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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Port Navas, Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall

Sold STC £900,000

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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

Providing ample space for seating area with oak and glass door opening to the hallway.

15' 6" x 14' 2" (4.72m x 4.32m) An impressive entrance area with tiled floors, triple mirrored wall panel, original solid oak turning staircase rising to the first floor and original oak doors with stylised handles accessing all of the ground floor rooms, under stairs storage cupboard plus storage cupboard.

29' 11" x 18' (9.12m x 5.49m) An impressive living space with eye catching features located to the side of the property with beautiful views from the front quadruple panel leaded windows looking down over the front garden and over to the surrounding valley. Two further leaded windows and patio doors are to the side elevation and taking in the patio and raised lawn, the hard standing providing a perfect spot for a conservatory (planning permission was previously granted for this - now lapsed). The parquet flooring and exposed beams give a real baronial feel to the room with a Villager Stove set within the attractive 'Minster-style' fireplace drawing the eye towards this and to the pretty leaded and stained glass window to the side. A fantastic sized family room. Three radiators.

22' x 14' (6.71m x 4.27m) A superb sized dining room with both front and side views taking in the abundant private planting and across to the surrounding fields and woodland. The room features exposed beams and leaded windows, with original oak doors to the hallway and kitchen and a non-working fireplace with wooden mantel surround. Tiled floors. Two radiators.

18' 2" x 13' 11" (5.54m x 4.24m) Providing ample room to house a table and chairs, the kitchen is fitted with wooden floor mounted cupboards and drawer unit with wooden worktops over. LPG fired Aga, inset Butlers sink, tiled floor. The original wall tiles in a stunning green really draw your attention. Floor mounted Ideal Mexico LPG fed boiler. Leaded windows to both the side and rear. Oak and leaded glass door to the rear opening into the vaulted rear porch. Original oak doors to walk-in pantry and to the hallway. Fantastic original servants room bell unit - what a find.

9' x 8' 6" (2.74m x 2.59m) A fantastic addition to the kitchen providing ample storage space with built-in Welsh dresser unit. Amazing double wall mounted pedestal porcelain sinks. Space and plumbing for washing machine and dishwasher. Window to the rear. Leaded window to the former bomb shelter.

7' 4" x 4' 3" (2.24m x 1.30m) Tiled floor. Built-in shelves. Leaded window to wine cellar.

11' 5" x 5' 8" plus door well (3.48m x 1.73m) A perfect place for wine cellar or possibly conversion to sauna! Bricked wall and concrete floor. Further access to the cloakroom. Step down into:

7' 8" x 6' 10" (2.34m x 2.08m) plus separate WC and door well. Wall mounted pedestal wash-hand basin. Wooden door to separate WC. Radiator. Leaded window to the side.

Half way up the beautiful turning staircase a double leaded window allows plenty of light into the property and takes in the stunning surrounding area.

With wooden floor boards allows easy access into all of the upper rooms. Radiator. Triple panelled leaded window to the rear. Airing cupboard housing hot water tank and wooden shelving.

21' 10" x 15' 4" (6.65m x 4.67m) A superb room taking in views from the triple aspect windows over the gardens, to the other side of the creek and to the surrounding fields. The room has plumbing for the wall mounted pedestal wash-hand basin and certainly provides ample space for an en-suite should one be desired. Exposed wooden floor boards. Skirting boards. Picture rails. Radiator.

18' x 14' 7" (5.49m x 4.44m) A very generous sized double bedroom to the side of the property again enjoying garden views to the side and down to the other side of the valley. Radiator. Picture rails, skirting board.

14' 5" x 13' 2" (4.39m x 4.01m) Exposed wooden floor boards complement the wall mounted pedestal wash-hand basin. Leaded window with views encompassing the surrounding countryside and gardens. Built-in wardrobe. Radiator.

13' 11" x 13' 11" (4.24m x 4.24m) A dual aspect room with smashing views to the side of woodland and fields. The front offers glimpses through the trees of the neighbouring grounds and gardens. Built-in wardrobe. Wall mounted pedestal wash-hand basin. Exposed floor boards. Skirting board. Picture rail. Radiator.

18' 8" narrowing to 12'1" x 14' 4" narrowing to 9'4"in front of wardrobe. (5.69m to 3.68m x 4.37m to 2.84m) Another extremely spacious double bedroom with built-in wardrobe. Wall mounted pedestal wash hand basin. Radiator. Triple panel leaded window to the side overlooking the side garden, private drive and the Lodge and further to the surrounding countryside. Windows to the rear look over the small orchard. Radiator. Skirting board. Picture rail.

7' 10" x 7' 6" (2.39m x 2.29m) Fully tiled shower room fitted with; low level WC, bidet and wall mounted pedestal wash-hand basin along with a walk-in shower with glass screen and Rose head mains fed shower. Radiator. Leaded window to the side.

7' 9" x 7' 6" (2.36m x 2.29m) Wooden doorway to the landing complete with original wall tiles and steps down to a separate WC and on further into the bathroom with amazing original panelled bath and wash-hand basin complete with art-deco taps. Leaded window to two sides. Radiator.

13' 9" x 10' 5" narrowing to 7'10" (4.19m x 3.18m to 2.39m) With tiled floor. Window to the front. Doors to rooms one, two and three.

21' 9" x 17' 10" (6.63m x 5.44m) Extremely spacious room with UPVC double-glazed door with two side panels to the front elevation and two high level glass block styled windows. TV aerial point. Telephone point.

15' 9" x 13' 6" (4.80m x 4.11m) High ceiling shower room with wood effect UPVC double-glazed window to the front. Feature glass block style window. Door to wet room. Electric box.

7' 10" x 5' 5" (2.39m x 1.65m) Mains fed Rose head shower, low level WC, bidet, attractive wash-hand basin set upon wooden shelf with further shelf below. Shaver socket. Obscured window.

11' 1" x 7' 10" narrowing to 4'6" (3.38m x 2.39m to 1.37m) Fitted with worktop with space and plumbing for washing machine below. Fully tiled walls. Obscured window to the rear. Door to WC.

6' 5" x 2' 10" (1.96m x 0.86m) Fully tiled room with low level WC and wall mounted wash-hand basin. Obscured UPVC window to the rear.

Up and over door with light and power.

The gardens of Inow House are truly something to be in ore of. Offering complete privacy, seclusion and tranquillity it is a haven for any novice or experienced gardener.

Set within 2.55 acres, these mature well stocked gardens with their gently sloping lawns create a vision of colour with such plants and shrubs as Camellias, Azaleas, Magnolias and a vast array of both local and imported exotics as well as superb bamboo walkway.

Winding hidden paths allow you to meander down through the gardens discovering small woodlands, stone steps and an impressive granite bird bath, perfect for attracting the local wildlife.

A further flight of stone steps located at the bottom of the garden give pedestrian access down into the centre of the village of Port Navas.

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Nearest stations

  • Penmere (4.1 mi)
  • Falmouth Town (4.6 mi)
  • Penryn (4.6 mi)
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Lewis Haughton Wills , Falmouth

61 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3DS

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