An exciting and extremely rare opportunity to purchase a pair of striking Grade II Listed traditional thatched cottages situated in the heart of the quintessential Cornish fishing cove of Cadgwith.
Located moments from the idyllic Cornish fishing cove of Cadgwith are this distinctive and appealing pair of thatched cottages which reputedly date back to the 17th Century and which still retain many of their original character features. Although in need of renovation and updating to realise their full potential the cottages offer a very rare and fantastic opportunity to discerning purchasers.
Currently arranged as The Kiddleywink and Old Dolphin Cottage, the cottages could conceivably be adapted to create one large residence subject to any necessary planning permissions or consents being obtained. We are advised that Old Dolphin Cottage has been used previously as a holiday let and this may appeal to purchasers who wish to generate an income stream.
Kiddleywink is an historical Cornish term for the small pubs or beer houses that emerged following the 1830 Beerhouse Act and which were reputed to be the haunts of smugglers, whilst Old Dolphin Cottage presided over a pilchard cellar with its historical cobbled floor.
The charm and historical significance of both cottages is reflected in their Grade II Listing with Historic England which draws particular attention to their thatched roofs, serpentine exposed rubble walls, gabled porches and many other period features.
The Kiddleywink comprises a kitchen area, dining room, and a lounge whilst upstairs are two bedrooms and a WC. A bathroom area, utility room and workshop whilst a strong room can be found at lower ground floor level.
Old Dolphin Cottage has a lovely sitting room with a magnificent fireplace, a kitchen and adjacent dining area with sea glimpses and a bathroom on the ground floor. Upstairs there is a master bedroom which currently leads to a dressing room that enjoys an outlook across neighbouring properties towards the cove and sea beyond.
A real feature of the cottages are their delightful gardens which range from a sunny enclosed cottage garden to the front to shades of the Secret Garden to the side which enjoys a good degree of privacy and is of a size at odds with its proximity to the heart of the village. Beneath Old Dolphin Cottage the former pilchard cellars provide a generous storage area and potential parking which is a real bonus with parking being at a premium at times in the village. Further parking may be feasible to the rear of the cottages subject to securing the necessary permissions and consents.
Cadgwith has its origins in medieval times as a collection of fish cellars in a sheltered south east facing coastal valley with a shingle cove. Fishing subsidised local farmers' livelihoods. From the 16th Century the village became inhabited with fishing as the main occupation. Subsequently houses, lofts, capstan houses and cellars, constructed by local stone or cob walls and thatched or slated roofs, were built along the beach and up the sides of the valley leading to Cadgwith's characteristic Cornish fishing village appearance. In recent times a very small Anglican Church was built dedicated to St Mary.
Today Cadgwith functions as a small fishing cove with fishermen seen bringing in their haul and working on their boats. Also the Cove has an extremely popular public house which is home to the famous Cadgwith Singers, who are well known for their repertoire of traditional folk songs. For day to day needs the village of Ruan Minor is a short distance away and boasts an active community with many clubs, societies and organisations, primary school, local store/post office, Anglican Church, Methodist Chapel and doctor's surgery.
In the area is the National Trust's picturesque Kynance Cove, the village of The Lizard, which is mainland Britain's most Southerly Point and the stretches of golden sands at Kennack. Comprehensive schooling is available in the nearby village of Mullion, which lies approximately four miles distant, where there is a doctors' surgery, pharmacy and a good selection of shops. The market town of Helston is approximately ten miles away and includes a good range of amenities having a sports centre with indoor swimming pool and a variety of national shops and supermarkets.
OLD DOLPHIN COTTAGE
THE ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES (DIMENSIONS APPROX)
Step up to a gabled porch and feature front door to
5.94m x 2.82m (max) (19'5" x 9'3" (max))
A lovely room full of character, beamed ceilings and period detailing which boasts a magnificent local stone inglenook fireplace with a large timber chamfered lintel, a cloam oven, firedogs and an impressive local stone hearth. There are two windows each with window seats that enjoy a sunny outlook across the front garden. Doors off to the bathroom, staircase and
KITCHEN / DINING AREA
An open plan room comprising
2.95m x 2.64m (plus recess) (9'8 x 8'8 (plus reces
A fitted kitchen comprising working top surfaces incorporating a stainless steel sink with drainer and mixer tap over, tiled splash backs and cupboards and drawers under and wall cupboards over. Spaces are provided for a cooker & dishwasher whilst there is space for a free standing fridge freezer. There are beamed ceilings, a cooker hood, a window with window seat to the side aspect, vinyl flooring and a door to a storage cupboard containing plumbing for a washing machine.
2.95m x 1.96m (max) (9'8 x 6'5 (max))
A dual aspect room enjoying lovely sea glimpses over neighbouring properties within the cove. With a beamed ceiling and an internal door to the sitting room
3.18m x 1.93m (plus window recess) (10'5 x 6'4 (pl
White suite comprising a 'P' shaped panelled bath with a curved shower screen, tiled splash backs, an electric shower, a pedestal wash basin with a mirror & shaving light over, and a low level WC. There is a chrome heated towel rail, an electric down heater, stone effect vinyl flooring, a window with window seat to the side aspect, partially tiled walls and a door to a storage cupboard with shelf.
A staircase rises up to the
4.39m x 4.19m (max) (14'5 x 13'9 (max))
A light and airy double bedroom of generous proportions with exposed beams, a window to the front aspect, some restricted height, a storage cupboard with a hanging rail, eaves storage and the immersion heater. There is a latched door to the
DRESSING ROOM / OCCASIONAL BEDROOM
4.39m x 3.15m (max) (14'5 x 10'4 (max))
Enjoying elevated views across neighbouring properties towards the Todden, Cadgwith Cove and the sea beyond. There are aged beamed ceilings and period detailing with some restricted headroom and doors to a cupboard with eaves storage.
To the front of the property lies an enchanting cobbled garden enjoying a sunny aspect and enclosed by local stone walls with established plants and shrubs at its borders. There is an outside tap, a courtesy light and an attractive name plate and door furniture on the entrance door to the cottage. A pair of double timber doors beneath Old Dolphin Cottage lead to the former pilchard cellar with its traditional cobbled floor and which now provides an invaluable, generously sized storage area or a workshop with power. Alternatively it could be used as a parking area which is seldom seen so close to the centre of the village. A gate to the side of the property leads around to the rear of the cottages where there is an area traditionally used for storage. Beyond this the pathway leads on to the delightful secluded former orchard garden which is enclosed by local stone walls, mature hedging and trees and affords a good degree of privacy.
THE ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES (DIMENSIONS APPROX)
A gabled entrance porch and front door lead to
3.38m x 2.74m (max) (11'1 x 9' (max))
With a window to the front aspect overlooking the garden, a coat rail, openings to the staircase and kitchen and a latched door to
6.15m x 4.01m (narrowing to 2.34m) (20'2 x 13'2 (n
A triple aspect room with beamed ceilings and period detailing which enjoys a pleasing outlook to the front, side and rear aspect. The focal point of the room is the fabulous local stone Inglenook fireplace with stone hearth and period timber lintel. There is alcove shelving and a raised storage cupboard.
3.25m x 2.64m (max) (10'8 x 8'8 (max))
In poor condition and currently comprising wall and base units, a stainless steel sink with drainer and mixer tap over (not known if in working order), a window to the rear aspect, the fuse board, a storage cupboard with shelving and an airing cupboard with slatted shelving, which houses the water heater (not known if working). Latched door to
LOWER GROUND FLOOR
A staircase descends to the inner hallway with doors off to
2.95m x 2.67m (max) (9'8 x 8'9 (max))
In poor condition and not known if in working order. The area comprises a panelled bath with an electric shower and tiled splashbacks, a low level WC and pedestal hand basin. There is a painted beamed ceiling, vinyl flooring, a window to the rear aspect and an internal frosted window to the utility area.
3.58m x 1.83m (plus recess) (11'9 x 6 (plus recess
A useful space with plumbing for a washing machine and frosted window to the bathroom area.
6.60m x 2.29m (including strongroom) (21'8 x 7'6 (
With a cobbled floor and period detailing a useful workshop space with power, a stable door to the rear of the property and a door to the strongroom which also has power to it.
A staircase rises to the first floor landing with doors off to
5.72m x 3.66m (max) (18'9 x 12 (max))
A light dual aspect room with a pleasant outlook over the front and side gardens. There is a built in wardrobe, some shelving and some areas of restricted headroom.
5.54m x 2.21m (max) (18'2 x 7'3 (max))
With a window with an elevated outlook to the rear aspect, loft hatch access (which we are advised has been boarded out), a shelf with a drawer under, a door to a built in closet with a hanging rail and shelf pver and some restricted headroom.
With low level WC, a mounted wash hand basin with tiled splashbacks, mirror and shaving light, partially tiled walls and window to the rear aspect
There are a pleasant blend of flowers and shrubs adjacent to The Kiddleywink, whilst across the access pathway lies a further area of garden enclosed by a hedged bank and containing mature shrubs and plants. Steps lead down the side of the cottage to a lovely side garden with a lawned area which is enclosed by local stone hedging, mature trees and shrubs and enjoys a good degree of privacy. Adjacent to the rear of the cottage lies an area traditionally used for storage whilst to the side is a brick built potting shed.
Mains electricity, water, drainage.
We are advised that there is an access path that runs across the front of the cottages to the adjacent Ship Cottage.
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DATE DETAILS PREPARED
21st September 2021
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