Cornwall Living 2018

St. Kew, Helpful Holidays

St Kew is a beautiful little village with a good food pub and medieval church set amid trees in a valley off the beaten track. Near the sea at Port Isaac and Port Gaverne or the splendid Polzeath surf beach and Rock with its St Enodoc golf course.

About 2 miles from St Kew is Tretawn, a handsome, detached, Grade II listed, 16th/17th century manor house surrounded by 5 acres of garden and woodland with big, wide sweeping gravel forecourt. It forms part of the Lamellen Estate which is still managed by its Cornish family owners. Doubtless only the Cornish language was heard within its thick, granite walls during those early centuries and probably a few barrels of fine French brandy were left in its secret places, safe from the Customs men – a time when everyone, from magistrates to tin miners, was involved in a little alternative income!

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Naturally, the interior is big and roomy, with plenty of space for everyone. Set 100 yards back from the A39, with a huge lawn at the back with garden furniture, barbecue, Wendy house and excellent adjacent barns which house the indoor heated swimming pool with changing room and poolside shower.

That’s not to mention the games area with table tennis, full-sized snooker table, darts, TV, larder fridge and sink, all surrounded by 100 acres of private woodland to walk or cycle, with the Allen River flowing through.

A fine open granite porch leads into the hall, and to the left is the big main living room, separated from the hall by Elizabethan oak panelling, with granite fireplace and huge mullioned windows with window seats. Double doors from the living room lead you to the substantial dining room and then to the large fitted kitchen with a Robin Hood green Aga, a boot room with fridge-freezer and door to garage, and shower-room. Along the back of the house is a large play area-come-hall with woodburner at one end and a door to the garden terrace.

Two original steep spiral staircases with narrow treads and rope rail from the entrance hall lead up to seven bedrooms; four double, which we would describe all as being big to huge, three of which have en suite bathrooms and two which have a few steps leading down to them.

This is n exceptional family house with lots of room outside for energetic youngsters, is very private and brilliantly convenient for Rock, Port Isaac and Padstow.