Style, charm and character in a beautiful family home which has all you need for a superb lifestyle in Cornwall. Offering a cottage for family or friends or income, stables, sand school and 2 acre paddock, potential studio and/or office space all within walking distance of the harbour and beach, this home really does have everything!
Having been sympathetically and stylishly updated by the current owners, Pond House is a very fine home in a charming location on the south coast of Cornwall. With a wealth of features the home appeals to a broad range of potential buyers, whether looking for a fine home in a popular village, an equestrian property, independent space for dependant family or holiday let potential, or a home to work from.
Pond House is a perfect example of the Georgian architecture of the period and originally built to house the Manager of the thriving China Clay works. The house was once owned by Mrs Laura Bulteel, who was the aunt of playright and author Sir Noel Coward. Noel enjoyed holidays at the house and in later years donated money for some of the replacement bells for the church in Charlestown, the treble bell being known locally as Noel.
From the front door a large landing has a granite stair case with attractive wrought iron railings leading down to the kitchen/dining room. Having been created by the current owners this lower ground floor room is of substantial size (26 x 25) and has an open plan design. A contemporary kitchen with integral dishwasher, pair of stainless steel sinks with mixer tap over and ample preparation space on a counter top which extends to a breakfast bar. A gas hob range with extractor over is at one end of the kitchen as is space for a large fridge/freezer. The room has hardwood flooring throughout which extends into the dining area which features a large built in bookshelf with storage cupboards below. French doors open to a decked area with hot tub to the side of the house overlooking a large level lawn and offering views of the sea. This room and its adjoining outdoor space is a fantastic family living area. The separate utility room with washer, dryer and separate sink is very useful, as is the rear boot room which houses the gas boiler, and has a door leading to the rear garden.
The upper ground floor has a large sitting room has a feature fireplace which is flanked by French doors to one side and a bay window to the other, both of which offer sea views. A second bay to the front of the house extends the room and creates a tri-aspect living area allowing plenty of natural light to flood in. A childrens game room, or snug offers additional living space, as does the family room to the front of the house. This room could be used as an additional bedroom if required. An adjoining room with door to the driveway would work well as a home office and it leads to a large studio room which was converted from a previous integral garage. This could be re-instated if required. These three rooms could also be adapted to create an additional self-contained suite. Finally there is a large family bathroom with separate shower on this floor.
Upstairs there are six double bedrooms, the smallest of which has been used to create a dressing room for one of the other bedrooms. The master bedroom has vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, built in wardrobes and an en-suite shower room. A second family bathroom has a pedestal bath and separate shower.
Throughout the house, the property has attractive character features such as exposed hardwood flooring, stained glass windows, bay windows, period fireplaces and exposed beams.
The original blacksmiths forge for Charlestown remains part of the property. Grade II* listed, it has been attractively converted into an independent cottage. A sunken courtyard leads down to the large timber front door which opens into a charming and spacious living/dining area. A modern fully equipped kitchen has a separate door to the courtyard, whilst upstairs is a double bedroom with exposed beams in the vaulted ceiling, built in wardrobes and an en-suite shower room. A second bedroom downstairs also has the benefit of an en-suite.
GROUND AND GARDENS
A long drive leads between the cottage and house and has ample parking for both. The drive proceeds down past the rear garden and ends at the stable block. Overlooking the sand school, the modern stable has three loose boxes, a tack room and separate w/c. The surrounding paddock is bordered by a fast moving stream whose tumbling waters can be heard from the garden of the property.
Without the need for equestrian use, the arena is and ideal level space for a polly tunnel and extended garden or vegetable plot, or alternately, a children's play area. Stables could be useful storage, workshop buildings or potentially extra garaging.
The gardens are predominantly level and offer good views of the distant sea as well as the paddock and sand school. To the rear of the house is a cobbled courtyard which has a useful outbuilding and greenhouse.
Charlestown Founded in the late 1700s, was planned by the local landowner Charles Rashleigh, whom the village was named after, for the export of copper and china clay and became a small but very busy port.
The success of the port provided the village work and housing for local people with hand in hand industries such as boat building, rope and net making, lime burning and pilchard curing. *The Charlestown Estate bell was used to summon workers and to announce the arrival and departure of ships to and from the harbour. The bell was last running in 1938 and went missing for many years, but was found in Old Mill House at the top of Charlestown Road.
Largely unspoiled by modern development, the harbour is lined by pretty colour-washed cottages Even today it is still a working harbour for local fishermen as well as providing a safe haven for a famous collection of old ships. This picturesque and characterful village has attracted many film projects, the latest of which is the remake of the renowned Poldark series based on the books by Cornish Author Winston Graham.
The nearby town of St Austell offers numerous shops, supermarkets and a leisure centre, plus a mainline railway station to London Paddington. The attractive coastal town of Fowey just 7½ miles distant has a range of shops, restaurants and bars and excellent sailing facilities.