Fenwick Road, Falmouth  - Guide £1.595m

White House, Fenwick Road, Falmouth TR11 4DR

The jewel in Falmouth’s crown.

A very special Georgian house, once the home of the novelist Howard Spring, with 6/7 bedrooms plus a 2 bedroom cottage set in extensive walled gardens about 400 metres from Gyllyngvase beach, and a short walk from the town, harbour and yacht marina. 

As featured in Country Life, 14th November.

  • Verandah

  • Reception hall

  • Drawing room

  • Sitting room

  • Dining Room

  • Kitchen/Breakfast room

  • Pantry and Laundry

  • Conservatory with heated swimming pool and gym

  • 6/7 bedrooms (4 en suite)

  • 2 bedroomed cottage/annexe

  • Delightful south facing walled gardens with immense privacy, sweeping lawns and meandering sylvan pathways surrounded by an array of fine trees and shrubs including many sub tropical varieties,

  • In all about 1.26 acres

  • Short walk to beach, town and harbour

  • EPC D/E

+ Full Description


Some towns or cities are famed for their universities, some for their beaches, and some for history. But Falmouth may have a claim to more than most.

For over 150 years, between 1688 and 1850, Falmouth Packet ships filled what is the harbour as Falmouth became the information hub of the British Empire, second only to London. Now the town even has its own iconic museum right on the water’s edge, in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. These days Falmouth is also a busy university town with one of the country’s leading media and arts universities, on a magnificent purpose-built campus.

What defines Falmouth more than anything else is the water surrounding the town. On one side there is the third largest natural harbour in the world, and on the other side, long beaches with rockpools and sand the other, all within walking distance of the town itself. There is a huge array of water sports on offer, from weekly yacht racing, to gig rowing, paddle-boarding, diving, fishing, surf-lifesaving to name but a few. There are three yacht marinas, besides a whole harbour full of deep-water moorings too.

A branch railway line operates from Falmouth to Truro, which is on the main Paddington-Penzance line with an overnight sleeper service. There are daily flights to London Gatwick from Newquay airport, about 28 miles away, has regular flights to London Gatwick (flight time about 70 minutes).


Formerly named “The White Cottage” White House was the home of Welsh-born novelist Howard Spring from Midsummer Day 1947 until his death in 1965. He used Falmouth and the neighbourhood as a setting for several of his books, including “Fame is the Spur”, “Hard Facts” and “The Houses in Between”. In her book “Howard”, Marion Spring refers to “our rate and lovely trees – mimosa, tulip tree, embothriums, metasequoia, a very ancient Turkey oak, etc…… Gradually, through the years, we made the garden just as we wanted it and we acquired a little more land, we had an arboretum, a water garden and a fine vegetable garden. This gave us never-ending and supremely interesting work”


An elegant Georgian house, believed to date from circa 1780, White House is situated in one of the most desirable residential areas of Falmouth within a short walk of the town, harbour and Gyllyngvase beach. The gorgeous white-painted south-facing façade sits under under a hipped slate roof with a creeper-clad verandah off to the side of the pillared entrance portico.

The interiors comprise elegant rooms with plenty of period detail including polished wood floors, sash windows and large fireplaces. The impressive reception hall is in the centre of the house and gives access to the elegant staircase and inner courtyard, and opens through a wide archway into the drawing room creating a fabulous reception and entertaining space. The ground floor has three impressive reception rooms, including a huge kitchen-breakfast room with rayburn and massive stone fireplace, opening into a dining room, and also out to the terrace. There are 6/7 bedrooms over the first and second floors, with 4 having en suite facilities.


Accessed from the sitting room, or the front/rear terrace, the glazed pool house houses a pool economically heated via a air source heat pump. Off to the side of the pool house are a series of brick built potting sheds/garden stores, constructed against the walled boundary. There is a large detached garage on the western boundary, which also has a side door into the side courtyard.


Adjoining the rear of White House, but with separate access from a side gate, is self-contained cottage with its own courtyard garden. The accommodation comprises a kitchen on the ground floor, and a sitting room, two bedrooms and shower room/wc on the first floor. This has been let on an assured shorthold tenancy for many years and provides a useful income. Alternatively it could be retained as guest accommodation or for a dependent relative, or indeed perhaps as a private office.


Approached over a gravelled driveway between fine granite gate piers, White House is set in large, incredibly private, walled gardens extending to over 1.25 acres. This rare ‘oasis’ must represent one of the finest private gardens in Falmouth, and is home to a profusion of mature trees and shrubs, with many being of a sub-tropical variety. A pathway meanders through the trees near the perimeter, from one side of the house, to the other.


Mains water, drainage, electricity and gas. Ground source heat pump for swimming pool.


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