This Grade II listed property at the heart of Helston was once owned by a duke, and now it could be yours.

York House, featured on the real estate website, Rightmove, was constructed in 1775 for Lord Godolphin, 5th Duke of Leeds who became Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs under William Pitt the Younger.

The duke did not foster good relations with the newly independent United States of America and managed to upset two future presidents – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

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One particular point of interest is the lock to the impressive front door, which bears the image of a dolphin, likely related to the Godolphin Coat of Arms.

Steeped in history, the house offers elegant accommodation arranged over four floors and retains many original features.

The sitting room is a graceful dual aspect room flooded with light boasting a pair of shuttered sash windows to the front.

A door to the rear leads to the balcony which enjoys townscape and rural views, perfect for an evening gin and tonic.

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The kitchen, located on the lower ground floor, is styled in the traditional farmhouse style offering a cosy environment for informal dining.

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The first-floor plays host to the master bedroom which offers even more historical interest having an inbuilt writing desk under one of the windows where Lord Godolphin is thought to have written his correspondence in his role as Secretary of State for Foreign affairs.

Additionally, what is now a dressing room is thought to have been the duke’s wig room.

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Outside, the walled gardens are a particular feature being sub-tropical in style and well maintained.

There is a pretty cobbled area along with a lawn and established beds and borders. The gardens are also planted with an impressive range of mature palms.

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The garage is located a short walk from the property.

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Location: Church Street, Helston
Guide Price: £500,000
Agent: Mather Partnership, Helston
Contact: 01326 565016