The location The Roundfield occupies an incredibly special position with no near neighbours, bordered by fields and with views through the valley and out to sea. It is located on the outskirts, about half a mile from the centre of Mawnan Smith village, off desirable Carlidnack Lane where its individual homes are much sought after.
Roundfield is accessed discretely off the Lane, through an iron gate and granite posts, past its own detached 'lodge' and along a tree-lined 220 yard private driveway to the property. This delightful approach draws away from neighbours and into countryside and valley, enabling a natural and uplifting environment one seldom experiences.
This is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where nearby footpaths run down through unspoilt countryside to Maenporth Beach and to the South West Coastal Path with access to further sandy beaches at Durgan, Swanpool and Falmouth. It is close to the Helford River, one of the most beautiful estuaries on Cornwall's south coast, providing glorious scenery, sheltered waters and moorings for boats with easy access to the open sea and Falmouth Bay.
Mawnan Smith is a much sought after village situated about 6 miles south of Falmouth, 15 miles from Truro and 2 miles from glorious coastline and the Helford River. The village has good local facilities which include a primary school, 14th century church, The Red Lion pub as well as a restaurant, cafe and a Spar shop and a small mixture of individual shops, set around 'The Square', whilst "The Old Smithy", with resident blacksmith, shows local arts and crafts. It is a delightful village with an active community and residents of all ages.
Falmouth has an excellent and diverse selection of restaurants and an eclectic mixture of individual shops as well as national chains, including Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's, together with quality galleries showcasing local talent. Nearby train stations (Falmouth Town and Penmere Halt) provide a convenient link to the mainline at Truro for Exeter and London, Paddington.
Falmouth boasts the third largest natural harbour in the world and is renowned for its maritime facilities which offer some of the best boating and sailing opportunities in the country. Falmouth is consistently ranked as one of the top five places to live in the UK.
The property The Roundfield stands on an historically important site which was at one time an Iron Age fortified farmstead. Its availability presents a unique chance to own an incredibly private detached four bedroom single storey residence which was built in the 1970s and has been expanded and improved by the current owners during their 30 years of contented occupation.
The property is spacious, practical and beautifully kept; lovely 'as is' but also providing a blank canvas for a purchaser who may wish to cosmetically alter to their requirements.
The design is excellent with an effortless flow through living spaces. Large windows provide brightness within and delightful views overlooking its park like gardens, through the valley to Falmouth Bay and St Anthony lighthouse in the distance.
The kitchen is a particularly spacious and pleasing room with its walk-in bay window, aga and space to cook, eat and sit. The generously proportioned sitting room leads via French doors to the conservatory and out into the garden.
Flexibility is provided by the detached Lodge, set well away from the main dwelling it requires some cosmetic uplifting but could provide an independent home for a relative, overspill annexe or indeed income from holiday or long letting.
The 2.5 acre garden and grounds at Roundfield are exceptional. It is undoubtedly a natural and calming setting where all kinds of wildlife are spotted including a recent sighting of a deer.
There is a modern double garage and much parking/storage space plus a timber garage at the approach to the drive. Within the garden are two greenhouses and several fine timber buildings including a workshop and tractor shed.
To the 'seaward' side of the bungalow are excellent areas of terrace to enjoy the surroundings and fine views.
Historical note The Roundfield occupies Carlidnack Round - a scheduled ancient monument of National importance, representing one of the few remaining fortified farmsteads not totally destroyed by later farming activities. Once fairly common, these rounds are remnants of the period in the Iron Age from about 400BC to 600AD. While no specific large scale excavations have taken place at Carlidnack it is likely that its history is broadly similar with so many others in the County a few of which have been excavated.
In an article in Cornish Archaeology when the replacement property was constructed in 1976, Carlidnack Round was described by a local historian as 'the most perfect in the district' and during the time the previous owners had the current property built (completed in September 1976), a watching brief was undertaken by the Cornwall Archaeology Society when builders' trenches produced pottery, now deposited at the County Museum in Truro, probably from the first or second century ad.
These enclosed settlements housed farming communities, presumably with family ties, who occupied their round houses within the perimeter of the site. The farmers were engaged in growing primarily wheat, barley and oats. Cattle and other livestock would also have been present.
Tin smelting and basic iron working were also undertaken in many of these rounds, in the case of Carlidnack some iron slag was discovered during preparatory work in the construction of the present property.
Generally these sites were of some size, Carlidnack is approximately 100 metres in diameter. Originally the surrounding wall would have stood about two metres high topped with a palisade fence, outside there would be a ditch about two metres deep. To construct this work was clearly a great investment in time and energy. It is unlikely there were more than about forty people in this community and why they made this investment is not clear. The original shape of the ground was cunningly used to minimize the work and enhance the size and protection of the Round. On the seaward side the resultant effective wall height might have been as much as five metres.
While possibly the original inhabitants had little time to enjoy the view, certainly the location is blessed with and an attractive outlook across Falmouth Bay to where St Anthony's lighthouse now stands. In defensive terms it is also well sited. The ground slopes down to Maenporth beach from which two small river valleys form a 'V' shape in which Carlidnack nestles. Silting has made those obstacles less of a protection than once might have been the case - nonetheless it is clear the site had been chosen with some care.
Accommodation in detail (all measurements are approximate)
Double glazed door to...
Entrance porch 10' 10" x 5' 6" (3.3m x 1.68m) Double glazed windows overlook the gardens and driveway, polycarbonate double glazed monopitch roof, ceramic tiled flooring, two outside lamps and an opaque double glazed door with windows on either side opening on to the...
Reception hall A welcoming, bright and spacious area of 'L' shape, partially divided by a wide archway. Extensive range of shelved storage cupboards, two radiators, loft hatch access. Telephone point. Doors off to...
Cloakroom Low level WC, wash hand basin in a vanity surround, ceramic tiled floor, two opaque double glazed windows. Radiator. Coat hooks.
Sitting room 21' 1" x 14' 8" (6.43m x 4.47m) Walk-in double glazed bay window overlooking the grounds with uplifting glimpses of the sea. Two windows to side. Natural stone fireplace with a stone hearth on which stands a quality gas stove (bottled propane fired) with wooden mantle and shelf above. Three radiators with thermostatic controls, television aerial points. Twin double glazed French doors to the...
Conservatory 18' 8" x 9' 3" (5.69m x 2.82m) Windows on three sides providing lovely views over the grounds. Twin glazed French doors to the garden, ceramic tiled flooring, polycarbonate monpitch roof.
Dining room 12' 2" x 11' 6" (3.71m x 3.51m) extending to 13' (3.96m) max. Double glazed French doors to the garden with large windows on either side providing lovely views over the grounds and through the valley to Falmouth Bay and St Anthony lighthouse. Radiator. Shelved storage cupboard and further glazed wall-mounted hardwood display cabinet. Twin hardwood opaque glazed doors to the...
Kitchen/breakfast room 21' x 12' 2" (6.4m x 3.71m) first measurement increasing to 24' (7.32m) into wide bay window with view to sea.
A lovely sociable room, likely to be the 'hub' of the home with space to cook, dine and sit. Base level cupboards and drawers with further matching wall cupboards and surrounding laminated worktop surfaces and upstands. Stainless steel sink unit with chromium mixer tap. Breakfast bar. Oil fire Aga with large stainless steel extractor hood, tiled wall splashback and room to one side for an electric cooker. Electric cooker panel point. Space for dishwasher and upright fridge freezer. Built-in shelved larder cupboard. Ceramic tiled flooring. Coved ceiling. Dual aspect with large double glazed picture windows overlooking the gardens. Door to...
Utility room 11' 3" x 5' 6" (3.43m x 1.68m) reducing to 3' 8" (1.12m) to front of cupboards. Double glazed window. Base level cupboards. Stainless steel sink unit. Space for washing machine. 'Trianco Redfyre' oil fired boiler to supply domestic hot water and central heating system. A range of built-in cupboards to one side. Ceramic tiled flooring. Window to valley and Bay. Door to...
Rear lobby Double glazed door to the garden. Ceramic tiled flooring. Deep built-in cupboards. Door to...
Bedroom two 15' 5" x 9' 11" (4.7m x 3.02m) Double glazed door to the front driveway providing this room with independent access (ideal for teenagers etc, or may give the property annexe potential). Double glazed window to side. Radiator with thermostatic control. Loft hatch access. Built-in wardrobes with cupboards above. Built-in dressing table with drawers to one side. Door to...
En suite shower room Fully tiled shower cubicle with boiler fed shower, wash hand basin and low level WC. Ceramic tiled floor and walls. Opaque double glazed window. Wall-mounted radiator.
At the other end of the reception hall there are doors to...
Main bedroom 17' 2" x 11' 4" (5.23m x 3.45m) plus large walk-in double glazed bay window.
Double glazed picture window with view overlooking garden and to sea. Two radiators. A range of built-in wardrobes with cupboards above. Television aerial point. Large walk-in wardrobe and door to...
En suite shower room Fully tiled shower cubicle with boiler fed shower, low level WC and wash hand basin. Tiled walls. Radiator. Electric shaver point. Opaque double glazed window.
Bedroom three 18' 9" (5.72m) maximum to the front of a wall to wall range of built-in wardrobes 12' (3.66m) minimum x 9' (2.74m)
Two double glazed picture windows overlooking the garden. Two radiators. Wash hand basin with cupboard beneath.
Bedroom four/study 11' 10" x 11' 2" (3.61m x 3.4m) Double glazed picture window overlooking the garden. Radiator. Wash hand basin. Double wardrobe with cupboards above. Two wall light points.
Family bathroom Bath with chromium mixer taps, low level WC, wash hand basin and fully tiled shower cubicle with boiler fed shower. Fully tiled walls. Opaque double glazed window.
The lodge Although requiring a little updating, this property provides opportunities for a relative to live independently with a watchful eye from Roundfield. Alternatively, great as an annexe or for holiday letting or long let income.
Partially opaque double glazed door opening onto...
Sitting/dining room 15' x 14' 7" (4.57m x 4.44m) Large double glazed windows, electric night storage heater. Two television aerial points. Door to...
Inner hallway Airing linen cupboard with factory insulated hot water cylinder and immersion heater. Electric night storage heater. Opaque partially double glazed door to the garden. Further doors to...
Kitchen 9' x 6' 7" (2.74m x 2.01m) Base and wall cabinets with roll edge laminated worktop surfaces and a stainless steel sunk unit. Vinyl floor. Space for fridge freezer. Boxed in electric meter. Double glazed window.
Bathroom Panel enclosed bath, white ceramic wash hand basin with tiled wall surrounds, low level WC. Wall mounted electric shower unit above the bath. Two opaque double glazed windows.
Bedroom 13' x 10' 3" (3.96m x 3.12m) to the front of the wardrobes. Double glazed window. Electric night storage heater. Built-in wardrobes. Telephone point.
Outside of the lodge to the right of The Lodge is a gravelled parking area for one/two vehicles and there is a small lawned garden to the rear and one side.
The estate The Roundfield comprises the main dwelling and The Lodge all set in approximately 2.5 acres with outstanding levels of privacy and seclusion from Carlidnack Lane, driveway access through granite posts and an iron gate. To the right of the approach is a.....
Detached garage 16' x 15' 9" (4.88m x 4.8m)
The Roundfield is approached via an impressive 220 metre tree-lined driveway flanked by specimen trees and shrubs including oak, holly, eucalyptus and Japanese maple with cordyline, palm, bamboo, rhododendron and hydrangea. Through granite posts, opening out into the 'Bee Garden' - a natural and lovely area just under half an acre, with a medlar, mature oaks, chestnuts, wild cherry and beech trees.
This area, with its elderly summerhouse, is home to the owners' several hives of bees.
Through granite posts with a wooden gate, opening into...
The round The property is set in the centre of an ancient Iron Age fortified farmstead which describes an almost perfect circle around the property with broad, 'park' like, level, sweeping lawns on all sides bounded by hedging and mature, mostly oak trees, providing shelter and a high degree of privacy and seclusion.
The garden features bushes, flower and shrubs beds and a productive orchard of apple trees, pears, and greengage. Along the back of the property are paved and gravelled sitting areas enjoying complete privacy and delightful surroundings and views towards Falmouth Bay. Beside the house is a splayed gravelled parking and turning area with central, featured covered well and pump. To one side is an....
Attached garage 20' x 16' (6.1m x 4.88m) Remote controlled up and over door, side pedestrian door, power and light. Pitch roof storage.
Behind the garage are various timber outbuildings and two greenhouses.
Tractor shed 13' x 8' (3.96m x 2.44m) approximately. Twin opening doors. Power and light.
Workshop 12' x 10' (3.66m x 3.05m) Pent roof. Power and light.
Store 10' x 11' (3.05m x 3.35m) Power and light.
Playhouse 6' x 4' (1.83m x 1.22m) Low voltage lighting.
Aluminium green house 8' 0" x 12' 6" (2.44m x 3.81m)
aluminium greenhouse 8' 0" x 12' (2.44m x 3.66m)
Several outside taps, courtesy lights.
Oil tank. Propane connection point. Various log stores.