a large patio area with hard standing - the ideal spot for a conservatory, and a further raised lawn area with footpath leading up to the water tank and well, from where you are able to access your own private water supply in addition to the mains supply.

The property and its surrounds provide an opportunity for someone to come and truly make their own unique home through a combination of updating and possibly extending. The property offers great flexibility from a large family home to an amazing holiday location or indeed small bed and breakfast. It must truly be seen in order to fully appreciate the full potential on offer.

Property ref: 121_1775_4464336

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