How one woman’s love affair with Holman Park helped save this beautiful piece of Cornish history.
Cornwall is lucky enough to boast a truly enviable array of historical properties and settings, and at Holman Park, you will find a property that holds its own amongst even the top Cornish heritage destinations. Firstly, what a location; just a stone’s throw from the ever-evolving Camborne town centre and only two miles from two of Cornwall’s best beaches, Gwithian and Portreath. Certainly, no one would know six acres of beautiful grounds with 15 aged magnolia trees, a haven of wildlife and gentle lawns exist beyond the old stone walls along Tehidy Road, which was made famous in the old shanty ‘Up Camborne Hill’.
Revealing all of this historic home’s secrets is the job of Elizabeth Price, who runs a family team responsible for the restoration of Rosewarne House, which sits majestically in the heart of Holman Park. This Grade II* – mustn’t forget the star! – listed property is a magnificent and rare example of Regency life that exudes elegance in its classical Greek and Egyptian architecture. During the time of mad King George, between 1811-1820, his son the Prince Regent reigned in his place – a flamboyant and extravagant trendsetter. 1795 to 1837 saw the Regency period, which followed on from the Georgian days of what we recognise now as the ‘Poldark’ age.
Rosewarne was born of this era thanks to a local lad, William Harris, who married into the Rowe family from Helston. He then set about creating an estate of his own – joining the wealthy societies that ventured between their London, Bath and Cornish properties – choosing Camborne to be his home. William only had one daughter, Mary, who was regrettably unlucky in love and married for only a short time. She also had just one child – a son, to whom she fondly gave her father’s name. Sadly, he died without an heir causing the house to eventually change hands.
After some years of neglect at the decline of the mining industry, the renowned Holman Brothers bought and restored Rosewarne as their home and the elegant house became well respected again. In 1967 the Holmans gifted the house to the charity SCOPE who, after moving to their new building in 2007, sold Rosewarne to a developer that did nothing with it, and the house became unloved once more.
When Holman Park became available for sale again, Elizabeth fell in love at first sight. With some trepidation, she and her family purchased the estate and began work to restore Rosewarne House in 2013. They are now celebrating the first steps to completing the six grand apartments that will shortly be for sale. Price Properties has invested a good sum in saving this prized Cornish gem and the team are enjoying everything it has to offer along the way!
The new homes at Holman Park include the eight apartments (which have all now been sold) that make up the Tree Houses and the four Courtyard Cottages that are available for immediate occupation. Each cottage now for sale has two large bedrooms with ‘chevet’ dormer detail, a galleried stairway with lightwell, an open-plan living/dining room and a fully fitted and equipped kitchen. The cottages are cleverly designed to incorporate quality period fittings including: double glazed sash windows, traditional gas central heating radiators, solid oak doors and worktops, and other period details such as granite and ironwork features.
Later in the year the four classic Stable Cottages, Beech House and the grand apartments of Rosewarne House will be completed, so make sure you keep an eye on the website so that you can watch
as this fantastic restoration and development unfurls.
Rosewarne, Camborne TR14 8FD