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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Porthpean Road, St. Austell

Sold STC £385,000

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Sitting within approximately half an acre of formal gardens and having a private driveway leading to the property, is this unique 4 bedroom, detached family residence, built in circa 1924 and formerly owned by author, Professor A.L.Rowse. Located a short distance from the historic port of Charlestown and Porthpean Beach. In a fantastic position for both primary and secondary schools and would also suit as a family home or annexe potential for dependent relatives. Viewing is highly essential to appreciate the unique layout and position, plus the scope this property has to offer. EPC - E

St Austell town centre is within walking distance of the property and offers a wide range of shopping, educational and recreational facilities. Also within walking distance is Asda supermarket, the picturesque port of Charlestown and Porthpean Beach. There is a mainline railway station and leisure centre together with primary and secondary schools. The award winning Eden Project are within a short drive. The town of Fowey is approximately 8 miles away and is well known for its restaurants and coastal walks. The Cathedral city of Truro is approximately 13 miles from the property.

Directions: - From St Austell town centre head out onto the A390 towards Asda, heading up the hill of Cromwell Road towards the traffic lights. Turning right onto Porthpean Road and follow the road along, past the school grounds on your left hand side. Carry along and you will notice a layby. The entrance to the property is located within the layby and for reference you will notice a garage at the end. A for Sale Board will be erected for convenience. Take the lane to the end where you will find a parking area.

History Of The Property: - The property was once owned by the writer Prof A.L.Rowse who spent 13 happy years at the property. We are lead to believe he wrote his book, which was published in 1942, called a Cornish Childhood, in one the upstairs bedrooms.

The Accommodation Comprises: - All measurements are approximate.

From the parking area a upvc double glazed conservatory/porch with tiled floor enjoying an outlook over the formal gardens and glimpses of the sea to a large wood panelled door into:

Entrance Vestibule: - Tiled flooring and high level shelving. Wood panelled glazed into:

Dining Room: - An impressive size further enhanced by the high open vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and also double glazed windows and door opening to the patio. Wood panelled period doors into additional living accommodation plus wood glazed door into formal lounge. Within the dining room is a period stone built fire place surround with a granite hearth with multi fuel burner plus two wall mounted radiators. Door into:

Family Lounge: - 3.82m x 7.18m at maximum (12'6" x 23'6" at maximum - This extended room enjoys a great deal of natural light from a bank of double glazed windows to the side and front with sliding doors out onto the sun terrace and formal gardens.

Leading from the dining room is one of the staircases to the first floor and further wood panelled period doors into both reception room and kitchen opposite.

Reception Room: - 3.80m x 4.37 into bay (12'5" x 14'4" into bay) - Finished with high level period wood panelling with display shelf above. Parquet wood flooring. Period fire place with raised hearth and open grate with additional radiators sitting below the double glazed window to the front, enjoying an outlook over the driveway and formal gardens with glimpses of the sea. Double glazed door opening through into:

Orangery: - 2.70m x 7.12m at maximum (8'10" x 23'4" at maximum - A real sun trap, finished with tiled flooring and high frosted glazed roof with double glazed windows to the side enjoying an outlook over the gardens and school playing fields.

Kitchen: - 4.19m x 4.18m at maximum (13'8" x 13'8" at maximum - Situated at the rear and offering a two tone coloured gloss fronted wall and base units. Large breakfast bar and polished work surface incorporating four ring hob, stainless steel sink with double drainer and integrated oven. Above the sink is a large double glazed window enjoying an outlook over the formal gardens. There is space for further free standing floor mounted appliances. Finishing touches are part tiled splash back surround and wood panelling plus wood louvred doors into original chimney recess, currently utilised as an additional storage area.

Leading from the kitchen is concertina folding door into large under stairs shelved larder storage with double glazed window and additional internal door with cat flap leading out onto side porch where there is another double glazed window and door from front to back. Finished with a concrete floor and wood panelled doors into gardeners WC with basin and then into:

Workshop/Store: - 2.22m x 1.99m at maximum (7'3" x 6'6" at maximum) - With double glazed window, power and light. Doorway to:

Wc: - Between the utility and workshop is a gardeners WC.

Utility/Larder: - 3.45m x 2.22m (11'3" x 7'3") - Currently housing a large chest freezer plus washer and dryer. Offering both power, light and plumbing with original pantry slate shelving. Natural light is provided by two obscure double glazed windows.

From the inner hallway carpeted staircase with handrails to both sides to half landing, where there are two large double glazed windows enjoying an outlook over the school playing fields and beyond. Steps to both sides leading to the bedrooms.

Bedroom: - 3.27m x 3.93m at maximum (10'8" x 12'10" at maximu - Large double glazed window enjoying an outlook over the gardens and sea glimpses, with deep display sill and radiator beneath. Discreetly tucked into the corner a large over sized hand basin with tiled floor and surround and vanity mirror. To the side louvred wood bifolding doors into recessed storage. We are lead to believe by the current owners that this room was used as the writing room for the author. Sliding panelled door onto a Juliette style wood balustrade balcony with an outlook over the formal dining room.

Bedroom: - Having an outlook over the formal gardens from a large double glazed window with opening and pull back vertical blinds. Finished with a paper patterned wall surround and light coloured carpeted flooring with a bank of built in wardrobes and dressing table with glass mirror. A secret door leads through into:

En Suite: - 2.91m x 3.32m (9'6" x 10'10") - Having a large shower cubicle with tiled splash back which continues around the majority of the room. Wall mounted hand basin, vanity cabinet, pull cord lighting and shaver socket. WC and heated ladder towel rail. High level double glazed window with an outlook over the garden and towards the iconic sky tip. Opposite a bank of sliding doors into further wardrobes. Dressing table with additional cabinet above and low under eaves storage housing the water cylinder. Concertina door into airing cupboard housing slatted shelving.

Beyond and through a hidden door leads through to a bedroom. Leading from the formal dining room, the door leads through into an inner hallway with staircase and hand rail turning to the first floor with period wood door into:

Reception Room: - 3.91m x 3.22m plus recess (12'9" x 10'6" plus rece - Currently utilised as a study. With a papered patterned wall surround and shelving. Built in storage cabinets and drawers in front of a large double glazed window with an outlook over the formal gardens. Into the corner is a wall mounted boiler system.

Obscured glazed panelled door into:

Downstairs Bathroom: - 3.10m x 2.09m (10'2" x 6'10") - Finished with a white suite of low level WC, hand basin and panelled bath with shower head attachment. Two tone tiled floor and wall surround with decorative inserts. A great deal of natural light is provided from a large obscured double glazed window finished with a heated ladder towel rail.

Staircase turning to the first floor where there are wood panelled veneer doors into two additional bedrooms.

Bedroom: - 2.55m x 1.72m (8'4" x 5'7") - This room can also be accessed from the en suite, through the hidden door. Additional door into roof eaves storage area. Wall mounted area and painted wall surround with carpeted flooring and a double glazed window with an outlook over the garden.

Bedroom: - 3.04m x 6.08m (9'11" x 19'11") - A multi aspect with double glazed window to the front and rear with large opening Velux to the side enjoying an outlook over the formal gardens, the school playing fields, sea glimpses and across to St Austell. Finished with a light painted wall surround and coloured carpeted flooring. Having the additional benefit of deep recess currently housing a wardrobe plus over stairs open storage area.

Outside: - The property offers a high degree of privacy within its grounds. At the start of the Long drive way is one of the detached garages, with high privet to both sides where the drive way widens with parking for numerous vehicles. Here you will notice another detached garage with an up and over door and leads around to formal gardens and seating areas. Also to the side there is an additional open storage area and archway through to inner courtyard where there is an open arch back to the driveway.

There is a pitched roof outbuilding and beyond, opens up to an expanse of open lawn, with an abundance of plants, trees and shrubbery, where you can sit in privacy and enjoy the afternoon and evening sun.

In front of the original front door and conservatory/porch are pillared stone entrance ways to a paved patio and seating area where you can enjoy the sun throughout the day.

Tax Band: Band E -

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