Savills | Roskorwell, St. Keverne, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6PR | Properties for sale
121.52 sq m(1,308 sq ft)
Guide price £500,000(€550,645)

RoskorwellSt. Keverne, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6PR

  • Sold

Key features

  • Sold in July 2020
  • Garage
  • 3 Double bedrooms
  • 1/2 Sitting rooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Traditional country kitchen with butler's sink and built-in larder
  • Oil fired Rayburn
  • 8-foot-wide inglenook with cast iron multi-fuel stove
  • Situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

An 18th century Cornish serpentine stone cottage of great charm and character, on the cliffs above the old fishing village of Porthallow.

About this property

  • Hidden down a bridleway, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Higher Roskorwell is a classic Cornish serpentine stone cottage of great charm, which was extended to its current size by the owners 20 years ago. Facing south, and surrounded by fields, the cottage provides magnificent views of sunrise and sunsets. The entrance to the cottage is via a small open porch leading into a spacious hall retaining its original slate floor and washing copper. There are also built-in cupboards for storage, one of which contains a washing machine and tumble drier and another the hot water tank. Leading off the hallway to the right is the slate-floored kitchen/diner and country-style old pine units with under-counter appliances (dishwasher and fridge), a freestanding electric cooker and an oil-fired Rayburn. There is also a built-in cold larder cupboard with marble slab, and a rear door leading to the parking area. Straight ahead is a bathroom with heated tiled floor and a completely refurbished original cast iron claw-foot bath with hand-held shower.

    To the left, down a slate step, is the dual aspect living room with windows and stable door out to the south facing garden and further windows looking west over the fields. There is a large stone inglenook complete with a multi-fuel stove at one end and at the other, an open fireplace with slate hearth. Pine stairs lead from the living room to the first-floor landing, off which there are three rooms and a shower room. All floors upstairs are pine boarded. Bedroom One is dual aspect with views out to sea and over the garden. It is bright and spacious and currently configured with a double bed, day sofa/bed and a cot, with a built -in wardrobe and wash basin.Bedroom Two, a double bedroom with built-in wardrobe, is also dual aspect with views over the garden and the valley towards St Keverne and Goonhilly.A couple of steps lead to a second landing lit by a Velux skylight. To the right is a shower room and straight ahead what is currently used as a secondary sitting/bedroom, but could become a dedicated third bedroom. This triple aspect room has magnificent far-reaching sea views to the east, north over fields to Constantine and west across the valley to Goonhilly Nature Reserve. The ancient exterior granite steps, sourced from a nearby farm, are accessed from this room, and lead down to the parking area. There is a large built-in storage cupboard/wardrobe, a multi-fuel stove and tv point.

    The south-facing gardens are surrounded by traditional Cornish hedges and can be accessed from the bridleway through a small gate, or from the sitting room. Laid to lawn with topiary, mature shrubs and trees including plum, apple and fig, the garden is divided into three areas with a hidden earth-sided well and old ‘privy', still with its wooden seat! At the end of the garden is a garage with boarded interior, which has been used as a ‘therapy room'. It has power, a small shower room and kitchenette and, as such with the required consents and regulations, could have great potential.

    SERVICES: mains water, private sewage (septic tank), electric storage heaters downstairs and thermostatically controlled Dimplex radiators upstairs, oil fired Rayburn, brand new oil tank

    WINDOWS: All windows are new, wooden and double glazed
    PARKING: Gravelled parking area for 3 cars
    BROADBAND: Superfast fibre connected.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

A cottage of great charm and character which has been used as a successful holiday let with significant repeat business, but would also make a very comfortable permanent home.

George HillProperty agent

Local information

  • The Lizard Peninsula, renowned for its beauty and spectacular cliff top walks, is largely influenced by the Gulf Stream and enjoys mild, frost-free winters. Down the hill from the house lies Porthallow Beach which is privately owned by all the villagers of Porthallow, purchased 30 years ago. This allows all the homeowners to have a boat on the beach for an annual fee. From the beach, small inshore boats can be seen catching lobsters and crabs on the reefs around
  • this part of Falmouth Bay. Porthallow is a very active community with the Fat Apples Café and there is also a recently constructed and much used village hall at the top of the beach.
  • A short drive up the lush valley, St. Keverne is the main settlement and centre of the farming community on the east coast of the Lizard. The village has two public houses, a local store, newsagent, post office, coffee shop and tearoom, along with a well-regarded restaurant and butcher. Mild winters and a sheltered situation in the lee of Goonhilly Downs, ensure that there is a long and productive growing season here. Nearby Coverack's shelter from the western approaches is witnessed by the rare and exotic plants that flourish all year long in the beautiful gardens of the village. Once the haunt of smugglers, Coverack is now a destination for windsurfing, crabbing, diving and pleasure fishing.
  • Sailing and mooring facilities are available just to the north around Nare Head at St. Anthony and Helford, and there is a challenging links golf course at Mullion above Church Cove, Gunwalloe, on the west side of the peninsula.
  • The Lizard Peninsula is a paradise of walks, beaches, history, geology and, of course, fishing villages full of life. The whole area is redolent of Daphne du Maurier and Winston Graham and many other literary, poetic and artistic figures. Home to RNAS Culdrose, the market town of Helston naturally provides a wide range of shopping and school facilities and two large supermarkets. The main A30 can be joined at Redruth, where there is also a railway station on the Paddington to Penzance line.

Additional information

  • Directions: Directions From Helston follow signs for St. Keverne and Coverack from RNAS Culdrose, passing Goonhilly and Zoar Garage, and continuing into the centre of St. Keverne. Bear left in the village square and follow this road down to Porthallow. On entering Porthallow, at the bottom of the hill take a sharp right up School Hill and continue for half a mile up to Roskorwell. Pass the cottages on the left and on reaching the left hand bend you will see Roskorwell Manor on your right. Take the gravel drive just to the immediate left of the house and Higher Roskorwell Cottage is 50 metres up on the left. St Keverne – 1.5; Coverack – 3.5; Helford – 4.5; Helston – 13; Porthleven – 14; Falmouth – 25; Newquay Airport – 40. (all distances are approximate and in miles)
  • EPC Rating = F