The Savills Cornwall team are proud to present a selection of properties with strong links to Cornwall’s fascinating past.
In such a rural, unique and wild county as Cornwall, it is not unusual for residents to feel a connection to their surroundings, whether they are Cornish born and bred or have moved into the area. With monuments dating back to the Iron Age, ancient mines and religious sites, you are never far from Cornwall’s impressive history. Due to Cornwall’s varied past, which includes pirates, smugglers, packet ships and global trade, the diversity seen across properties is remarkable. From harbourside cottages to rural estates, Cornish properties are a striking extension of our heritage.
The north coast of Cornwall, while boasting a dramatic landscape, also possesses a fascinating history. Tintagel Castle, steeped in myth and history, offers a fantastic day out filled with imposing stone walls and absorbing legends. Set in the countryside near this exciting coastline lies the charming Lesnewth Parish and with it a most intriguing property. Tregrylls was built in the 1720s for the Grylls family, although the family has been linked to Lesnewth ever since the 1300s. The small estate with cottages, stone outbuildings and 64 acres of land is at a guide price of £1,650,000. Tregrylls really does command a prominent position in the Parish.
On the south coast and nestled within Morval, Cornish for Sea Valley, sits a charming and characterful house on the market for £1,100,000. A beautiful Grade II listed house set in 3.5 acres of gardens, Churchtown has a detached converted forge as well as what is thought to have originally been a blacksmith’s cottage. While the exterior still holds the charm and feel of the original cottages, the interior boasts stunning renovations. Indeed, with the picturesque valley surrounding it and the ancient fishing town of Looe nearby, Churchtown is a tranquil retreat dating back to circa 1860.
West Cornwall is often referred to as the ‘Wild West’, and it isn’t hard to understand why, as the striking coastline and heather-topped countryside culminate to form a truly staggering landscape peppered with standing stones and historic mining settlements.
Tucked away amidst this area of Cornwall sits Botrea House, a rustic and thoroughly charming property with extensive south facing gardens, grounds and woodlands. Botrea House is located close to an ancient cemetery at Botrea. Over the years, this pre-historic site has yielded arrowheads and urns from its traditional burial mounds and barrows. The coastline might be dotted with smuggler’s coves and stories of pirates, but the real treasure is found inland at this stunning property, which is on the market for £850,000.
Situated in a conservation area and bordered by the National Trust woodland of Trelissick, Quay Cottage offers a peaceful and idyllic escape from the real world, at a guide price of £800,000. For a real flavour of the past, head just down the lane to the quay that has been used since the Iron Age, with the current structure dating from the 18th Century. Tin and copper ore would have been loaded up onto trading boats before setting off down river towards Falmouth and the Channel.
Quay Cottage offers a completely timeless setting within which to spend your time. You can immerse yourself in the surroundings by paddling along the creek or experience one of Cornwall’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty by foot. Either way, this area is not one to be missed.
73 Lemon Street, Truro TR1 2PN