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4 bedroom character property for sale


Sold STC £1,950,000

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This former Infants School built in 1896 has been lovingly renovated and restored over a twenty-year period by the current owners. Set in a spectacular location overlooking one of the most beautiful estuaries in Cornwall, Old School Studio enjoys generous and flexible accommodation nestled within private mature gardens with stunning views, and extensive parking adjacent to the property.

The revitalising of this amazing property has been a labour of love, executed with panache and style, installing all the conveniences of modern living whilst retaining much of the period feel, character and history of the school house. The wonderful original Rhodesian teak parquet floors have been saved and many of the old school walls, windows and other features have been retained.

Our clients, both artists, have utilised the old school hall as a huge light and bright vaulted studio room, forming the heart of the home, and having double doors opening to the wonderful gardens, a mezzanine gallery and large two storey storage room. From the studio, doors lead to the former school cloakroom, now a stylish contemporary kitchen/ breakfast room with reclaimed industrial kitchen units and fittings and several windows with gorgeous views over the estuary. From here the accommodation flows into the stunning living/ dining room, with high ceilings and large windows allowing light to flood in. From the living room a door leads to the generous entrance hall, with doors opening to two ground floor bedrooms, one having an ensuite bathroom. Also off the hall is a further shower room, the main entrance door to the front of the property, and stairs up to the charming and generous main bedroom on the specially created mezzanine.

A “secret door” gives access from the hall to the self-contained apartment, The Classroom, converted as the name suggests from another of the main classrooms. The Classroom is used as a holiday
let, with accommodation comprising super open plan kitchen/living room with door to outside, double bedroom and period style bathroom. This apartment could easily be incorporated back into the main house.

A second self-contained separate holiday let has been created from the conversion of two of the old outbuildings. The Summerhouse is tucked away in the grounds, with its own private courtyard for guests to enjoy. As with The Classroom, the accommodation for The Summerhouse comprises elegant open plan kitchen/living room with door to outside, fantastic floor to ceiling windows, stunning Iroko flooring, a double bedroom and period style bathroom.

Outside, the mature gardens that surround the property have been painstakingly landscaped and developed over the years. There are areas of lawn as well as various private terraces and patios all designed to maximise one’s enjoyment of the views, perfect for entertaining and relaxing. Close to the house is a pretty summerhouse where one can sit and while away the hours watching the comings and goings on the water. There are various other outbuildings used for garden storage.

Just opposite the main gate to the property, across a path, is the large parking area, with room for up to eight cars, and is easily accessed from Hanson Drive.

The Old School Studio could continue to be utilised by the new owner in its existing format as a three bedroom family home with two one bedroom holiday let properties to provide income, or reconfigured back to one much larger main house with separate annexe.

This exceptional and individual property has a captivating ambience, and offers an opportunity to put your own stamp upon something already unique in Fowey.

Fowey is regarded as one of the most attractive waterside communities in the county. Particularly well known as a popular sailing centre, the town has two thriving sailing clubs, a famous annual Regatta and excellent facilities for the keen yachtsman. For a small town Fowey provides a good range of shops and businesses catering for most day to day needs. The immediate area is surrounded by many miles of delightful coast and countryside much of which is in the ownership of the National Trust. Award winning restaurants, small boutique hotels, excellent public houses etc, have helped to establish Fowey as a popular, high quality, destination.

There are several excellent golf courses within easy reach, many world class gardens are to be found in the immediate area and the fascinating Eden Project with its futuristic biomes is just 5 miles to the north west. There are good road links to the motorway system via the A38/A30. Railway links to London, Paddington, can be made locally at Par, and St. Austell and there are flights to London and other destinations from Newquay.

Services - None of the services, systems or appliances at the property have been tested by the Agents.

Local Authority - Cornwall Council, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 5DR

Viewing - Strictly by appointment with the Sole Agents: May Whetter & Grose, Estuary House, Fore Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1AH. Tel: 01726 832299 Email:

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