A large Victorian family house at the centre of the Lamellen Estate with high ceilings, seven bedrooms, a snooker room, tennis court and large swimming pool. Superb barbecue patio next to the pool and extensive grounds. Lamellen House will make the perfect large family gathering with plenty of space for all the generations. Dog friendly with large gardens.
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Originally listed in the Domesday book, the current house is an 1849 rebuild from a previous 1698 construction. The property is a picturesque gothic style with leaded windows and many character features. This will be your own stately home for the week, complete with snooker room, two large reception rooms both with imposing open fireplaces and one even has a Beckstein grand piano. There is a large indoor heated swimming pool and external patio with barbecue and dining area. The grounds are extensive and include a pond, which is not fenced so small children should be supervised, a tennis court, mature trees and a fine collection of magnolias and rhododendrons with 18 acres in total to explore. The garden is a Cornish woodland Spring garden, at its best in March, April and May.
With excellent access to the A39, all of the delights of the north Cornwall coast are within easy reach. The golden sandy beaches are plentiful from Trebarwith Strand to Newquay and you are thoroughly spoilt for choice. The quaint fishing village of Port Isaac is 10 minutes away and is famed for being an artist's retreat and a film location for the likes of Doc Martin and Poldark. Padstow, and Rock, on the opposite bank of the Camel Estuary are both well worth a visit and there is a plethora of restaurants to suit all tastes, from Michelin starred fine dining to cosy Cornish pubs with great home cooked food.
Ground Floor: Enter through a covered porch into the large entrance hall which houses a fine collection of Victorian stuffed birds. The entrance hall extends to the rear of the property where the large staircase sweeps up to the first floor with two tiger skins, traditional to the period, mounted on the walls. From the entrance hall are doors to two elegant reception rooms both with leaded windows and magnificent open fireplaces, comfortable seating and in one there is a Beckstein grand piano. There is also a corridor with access to; a snooker room with 10' x 5' table, dining room with door to the garden, WC with hand basin, rear stairs to first floor, study/dog room, large kitchen with 4 door Aga and electric double range oven, door leading to swimming pool building, with kitchen area and large dining tables with doors opening onto the patio and barbecue area, large heated swimming pool with changing rooms and shower.
First Floor: Large landing with doors to; Master bedroom with 6' half tester bed, dressing room and Jack and Jill bathroom which is shared with a zip and link twin bedroom which can be turned into a 6' double. Double bedroom with 5'6" half tester bed, beautifully carved and made around 1640 with en suite. Zip and link twin bedroom which can be turned into a 6' double with en suite bathroom. Zip and link twin bedroom which can be turned into a 6' double with en suite bathroom. Two twin bedrooms with 3' beds and wash basins.
Exterior: Large patio area with seating, sun loungers and two barbecues outside the swimming pool building. Extensive gardens with mature trees and lawns, pond which is not fenced so small children need to be supervised, all weather hard tennis court, 18 acres of Cornish Spring gardens and woodland and an impressive collection of magnolias and rhododendrons. Parking for up to 10 cars.
Facilities & Services
The kitchen has a large range of units & work tops. There is a 4 door gas Aga and a large, range oven with gas hob and electric ovens, a further gas hob, a microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, an American style fridge freezer with an integral ice maker, washing machine and tumble dryer. The reception rooms have large flat screen digital TVs with Freesat & DVD player. WiFi is available at the property. There are further TVs in most of the bedrooms. The swimming pool has further kitchen facilities including a 3 oven gas cooker, a large fridge/freezer and a dishwasher.
Electricity, heating, bed linen and towels, both bath and swimming, are included but you will need to provide your own beach towels. The heating is via a Biomass system. Wood is supplied for the fires. There is parking available for at least 10 cars on the drive. Regrettably there is no smoking. A maximum of 2 well behaved dogs may stay at a small additional price of £30.00 per dog per week. A third dog may be considered by the owners depending on size, please contact the office for more information. Please note dogs may not be left unattended in the property or allowed upstairs. There are cots and high chairs available on request. There are a number of zip and link bedrooms which may be made up as doubles. The pool is heated to 28° during the summer and 29° during the winter, you can increase the temperature by up to 5° at a cost of £30 per 1° per week.
General Booking Information
Arrival / Departure is normally a Thursday.
Short breaks are available during quieter periods.
£1000 pre-authorised to your credit or debit card as a security deposit is required.
Low occupancy discounts based on groups of 8 or less using a maximum of four bedrooms if staying for 7 days outside the peak season
Lamellen (listed grade II*) is a rebuilding in 1849 for J P Magor of a house originally built in 1698 for Samuel Furnis. The two-storey house is built in a picturesque Tudor-gothic style with gables, mullion and transom windows, and high chimney stacks. It is constructed in stone rubble with granite ashlar dressings and stands on a level platform cut into the south-west-facing slope at the head of the Lamellen valley. The site of Lamellen was recorded as a house and parcel of smallholdings in the Domesday survey, but detailed records for the site survive only from 1698, when the core of the present house was constructed. The informal woodland and valley gardens lie to the east, south, and west of the house, and are concentrated in the valley to the west of the house. The gardens include Moor Plantation, a former shelter belt of Pinus radiata to the north of the drive, which was incorporated into the garden in the late 20th century. Lawns planted with groups and specimen trees and shrubs including rhododendrons and magnolias slope north-east from the carriage court to a secondary drive which enters the site from the north-east. Beyond the drive, east of the house, the gardens are separated from ornamented pasture by a fence, while south-east of the house a tennis court approached by a flight of steps is terraced into the north-west-facing slope. The gravelled carriage court is extended round the south side of the house to form a wide terrace supported by a stone wall, below which a grass slope descends to a pond 50m south-west of the house. The grass slopes to the north and north-west of the house have been planted with deciduous trees to provide shelter, while the garden is enclosed to the north-west by a bank of conifers.
Lamellen House is situated about a mile from St Tudy a quaint Cornish village, the church around which the village was built was first constructed in the 6th century and then rebuilt in the 11th, 15th and latterly 19th centuries, the village has been built around the original Celtic circular raised graveyard - known locally as "God's Acre!" St Tudy is believed to be the birthplace of Captain Bligh of the "Mutiny on the Bounty" fame! The St Tudy Inn (formerly the Cornish Arms) will welcome you in for a refreshing drink, a hearty meal or both!
Wadebridge was originally a market town. It has an amazing 15th century bridge with 17 arches over the River Camel, which is definitely worth a visit. It is said the bridge was built on wool as this was how the wealthy landowners in the area made their money. From the day the bridge was built the town became known as Wadebridge. The Royal Cornwall Show ground at Wadebridge hosts the county show every June, come rain or shine, opened each year by a member of the Royal Family. Cornish Farmers have had to diversify in recent years and so has the show, but they have kept their traditional roots with steam engines being shown next to the shiny new high-tech tractors. It's not every day you get to see formation JCB digger dancing in the main ring.
Both Wadebridge and nearby Camelford are centrally located in order to explore the nearby hills and moors. Wadebridge is the perfect base, being the half way point, from which to discover the Camel Trail, a walk and cycle track following the old railway route from Bodmin to Padstow. There is wonderful scenery and plenty of wildlife, including fantastic sightings of wading birds to see on this serene trail and bikes can be hired from Bodmin, Wadebridge or Padstow. From Padstow you could take a boat trip across the Camel Estuary to Rock, and lounge on the beautiful beach that stretches all the way around to Daymer Bay. The National Lobster Hatchery neighbours Rick Steins empire in Padstow.
The National Trust have three properties nearby, Lanhydrock House, Trerice and Carnewas and the dramatic cliffs and beach at Bedruthan Steps. Or if you fancy something different try a tour around the Camel Valley Vineyard, Cornish Wine has been growing in stature around the world and their sparkling wines are truly stunning, having picked up lots of international awards, go for a tasting you will not be disappointed!
Bodmin Moor is a couple of miles away to the East and is dominated by large granite tors which tower over sweeping expanses of moorland. Bodmin Moor has engendered fear and awe throughout history and hence provided inspiration for writers, poets and sculptors. Standing stones, burial chambers, clapper bridges cottages and farms across the moor give a hint of the 4000 years of human development ever since Bronze Age farmers first arrived.
Port Isaac is about 4 miles to the North West and this has recently been the base of filming for "Doc Martin" with Martin Clunes, there are a good selection of cafes shops and pubs. Further up the coast there are all of the golden beaches and coves between Polzeath and Tintagel with some of the best surf in Europe.
Bodmin lies a few miles to South West and has a large selection of supermarkets, shops and restaurants.
Nearest Railway Station: Bodmin Parkway – half an hour away
Nearest Airport: Newquay – half an hour away
Exeter Airport and Station is an hour away
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