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2 Bed Apartment - Grove Place, Falmouth

KEY FEATURES

  • Extremely rare opportunity
  • Gracious ground floor apartment
  • Falmouth's most historic building
  • Level walk to town centre
  • Full of charm and character
  • 2 bedrooms
  • Beautiful surrounding gardens
  • Car port garage and parking

DESCRIPTION

An exceedingly rare opportunity to secure a gracious and highly characterful ground floor 2-bedroomed apartment in this historic Grade II Listed building, set within beautifully stocked and maintained walled gardens, with car port garaging and additional parking, perfectly situated within close proximity and a totally level walk of Events Square and the town centre.

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Listing (Grade II) for the property states, Grade House, for a time semi-fortified, 1385 acquired by the Killigrews, mostly rebuilt 1571 by Sir John Killigrew, first governor of Pendennis Castle; partly destroyed by fire and reduced during the Civil War and partly rebuilt after, extended during the 18th Century, neglected during the 1970s eventually suffering a serious fire at the Manor end; 1978 repaired by Percy Williams, builders, of Redruth..... In the 18th Century the right-hand range of the right-hand courtyard (Apartment 3) was doubled within the courtyard concealing the mullioned windows (which remain an internal feature) .

THE PROPERTY

Apartment 3 occupies a prime ground floor position in this fine building with windows and front entrance door from the traffic-free courtyard, and a further entrance and windows form the beautiful, sub-tropical rear gardens which enjoy a sunny westerly aspect and where a broad slate sun terrace is included within the curtilage, immediately adjacent to the apartment.

Beautiful features including the granite mullioned windows, solid timber doors, arched windows and a granite fireplace testify to the history and quality of the apartment, whose gas centrally heated accommodation briefly comprises: picturesque entrance with climbing wisteria, reception hall, magnificent 23'7 x 13'11 living room, double aspect kitchen and dining room, bathroom/WC, and inner hall leading to two bedrooms, one with en-suite washroom.

An entrance driveway for the five residents, together with just one other property to the rear, leads to allocated open-fronted garaging, in addition to which Apartment 3 benefits from an additional designated parking space. We are advised the lease is 999 years commencing circa 1984; the maintenance charge for 2016 was approaching £1,000, and the managing agents, Percy Williams & Sons Ltd, are prepared to consider the sale of the freehold to the five leaseholders.

The vendors have been so enamoured with the style of living provided within Arwenack House that, over the years, they have owned three out of the five properties, and are now only selling for health reasons. Consequently, we strongly recommend interested prospective purchasers arrange an early viewing appointment as the exceptional rarity of properties becoming available for sale in Arwenack House cannot be overly-emphasised.

THE LOCATION

Arwenack House occupies a privileged position a level walk from the 'entrance' to the town, close to Customs House Quay, the harbourside and Events Square, directly opposite, home of the National Maritime Museum. Falmouth Town railway station is 'around the corner', a short walk beyond which is the Princess Pavilion, Gyllyngvase Beach and seafront. A level walk along Bar Road leads to Pendennis Point, a beautiful circular walk around which leads to Pendennis Castle, and which provides stunning views over the Carrick Roads, and out to sea.

THE ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES

(All dimensions being approximate)

From the front, gravelled, traffic-free courtyard, with double gates from the front boundary, ornamental box hedging and shrub borders, a timber porch with ornamental lattice screening and semi-circular pebble threshold leads to the:-

ENTRANCE HALL

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Part glazed front entrance door. Two tall built-in broom cupboards and double shelved storage cupboard with modern electrical consumer unit. Exposed ceiling beam, magnificent arched granite doorway to the living room, solid timber door to the:-

BATHROOM/WC

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Attractively appointed with a complementary three-piece suite including a low flush WC, wash hand basin with mixer tap, and panelled bath with antique-style mixer tap and shower. Part tiled walls, attractive arched window with obscure glazing and deep sill to the courtyard, internal granite mullioned window, tall towel rail/radiator, wall light points.

LIVING ROOM

7.20m x 4.26m (23'7 x 13'11 )

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A charming and extremely elegant room with triple mullioned window to the front elevation. Magnificent granite fireplace with inset real-flame gas fire, granite hearth and timber lintel. Beautiful exposed stonework with granite quoins and granite mullioned recess to the kitchen. Double radiator, TV aerial sockets. Broad opening to the kitchen/dining room.

REAR PORCH

Small paned glazed casement door with matching side screens opens from the living room into a porch with further glazed casement door to the gardens.

KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

5.33m x 3.00m (17'5 x 9'10 )

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The second measurement narrows to 2.62m(8'7 ) in the kitchen area. Another delightful living area, double aspect, with deep silled casement window to the front elevation and broad arched window to the courtyard. Double radiator.

KITCHEN AREA

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Comprehensive range of fitted base and wall units including broad peninsula unit with concealed recess under with plumbing for automatic washing machine. Inset sink unit with mixer tap and cutlery drainer. Recesses for fridge and freezer. Stoves four-ring electric hob with illuminated filter canopy over, with glazed display cabinets to either side. Fitted plate shelving, tiled splashbacks, Stoves eye level double oven and grill with further cupboards above and below. Ceramic tiled flooring, Worcester Bosch High Flow 400 gas fired boiler providing domestic hot water and central heating. Door to the reception hall.

INNER HALL

Exposed stone walling continuing from the living area, granite mullioned internal window to the bathroom, double radiator, solid timber doors to the bedrooms.

BEDROOM TWO

2.52m x 3.88m (8'3 x 12'8 )

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Second measurement taking into a broad almost full height window, with secondary double glazing, enjoying an attractive outlook over the patio to the gardens beyond. Built-in double wardrobe with hanging rail, shelf and storage lockers over. Additional open-fronted storage.

BEDROOM ONE

4.02m x 3.37m (13'2 x 11'0 )

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Another charming, double aspect room, full of intrigue and character, with magnificent cut granite fireplace. Secondary double glazed windows to both the side and rear elevations, providing an attractive outlook over the surrounding grounds. Two radiators, built-in drawers, double wardrobe with hanging rail, shelf and lockers over.

Lobby area with further exposed stonework and granite doorway. Door to the:-

EN-SUITE WASHROOM

Low flush WC, wash hand basin, wall mirrors, pelmet lighting, radiator and extractor fan.

THE EXTERIOR

Immediately to the western side of the apartment, there is a sheltered columned entrance to the rear porch, and, we understand, a privately owned patio, ideal for outside dining, with extends to a second set of granite steps, with pathways which lead across the beautifully tended lawns to the entrance driveway and nearby parking area. Outside water tap and useful implement store with light and power connected.

ENTRANCE DRIVEWAY

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Solely for the use of the residents of Arwenack House and Barton, leading through the attractively stocked and landscaped gardens, which feature a mass of mature flowering shrubs and specimen trees, including azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, palm trees, holly and fruit trees etc.

REAR PARKING AREA

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We understand Number 3 benefits from an allocated parking space, as well as the central bay of the open-fronted garaging.

FRONT COURTYARD

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A picturesque and historic traffic-free area with double timber gates from the roadside, providing access to the front door of Apartment 3.

GENERAL INFORMATION

SERVICES

Mains electricity, water, drainage and gas are connected to the property. Telephone points (subject to supplier's regulations). Gas fired central heating.

COUNCIL TAX

Band D - Cornwall Council.

TENURE

999 years commencing circa 1984. We understand the terms of the lease does not allow short-term (holiday) letting. Maintenance charge: approaching £1,000 for the most recent year, 2016, to include ground rent (£50), apportioned buildings insurance, gardening, window cleaning and standard maintenance. We have been advised by the managing agents, Percy Williams & Sons Ltd, all non-standard items of maintenance are charged on a 1/5 basis to each of the five leaseholders.

POSSESSION

Immediate vacant possession upon completion of the purchase.

VIEWING

By telephone appointment with the vendors' Sole Agents - Laskowski & Company, 28 High Street, Falmouth, TR11 2AD. Telephone: 01326 318813.

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There is no EPC available for this property.