The location The Helford River is a very special place. Not only is it designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but also a site of special scientific interest and special area of conservation where, uniquely, major environmental groups and organisations come together to protect, monitor and develop the river and its surrounds.
The Helford River and, in particular Helford Village, is a remarkably sought after area for many reasons. Perhaps its greatest asset is the tranquillity of the location which has changed little over the years with colour washed thatched and slate roofed cottages clustered around the tidal creek leading south from the main river. Families return to Helford year after year and generation after generation, perhaps the greatest of which is to take advantage of the exceptional sheltered creeks and inlets off the Helford River, which is ideal for day sailing.The river also caters for larger yachts who enjoy its sheltered anchorages and moorings with several beaches near the mouth.
The river opens into Falmouth Bay from where the Carrick Roads with Falmouth and St Mawes at its mouth, and the River Fowey are both within easy sailing distance, as are many beaches and coves along the coastline. Parts of the surrounding area are owned by The National Trust and the South West Coast Path continues along the edge of the Helford River to St Anthony-in-Meneague and Gillan Harbour as well as on around the end of the Lizard Peninsula which transforms from soft undulating countryside to towering cliffs and rough seas.
The popular and very active local sailing club organises regular racing during the season along with many other activities. A passenger ferry links Helford village to Helford Passage on the other side of the river where there is an inn and walks lead to the gardens of Glendurgan and Trebah. The Shipwright's Arms inn sits beside the water's edge in Helford and there is also a local village shop. The market town of Helston is about 10 miles away and offers a full range of shopping and commercial facilities including a full range of schooling, a local hospital, supermarkets and a sports centre. This is one of Cornwall's best loved and most sought after villages, totally unspoilt, with activities for all ages along the sheltered, south Cornish coast.
The property Hotch Potch is a remarkable property whose enchanting appearance of a centuries old thatched house nestling beautifully into its Creekside surroundings, belies its more recent origins.
This fine detached house was in fact built in 1964 for a prominent local solicitor and since 1977 has been much loved by the current owners who have used it for holidays as well as a main residence, during the last forty years.
Hotch Potch was re-thatched in 2016, above stone and granite lower elevations and a rough rendered first floor with thatched canopies and granite lintels over the windows. The delightful façade is enhanced by the addition of external window shutters, window boxes and climbing plants to create a truly picture postcard house and setting.
The owners' love of their house is seen in their no expense spared approach to the building of the stunning contemporary conservatory which is perfectly positioned to make the most of breath-taking views over the Helford River. The large sitting room is more traditional with its solid oak floor and fireplace and again with staggeringly good views.
Renowned local craftsman Richard Winfrey built the luxurious kitchen in a dove grey painted wood topped by granite worktops. Upstairs are three bedrooms including a large dual aspect main with windows and double doors forming a Juliette balcony which faces the Helford River. There is also great scope to expand, creating a three dormer attic master bedroom suite under planning permission re PA10/04246.
The outlook is truly world class as below the house are the pretty cottages in the village hugging the shoreline of the tidal creek which is dotted with birdlife and traditional rowing boats. On the opposite shoreline are magnificent mature trees but the area that instantly draws one's gaze is the uninterrupted view across and down the main portion of the Helford River to protected countryside beyond. The view is filled with large moored yachts, sailing dinghies and general water activity, all surrounded by some of the uk's most glorious countryside.
To make the most of Hotch Potch's position, our clients have created a deep decked terrace facing the view and this links into further slate terraces at the side of the house and across its front. Steps with attractive modern banisters descend down to the village and the remainder of the garden at the front of the house is filled with specimen plants. The house can also be approached by car along Orchard Lane where there is parking behind a sliding gated entrance for two vehicles. At the edge of the parking area there is a detached thatched studio with glazed doors facing the view.This has operated as a home office but is adaptable for many uses.
Accommodation in detail (all measurements are approximate)
From the drive a pathway leads across the rear of the house to a glazed door opening into...
Reception hall Windows around two sides, oak flooring, oak staircase descending to the ground floor and three oaks steps up to the landing, built-in oak seating and coat hooks, spotlights. The staircase descends past an oak bookshelf before arriving at...
Living room 23' 2" x 15' 3" (7.06m x 4.65m) Two large windows facing out over the creek to Helford River and countryside. Oak Floor, open fireplace with a carved wooden surround, mantel and tiled hearth. Concealed radiator, archway to the kitchen and broad opening with decorative surround to....
Dining conservatory 14' x 13' 3" (4.27m x 4.04m) maximum. A fantastic addition to the property with a curving rear wall, radiating double glazed roof and fully double glazed wall facing out over the mouth of the creek and down the Helford River. Double glazed door and window to the side, pair of double glazed doors onto the sun terrace, area of exposed granite wall, heated stone tiled floor with a digital thermostatic control, opening roof windows.
Kitchen 13' x 8' 8" (3.96m x 2.64m) Fitted by Richard Winfrey Kitchens in a dove grey painted wood topped by granite worktops. Built-in 'Miele' dishwasher and a range of 'aeg' appliances including an American style fridge/freezer with filtered water and ice dispenser, a microwave oven, dual fan oven and grill and plate warmer. 'aeg' plate hob, deep white ceramic sink with brushed steel mixer tap over. Ceiling spotlights. Spotlights in the glass fronted cabinets, granite upstands, blue and cream tiled splashback behind the hob. Dual aspect of three large windows, one of which has a window seat below it and faces out over the mouth of the creek to the Helford River and woodland. Heated stone floor with a digital thermostatic control. Glazed stable door that leads under a canopy to....
Utility room UPVC double glazed obscured window, areas of exposed granite wall, quarry tiled floor. Space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer.
landing Galleried over the staircase with an oak handrail, curved edge to the ceiling on one side. Two pendant lights. Access to roof space. Door to three bedrooms and ...
Shower room Fully tiled walls and heated tiled floor that extends into a wet shower area with glass screens and door, ceiling mounted chrome rain head mixer shower and additional hand shower attachment with recess for toiletries. Concealed cistern WC with a granite shelf above. Bespoke light blue cabinets with lattice fronts topped by wood and granite worktops with a square white ceramic Lefroy Brooks wash hand basin with integrated period style tap. Behind the wash hand basin is an elegant surround with lit glass shelving and a lit mirror with an electric shaver point to one side. Broad window to the side facing a magnolia tree and also giving views to the creek.
Bedroom one 17' x 13' (5.18m x 3.96m) Recently improved by the addition of a near 9' wide double glazed tall set of windows, the centre two of which open inwards forming a Juliette balcony facing straight down the Helford River. Further window overlooking the mouth of the creek, woodland and the Helford River. Three built-in wardrobes. Electric radiator. Recessed lighting. Telephone point.
Bedroom two 10' 1" x 7' 6" (3.07m x 2.29m) Broad window overlooking the creek and Helford River. Electric radiator. Recessed wardrobe.
Bedroom three 11' 9" x 8' 2" (3.58m x 2.49m) Dual aspect of two windows overlooking the creek, the Helford River and woodland. Built-in wardrobe and desk with mirror fronted cabinet and drawers beside. Electric radiator.
Goddess house Detached from the main house but displaying the same character under a re-thatched roof with shuttered windows and doors. A pair of double glazed doors which face down the Helford River open into...
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|Houses||£96,632 (3)||£206,020 (15)||£377,668 (25)||£477,920 (27)||£640,390 (10)|
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