Nr North Cornish Coast - Guide £1.5m
Blowinghouse Mill, Perrancoombe, TR6 0JQ
A sublime conversion of a former corn mill between Mithian and the north coast beaches at Perranporth and St Agnes.
As featured in the Sunday Times and Country & Townhouse Magazine
5 bedrooms – 5 bathrooms
Open-plan kitchen-dining room
First floor sitting room
Separate guest accommodation
Large quadruple garage/workshop
Ample parking for over 10 cars
Private gardens and meadow
In all about 2.5 acres
Ground source heat pump
+ Full Description
Conveniently situated in the parish of St Agnes between the breathtaking north coast and the cathedral city of Truro, Blowinghouse Mill enjoys a secluded position in a lush valley between the quiet village of Mithian and the beaches at Perranporth and St Agnes.
The nearby village of St Agnes is a vibrant and lively community with a wide range of shops, bars, restaurants, a primary school and of course the beaches at Trevaunance Cove and Chapel Porth. The long sandy surfing beach at Perranporth is about 1.75 miles away, and there is a golf course up above the sand dunes. The pretty and unspoilt village of Mithian is a 15-20 minute walk away up the valley with it’s charming Miner’s Arms pub, while Truro with it’s shopping, schooling and mainline railway station is about 8 miles away.
Perranporth beach – about 1.75 miles, Mithian – about 1.75 miles, St.Agnes – about 2.25 miles, Truro – about 8 miles, Newquay Airport – about 15 miles
Communications to Cornwall have greatly improved over the last decade, with daily flights to London Gatwick from Newquay airport, an overnight ‘sleeper’ rail link from Truro to London Paddington and the main A30 carriageway now dual carriageway from Exeter to just north of Truro.
Blowinghouse Mill is believed to have been built around 1790, and was operated as a corn mill until it ceased operations in the 1960’s. In 1989 it was acquired by a nursery gardener who planted the grounds, and remained in his ownership until the current owner bought it in 2015 for this very thorough restoration and enlargement. The bespoke water wheel was digitally patterned from the original pieces discovered in the floor beneath it and the leat system was refurbished to take the water away. A photographic archive of the restoration is held by the owners.
This beautiful former water mill has been restored and extended by http://www.williamscreativehomes.com/ with great sympathy and creativity. Clad in cedar and larch with exposed stonework and glazed elevations under a slate roof, it is a fabulous recreation of a former corn mill that is part of Cornwall’s industrial heritage.
The interior has been finished with an obsessive attention to detail, with floors being limestone and porcelain-tiled, engineered oak, and reclaimed parquet in the first floor sitting room. The walls have been decorated by a heritage painter using Farrow & Ball.
The double height, galleried entrance hall forms a very impressive centrepiece with floor-to-ceiling glazed elevations at both ends and a chunky open-tread staircase. The kitchen-dining room features hand-built cabinetry with a full range of Miele ‘one-touch’ appliances, a large ‘island’ unit with Zebrano hardwood top, and a wood burner. Close to the kitchen is a useful laundry and shower/wc, with a boot room inside the front door.
The sitting room is on the first floor, with an open vaulted ceiling, gorgeous reclaimed parquet floor, south facing balcony, large woodburner, and huge dual aspect window overlooking the gardens and pond.
The magnificent principle bedroom suite is on the first floor and has its own roof terrace, dressing room, separate wc and a mezzanine bathroom with walk-in shower, and Hurlingham copper freestanding bath and hand wash basins.
The remaining bedrooms are on the ground floor, with three in a wing overlooking and opening out into the south courtyard, and a fifth bedroom (or playroom) in the original part of the mill with exposed stone wall, window into hall and its own en suite shower room. On the first floor next to the sitting room is a study or 6th bedroom if required.
The house incorporates much of the latest technology and thinking with underfloor heating on the ground floor, ‘rainfall showers’, a Sonos and Bowers & Wilkins multi-room sound system, LED lighting, a central fan extractor system, ground source heat pump, and much more besides. There is also a 10 year Buildzone warranty in place.
Detached from the main house and occupying a cedar-clad building which also houses the quadruple garage/workshop, is the separate guest accommodation, spread over two levels with a large deck above the stream and looking across into the meadow.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
For over 25 years prior to the current ownership, Blowinghouse Mill was owned by a nursery gardener, who planted a great variety of trees and shrubs in the gardens, with many of these being sub-tropical. This has resulted in a mature, lush, wooded environment with the highlight perhaps being the tall Monkey Puzzle tree, which sits opposite the restored water wheel, and overlooking the large pond. From the main drive to the house, a lower drive leads down to a further parking area and a vehicular bridge into the meadow, which sits on the opposite side of the stream from the mill. The south and east elevations of the mill are set around an enclosed courtyard garden, with the cedar-clad building housing the garage/workshop and guest accommodation on the opposite side.
From St.Agnes: Take the B3285 towards Perranporth. Ignore the turning to Mithian coming out of the valley and take the next turn on the right towards Perrancoombe, about 1.25 miles after leaving St.Agnes. Follow this road downhill, forking left just before the ford in the bottom of the valley. The private drive to Blowinghouse Mill will be found on the right hand side after another 400 metres.
From the A30 at Chiverton: Take the A3075 for Newquay, then the B3284 to Perranporth. After passing Higher Golla Touring & Caravan Park, take the second turning on the left to Perrancoombe. At the bottom of the hill turn sharp left and follow this lane into the valley. The private drive to Blowinghouse Mill will be found on the left hand side after about 500 metres.
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Ground source heat pump. Fibre broadband (20.6 MB per second)
Strictly by appointment with Jonathan Cunliffe. Prior to making an appointment to view, we strongly recommend that you discuss any particular points which are likely to affect your interest in the property with a member of staff who has seen the property in order that you do not make a wasted journey.