We take a look at four stunning Cornish homes.
Whether you are looking to move far from the madding crowd, enjoy stunning sea views or move into the heart of a bustling harbour town, Cornwall has it all. Three of these you could own, but Tom Raffield’s steam bent house is here only to dream about – I can’t see Tom or Danie moving from their woodland paradise anytime soon.
Not everyone hankers to live right by the sea; many love to be near but relish the peace and quiet of their own bit of countryside. We found Home Farm – even the name speaks sanctuary and family – on the market with Savills. It is a wonderful traditional farmhouse nestled into the landscape with stunning gardens for pootling in and paddocks for ponies, a few alpacas or a chicken or two.
With barns and outbuildings, there is room for the whole family’s belongings: space for surfboards, boats, maybe a vintage tractor to restore (okay I am getting too Archers now!), but certainly plenty of space to indulge a passion for vintage cars or maybe install a pottery.
More about the farmhouse later… before I even saw this wonderful home there was the address. Just imagine the invites to parties, birthdays, Sunday lunch and so on: “You are invited to… RSVP. Home Farm, Withielgoose, Cornwall.” Oh, what an address! Home Farm, Withielgoose… Wind in the Willows or Winnie the Pooh should have come from such a place. And who would not relish the thought of returning home to Home Farm, Withielgoose?
And the house lives up to its name. The farmhouse is a beautiful example of a traditional Cornish country home; lots of character blends with modern upgrades to create a comfortable welcoming interior. Facing south, the house looks out over its wonderfully stocked front garden and the delightful kitchen/breakfast room has two sets of French doors out to the secluded outdoor area. The kitchen has a new Aga, the sitting room a cosy wood burner; there are window seats for whiling away some time, a separate snug and a study, as well as outside office and games room above one of the barns. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, two with en suite, while the master has its own dressing room.
Situated in the heart of the pretty rural parish of Withiel, the area has lots of footpaths and bridleways to explore including the Saints Way, an ancient pilgrimage route which runs through countryside from Padstow to Fowey. And when you need the beach and the coast, Rock and Padstow are nearby with some of the best sandy beaches in north Cornwall… and some of the best food!
Home Farm, Withielgoose is a dream country home just waiting for the right family to move in!
Another aptly named property, from Millerson, is Atlantic Watch in Carbis Bay. If you are looking for a gorgeous bolt-hole overlooking the ocean then this could be for you. In a prime seafront position this modern home is designed around its 180 degree views out to St Ives bay, across to Godrevy Lighthouse and beyond to Trevose Head. Who couldn’t fall for such stunning sea views, but throw in the iconic Godrevy Lighthouse keeping you company at night and the deal is done.
Just about every room has seaviews and access to a balcony. The fully-fitted, uber modern kitchen has French doors leading out to a balcony with sea views; the perfect spot for al fresco dining or just the morning coffee. The living room has large windows and a sliding door onto a Juliet balcony taking in the panoramic views. Downstairs there are two spacious bedrooms, both with sea views.
Oh, and did I mention the terrace garden with sunken hot tub? Imagine relaxing with a glass of bubbly in your hot tub, after a long day on the beach and just gazing out over the Atlantic. Winter or summer, for fine weather or some Atlantic storm watching, this has to be the perfect spot and it certainly makes the most of its views and that stunning St Ives light.
And… who doesn’t love Padstow? With its fabulous bustling harbour, galleries, shops and restaurants… renowned for Rick Stein’s famous Seafood Restaurant. This is a rare opportunity to buy your very own little bit of heaven in Padstow. Treskiddy, for sale with Jackie Stanley, is a spacious character cottage with oodles of contemporary style located in the heart of Padstow’s Old Town and conservation area and within a short walk of the harbour and shops. Just arrive, park the car and go by foot!
Whether you are looking for a holiday let investment or a cottage to enjoy for yourselves this charming home has plenty on offer. Downstairs has a spacious open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room, perfect for family gatherings; plus a conservatory with French doors onto the sunny, south-facing, walled rear garden, which provides a private sanctuary away from the bustle of town. There are three bedrooms; there’s a balcony on the second floor to take in the views over the estuary, and the en suite master bedroom on the top floor has stunning views out over the rooftops to the estuary, Rock and Porthilly.
This is a characterful gem of a house, beautifully finished and ready to move into for a spring and summer in Padstow.
And finally, one that money can’t buy you right now… or anytime soon. But we just love Tom and Danielle Raffield’s fabulous steam-bent wood clad home set amongst six acres of ancient woodland in west Cornwall. The ambitious project caught the eye of presenter Kevin McCloud and his team at Grand Designs who filmed the whole project. It was one of Grand Designs’ most acclaimed episodes of 2016 and I have never seen Kevin McCloud, who can at times be quite damning, more enthusiastic and complimentary about a house… he absolutely loved it!
It’s not hard to understand why. The house nestles into its woodland setting all curves and pleasing lines. Tom and Danielle bought the run-down, listed gamekeepers cottage five years ago with the idea of building a family home. Showcasing their design skills the new timber clad extension is concealed behind, and linked to, the original stone cottage and outbuildings, which have also been restored.
The interior is also wood clad and features lots of their fabulous steam-bent furniture and lighting. It’s peaceful, tranquil and Danie adds: “Sitting at the outdoor table and looking back at the finished house for the first time was like having an out-of-body experience. I just thought, ‘Wow we did that’ and that’s a pretty amazing feeling.”