Daydreaming of upping sticks to the south-west coast after lockdown? We've rounded up the most spectacular houses on the market right now
For those yearning for a quieter pace of life and more space to stretch out once life returns to ‘the new normal’, relocating to the country or the coast may be top of your wish list.
Enter Cornwall: home of captivating coastal vistas, breathtaking beaches, dramatic headlands and quaint villages aplenty, not to mention the secret star of the BBC’s beloved period drama Poldark.
From chocolate-box cottages to sprawling historic estates, this rural county has plenty to offer for every house-hunter’s budget. Sit back – or saddle up – and check out the best properties on the Cornish market right now, fit for Ross and Demelza.
Two-bedroom cottage, Menheniot, £170,000
Turn back the clock and up sticks to the village of Menheniot, home to traditional almshouses and a centuries-old church.
This two-bed, one-bath cottage has no end of historic charm thanks to features like the exposed timber beams, wood-burning stove and slate hearth.
The period property has plenty of modern touches too, including double glazing, central heating and up-to-date amenities. Outside, in addition to the lawned garden, there’s also a gravelled area at the front of the house for off-road parking.
A 10-minute drive from the town of Liskeard, Menheniot offers remote living with reasonable connections thanks to its position on the main Cornish trainline.
This charming cottage is on the market for £170,000 with Bradleys Estate Agents.
Four-bedroom Victorian townhouse, Truro, £385,000
Situated a short walk from the centre of Truro, this end-of-terrace home benefits from its proximity to the shops, restaurants and museums of Cornwall’s bustling cultural capital.
The Victorian property comes with two gardens at the front and rear, ideal for alfresco entertaining in the Cornish sunshine, while inside, there are four bedrooms and two large bathrooms, making this characterful home the perfect fit for families.
The townhouse has been sensitively extended over the years, with the addition of a sun-soaked side conservatory flanking the kitchen, complete with French doors that open out onto the garden.
Highlights include the beautiful reception room, which features a stunning bay window, wood-burning stove and original cast-iron fire.
It’s on the market for £385,000 with Savills.
Four-bedroom A-frame home, Penzance, £475,000
This spectacular modern home is set in a superb location in the town of Penzance, within walking distance of a range of amenities including shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, as well as the stunning seafront.
With accommodation spread across three floors, the A-frame house is bathed in natural light thanks to swathes of floor-to-ceiling windows and Velux skylights.
Fitted out with polished granite worktops, a mixer tap and a dishwasher, the contemporary kitchen is one of our favourite rooms in the property.
Elsewhere, there are four spacious bedrooms and two modern bathrooms on offer, plus a generously sized driveway, a garage and a spacious back garden that's ideal for young families.
You can bag this unique home for £475,000 with Stacey Mann Estates.
Modern six-bedroom house, Bude, £645,000
Enjoying an enviable position on Cornwall’s north-east coastline, this contemporary gem is just a mile north of Bude.
Only a moments’ walk from Crooklets Beach – a true surfers’ haven – we can just imagine kicking back with a locally brewed ale on one of the property’s two terraces, drinking in views of the sea.
Encompassing 2,500 square feet of accommodation across three storeys, the home's stunning main living areas are positioned on the upper floors of the property to make the most of the far-reaching views.
Three of the six bedrooms are found on the first floor, each with either an ensuite or a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. From here, a bespoke timber staircase leads down to the ground floor, where there are three more bedrooms, a covered outdoor shower room with space to store surfboards, plus access to the garden.
London-based Hogarth Architects masterminded the design of this slick seaside pad, which is on the market for £645,000 with The Modern House.
Four-bedroom harbourside home, Falmouth, £800,000
Back on the breathtaking southern coast of Cornwall, this rare property offers picture-postcard views of the glistening English Channel.
Thanks to its elevated position, the house looks out across Falmouth Harbour, while local beaches, marinas, cafes, bars and boutiques are just a stone's throw away.
There’s lots to love about this airy detached dwelling, from the bright open-plan living area downstairs to the spacious ocean-view bedrooms.
With plenty of room to soak up the Cornish sunshine too, the large first-floor deck and terraced gardens, featuring an array of plants and trees, are nothing short of sublime.
There are four bedrooms in total, with two on each floor, as well as a shower room just off the main entrance hall and a family bathroom on the upper level. Elsewhere, there's an adjoining garage and private off-street parking for two to three cars – a rarity in this part of town.
This coastal haven is on the market at £800,000 with Jonathan Cunliffe.
Four-bedroom waterfront house, Port Navas, £1,500,000
Not too far down the coast you'll find this magnificent property perched on the banks of the Helford Estuary in the quaint village of Port Navas, twenty minutes away from Falmouth.
The striking cedar-clad house offers four large bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as a dramatic, double-height living area, complete with a wood-burning fire and a spectacular vaulted ceiling.
Adjacent to the main property, there's also a detached studio cottage that's ideal for guests or renting out to holidaymakers. Encompassing two floors, the snug space includes a mezzanine bedroom and a contemporary glazed gable.
Outside, a beautiful terraced garden overlooking the estuary offers ample space for dining alfresco and taking in those unrivalled coastal vistas.
Snap up this prime waterfront property for £1,500,000 with Jonathan Cunliffe.
Historic seven-bedroom estate, Boscastle, £1,750,000
Now here's a property fit for Poldark! Complete with an inglenook fireplace, cosy window seats and slate flooring, this rambling country farmhouse is straight out of the brooding BBC drama.
Comprising three reception rooms, a spacious kitchen, four bedrooms and three bathrooms across 2,120 square feet, the Grade II-listed home isn't short on space or charm.
As well as the main house, the estate comes with two beautiful holiday cottages that offer an additional three bedrooms, ideal for use as holiday lets. The vast property also includes 65 acres of land, featuring three trout lakes, a vegetable garden, open fields and several parcels of woodland.
Nestled in the quiet rural haven of Lesnewth, the heritage house is just two miles from the North Cornwall village of Boscastle. This part of the county is famed for its dramatic rugged coastline and soaring cliffs, which blur seamlessly into rolling meadows.
This spectacular estate can be yours for £1,750,000 with Christie’s International Real Estate.
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