St Allen, Truro -  Offers over £750,000

The Old Rectory, St Allen, Truro TR4 9QX

A detached Georgian former rectory between Truro and the north coast requiring full refurbishment. A rare opportunity and available for sale for the first time in some 40 years.

  • Five Bedrooms 

  • Open plan kitchen/dining room (with Aga) 

  • Sitting room 

  • Large drawing room 

  • Pantry 

  • 2 bath/shower rooms

  • Restored Dovecot 

  • Gardens, meadows and woodland 

  • Private drive with parking 

  • Requires full internal refurbishment 

  • Grade II listed 

  • In all just under 5.5 acres 

+ Full Description


The Old Rectory stands in a glorious rural position between Truro and the north Cornish coast and is set in unspoilt countryside between the villages of Trispen, Shortlanesend and Zelah.

Aside from the unspoilt and sparsely populated countryside, one of the main draws is the proximity to Truro (approx’ five miles) with its private and state schooling, hospital, theatre, mainline railway station, and shops including a flagship Marks & Spencer store and Waitrose. 

The area is now well-served with road links – the A30 dual carriageway just to the north of Truro connects to the M5 motorway at Exeter. Truro has a railway station on the London to Penzance mainline with overnight sleeper service. Newquay Airport provides daily flights to London Heathrow. 

The spectacular north Cornish coast is close at hand where there are a number of fine surfing beaches including Perranporth, St Agnes, Crantock and Holywell Bay.


The pretty St Allen parish church is one of the oldest in Cornwall, and was built in the Norman period, and enlarged by the addition of the south aisle in the 15th century. It is understood the first incumbent to live in the Rectory was probably Richard Buckland who kept a notebook giving daily details of farming and local conditions throughout his residency. This record is preserved in the Cornwall County Records Office and would make a fascinating read for any purchaser.

The current house was originally commissioned by the Church Commission and the Diocese of Truro in the early part of the 18th century, passing into private ownership in 1959 and was acquired by the present family in 1980.


The house is currently laid out with five bedrooms, there is a reception hall, large kitchen-dining room, drawing room, sitting room, 2 bath/shower rooms and pantry. The property retains a host of original feature including window shutters, slate thralls, carved gable fireplace and moulded plaster cornices.

This is an exciting refurbishment project to create a perfect family home set in a very special location; extremely private yet close to Truro and the north coast beaches.


Please note that while we understand the roof was replaced about 20 years ago, and other improvements have been made at various stages, the house now requires full internal refurbishment.


The gardens and grounds extend to just under 5.5 acres and include lawned areas, woodland and pasture. Set within the grounds is a separately listed grade 2 octagonal dovecote which was subject to extensive refurbishment in 2012. The mature gardens were professionally planted in the 1970’s but in latter years have become somewhat neglected and would form part of the refurbishment plan for the house.


From Truro, take the A390 towards St Austell. At the light at the top of the hill turn left onto the A39 signposted to the A30. Just before the village of St Erme, take the left hand turning signposted to St Allen.


Trispen - 2 miles, Shortlanesend about 2.5 miles, Zelah – about 1.5 miles, Truro (City Centre) – about 5 miles, Perranporth – 6.5 miles, Newquay Airport – about 15 miles (All distances approximate).


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