Architect: Roger Hocking
With an extraordinary position on the banks of the Port Navas Creek, this four-bedroom detached house sits in approximately two acres of terraced gardens with beautiful views of the water. This distinctive cedar-clad and stone house was designed by renowned local architect Roger Hocking in 1985.
Approached via a short drive and fronted by a hard-standing with space for a number of cars, the house is well-settled in its environment and orientated to maximise the views of the creek. Double-height ceilings clad in wood create a fantastic sense of drama inside, whilst wrap-around balconies and connected patio areas capture the dramatic scenes of the enchanting landscape.
Accommodation is divided over three storeys, with entrance at ground floor level to a wonderfully proportioned L-shaped living room containing the reception, kitchen and dining space. Long stretches of timber-framed windows ensure engaging views from every room. The reception area centres around a towering chimney stack, fitted with a wood-burning stove, that sends heat through the core of the house.
The top floor has two good-sized bedrooms, both equipped with en-suite bathrooms and decked balconies. On the water-side, the chalet roof overhangs a section of the top-floor balcony to provide some shelter from the weather, creating a versatile outdoor space.
The lower-ground floor houses a large fourth bedroom, separate utility room and an integrated double garage.
The gardens that surround the house are made up of a series of stepped terraces and lawns cut into the gently sloping site. Across an access lane behind the house, there is a beautiful wooded primrose meadow and field that belong to the property. The land extends right down to the water’s edge, where there is almost 400 ft of river frontage and two licenced moorings. The land is owned up to the mean high-water mark.
Approximately 250 yards from the house, towards the western boundary, there is a self-contained studio equipped with a bedroom, living room and kitchen. The Studio is not included in the sale – it is on a separate title – but is potentially available by separate negotiation. The studio has its own section of private garden, separate vehicular entrance and parking area.
The pretty village of Port Navas itself comprises a handful of stone cottages at the head of the creek, beside its very own village hall and yacht club with restaurant. The renowned Duchy Oyster Farm that is situated on the historic stone quay opposite the house. The nearby villages of Constantine and Mawnan Smith provide a good range of shops and amenities, whilst the harbour town of Falmouth with its beaches, yacht marinas, Maritime Museum and Royal Cornwall Yacht Club is also close at hand.
Port Navas Creek itself is a tributary of the beautiful Helford. The river has a number of deep-water moorings, and is home to the Helford River Sailing Club. There are two local waterside pubs; the thatched Shipwrights pub on the south side of the river and the Ferry Boat Inn on the north side. Much of the countryside surrounding the Helford Estuary is owned by the National Trust and is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, flush with an endless number of creek-side and coastal walks that are within easy reach.
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 a popular overnight sleeper service. Newquay Airport is less than an hour’s drive and provides daily flights to London Gatwick.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.