A unique waterside home and redevelopment opportunity, with the only private quay in St Mawes, including a slipway, foreshore and parking.
Studio Polvarth is not only a rare find in St Mawes, but throughout the South West of England. With a private quay, slipway and foreshore offering direct water access, the building also has a fascinating history and exciting potential for redevelopment, subject to the necessary consents. The title includes ownership to the mean low water line.
Originally built in 1936 by the Lancaster family as a boathouse with pilchard loft, in 1939 the well-known marine artist Charles Pears with his wife took the sail loft over as their studio, whilst they lived on board separate boats on the river.
When the Second World War was declared, it was no longer possible to live on board a boat, so Charles Pears and his wife were given permission to live in the studio which remained their home for the rest of their life time. The building then transferred back to the Lancaster family, who sold the property to the current owners in 2001 and it has been used as a holiday home for themselves and their family since.
The building is approached via a private road to the quay and slipway with plenty of space for parking both boats and cars. Internally, the building retains its bohemian artistic flavour, with accommodation on the first floor and the ground floor remaining pretty much as originally built.
The living space at first floor level has a principal bedroom with en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms and a shared bathroom. There is an open-plan kitchen and dining room with views over the quay and river to the open sea beyond.
The sitting room has a wood burning stove and sliding doors to the balcony overhanging the river, but its real feature is the spectacular views over the river and countryside beyond to the east, north and south.
At ground floor level, there are three sets of garage doors, the first of which open to a substantial garage/storage area that was originally used as a blacksmith's forge, evidence of which can still be seen today.
The two remaining pairs of garage doors enclose an open plan studio/living space, currently used as a yoga studio. There is a smaller section, currently used as a playroom, which has an open-tread staircase rising to the first floor.
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This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Cornish history and create a sensational waterside retreat.Chris Clifford