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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Werrington, Near Launceston, Cornwall, PL15

Sold STC £950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautifully appointed Georgian rectory
  • Grade II Listed
  • Former coach-house
  • Charming walled gardens
  • Private rural setting

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Georgian grace with a contemporary twist; a beautifully refurbished Grade II Listed rectory with elegant walled gardens in a secluded rural setting.


Situated in the civil parish of Werrington and next to the ancient church, The Old Rectory commands a secluded rural position on the edge of the grounds of Werrington Park Manor in this peaceful village in east Cornwall, adjacent to the River Tamar. Werrington Park Manor is a historic estate dating back to 1700s and formerly owned by the Abbot of Tavistock, Sir Francis Drake (nephew of the admiral) and the first Duke of Northumberland. The estate boasts 390 acres of park-like gardens and hosts open days to the public.



The Old Rectory is believed to have been built around 1836 at the expense of the Duke of Northumberland, to accompany the Church of St Martin which was relocated from the grounds of Werrington Park Manor in around 1742 to its current site. The church tower is from the old church and the early neo-Gothic style suggests that the architect was probably William Kent, designer of the Horse Guards building and the Treasury buildings at Whitehall. The residence was in the ownership of the Diocese of Truro until the current owners' purchase in 2015.


A graceful Georgian home with some delightful period features, The Old Rectory has been artfully restored by its current owners to its former glory with a touch of contemporary interior design. The traditional period features include large windows, high ceilings, shutters and curved banisters and lend themselves well to the flair with which the restoration has been carried out, creating a feeling of grandeur and elegance. The living spaces and bedrooms are light and well-proportioned, and there are wonderful views from each aspect of the house. The house is tastefully decorated throughout and the flooring is exposed wood and slate flagstone, with many of the original skirting boards, cornices and window shutters intact and restored, as well as several new cast-iron radiators.

To the front of the house behind a striking porch, the hallway has the original sweeping stairs to the left and two generous reception rooms on the right. A bespoke kitchen with a dining area looks over the lawn to the rear of the house and the ornate spire of the Church of St Martin. A snug or study faces the front of the house, with a utility room, boot room and cloakroom completing the ground floor.

Two staircases lead to the first floor, which has four bedrooms served by a generous family bathroom with modern fittings, a family shower room which has also been recently fitted, and a separate WC. The bedrooms feature beautiful sash windows, wooden flooring and several original fireplaces, with two being particularly well-proportioned.

There are two further bedrooms on the second floor, both with slate fireplaces and excellent views over countryside with
Dartmoor in the distance to the front and the church to the rear. Three loft areas offer plentiful storage, complemented by a large cellar.

A separate Grade II Listed two-storey carriage-house with stables and a tack room is set beside the driveway under a rag slate roof. The building has potential to be used as ancillary accommodation subject to all necessary consents and regulations.

The internet speed under the current provider is 9.3 megabytes per second; superfast 4G connectivity is available from Vodaphone with speeds of up to 45.5 MBps.


There are two primary areas of garden, a magnificently planted walled garden to the south and west of the house and a large partially wooded lawn surrounding the house to the north and east. A sweeping private gravel driveway leads to the front of the house, with a lawn to the north overlooking the field beyond. The grounds are surrounded by mature trees and an area of woodland in the northern corner contains a woodstore with a thick slate roof. The walled gardens are a delight, with paths laid between raised beds of box topiary and pretty flowering shrubs as well as a kitchen garden. The main path, set between pleached hornbeams and lavender, leads to a pond and orchard at the rear, separated by a Portuguese laurel hedge with an arch. A door in the wall at the rear of the garden leads directly to the churchyard. The main path crosses an avenue of Italian cypresses, leading to the woodland garden and a walled area of lawn with box ball topiary set around a corkscrew willow. This area of garden has a magnificent view of the ornate church spire and has a garden door opening to the side lawn.

Square Footage: 4,659 sq ft


Werrington - 530 yards; Yeolmbridge - 1; River Tamar - 2; Launceston (A30) - 3.5; Bude - 17; Plymouth - 29; Cornwall Airport (Newquay) - 40; Exeter - 42; (all distances are approximate and in miles)

From Launceston town centre bear left onto St Thomas Road passing the castle on the right. Cross the bridge, at the roundabout take the third exit onto Dutson Road / A388, at the second roundabout take the first exit onto B3254. Continue along this road through Yeolmbridge to Werrington and turn right immediately after the primary school on to Church Road. Follow this road passing the cricket club on your left. At a left turn, with the gates to Werrington Park ahead, turn right and the gateway to The Old Rectory is on the right.

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05 September 2017


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