Constantine Bay, Padstow - Offers over £1.75m
Langarth, Constantine Bay, Padstow PL28 8JJ
A spacious detached family house set in an exceptionally large plot about 300m from one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall.
Available for the first time since 1952.
Up to 6 bedrooms
First floor kitchen
2 garages and store
Approx’ 300m from the beach
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West of Padstow on the spectacular north Cornish coast, Constantine Bay is one of the famed ‘Seven bays for seven days’, together with Harlyn, Treyarnon, Trevone, Mother Iveys, Booby’s and Porthcothan. Langarth occupies an exceptionally large plot on the minor road down to the beach from Constantine Bay stores in the centre of the village.
Constantine Bay has often been named as one of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches, which is naturally the main draw for families who have holidayed here for generations, but the village is also home to the internationally renowned championship golf course at Trevose Golf Club just a few hundred yards away from the house. The course enjoys spectacular views and overlooks Constantine and Booby’s Bay. The magnificent National Trust-owned Trevose Head separates Constantine Bay and Booby’s Bay from Mother Ivey’s Bay to the east, and provides some wonderful coastal walking.
Nearby Padstow is renowned for its fishing harbour as well as of course the Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth restaurants. Communications are excellent with Newquay Airport lying approximately 10 miles away. Most parts of the UK can be reached via the airport and there are daily flights to London Heathrow. Bodmin Parkway railway station approximately 22 miles away provides a direct service to both Exeter and London Paddington.
The current owners’ father was an RAF pilot and was stationed all around the world with the family travelling with him. He was stationed in India when WWII broke out, on his return to the UK he flew Spitfires and provided as air cover for British troops on D-Day. After the war, they wanted a base for their growing family and as a home for his mother, they bought Langarth in 1952.
The family spent most of their summer holidays at Langarth and when their father was stationed in England they lived their full time. When he was seconded to the Air Ministry in London he needed to keep up his flying hours. He would go to RAF Northholt on a Friday night, get into a Chipmunk and fly down to Cornwall. He would fly directly over Langarth and waggling his wings so that his wife could get in the car and meet him at RAF Eval and bring him home for supper!
Surfing was a popular summer past time and in the 1960’s the family were introduced to Malibu surfing. One of the children became the Women’s North Cornwall Surfing Champion. The garden is a wonderful suntrap and the family spent many happy hours playing there and having long Sunday lunches. It was during a particularly long lunch in the late 1970’ that the children discovered (in fact even their father did not know) that their mother had worked at Bletchley Park during the war when it was revealed by the Sunday Times.
At over 3,200 sq ft, the current house is spacious and although quite dated by today’s standards has an easy charm about it.
There are two main reception rooms at the front of the house, besides a large kitchen/breakfast room at the rear, and up to 6 bedrooms, plus an office, larder and first floor kitchen. There are two bathrooms and a separate cloakroom/WC.
The house sits at the top of what is a very generous plot, with mature gardens stretching out towards the bay, and a separate gated access at the bottom of the plot. There is a loggia in front of the house, and two garages and a store/workshop at the rear of the house.
Padstow – 4 miles, Wadebridge – 10 miles, Newquay International Airport – 10 miles, Bodmin Parkway Station – 23 miles
Mains water and electricity and private drainage.