Mawnan Smith, Falmouth


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  • Bedrooms: 5
Commanding exceptional panoramic views over Anna Maria Creek to the village of Port Navas and miles of surrounding unspoilt countryside, a detached, individual and extremely well proportioned 4/5-bedroomed bungalow, superbly appointed throughout, set in attractively landscaped, private and sunny gardens, close to the well served village of Mawnan Smith, Helford Passage and National Trust gardens at Trebah and Glendurgan in this most picturesque area on the northern banks of the Helford River.


Understood to have been part of the nearby Budock Vean Estate, 'Gateacre' occupies a sensational position, bordering open countryside, with all main rooms, rear gardens and extensive sun terracing enjoying the panoramic, ever-changing and completely unspoilt views.

'Hidden' from the quiet roadside leading from the nearby Budock Vean Hotel to the creekside village of Port Navas, a large 'forecourt' area provides ample parking in addition to two detached garages together with a car port. Gates and pathways lead onto the broad front gardens which have been landscaped and gravelled for ease of maintenance with, to the rear, the main garden area comprising a gently sloping lawn, well stocked shrubberies and stunning full breadth terrace with glazed balustrading and patio doors opening from the living accommodation.

Throughout, the property is faultlessly presented and extremely well appointed with notable features including: full double glazing, comprehensive oil fired central heating, oak flooring and internal doors, an air circulatory system, three bath/shower rooms, two of which are en-suite, and extremely spacious living areas, all of which have been designed to open onto the terracing and overlook the beautiful views beyond.

In addition, there is an extremely large basement area which currently can be used for storage purposes but which, subject to planning, offers immense scope for conversion to further accommodation if required, such as a granny flat or letting annexe, particularly as it benefits from independent access and its own broad bank of windows and doors on two of the gardens.


'Gateacre' occupies a quiet, unspoilt position on the edge of Budock Vean, approximately 100 yards from the entrance to the exclusive 4 star hotel whose superb leisure amenities include a highly regarded restaurant, tennis courts, swimming pool and 18 hole golf course - within easy walking distance.

Nearby Helford Passage, home of The Ferryboat Inn, has a beach, passenger ferry to Helford Village, and direct access onto the beautiful, sheltered, tree-lined sailing waters of the Helford River, which is also readily accessed from nearby Anna Maria and Port Navas creeks.

Still within approximately half a mile of the property are the internationally-renowned National Trust gardens at Trebah and Glendurgan, beyond which is the well served and highly sought-after village of Mawnan Smith whose excellent day-to-day amenities include a church, thatched public house, restaurant, cafe, hairdressers, convenience stores with sub-post office, doctors surgery, electrical shop, garage, bowling club, county primary school and regular bus service.

With the port of Falmouth, recently voted by the readers of The Sunday Times as Britain's 'Best Place to Live', just six miles distant, and the cathedral city of Truro approximately thirteen miles distant, the availability of 'Gateacre' provides a superb opportunity to purchase a lovely family home, in one of Cornwall's most desirable locations.


(All dimensions being approximate)


Oak entrance door with leaded glazed panel. Electrical trip switching, radiator, oak doorway opening into the:-


13.19m x 4.36m (43'3 x 14'3 )

Oak flooring throughout, part vaulted ceiling with two Velux roof lights, inset down-lighters, dimmer switching, four radiators. Telephone points, TV and satellite points, air circulatory system. Twin sliding patio doors opening onto the rear terracing and providing beautiful, unspoilt, panoramic views over the gardens to Anna Maria Creek, Port Navas village, woodland and miles of rolling countryside. Central to the room on an inside wall is a contemporary Stuv glass-fronted fireplace with marble hearth and surround. Further oak doorways lead to the adjoining rooms.


6.77m x 8.57m (22'2 x 28'1 )

Maximum measurements of another superbly proportioned room, L-shaped with distinct kitchen, sitting and dining areas. A dominant feature again being twin, broad, sliding patio doors opening onto the terracing with glazed balustrading, again enjoying breathtaking countryside, creek and village views. Window to the side elevation providing another lovely outlook over unspoilt countryside to the outskirts of Mawnan Smith. Inset down-lighting, dimmer switching, wall light points, two radiators. Efel glass-fronted log burner with polished granite hearth. Telephone point and TV aerial sockets.


Comprehensively appointed with a full range of wall and base units with twisted grip handles, ample round-edged worksurfaces, complementary tiled splashbacks and concealed pelmet lighting. Soft-closing doors including two glass-fronted display cabinets. Belling four-ring ceramic hob with illuminated filter canopy over, inset stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap and cutlery drainer. Integrated Bosch dishwasher. Integrated Lamona fridge and freezer cabinet. Blomberg double oven and grill with further cupboards above and below. Windows to the front and side elevations. Door to:-


High level window, space and plumbing for automatic washing machine and tumble dryer, radiator, space for further fridge/freezer cabinet. Linen shelving. Siemens control panel for hot water and central heating.


Built-in broom/cloaks cupboard, further oak doors to the:-


Attractively appointed with a contemporary white suite comprising a low flush WC and wall mounted wash hand basin with mixer tap and tiled splashback. Radiator. Window with lovely countryside views.


Double glazed, providing a sheltered 'side' entrance to the property. Again, enjoying rolling countryside views.


3.11m x 4.15m (10'2 x 13'7 )

Broad window to the front elevation, radiator, built-in storage cupboard with hanging rail and shelving. Door to:-


White three-piece suite comprising pedestal wash hand basin with mixer tap, low flush WC, and broad walk-in shower cubicle with mains-powered shower. Mainly ceramic tiled walls, window to the front elevation, shaver socket, towel rail/radiator. Extractor fan.


3.25m x 4.20m (10'7 x 13'9 )

Window to the front elevation, radiator, access to extensive loft storage area with lighting and folding timber ladder. Door to:-


Again, attractively appointed with a white three-piece suite including low flush WC, pedestal wash hand basin and shower cubicle with glazed curved screen and Mira mains-powered shower. Mainly ceramic tiled walls, obscure glazed window to the front elevation. Shaver socket. Towel rail/radiator, extractor fan.


3.95m x 4.13m (12'11 x 13'6 )

An extremely adaptable, light, double aspect room with casement door onto the terracing and broad picture window providing further lovely garden, creek, woodland and countryside views. Radiator. TV aerial sockets.


Superbly appointed with a high quality white five-piece suite including matching 'his n her' pedestal wash hand basins, both with mixer taps. Roll-top bath with antique-style mixer tap with shower attachment. Low flush WC. Deep walk-in shower cubicle with Mira instant shower. Part marble tiled walls, obscure glazed window to the front elevation, shaver socket, tall radiator, heated towel rail, twin down-lighters. Shaver socket.


4.60m x 2.70m (15'1 x 8'10 )

Sliding patio door opening onto the terracing enjoying a particularly pretty outlook under the pergola to the gardens, creek and countryside beyond. Terracotta tiled flooring, radiator, window to the side elevation, double doors to full height cupboard with hanging rail and shelving.


2.70m x 3.25m (8'10 x 10'7 )

Window to the front elevation, radiator, built-in wardrobe with hanging rail and shelving.



6.67m x 12.5m (21'10 x 41'0 )

Overall measurements of an extensive area with full head height throughout, some load-bearing walls and, to the rear elevation, broad 'full height' double glazed screens and casement doors opening onto the gardens and enjoying the views beyond. Further window to the side elevation, light and power throughout, timber staircase from the kitchen. Door to boiler room with Grant oil fired boiler providing domestic hot water and central heating, together with Santon Premier Plus large capacity hot water cylinder with immersion heater. Door to the exterior.

Current planning allows for this extensive area to be used for storage purposes but, clearly, there is immense scope for further ancillary accommodation if require (granny or letting flat etc), subject to all necessary consents.



Timber door, exterior courtesy lighting.


External power point. Cold water tap. Courtesy lighting and pathway leading to the property.


Roller door, courtesy lighting, cold water tap to the rear.


Gravelled for ease of maintenance with attractively stocked rockery-edged borders with bamboo in variety. Five-bar vehicle and pedestrian gate to the forecourt with overhanging horse chestnut tree. Privet hedging providing a high degree of shelter and privacy, drying area, paved steps and pathway leading to the front and side entrance doors. Slate pathway extending almost the entire breadth of the property with further courtesy lighting and cold water tap.

Gravelled pathways continue to either side of the property with, on the lower side, the access door to the boiler room and basement area, adjacent to which is located the oil storage tank.


A superb feature of the property, providing an extensive outside entertaining space, paved and gravelled, with glazed balustrading, sun awning and patio doors from the living accommodation. Adjacent to bedroom three and sitting room/bedroom five, a gravelled terrace provides another al fresco dining area with pergola and picturesque climbing wisteria.


Broad granite steps descend from the terracing adjacent to which there are attractively stocked rockery borders. A gravelled pathway extends the full breadth of the rear of the property, beyond which there is a large gently sloping area of lawn, interspersed with trees and flowering shrubs including apple, azaleas, hydrangeas and camellias etc. Further trees, shrubs and bamboos to the south-western boundary provide a high degree of privacy and shelter with, to the 'lower side', an unspoilt field with the head of Anna Maria Creek beyond.

In all, a most attractive combination of formal lawns, mature shrubberies, low maintenance terracing and superb outside entertaining areas from which the captivating views can be enjoyed.



Mains electricity and water are connected to the property. Private drainage. Telephone points (subject to supplier's regulations). Oil fired central heating.


Band G - Cornwall Council.




The property is offered for sale with vacant possession from mid-September 2018, following holiday letting commitments as the current owners have utilised the property as a lucrative source of holiday letting income over recent years.


Strictly by prior appointment with the vendors' Sole Agent - Laskowski & Company, 28 High Street, Falmouth, TR11 2AD. Telephone: 01326 318813.


From the centre of Mawnan Smith, follow the signs to Budock Vean, Helford Passage and Port Navas. Proceed out of the village, passed the entrances to Glendurgan and Trebah gardens and, on the sweeping right-hand bend, continue right, passing the signs to Helford Passage and The Ferryboat Inn. Within a short distance, the entrance to Budock Vean Hotel will be seen; continue to bear right, passed the adjacent entrance to Budock Vean Lane, down the hill, and after a short distance 'Gateacre' will be found on the left-hand side.

Arrange viewing 01326 318813

Laskowski & Co - Falmouth

28 High Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 2AD

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