Description An extremely rare opportunity to acquire The Old Vicarage at idyllic Talland Bay in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the south Cornish coast. Formerly the vicarage of Talland Church, which stands nearby, the property is part Georgian and part Victorian and has much earlier origins. A large Victorian style conservatory is the only recent addition. The Old Vicarage has a long and colourful history - with vicars alleged to be involved in the smuggling trade and a curate who turned out to be bogus and left many local couples doubtful as to their marital status after he absconded with the vicar's silver. The property has many original period features and unusually for a historic property of its size and importance it does not have listed status which presents the opportunity either to modernise it as a classic period property or to transform it internally to state of the art modernity.
The property is detached and approached from the public road by a long driveway terminating in a parking area for several cars. The main house comprises four reception rooms, a large conservatory and kitchen on the ground floor and six bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor. Linked to the main house at both ground and first floor, the annexe comprises one reception room, scullery and kitchen on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. The main house and annexe have separate council tax assessments. Externally there is a range of outbuildings comprising coach house, stables with hay loft, a former piggery and a single garage - the outbuildings are in need of repair and restoration and present opportunities to create holiday or staff accommodation, subject to planning consent. The land extends to a little under two acres and comprises two substantial areas of garden the first being roughly in line with the rear of the house which was formerly a vegetable garden adjacent to the church and a mature flower garden. The second and larger area is the field overlooking the sea on part of which is a small vineyard (approx. 200 vines) which was productive until two years ago, when maintenance ceased, and which could be put
back into use if required. The field also has a large group of magnificent Monterey Pines, now officially regarded as characteristic of Cornwall - some of these trees are 100 years or so in age and some were planted in the late 1990s when Cornwall Council encouraged landowners to plant new Montereys to replace those which had reached the end of their natural life.
This is a truly unique opportunity to purchase a historical part of Talland Bay which itself has celebrity residents who have quoted Talland Bay as "Ancient and Mystical" and "One of their most favourite places in the world". Viewing is naturally essential to see what this sizable and intriguing property has to offer.
Main entrance The main timber panelled entrance door leads into a vestibule where there is mosaic tiled flooring and a further timber door with obscure and stained glass windows into the main hallway.
Hallway The main hallway has doors to the principal rooms and a doorway to the annexe / servants quarters. The hall also has a typical Georgian staircase to the first floor landing and a door to a ground floor cloakroom. There is a
dado rail with Lyncrusta panels below and original wooden panelled doors to all the rooms.
Lounge 21' 3" x 13' 11" (6.48m x 4.24m) Large and bright room with decorative coved ceiling, picture rail, extravagantly large ornate Victorian timber fire surround with shelving, original "bell pulls" either side of the fireplace to call servants, wall mounted electric heater, an original sash window to the side aspect and double glazed bay windows overlooking the rear garden.
Dining room 14' 6" x 12' 3" (4.42m x 3.73m) Large bright formal dining room which has French doors to the conservatory. There is a marble fire surround and brick insert, the fireplace is open with potential to reinstate as a working fire. The dining room also has picture rail and offers copious space for dining furniture.
Drawing room 16' 5" x 14' 6" (5m x 4.42m) Used as a music room with picture rail, decorative timber fire surround and an open fire place. There are French doors which, like those in the dining room, lead out to the capacious conservatory.
Conservatory 24' 5" x 16' 0" (7.44m x 4.88m) Large modern conservatory which is fully double glazed including opening roof windows. The conservatory has dimmable lighting as well as two electric ceiling fans with lights. The floor is fully tiled and there is space for an extensive array of furniture. This is a fabulous addition to the house and its upvc French doors open directly to the rear garden's level lawn. Provisions are in place to add outside lighting from the conservatory.
Kitchen 11' 9" x 7' 4" (3.58m x 2.24m) The main kitchen is to the front aspect of the house and has a matching range of wall and base mounted abinets with under-cabinet lighting, stainless steel sink drainer with mixer tap, tiled splashbacks, built-in electric oven and inset four ring electric hob with extractor above, space for under counter fridge and freezer, brick fireplace, ceiling mounted spotlights and a upvc double glazed window overlooking the driveway to the front.
Study 9' 11" x 8' 0" (3.02m x 2.44m) Yet another ground floor reception room, previously used as the vicar's study, the room has a picture rail, dado rail and an original sash window to the front aspect overlooking the driveway. Many years ago when the room was being prepared for re-decoration the removal of old wallpaper revealed two hand painted murals believed to have been created by the last vicar who resided at the vicarage in the 1940's and which are now preserved in-situ.
WC Between the study room and the lounge is a cloakroom with relatively modern low level flush w/c. There are two hand wash basin dating from the Victorian era which would benefit from refurbishment if they were to be kept. There is a window to the side aspect of the property.
Pantry The servant's quarters are entered via a passage off which there is the outer lobby and large larder. The lobby has an exterior door leading to the side of the house and an internal window looking into the larder. The larder has original features such as the cold stone flooring and meat hooks attached into the ceiling where the room would have been used for cool storage of all manner of food stuffs. There is a built-in cupboard and an original Georgian window to the side aspect. There is also a door from the passage to the cellar rooms.
annexe lounge 14' 10" x 11' 10" (4.52m x 3.61m) Another spacious room which would have once been the servant's lounge and still retains all but one of its original bells for calling upon the servants services. The room has an Inglenook fireplace with a log burner installed and there is stone flooring and a window overlooking the front garden area.
Annexe kitchen 14' 7" x 10' 4" (4.44m x 3.15m) The annexe kitchen is another good sized room and has the original stone flooring, a inset fireplace, Belfast sink, Georgian sash window overlooking the front garden, stairs which lead up to the first floor and a door through to the lean to scullery.
Scullery & WC What would have once been a room for the servants to wash dishes and clothing the scullery has a toilet room and a door leading to outside of the property. The room has a Georgian window to the side aspect.
Cellar rooms Accessed from the hallway of the servant's quarters there is a door with stairs leading down to two adjoining cellar rooms, these rooms appear very dry and ideal for storage of belongings or as a wine cellar etc. There are lights installed.
First floor accommodation
bedroom 1 15' 4" x 12' 7" (4.67m x 3.84m) The larger of the eight bedrooms this room has a decorative fire surround and cast iron grate, picture rail, built-in wardrobe and a upvc double glazed window overlooking the rear garden.
Bedroom 2 14' 1" x 12' 6" (4.29m x 3.81m) Another spacious double bedroom also at the rear of the house. There is a picture rail, built-in wardrobe, decorative fire surround with cast iron fireplace and a upvc double glazed window to the rear aspect overlooking the rear garden.
Bedroom 3 14' 1" x 11' 8" (4.29m x 3.56m) Bedroom three is typical Victorian with its bay windows to the rear aspect overlooking the garden. There is a decorative timber fire surround with inset cast iron fireplace. The bay windows are double glazed.
Bedroom 4 14' 1" x 10' 9" (4.29m x 3.28m) Yet another double bedroom, this time to the front aspect. The room has a decorative fire surround with tiled insert and cast iron fireplace. There is a picture rail and two timber sash windows overlooking the drive and front garden.
Bedroom 5 10' 4" x 9' 4" (3.15m x 2.84m) The smallest bedroom in the house but still a generous size compared to many of today's homes. The room has a picture rail and a timber sash window to the side aspect.
Bedroom 6 annexe 13' 9" x 12' (4.19m x 3.66m) The larger of the two bedrooms in the annexe servant's quarters. The room has a coved ceiling, airing cupboard housing a hot water cylinder and a Georgian sash window overlooking the driveway. Door to inner
landing where the servant's stairs go down to the kitchen.
Bedroom 7 annexe 14' 5" x 7' 9" (4.39m x 2.36m) Bedroom seven is a double of "l-shape" with coved ceiling and mantle over the fireplace A Georgian sash window overlooks the front garden and driveway.
Bedroom 8 13' 9" x 12' (4.19m x 3.66m) Bright double bedroom with picture rail and a Georgian sash window to the side aspect.
Bathroom annexe The main bathroom is partly tiled and has a panelled bath with mixer tap, separate wall mounted shower and controls, glazed shower screen, pedestal wash hand basin and an airing cupboard housing a lagged hot water cylinder. There is a fire surround with a cast iron fireplace installed and a timber framed window to the front aspect.
Annexe bathroom The annexe / servant's bathroom has coloured suite, coved ceiling and a crittall window to the side aspect.
WC At the far end of the hall, between bedrooms four and five, is a toilet room which has a small lobby room and then the toilet room itself which has a classic Victorian water closet pan installed with wooden seat and high level flush cistern. A upvc window faces the side aspect.
front The front has a driveway from the lane with stone gate posts and timber gates. The driveway leads up to and passes by a central magnificent Copper Beech tree, a nice feature of the drive, and offers a turning place. The front has mature shrubs and trees to boundaries. There are original buildings alongside the house which were once used as a two storey workshop, a single storey piggery and two garages with timber doors. These outbuildings although currently in a state of disrepair would be ideal to convert for more living accommodation, perhaps holiday lettings to bring an extra income for the new owner. There are two entrances into the front of the house, the main front door and the door into the annexe / servant's quarters.
Rear gardens and grounds The property has approximately two acres of grounds with the majority being to the south and west. There are three main sections, the first being a level lawned area directly behind the house and accessed from the conservatory or side of the property. Beyond this the garden becomes more mature with an array of shrubs such as hydrangeas, camellias and other specimen shrubs and trees. This area is sheltered by high stone walls and has a paved patio. The second area is a vegetable garden which adjoins the churchyard below. The third area is a field which overlooks the sea and coastal path in which there is a substantial number of Monterey (Californian) pine trees of varying ages of up to around 100 years. Monterey pines are now regarded as characteristic of Cornwall and those at The Old Vicarage include young trees planted in the late 1990s when the county council encouraged landowners to plant new Montereys to replace those which were reaching their life span. Fine coastal views can be seen from the field in part of which there is a levelled area where a tennis court once stood. At the western end of the field there is a small vineyard (approximately 200 vines) planted partly with Seyval Blanc and partly with Orion grapevines. Planted in the late 1990s the vineyard has been productive but is now overgrown as maintenance ceased in 2014. It could be put back into production if a new owner desired to do so. The garden and grounds enjoy visits from wildlife such as deer, foxes, badgers, rabbits and many species of birds including pheasants. The natural fold of the land helps to ensure the house is exceptionally well sheltered from the prevailing winds.
Local area and further afield Talland Bay is a small hamlet accessed from a winding lane off the main Looe to Polperro road approximately one mile away. Peace and tranquillity is what can be expected in this quiet area of the Cornish coast. There are two principal beaches in Talland Bay, both are quite small, the one to the west has sand both at high tide and low tide and is good for swimming at any tidal time. There are lots of rock pools to be discovered at low tide. The second beach, to the east, is less sandy and is easiest to swim from at high tide. Here is a ramp for launching boats on the main beach and small boats can also be launched from the beach near Smugglers Cottage. There are small coves and beautiful natural tidal pools to swim in. There are delightful coastal walks - to Polperro 1.5 miles to the west and to Looe 3 miles to the east. Talland Bay itself has a well respected hotel and restaurant and the village has long been a home for a celebrity couple who have been quoted as saying Talland Bay is "Ancient and Mystical" and "One of their most favourite places in the world". People who have visited usually return time and time again. For those that need to commute it is around a half an hour drive to Plymouth where the A38 crosses the Tamar bridge into Devon, from here the road takes you directly to the M5 motorway at Exeter.