Bar Road, Helford Passage -  Guide Price £2.5m

Penmorva, Bar Road, Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5LE

A rare opportunity to acquire one of the finest plots on the south side of one of the most valuable and exclusive addresses in Cornwall.  

  • Master bedroom suite and three further bedrooms 

  • Sitting room and separate dining room

  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room  

  • Utility room, shower room and linen cupboard 

  • Two bedroom annexe 

  • South facing sun terrace 

  • Wonderful views over the Helford River and out to sea 

  • Beautiful gardens running to over ½ acre  

  • Workshop and potting shed 

  • Double garage and “In and out” driveway with ample parking 

  • Huge redevelopment potential

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The Helford River Estuary is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt on the south coast of England, with its deep valleys and wooded creeks that cut inland along the north side of the Lizard Peninsula. It was renowned as a haven for pirates and inspired many writers, famously Daphne du Maurier with her Frenchman’s Creek novel. There are many small quays on the river to visit by boat, while a pedestrian ferry links the north and south banks in the summer.

The iconic Ferry Boat Inn lies down at Helford Passage, with the active Helford River Sailing Club on the opposite shore. There are many deep-water moorings here and the Helford River Children's Sailing Trust runs a huge number of courses throughout the season.

Much of the land surrounding the estuary is owned and protected by the National Trust. As well as having fine coastal walks and creek paths, the area has a mild climate suited to many sub-tropical plants, as the gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah illustrate so well.

Nearby Mawnan Smith enjoys village shops, a doctor’s surgery, public house and café/restaurants. There is a more extensive range of shopping and commercial facilities in the nearby university and harbour town of Falmouth with a direct rail link to London Padddington from Truro. Newquay airport is about 33 miles away with daily flights to London Heathrow.

For the keen golfer there are five courses within 20 miles, the nearest being Budock Vean Golf club, which is positioned within walking distance of Penmorva. Originally designed by five times Open Winner James Braid, the seventh on this interesting course was until recently the longest par 5 in the country. Climatic conditions are so mild that the course plays exceptionally well all year road and is rarely closed by bad weather.


From the 1940s Penmorva was owned by Percy Holman, the Chairman of Holman Brothers Lid of Camborne. As a leading supplier of specialist mining equipment, including rock drills and compressors, Holman Brothers was, at that time, one of the county’s biggest employers with a workforce of over 4,000 people. He also became President of the Rugby Football Union, served as the Commodore of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and was a very keen pilot.


Originally built in the 1920s, Penmorva occupies an elevated position in a generous plot with outstanding southerly views across the Helford River from all floors. These views are protected by a covenant dating back to 1924. The main entrance hall is impressive and leads on to the two large reception rooms which in turn open out onto a full width slate terrace and the beautifully planted, south facing garden. The kitchen/breakfast room is fully fitted and can be accessed from the main hallway or via the side lobby. This side lobby provides a much used informal entrance ideal for dogs or sports equipment. The side lobby also provides access to the self-contained two bedroom annexe.

On the first floor level of the main house there is a master bedroom suite with a dressing room and en suite bathroom. There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

For information, planning permission was granted in September 2013 to demolish the existing building and construct a 7,500 sq ft replacement dwelling. Whilst this permission has now lapsed, plans are available from Cornwall Council with the planning reference PA13/06250.


The ‘in-and-out’ driveway leads down to the house, providing ample parking and a double garage, and is flanked by mature shrubs and flower beds.

Facing full south, the slate terrace runs the full width of the house and has central steps which lead down to the sweeping lawns. This terrace faces out across the gardens to the Helford River to Helford Village on the south shore. To the south, the gardens slope gently away from the house and are laid to lawn, interspersed with island beds stocked with an outstanding collection of ornamental and flowering shrubs and plants.

There are water and electric points throughout the rear garden and additionally there is an approximate 3,500 gallon underground water storage system to collect rainwater to be used in the garden.


From the village of Mawnan Smith follow the signs to Helford Passage. After passing Glendurgan Garden and just after Trebah Garden, turn left signposted to Helford Passage. After about 300 yards take the first right into Bar Road. Follow this road until just before it bears round to the right and the entrance to Penmorva is on the left hand side.


Mawnan Smith – 1.5 miles, Falmouth – 7 miles, Truro – 15 miles, Newquay Airport – 33 miles (all distances are approximate).


Mains water and electricity, oil central heating and private drainage.