North Helford, Falmouth - Guide £1.65m
Alta, Treviades, Constantine TR11 5RG
Extraordinary Scandi style Eco home in a very private and beautiful setting. Exceptional and unspoilt views to the East, West and South taking in Polwheveral Creek leading to Port Navas and the renowned Helford Passage.
Inspiringly designed with a brilliant detached studio.
As featured in The Sunday Times.
Built in 2013 to an exceptional specification
Open plan kitchen/dining room
Boot room and Cloak/WC
Principal bedroom with en suite bathroom, dressing room and private balcony
Guest bedroom with en suite bathroom and access onto balcony
Three further bedrooms
Extra-wide integral double garage
Exceptional detached studio with office (66 sqm/710 sqft)
Mature landscaped gardens running to over 1.5 acres
Terraces and large level lawn
Private drive with ample parking
+ Full Description
Alta is set within about 1.5 acres but unlike newer builds the beautiful gardens have been developed and matured over a period of about fifty years. Exceptional and far reaching views towards the Lizard Peninsula take in Polwheveral Creek on the Helford River Estuary besides the surrounding unspoilt countryside.
Built in 2013 and incorporating granite and cedar wood, this wonderful home combines thermal efficiency with Scandinavian styling, an air-source heat exchanger heating both the ground and first floors via under-floor heating. The property has its own private water source from a borehole and UV filtration system. All the doors and windows are Scandinavian and of a very high quality with a powder-coated aluminium finish.
Alta is designed around light and nature and first impressions on arrival are of rural exclusivity and privacy. At night the sounds of owls, foxes and badgers can be heard, and pheasants frequently visit the gardens and deer can be seen on occasions. Alta’s position and height above sea level enables the observation of weather fronts a considerable distance away and the absence of light pollution allows clarity of the constellations as well as orbiting satellites. The property is approached via a quiet rural lane. The electric gates are remotely, and code accessed. There is a large gravelled parking area in front of the house and an extra-wide double garage.
The reception hallway makes an impression with two aspects of double height Velfac glass in the hallway flows light from multiple angles into the large galleried area and oak staircase. The sitting room has oak floors and wood burning stove. Both sitting room and the open plan kitchen living area have an expanse of full length Velfac windows that slide open welcoming the outdoors into the home and converging onto the triangular Travertine terrace. The open plan kitchen and living room is particularly special and also has a wood burning stove. There is an exceptional central island with a granite surface, wood burning stove and a Rangemaster 110 oven.
There are a total of five bedrooms and a family bathroom. Two of the bedrooms have en suite bathrooms (both with baths and showers). Two of the bedrooms share a balcony (of about 6m in length) and the principal bedroom suite has its own private balcony with an exceptional panoramic view of about 220 degrees.
Behind the house is a truly exceptional detached studio. The available light has been artfully designed to cascade from three 14ft high bespoke rooflights and compliment the horizontal light. The studio also enjoys views through the beautiful gardens and orchard to the rolling hills beyond. This is an exceptional open plan space with a wood burner, glass fronted electric heaters and an en-suite shower room which has electric under-floor heating.
Gardens and Grounds
The house is surrounded by a stunning garden. The paved terrace flows onto turfed grass within which there is a pond. To the right of the property there is a secluded orchard. Beside the studio is a big wood shed and log store. There is enough wood and logs at Alta for years and owing to Alta’s exceptional thermal efficiency even one log burner will raise the temperature within the whole house. There is a gardener’s WC on the side of the house and separate wooden huts that encloses the borehole, water accumulator, UV filtration system and the air source heat exchanger.
Alta is set in the heart of the sought-after North Helford zone. The Helford River, Falmouth Bay and the Fal Estuary are the perfect playgrounds for watersports enthusiasts. Whether it is sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, waterskiiing, fishing, wild swimming or diving, you can do it all in this wonderful corner of Cornwall. There are excellent facilities for livery and horse riding within one mile of Alta. The climate is one of the mildest in the United Kingdom, ensuring some of the most spectacular gardens in the country including four of national repute at Trebah, Glendurgan, Carwinion and Penjerrick.
Alta is perfectly located only a few minutes’ drive from the charming creekside village of Port Navas (where the Yacht Club has pontoon berths, moorings, slipway and restaurant) and within a short walking distance (350 meters) to a bus stop providing frequent services to local schools and towns. The well-known Potager Gardens with its wonderful people, café, cuisine, art-studios as well as classes in yoga and botanical art is only about 300 meters from Alta along a tree-lined rural lane.
The nearby village of Constantine (1.5 miles) has a post office, village pub, church, shop and the famous Constantine Stores wine merchants. The seaside university town and port of Falmouth is just 5 miles away and in recent years has featured in the Sunday Times UK’s best places to live in. Truro is 12.5 miles away and is Cornwall’s Cathedral City. It provides the main business links for Cornwall and offers an excellent range of shopping, commercial and schooling facilities, besides a mainline rail link to London Paddington. Truro provides the mainline railway links to London Paddington (4 hours 18 minutes) besides an overnight sleeper service. Newquay Airport provides daily flights to London Heathrow.
Mains electricity including Three Phase. Private drainage and water (from a borehole through UV filtration system). An air source heat exchanger heats both the ground and first floors via zoned under-floor heating