St. Buryan, Penzance, Cornwall, TR19 6BG | Property for sale | Savills
5,071 sq ft(471.11 sq m)
Guide price £3,000,000(€3,420,633)

St. BuryanPenzance, Cornwall, TR19 6BG

  • Sale Agreed

Key features

  • Former fisherman's cottages restored and adapted to create an enchanting coastal home, extending to over 5,000 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 en suite), including a self-contained guest wing.
  • Studio/annexe and home office (about 1,300 sq ft),
  • Offices, workshops, stores and indoor swimming pool.
  • Extensive gardens and grounds with panoramic views as far as the Isles of Scilly on a clear day, in all about 3.31 acres.
  • Enviable kitchen garden and greenhouses with further outbuildings
  • Direct access to the South West Coastal Footpath and some of the most dramatic and unspoilt scenery in the United Kingdom

A sublime coastal property with dramatic sea views, between Lamorna & St. Loy Cove.

About this property

  • Offered to the market for the first time in over 60 years, Tregiffian Cottage was purchased in the late 1960's by the novelist, John le Carre and his wife as their family home.

    le Carre was best known for his espionage novels, many of which were written at Tregiffian, and subsequently adapted for film or television. "A sophisticated, morally ambiguous writer", he is considered one of the greatest novelists of the post-war era.

    The property originates from three former fisherman's cottages and their associated outbuildings, which over the years, were restored and adapted by le Carre to create an extremely comfortable, versatile and characterful coastal home, all set within incredible gardens and grounds extending to just over 3.3 acres.

    The accommodation in the main house extends to just over 5,000 sq ft, with an adaptable layout including a self-contained guest wing. The principal reception rooms include a drawing room, which has an open fireplace, oak panelled walls and a splendid west facing bay window with door to the garden.

    There is a library, which as one might expect, is a work of art, with bespoke joinery and a feature window at one end, glazed with what is believed to be part of the canopy form a second world war fighter plane. There is also a seaward facing conservatory that has mesmerising views out to sea.

    The dining room has a slate tiled floor, door to the garden, staircase to the first floor. The kitchen has a fireplace, island unit and door to the garden. From here there is access to the rear hall, leading to a utility room, laundry room, boot room and scullery, with access to a safe room.

    On the first floor, there is a wonderful principal bedroom suite, with barrelled ceiling, en suite bathroom and semi-circular bay window with far-reaching coastal views to the west. There is a guest bedroom suite and further bedroom with dressing room and separate bathroom, both of which have sea views.

    The guest wing, which can be accessed via a staircase from the rear hallway, or externally from the court yard at the back of the house, has a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom.

    There is a detached annex/studio building, which offers great flexibility as secondary accommodation, a home office or studio if required. The accommodation in this building includes double height sitting room/living space with a staircase to a mezzanine storage area. An office space with shower room and WC off, could be used as an en suite guest bedroom.

    A staircase rises to a first floor studio space/reception room, formally used as Mr Le Carre's writing room, with balcony and granite staircase to the court yard. Outside, there is access to a large storage room, currently used as a wine cellar.

    There are a variety of adaptable ‘chalet style' timber outbuildings, including an office building with WC and kitchenette, an indoor swimming pool with associated changing rooms and pump room, and storage areas, providing plenty of further amenity space suitable to create an artists or yoga studio, a home gym or further accommodation, subject to the necessary consents.

    Adjacent to the kitchen gardens and greenhouses, there is a further outbuilding, currently used as a gardeners store and workshop.

    Approached via a long no-through-road, the property is accessed via a gated gravelled driveway with turning circle, court yard and space for several vehicles. On the right of the courtyard is the Annexe/Studio building and on the left an archway leads through to the offices, indoor swimming pool and further outbuildings. Granite steps lead from the court yard down to a cobbled terrace, leading round to the west side of the building and also to the front door of the house.

    The gardens and grounds have been beautifully landscaped, whilst being sympathetic to the property's enchanting coastal setting, and are mainly to the east and south of the house and buildings. Much thought and years of care have been invested in the gardens, cleverly creating a variety of formal and informal areas, split in to into lawns, borders and wild meadow areas with paths cut through. To the front of the house is a grassed terrace, with lawns below and on the left a large croquet lawn along with a raised BBQ area with an old mill wheel table.

    It is difficult to do the gardens justice in words as they are impeccably maintained and planted with a variety of specimen trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders, interspersed with numerous sheltered seating areas, viewpoints and sculptures. The gardens are currently home to a wonderful selection of bronze statues and sculptures, which whilst not included in the sale, may be available by separate negotiation.

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One of the most prominent coastal houses in Cornwall, with a significant literary history, sitting elevated and proud with panoramic sea views.

George HillProperty agent

Local information

  • Tregiffian Cottage occupies a breathtaking coastal position on West Cornwall's south coast, between Lamorna and St Loy Cove. The property faces south and looks directly out to sea, with views to the Isles of Scilly in a clear day.
  • The village of St Buryan with its thriving community, is just two and a half miles away, with a large parish church, village store, Pub, farm shop and primary school along with both a football and cricket club.
  • The village of Lamorna is two and a half miles away by road but also accessible on foot via the South West coastal path. It has a strong artistic community being popular with painters, potters, craftsmen and writers, and there is also an historic Inn called ‘The Wink'.
  • Newlyn, just over 5 miles away, is a vibrant harbour town, famous for both its historic and current fishing industry as well as the Newlyn School of Artists of the late 19th century. As well as a variety of local fishmongers and delicatessens, Newlyn has a fine selection of restaurants, café's, bars, a specialist cheese shop, an excellent coffee shop, traditional Cornish Ice cream shop and an independent cinema.
  • The coastline around Newlyn & Penzance takes in some of the county's most beautiful beaches, to include Sennen, Porthcurno & Praa Sands. The historic town of Penzance just six miles away has a wide range of shopping and schooling facilities. Penzance railway station provides direct trains to London Paddington and the town is now host to several well regarded restaurants and the recently refurbished Jubilee Pool.
  • The north coast is equally accessible with the town of St Ives a major attraction with its beautiful beaches, selection of high quality restaurants and its great shopping, not to forget the cultural experiences offered by Tate St Ives, the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the Bernard Leech pottery.

Additional information

  • SERVICES: Mains Water, Private Drainage & Electricity. Electric Central Heating. Swimming Pool heated by an Oil-fired boiler. Superfast BT (Fibre to the premises)
  • VIEWINGS: Strictly by prior appointment with Savills.
  • FIXTURES AND FITTINGS: Only those mentioned in these sales particulars are included in the sale. All others such as curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments, etc. are specifically excluded but may be available by separate negotiation.
  • Savills, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:
  • 1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.
  • 2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, images and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.
  • Directions: From the centre of Newlyn take the B3315 in the direction of Paul & Sheffield up Chywoone Hill. Continue through the hamlet of Sheffield, pass the Lamorna Pottery & Café on your right pass the turning to Lamorna and continue up the hill. The turning to Tregiffian Cottage is on the left just past the Merry Maidens Stone Circle (Marked). Continue down the lane, past the farmhouse and barns and continue on the gravel track to the end where Tregiffian Cottage is located. Distances: St Buryan 2.5 miles, Lamorna 2.5 miles, Newlyn 5 miles, Penzance 6 miles, St Ives 14 miles, Truro 35 miles, Cornwall Airport (Newquay) 44 miles.
  • EPC Rating: G
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: F