Daydreaming of upping sticks to the south-west coast? 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, 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 luxurious beach houses, 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 terrace, Launceston: £175,000
Pretty as a picture, this quaint period mid-terraced cottage is bursting with character and would make an ideal country bolthole.
Inside, rustic flagstone floors, deep window seats and an inglenook fireplace add timeless historic charm, while the rear garden offers a private outdoor space.
There are two double bedrooms on the first floor, both with built-in wardrobes, while on the ground floor there is a lounge, kitchen and shower room.
Located in the village of South Petherwin in east Cornwall, just 1.5 miles from the market town of Launceston, the ancient capital of the county, the cottage is within walking distance of a primary school and a very good local pub.
Currently on the market for £175,000, you can find out more about this village retreat via Millerson.
Traditional cottage and barn, Liskeard: £350,000
This promising listing in the Cornish market town of Liskeard offers two for the price of one: a beautiful cottage and a traditional barn, complete with planning consent for residential conversion.
The characterful cottage offers two double bedrooms, a modern bathroom, a lounge and an open kitchen-dining space. Heritage features, from fireplaces to barn doors, extend throughout, while one of the bedrooms includes a vaulted, beamed ceiling and a skylight.
To the front of the property there's a beautiful garden and terrace – the ideal spot for kicking back and relaxing in the evening.
Meanwhile, the adjacent agricultural building has permission to be converted into three properties, making this listing something of a potential goldmine for a buyer willing to take on a project.
Up for the challenge? This property is being marketed for £350,000 with Scott Parry.
Historic fisherman’s cottage, Mousehole: £685,000
A stunning three-storey former fisherman's cottage in the village of Mousehole in Cornwall's south-west, one of this property’s biggest selling points is its terrace, which overlooks the tranquil sea below.
Entered via a stable door, the living room is a cosy, peaceful space with whitewashed stone walls and a large hearth with a wood-burning stove for the cooler months.
A perfect marriage of traditional elements and modern luxuries, the house is currently set up as a holiday home and could continue to draw in a significant rental income.
The ensuite master bedroom is on the first floor, while the second bedroom occupies the top floor, with both benefitting from spectacular sea views.
From the pitched ceilings and original pine floors to the bespoke timber shutters, the integrity of this historic home has been beautifully preserved.
The shops and restaurants of Mousehole are a short walk away and Penzance, a large town with direct trainlines to London, is just a few miles afield.
This special seaside house is offered for sale for £685,000 with The Modern House.
Five-bedroom Georgian townhouse, Truro: £750,000
Located in one of Truro’s most prestigious areas, this regal double-fronted house will appeal to those with a taste for the traditional.
There are five double bedrooms – four of which are ensuite – along with a family bathroom and a separate shower room, three receptions and a large kitchen, which almost looks like it requires staff.
Outside, as well as the beautifully manicured southwest-facing front garden, there's an idyllic courtyard to the rear – the perfect spot for soaking up that Cornish sunshine.
Truro city centre is a short walk away, as is the ancient market town of Malpas, plus there are local schools and all the amenities you could wish for nearby.
This elegant property is available for £750,000 through Lillicrap Chillcott.
Seven-bedroom waterfront house, Falmouth: £1,800,000
This magnificent detached 1930s residence is the stuff of English Riviera dreams. From original Art Deco stained glass to checkerboard floors and picture rails, the home's period features are stunning, but it's the dazzling views across Falmouth Bay that take centre stage.
The accommodation on offer is substantial, with seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and numerous receptions rooms, with scope to develop even further.
Bathed in natural light, the interior fuses period details with a refreshing, modern aesthetic – the muted colour palette evokes a Scandi-inspired beach house feel.
Outside, there's a triple garage and spectacular sub-tropical gardens and patios, plus who could tire of watching the yachts and fishing boats come and go in the bay?
Snap up this prime waterfront property for £1,800,000 through Cornish Bricks.
Four-bedroom farm cottage, Penzance: £1,850,000
Locations don't get much better than this. Occupying an unspoilt position on the breathtaking west Cornish coastline, this rare residence in Penzance benefits from priceless views over Portheras Cove, the moors and the glittering sea beyond.
Offering four bedrooms and three bathrooms, it's the perfect base for families seeking their own private slice of coastal idyll. Alternatively, it's currently run as a successful holiday let, generating a healthy £60,000 per year.
Arranged in an upside-down layout, the ground floor is home to the sleeping quarters and the utility room, while upstairs you'll find the airy living room, complete with rustic oak floors and a wood-burning fireplace.
Also on the first floor, the country-style kitchen and dining space provide ample room for entertaining, while a balcony and terrace offer the ideal spots for alfresco dining amongst the moorland as the sun sets.
Listed for £1,850,000 with Knight Frank, we have a feeling this spectacular retreat won't be hanging around long.
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