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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Dunmere, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31


Property Description

Key features

  • An elegant and most charming residence of 13th Century origin and further extended in Victorian times
  • Home and income opportunity with a detached cottage and B & B potential
  • Four reception rooms and five bedrooms, principal en-suite
  • Potential to sub-divide the rear of the house into a one bedroom cottage subject to any consents required
  • Large kitchen/family room of great style
  • Oil fired central heating partly under floor to the ground floor
  • Chapel Barn, a high quality detached holiday cottage with two bedrooms both en-suite

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The property is located adjoining the A389 road at the bottom of the hill running north west from Bodmin and alongside the River Camel. The rural setting is most appealing yet is just over a mile only from the heart of Bodmin town centre and is about six miles drive from Wadebridge to the north set at the lowest bridging point of the River Camel.

Being located in the heart of the county, the Dunmere Valley offers outstanding scenery and immediate access onto the well known Camel Trail. The Trail extends from the north coast harbour town of Padstow, through Wadebridge, the outskirts of Bodmin with a link into the heart of the town and ends at Wenfordbridge near St Breward and the lower reaches of Bodmin Moor. Both the north and south coasts with their contrasting and outstanding scenery are about twenty minutes drive only. A few yards up the hill from the property is The Borough Arms, a well known public house and eatery. The town of Bodmin with its ever expanding range of facilities is also an easy cycle or walk on the extension to the Camel Trail.

The A30 trunk road is about ten minutes drive only giving quick access to Exeter and the M5 about one hours drive only to the east and about thirty minutes only to the west is the city of Truro. Cornwall Newquay Airport with its improving national and international flight links is about twenty minutes only to the west. The world renowned Eden Project is about 20 minutes drive and Lanhydrock House owned by the National trust is a short drive to the south of Bodmin and close to Lanhydrock Golf Course.

Whilst set in private gardens, the property offers a fine location for those looking for a home and income opportunity with potential, and subject to any planning consents required, to adapt the main house for up market bed & breakfast use whilst at the same time having a lucrative income from the high quality cottage adjacent. The house also has scope to sub-divide a rear section into a two storey one bedroom additional cottage whilst retaining the charming and spacious main accommodation with its contrasting 13th Century and 19th Century period styles within.

Access into the property is from the vehicle opening just before the bridge over the River Camel leading into a large walled and well surfaced courtyard finished in chippings with parking for several cars. There is a further lane alongside this which extends up to the Camel Trail which gives further vehicle parking at the back of the holiday cottage. There is a high gate at the back of the courtyard leading into the small private court for the holiday cottage. The main gardens are private and well screened and have a paved front terrace with natural water cascade to one side, extensive lawns, a variety of mature shrubs, formal and informal flower beds and having a delightful backdrop of mature trees. A further footpath then leads into a small area of woodland with a timber tool shed/log store and with gradual paths and steps leading through this woodland and arriving at the top with a high gate which opens onto the Camel Trail. Within the ownership of the property and to the left hand side of the lane previously mentioned is a further area of garden enclosure with about 125 foot frontage onto the River Camel.


The Main House
A door leads from the front court into the entrance hall with, to the right hand side, a small shower room also having a toilet and wash hand basin.

A door straight ahead leads into the large dining room with its delightful period arched doors which open onto the outside terrace. There are arched alcove recesses, one incorporating a glass cabinet and a fine fireplace with French style period surround.

The first of two staircases then rises to the first floor and a further door opens into the kitchen/breakfast room, very much a family room, with its fittings of great style incorporating a central island block with inset stainless steel sink, worktop and open storage beneath and with a hanging pan rack over. The large Aga cooker is set within a brick paved fireplace and a further opening to the rear leads into the first of two utility areas and has a fitted sink unit, further door to the entrance hall and opening into a larder cupboard.

Next to the kitchen is the second staircase leading to the first floor and an opening then leading through to a rear reception room which has its own door leading onto the rear court. Adjoining this is a second utility area with fitted floor cabinets, a sink unit, space for washing machine and also housing the oil fired central heating boiler which also provides under floor heating to parts of the ground floor. Together with the reception room, staircase and bedroom above this could well be adapted as a separate small cottage.

Returning to the ground floor accommodation, to the right of the dining room, a door opens into the Victorian part of the building with its large reception room/drawing room which has high ceilings and moulded cornices, a marble fireplace with inset wood burning stove and French doors then opening into the second reception room. This equally delightful room, very much a garden room, has a fitted range of cabinets and glass cabinets above a period style fireplace and wide opening patio doors leading onto the terrace.

On the first floor the main staircase arrives at the magnificent landing with a further sweeping staircase then leading up to the principal bedroom with moulded ceiling cornices and its own en-suite shower room and w.c. The good size family bathroom has a panelled bath, separate shower cubicle, w.c. and wash hand basin. Bedroom two has previously been mentioned as having a possibility of being used as part of the separate cottage if required and has its own separate w.c. and wash hand basin. Bedroom three also has a separate w.c. and wash hand basin and all bedrooms including bedrooms four and five also are connected through from the main landing via a long inner landing.

Chapel Barn
This detached property has been beautifully converted to provide high quality family holiday accommodation only yards from The Camel Trail and can be viewed on the holiday letting agency It has two double bedrooms located on the ground floor and can also be accessed from the small courtyard garden with bedroom one having an en-suite bathroom and w.c. and bedroom two an en-suite shower room and w.c. The staircase then rises to the open plan first floor which then has a glazed door leading onto the rear car park. The open plan accommodation here is finished with timber effect flooring, a solid fuel room heater, exposed timber roof trusses and inset skylight windows and a most attractive and well fitted kitchen area which incorporates a Butler sink, ceramic hob, built in oven, fridge/freezer and fitted dishwasher. There is a cloakroom and w.c. at the other end of the room.

The barn is being offered for sale fully fitted and equipped for continuation of the holiday business by a purchaser.

Mains electricity and water, private drainage and oil fired central heating.

Cornwall Council Main Accommodation Band G.

Chapel Barn rateable value £2,700

Main Accommodation F
Chapel Barn G
Take the A389 road from Bodmin signposted towards Wadebridge. Continue through the 30 mile per hour speed limit into the 40 mile per hour speed limit and carry on down to the bottom of the hill. Go past The Borough Arms on the left hand side and after passing over the old railway crossing. Just before going over the bridge, St Annes Chapel Hayes will be found on the right hand side.


Kitchen/Reception Room 
9.14m max x 4.04m max


Entrance Hall 
7.26m x 2.95m

Kitchen/Breakfast Room 
6.93m max x 3.94m

1.88m x 1.52m

Dining Room 
7.47m max x 3.73m

Reception Room 
6m max x 4.47m

Shower Room 

Family Bathroom 

En-suite w.c. 

Bedroom Three 
3m x 2.97m

Bedroom Four 
3.18m x 2.84m

Bedroom Five 
4.7m max x 3.15m



Bedroom One 
4.5m x 3.35m

En-suite Bathroom 

Bedroom Two 
4.52m max x 2.34m max

En-suite Shower Room 


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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
03 July 2017


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