St. Stephens Hill, Launceston, Cornwall
An elegant and imposing five bedroom town house with early 17th century origins offered for sale with no forward chain. The home has spacious and highly flexible accommodation, a large walled garden and fine views across the Kensey Valley. EPC Exempt.
This elegant home stands in one of the oldest streets in Launceston. The property is believed to date back to the early 17th Century and the character on display in the rear part of the property appears to support this. It is likely that the house was in part rebuilt during the Georgian period as per the front facade. The front windows are original, along with many of the doors, shutters, high skirting's and architraves. The impressive sweeping Georgian staircase adds to the period feel, along with the fire surrounds and ornate tiled flooring. The property has remained to the best part untouched in the modern era and has only been sold a few times since the Second World War. During the 1970's we understand from our client that the house was a successful Bed and Breakfast and over the last 14 years or so our vendors have enjoyed bringing up their family in the home which is so conveniently positioned for town facilities. The large walled gardens and fine views all combine to make the property highly worthy of an early internal viewing.
The accommodation which is served by the entrance porch opens into the welcoming hallway which has an ornate tiled floor and the sweeping staircase. The two front reception rooms comprise of the dining room and lounge, both of which have bay windows. The dining room has space for a large table and a feature fire surround with period grate. The lounge has a wooden fire surround with inset a wood burning stove and at the side a feature former creamery which would have warmed the milk from the former clome oven. This feature has a light within. Moving through the kitchen/breakfast room is a lovely family space and has a range of built in cupboards and storage. A fireplace recess has a mains gas fired Aga which has a range of uses including cooking, heating hot water and providing general heat for the space. The kitchen has a stable door accessing the gardens where outside dining can be enjoyed on the patio during the warmer months of the year. The room has a slate floor and feature window with seat and access can be gained to the secondary staircase that ascends to the first floor. The snug is a cosy space offering escapism for relaxing in. The family/games room is used on a daily basis and has a wonderful view and access outside, as well as a wood burner. Completing the ground floor is the study which is perfect for those who work from home.
On the first floor, the landing is a major feature with an impressive arched window dominating the half landing. There are five bedrooms. The large double bedrooms found at the front of the property both have period fire surrounds. In between is what could be a fifth bedroom or a dressing room which can serve the main bedroom, as there is an internal door between. It may be possible (subject to obtaining consents) to create an en-suite facility in this area. The remaining two bedrooms are also large enough to accommodate a double bed with bedroom four having a rear bay window and fire surround with inset a wood burning stove. The family bathroom has a spa bath. At the rear section of the first floor a further luxury bathroom has been created with large walk in shower, free standing bath and exposed wood flooring, as well as a wonderful view towards Launceston Castle. The property benefits from mains gas fired central heating with the boiler stored in the external boiler room.
Externally, at the front is a small level garden which is enclosed by railings and hedging. The main area of garden which is found at the rear is made up of a cobbled courtyard which provides plenty of room for outside dining and relaxing. There is a useful log store area and a large outbuilding providing plenty of storage. The garden then widens into a larger lawned mature garden which runs a great length down to the border. The space is enclosed by stone walling with lots of room for children and animals to run around safely. The space has many shrubs, bushes, flowers and specimen trees with the whole area encapsulating the fantastic views on offer over the Kensey Valley.
The following is a quotation from the home owners:
"Even after nearly 15 years we still never tire of the ability to sit in the garden and only hear the birds and the steam trains. The proximity of the local amenities and both the north and south coast has been ideal in bringing up our children and when they return for birthdays or Christmas, the house is always warm and welcoming and large enough to accommodate all and guests."
The ancient town of Launceston is regarded as the 'Gateway to Cornwall' has a range of educational, recreational, commercial and leisure facilities, as well as a Norman castle and attractive town centre. For further communications the Cathedral City of Exeter is approximately 42 miles distance, and has a more extensive range of shopping and leisure facilities, as well as access to the M5 motorway, mainland rail network to London (Paddington) and further north. Exeter is served by an excellent regional international airport. The continental ferry port and city of Plymouth is approximately 25 miles from the property and again offers extensive facilities as well as regular cross channel ferry services to France and Spain.
Services and Referral Fees
Webbers Property Services Ltd (WPSLtd) refer buyers and vendor clients to Together Financial Solutions, please be aware that should you decide to use this service (WPSLtd) will receive an average referral fee of £265 from them on legal completion. (WPSLtd) may also provide a conveyancing quotation via Law Firm Services (LFS) in conjunction with a local law firm, should you decide to use this service (WPSLtd) will receive a referral fee of £150 on legal completion. This fee is taken for recommending their services and to cover the on-line transaction management service provided by (LFS).
Porch 5'8" x 4'11" (1.73m x 1.5m).
Lounge 13'2" (4.01m) max x 18'9" (5.72m) max.
Dining Room 10'5" (3.18m) max x 18'11" (5.77m) max.
Study 7' x 8'3" (2.13m x 2.51m).
Kitchen 13'2" (4.01m) max x 24'1" (7.34m) max.
Snug 8'10" x 6'1" (2.7m x 1.85m).
Games Room 12'4" x 25'2" (3.76m x 7.67m).
Boiler Cupboard 3'8" x 4'9" (1.12m x 1.45m).
Bedroom 1 12'6" max x 18'8" max (3.8m max x 5.7m max).
Bedroom 2 9'11" (3.02m) max x 18'6" (5.64m) max.
Bedroom 3 13'6" max x 16'1" max (4.11m max x 4.9m max).
Bedroom 4 14'1" max x 13'9" max (4.3m max x 4.2m max).
Bedroom 5 8'6" x 12'5" (2.6m x 3.78m).
Bathroom/WC 7'4" x 9'10" (2.24m x 3m).
Bathroom/WC 9'11" x 15'5" (3.02m x 4.7m).
WC 3'6" x 5'5" (1.07m x 1.65m).
Store 11' x 18' approx (3.35m x 5.49m approx).
From Launceston town, proceed down St Thomas Road to the roundabout at Newport. At the roundabout take the second exit and proceed up St Stephens Hill towards St Stephens. The house will be found on the left hand side just before St Joseph's School.
- Large attractive town residence.
- Grade II listed five bedroom accommodation.
- A wealth of character and period features.
- Situated in one of Launceston's most historic streets.
- Highly flexible and well suited for a large family.
- Mature feature walled gardens and large outbuilding.
- Stunning far reaching views across the Kensey Valley.
- Offered for sale with no forward chain.