Cornwall Living 2017

Victorian Elegance

About two miles from the delightful village of St Kew sits a strikingly handsome, Grade II listed, detached Victorian house.

With granite mullioned windows from where you can enjoy gorgeous, far reaching  views over its 18 acres of woodland gardens and grounds including with a well known collection of camellia, rhododendron, magnolia, conifer and many other species of plants and trees enthusiastically collected and grown in the last century.

There is an entry in the Domesday Book of a house on the site, with the present Lamellen House (reached by 500 yards of drive) having been built in 1849 on the site of its 17th cent. predecessor. Generations of the same family have lived in and loved this very special house,  part of the Lamellen Estate.

To one side of the house, which can be booked through Helpful Holidays, an indoor heated swimming pool  with changing room, shower, two toilets and tables and chairs shaded by a huge indoor grapevine, while outside, a sheltered paved patio with slate tables and chairs and a little lawn with

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Wendy house, beyond which you will find a parapet, expansive lawns and a lake with an  all-weather tennis court only 100 yards from the house.

A fine porch leads into a large entrance hall and inner hall which, in typical Victorian style, has a fascinating collection of stuffed birds and animals with two magnificent tigers displayed up the wide sweeping staircase.  Two comfy elegant living rooms (one with Bechstein grand piano) with beautiful open limestone fireplaces, mullioned windows with leaded lights and lovely garden views.

Upstairs there are seven bedrooms sleeping 15, most with granite mullioned window frames and leaded lights, many with en-suite bathrooms, and one with a particularly lovely half-tester bed made in 1640, quite an exceptional house.