IN THE OWNER'S WORDS "We love our house very much and will be sad to leave it and the beautiful location it resides in. It is truly a rural retreat with only two neighbours, farmland and woods all around it (the nearest shop is 1 mile and a half away).
We moved here 5 years ago and absolutely fell in love with the house and the location which offers the perfect spot to live quietly whilst having access to all that Cornwall has to offer. The Mill sits in a perfect location to explore both the South coast and North Coast of Cornwall - we're only 20 minutes to Portscatho or Watergate Bay. The local schools are also very good and we are only 7 miles from Truro with all the shopping it has to offer.
Trenowth Mill is a totally unique building, full of history - originally converted into residential dwellings in the 1920s and then one big house in the 1960s. The absolutely enormous front room (it is 38 square metres and double height) with mezzanine library still has the original old floor which we have preserved intact - with the openings for access hatches still visible.
This building was built in 1871 but there has been a Mill in this spot since Medieval times - it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and there are old signposts for 'Trenowth Mill' around about. Located in Trenowth Woods the Mill looks out over green meadows where the local farmer puts her lambs every spring. In the middle of the meadow sit two massive English Oaks and it is lovely to sit out on the patio in the summer sunshine and admire the view. The water to run the mill in the past was originally brought here through a leat on launders but sadly this is now a thing of the past and the nearest stream is away down the road in what is called the valley of the three bridges - they are very old and cross the Fal and the Gwinder.
The woodland at the back of the mill is on top of a cutting through which the mainline train runs but you never hear it unless you are down the road - the cutting is deep enough and the oak woods thick enough to hide any noise ...the nice thing about the train line being so close is that we are right next door to a viaduct which towers over a neighbouring field and again affords a fantastic dramatic view. The beginnings of the River Fal run under the viaduct and although just a small stream, otter have been spotted swimming on it, and kingfishers live here too.
Being part of an important ancient woodland, we are also very lucky to have many birds visiting our bird feeders including nuthatch, bullfinches, chaffinches, goldfinches, every type of tit and robins and wrens and almost every garden bird imaginable including the lesser spotted woodpecker. We also have bats including Lesser Horseshoe Bats, pipistrelle and Brown long eared bats and in the woods live Tawny Owls, and Barn Owls and Roe Deer and Red Deer. It is a veritable wildlife extravaganza and the kids have loved it!
The mill was listed in the 1980s and we have done a fair amount of work upgrading but with relevant planning permissions you could covert the garage quite straightforwardly and you would still have the barn for tools etc. - it is something we always planned to do but never got around to"
Steps from the parking area at the side of the house lead up to an entrance door on the upper ground-floor. Opening in to a reception hall (with space for lots of Wellington boots) a door leads to an inner hall and subsequently to the kitchen, family bathroom and an en-suite bedroom.
The kitchen is large enough for a table and chairs and has farmhouse-style timber cabinetry to three sides. A stable door leads to a rear hall and on to the attractive timber frame extension which, while currently used as a studio, is a lovely additional reception room either as a dining room or additional sitting room. A vaulted ceiling with Velux lights and plenty of windows creates a light space which is a joy to spend time in. There is a family bathroom on this floor as well as a double bedroom with built in wardrobes and an en-suite shower room.
Stairs lead up to a magnificent double height sitting room. Original wood floors, a fireplace and dual aspect windows create a light and unique space which is ideal for entertaining or relaxing in. Adjoining this is another double bedroom, again with dual aspect windows, a built-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom.
A staircase from the sitting room rises up to a gallery overlooking the sitting room and to both a double and single bedroom.
Below the house is a double garage and large utility room. This is ideal as a boat store or parking in addition to the driveway.
GARDENS To the front of the house, on the opposite side of the lane is a small sliver of land included in the sale which houses a good sized barn. To the side of the kitchen is a good sized lawned garden which is a private sun-trap.
To the rear of the property is ancient woodland. The current owners are offering this as an option should a buyer wish to own it, by separate negotiation.
SURROUNDING AREA The property is located in little known but beautiful area of central Cornwall surrounded by ancient woodland.
Nearby Grampound Road is conveniently located for both the market town of St. Austell and the Cathedral City of Truro. The village offers a Post Office and Junior School, shop, public house and bus service.
The City of Truro offers an excellent shopping centre and contains a choice of private and public sector schools, also a large hospital, county and district council offices and the Crown Court. St. Austell offers shops, restaurants, parish church and schools.
The property has mains water and electricity, whilst drainage is to a private system (we are informed mains drainage runs past the property). There is oil fired central heating.
Head north through Grampound road and after leaving the village at the top of the hill, turn right signposted Trenowth. Follow this road until you pass under the viaduct, and the property will be found a short while past on the left. If using GPS continue along the road for some time after the system tells you to have stopped.