The property 'Primavera' or 'Spring Cottage' is positioned end terrace of three, tucked behind the green and nestling in its delightful garden. The current artistic owners have loved living here, having bought it through Heather & Lay 25 years ago.
In this time, the cottage has been expanded and improved to become the exceptional home it is today.
The accommodation is charming and nicely proportioned with 2 double bedrooms plus a superb vaulted ceiling shower room/WC upstairs. Downstairs is a living room with wooden floorboards and gas fired stove, as well as a flexible sitting room/bedroom three, equally suited as a study or work from home office. Beyond the fitted kitchen and living room is a dining room extension, incorporating plenty of storage space and a bathroom/WC and utility room.
All is stylish, of good quality and comfortable with a gas fired boiler fuelling radiator central heating and hot water supply, whilst windows are UPVC double glazed.
The rear garden is a special and relaxing place. Measuring about 160' in length, it is full of colour and interest with some specimen plants and small trees including several fine acers, a tulip tree, crinodendron (lantern tree) and ginko. Wending its way, the garden pathway meanders past the pond, timber sheds and summerhouse with terrace and up to an area left more to nature with its fig tree, bay, apple, pear and bank of buddleia with plenty of primrose and spring flowering bulbs en route. Here we have a 'secret garden' feeling, rising to the highest level with super views back across the valley.
The location Falmouth is a thriving and vibrant town with an eclectic mixture of independent and national shops, many galleries showcasing local art and crafts and an excellent and varied selection of places to eat and drink. Events Square and the National Maritime Museum regularly host activities and events throughout the year including Falmouth Classics, Falmouth Week and the Oyster and Sea Shanty festivals. Falmouth seafront faces south over the Bay with sandy beaches and access to the South West coastal path leading back to Swanpool near to the house. No wonder then, that Falmouth is consistently voted in the top five favourite places to live in the UK.
Swanvale is located on the outskirts of Falmouth in an area of much lower density of housing and large gardens than is the norm today. East Rise is 'off the beaten track' yet a leisurely and short stroll to the nearby shops, bus stops and Penmere Halt train station. The local 'early 'til late' Co-op is ones' excellent 'Corner Shop' and two Primary Schools are close by. Number 19 is privately tucked away behind the open green at the front and one can even walk directly to Swanpool Nature Reserve and beach via a lovely cut through, about 100 yards from the front door!
Swanvale garden suburb During the first quarter of the 20th century the Falmouth Docks & Engineering Co. Had need of a rapidly expanding labour force and a requirement for having to be conveniently situated for access to the docks, via a newly constructed Penmere Halt on the G.W.R. Railway. The 300 acres of land they acquired was originally farmed, with leases going back to 1638 in the Parish of Budock. The Managing Director of the Company, John Silley was a businessman and philanthropist, initiated a proposal that the houses should be built for the employees and owned by them and to this end a 'Building Thrift Club' was formed to which the employees contributed to gather funds until it was possible to start building. The start of the construction of 300 freehold homes was reported in the West Briton dated 14th December 1923, beginning in East Rise. Below East Rise was constructed a sports field with tennis courts and a Pavillion. The report in the London Times Newspaper of 1927 enthusiastically states: "An experiment that is being carried out there (Swanvale) is one of the most important that has ever been attempted in the country to secure the most amicable relationships between employers and employees. It is more than a garden village. It is a garden village and a village by the sea in one. There are now 100 cottages completed." The London architect employed were well known designers in the Tudor, Arts & Crafts tradition with houses influenced by the 1919 Housing Manual. The development incorporated a 'village' green, a crescent and dormer cottages at East Rise.
Accommodation in detail (all measurements are approximate)
Painted panel effect and multiple double glazed door into...
Entrance porch A welcoming introduction with its 'Carrera' marble floor tiles and washed panelling to walls and the pitched ceiling. Coat hooks, built-in locker seat, lighting. Solid wooden painted and panelled stable door with window into......
Hall 'Fired Earth' marble and terracotta tiled and timber floor. Stairs to first floor. Original Pine panelled doors to living room and sitting room/bedroom three/study.
Living room 16' 6" x 10' 5" (5.03m x 3.18m) UPVC double glazed window to front overlooking the garden with quality shutters. UPVC double glazed window to rear looking through the dining room to the garden beyond. Solid wooden floorboards. A 'Gazco' gas fired living coal flame stove sits on a slate hearth, with brick surround and hard wood mantle. Radiator. Picture rail. Semi-circular wall lights. A wide brick archway with double bespoke arch top panelled, rustic doors leading into the kitchen.
Kitchen 12' 10" x 5' 10" (3.91m x 1.78m) A comprehensive range of fitted base and eye level cupboards, drawers and high level lockers with solid beech work tops and inset 'Carron Phoenix' stainless steel sink and drainer with mixer tap. Integrated polished granite cutting board/work surface. Space and plumbing for slimline dishwasher, fridge/freezer and cooker. Terracotta tile floor. Bespoke colour glazed splash-back tiling and painted wooden panelling. An attractive brick arch top area with shelves providing useful recessed storage. UPVC double glazed window and door through to.....
Sitting room/bedroom three/work from home office 10' x 9' 4" (3.05m x 2.84m) A lovely dual aspect room, UPVC double glazed windows to side and front, one with quality shutter. Extensive built-in book shelving. A built-in cupboard houses the 'Gloworm' gas fired boiler fuelling radiator central heating and hot water supply. Radiator.
Dining room extension 20' x 6' 6" (6.1m x 1.98m) Incorporating a dining room/pantry and store with double glazed windows to side and rear overlooking the garden; a stable door to rear and one to side, each painted, panelled and with window. The dining area with space for table and six chairs, radiator. Several excellent built-in cupboards. Painted stable door through to....
Bathroom/utility 10' 9" x 6' 10" (3.28m x 2.08m) Double glazed window to side. A white three piece suite comprising large corner bath with seat and shower mixer, wash hand basin with cupboard beneath and a WC. Space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Painted pine panelling to walls. Electric wall-mounted heater.
Stairs and rail to....
Landing Built-in cupboards. Original pine panelled doors to two bedrooms and through to...
Shower room/WC A lovely timber panelled vaulted ceiling room with double glazed window to the rear plus a high level velux roof window flooding in light. A white three piece suite comprising button flush WC, wash hand basin with cupboard beneath and a walk-in cubicle with electric 'Mira' shower. Shelved recess. Heated towel radiator.
Bedroom one 14' 6" x 10' 4" (4.42m x 3.15m) First measurement into UPVC double glazed dormer window with lovely elevated West facing, Swanpool valley view. Shutters. Built-in cupboard and a curtained, shelved wardrobe area. Former fireplace retaining the painted surround, now closed off and with radiator in front. Picture rail.
Bedroom two 12' 3" x 9' 9" (3.73m x 2.97m) UPVC double glazed window to side. Curtained, shelved wardrobe area. Radiator.
Outside From the green and pavement, a gate and picket fence into a pretty, established garden with several camellias, palms and rhododendron. Archway with campsis radicans (orange trumpet flower), hardy hibiscus and vibernum. Gravelled and paved terrace perfect for a bench seat to enjoy afternoon and evening summer sunshine. Paved pathway and gate around to side and rear.
Rear garden An absolute delight, about 160' (48.77m) deep, wonderfully established and full of interest and colour, gently rising up along a meandering pathway, passing a paved terrace beside the house, and a grassed area with raised fruit bed.
The path wends its way passing a twisted hazel, tulip tree, several glorious acers and a pond with primrose, wild garlic and bluebell around. About halfway along is a Crinodendron (lantern tree) and the...….
Summerhouse Approximately 10' x 8' (3.05m x 2.44m) With windows to front and rear and with its own decked terrace and lovely outlook over the garden and Number 19's roof top into Swanvale Valley and trees beyond.
As one progresses the garden is left more to nature with its fig trees, ginko, black elders, fruit bushes and pear tree adorned with a climbing clematis. Bay tree, wild garlic, honeysuckle, apple tree and hydrangea. At the top of the garden is a bank of buddleia with several butterfly flitting about.
Timber shed 7' x 6' (2.13m x 1.83m) With slate shale sitting area.
Timber shed 9' 7" x 7' 7" (2.92m x 2.31m) Windows to front and side.