Fine & Country

Guide price

£695,000

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St. Stephens Hill, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15

6 bedroom house for sale

detached House, Fine and Country

6 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

4 Receptions

Key Features

  • Wonderful Georgian residence.
  • Grade II Listed with a rich history.
  • Prominently positioned with elegance and charm.
  • Stunning sweeping staircase, along with a secondary staircase.
  • Two kitchens, one with authentic 1950s appliances
  • Many reception spaces, attic and cellar rooms.
  • Former coach house and circular driveway.
  • Outstanding far-reaching views over Launceston town and Castle and the surrounding Cornish countryside.
  • Attractive grounds and courtyard.
  • Mains gas fired central heating and home office.
  • Within an easy walk of Launceston's 18-hole golf course.
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Property Description

This fine town residence is situated in the popular area of St Stephens. Dating back to the 1730s, the home has an important history, once being the principal house of the parish and with quarters for both gentry and their servants. There is a wealth of character, elegance and charm with many original features visible throughout including wooden floors, granite cills and open fireplaces. One of the main features of the property is the striking original Georgian staircase. St Stephens House was sympathetically extended towards the end of the 18th century, and today would suit those large multi-generational families or those who would have an ambition to generate an income by letting out some of the vast space. There are several reception rooms including the south-facing drawing room and sitting room, and on the first floor five bedrooms and a home office. The single-storey guest wing is known as the east wing and incorporates a bedroom, living/dining room, kitchen and bathroom and a private and sheltered terrace. Self-contained with its own access, it has been set up for use as a holiday let/airbnb, providing income potential. The gardens are most attractive with a circular driveway which provides an eye-catching first impression of the property. The former coach house at the rear can provide parking, a workshop or valuable storage. The property has the benefit of mains gas-fired central heating.

Beyond the impressive facade lies the very spacious accommodation which is accessed via granite steps leading into the slate-floored entrance/conservatory, which is a lovely light and airy space in which to relax enjoying the view. The spacious inner hallway has part wood-panelled walls and a wooden floor. What dominates the first few steps into the property is the imposing double-landed staircase that ascends to the first floor. There are two principal reception rooms at the front of the property. Both of these are very spacious with wonderful large shuttered windows that face south, giving plenty of natural light. Fireplaces are the main focal points. There are two kitchens each having a range of matching units. One located at the rear has been maintained in its original 1950s style with New World appliances to include oven, plate warmer and hob. Adjacent is a boiler room and a utility room. The main light and airy front kitchen is dual aspect and has a mains gas-fired four-oven Aga.

The guest wing is located on the ground floor and is a good size. It comprises of a lounge/dining room which is affectionately known as the “hook room” due to the meat hooks that hang from the ceiling, double bedroom, kitchen and bathroom/WC. It could be easily integrated back into the main house and has access to a delightful sheltered and well enclosed courtyard and cider press.

On the first floor are five bedrooms and a large office which would suit those who work from home. Bedrooms one and two have en suite shower rooms and like all of the remaining bedrooms having built in wardrobes or cupboards. Each of these rooms are large enough to accommodate double beds and have high ceilings with plenty of character. The family bathroom/WC has a matching four-piece suite including a free standing bath and a separate shower cubicle.

Access can be gained to the two large attic rooms via a staircase from the landing. These rooms are suitable for those with hobbies and further storage space is very useful. The cellar has further storage space and a wine cellar with slate shelving.

At the rear is a cobbled courtyard accessed by imposing double gates to the road, in which is the coach house providing a spacious workshop or covered storage for a vehicle.

The gardens are most attractive and are positioned to the front of the property around a fully circular driveway, south facing with the finest views. An attractive original slate-topped stone wall separates the property from the road, giving it added charm and seclusion. Within the circle are many established trees and shrubs and a lawned area, while the outer circle boasts pretty flower beds and a raised area laid to lawn. There is parking space for multiple vehicles. A few steps lead up to the terrace at the side of the property, a delightful space which is fully enclosed and private, and proudly features an original granite cider press.

The following is a quotation from the home owners:

“Living here is a privilege that grows on you when you think back to the people who've gone before, their lives, how they dressed, the current events they talked about. We've loved discovering the house's little secrets over time. It's a lovely spacious, sunny house that feels very private with a strong sense of peace. For us it’s been the perfect location for getting to beaches, all around Cornwall or back to Exeter and beyond.”

The ancient town of Launceston is regarded as the 'Gateway to Cornwall' has a range of educational, recreational, commercial and leisure facilities, as well as a Norman castle and attractive town centre. For further communications the Cathedral City of Exeter is approximately 42 miles distance, and has a more extensive range of shopping and leisure facilities, as well as access to the M5 motorway, mainland rail network to London (Paddington) and further north. Exeter is served by an excellent regional international airport. The continental ferry port and city of Plymouth is approximately 25 miles from the property and again offers extensive facilities as well as regular cross channel ferry services to France and Spain.

Key Information

Tenure:

Freehold

Council Tax:

G

EPC:

E

SERVICES:

Mains electricity, gas, water and drainage.

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