A former vicarage that has been transformed into a stunning riverside home has gone on the market for £1.895m.
The Swallows and Amazons-style property sits right on the banks of the Tresillian River in the picturesque hamlet of St Clement, Cornwall.
The seven-bed house, called the Old Vicarage, has spectacular views of the river from the front and directly behind it is the 14th century St Clements parish church.
This £1.859 million seven-bedroom property sits on the banks of the Tresillian River in St Clement in Cornwall
The current owners have used the 6,698sq ft property as a guest house having completely renovating the house
The house, pictured centre, overlooks the banks of the Tresillian River and lies in the shadow of St Clement church
The current owners have run the property as a guesthouse, but it could easily be sold to someone looking for a lifestyle change or run as a business.
The property has 6,698 sq ft of accommodation with an open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room, library/study and seven bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms.
There is also an annexe with a kitchen/dining room, sitting room and three bedrooms.
The owners have completely renovated the house in their 12 years there, adding energy efficient air source heat pumps that supply hot water and underfloor heating.
St Clement is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, a conservation area and a site of specific scientific interest.
Matthew Rowe, from estate agents Rohrs & Rowe, said: ‘The Old Vicarage is in a really pretty riverside hamlet. It’s only about a mile from the centre of Truro but it feels like you’re right out in the countryside.
The house has been fitted with an air source heat pump which supplies underfloor heating as well as hot water
The property also features a coach house which could be transformed into additional accommodation subject to planning
After being sold by the church, the property was runs as a cafe before being refurbished by the current owners
The property has almost 7,000 square foot of space and is only a short distance from the sea, so is deal for boat owners
The mature garden, pictured, offers plenty of scope for entertaining during the summer months
The main living area looks out over the garden to the rear of the property and offers plenty of space to relax
According to the estate agents handling the sale, some parts of the property date back to the 1500s
‘With the church and thatched cottages, the hamlet looks very much like it would have looked back in the 1800s so it has been used as a film location.
‘The Old Vicarage was sold off from the church years ago, it’s a very old building but the owners have thoroughly renovated and partly rebuilt it.
‘It’s had a huge amount of work done to it and they’ve transformed it into something very special. The quality of workmanship throughout is outstanding.
‘They run it as a guest house and it has been a cafe in the past as well, but the way it has been designed it was always intended to revert back to a residence.
‘But that gives lots of options for a buyer.
The house is only about a mile away from Truro which is about five hours from London’s Paddington Station
Estate agent Matthew Rowe said: ”It’s in a beautiful little spot. The gardens are very pretty, there’s lovely riverside walks from the house in both directions to Tresillian in one direction and Malpas in the other’
According to Mr Rowe: ”You can access the water directly there, it’s quite shallow there but you can keep a little rowing boat and it’s perfect for paddleboarding’
According to Mr Rowe, he is seeing an increase in the number of people leaving the south east and moving to Cornwall
According to Mr Rowe it would be possible to use the main house as a guest house with the new owners living in the annexe
‘We’re seeing a lot of buyers from the south east being attracted to move down to Cornwall for that lifestyle change. But that move often involves leaving behind a highly paid job or maybe working less hours so having something that can provide an extra income works very well for those buyers.
‘This you could carry on running it like a B&B or you could rent out the annexe as a holiday let or a longer term let, or you could live in the annexe and run the main house as a guesthouse.
‘There’s also the original coachhouse which could be turned into additional accommodation.
‘It’s in a beautiful little spot. The gardens are very pretty, there’s lovely riverside walks from the house in both directions to Tresillian in one direction and Malpas in the other.
‘It’s a magnificent location, right on the water and very picturesque, but it’s a really sheltered spot so you don’t get battered by the winds.
‘You can access the water directly there, it’s quite shallow there but you can keep a little rowing boat and it’s perfect for paddleboarding.
‘For keen sailors, Malpass is probably the closest place you can keep a bigger boat but Mylor Creek, which is a major sailing area, is only about eight miles away.’