Byways overlooks Gorran Haven from the top of Bell Hill at the entrance to the village, opposite the tennis court (no need to book, just turn up!) and playing field, complete with play equipment for young children.
This house has been a feature of the landscape since well before most of the newer village was built, the position carefully chosen to take advantage of a south-facing view. It has recently been brought up to date whilst retaining the internal doors and other reassuring original details. The heating throughout is electric with wall-mounted radiators.
It has a really lovely big open lawned garden with a slate patio and outside dining area. Croquet set and lovely aspect - or stay indoors at look at the weather passing over the bay and hills opposite, from warmth & comfort of iindoors. It is a lovely house for all seasons.
There are four bedroms (three kings, one twin-bedded) and three bath or shower rooms (a family wet room and two en suites). Although the house can sleep 8, the main living area is more suited to groups of 6-7 or less. The house would suit anyone looking for level ground-floor bedroom and bathroom access.
The gravelled driveway off Bell Hill has a gate and the parking area has room for two cars. A slate paved entrance area with two steps leads to the front door which opens into the hallway.
Immediately on the right, there is a good sized utility area with coat hooks and storage, a washing machine and ceiling mounted drying rack. On the left is the family wet room with wc, glass screen and tiled walls and floor.
Further along is the main hallway – a large space with staircase, church pew and antique writing desk – lit from above with velux windows. The watercolour paintings are the work of one of the owners.
The open-plan living room is on the south, seaward side of the house, overlooking the garden and with spectacular views beyond.
The sitting area has two sofas, a coffee table and a 32-inch (80-cm) flat screen TV and DVD player. There is a wood-burning stove on the outer wall between this and the dining area which is within a glazed bay, with sliding glass doors leading to a glazed-in balcony.
The kitchen is to the left of the living area and has cream fitted cupboards, black work surfaces, a ceramic hob, a separate built-in oven and grill, integral fridge-freezer, microwave oven and all the usual kitchen equipment.The flooring throughout is sustainable pale grey compressed bamboo. The garden door opens off the dining area, with steps leading down to a grassed terrace above the main lawn, suitable for outdoor dining (barbecue provided), games (such as badminton or croquet) – or just sitting with a glass of wine. See garden notes below.
The ground-floor bedrooms all lead off the central hallway.
Bedroom one is on the right as you enter. It is carpeted and has a kingsize (5 ft, 150cm) bed with upholstered headboard and large bay window overlooking the garden hedge on the Bell Hill side. There is a dressing table in the bay, touch lights above the bed and original fitted cupboards with hanging space. There is an en suite wet room similar to the family wet room.
Bedroom two on the left is also carpeted (as are all the bedrooms) and has a kingsize bed (5 ft, 150 cm), upholstered headboard and window overlooking the low stone wall and fields beyond. There is a chest of drawers and bedside tables with touch lights. The en suite carpeted bathroom has a bath with electric shower over and a wc.
Bedroom three on the garden side of the house also has a kingsize (5 ft, 150cm) bed and a window overlooking the garden and sea views. The walls are painted a soft green and it has an original fireplace (not functional), an original fitted cupboard and a dressing table, as well as bedside tables and touch lights.
The stairs and landing are carpeted. There is a mezzanine level reading space with comfy chair, accessed by ladder – but please note that there is no balustrade so access is restricted to adults at their own risk (the ladder can be removed to restrict access).
Bedroom four is on the left at the top of the stairs and has twin beds and a window overlooking fields on the seaward side of the house. It has a dressing table and a wardrobe and is carpeted.
There is a large second sitting room or children’s TV room on the other side of the landing, with velux windows, an electric piano, a games chest - carpeted to deaden any sound. A lovely space to escape to!
Outside and garden
The house is approached on the north side with a driveway and parking area off Bell Hill. Down either side of the house paths lead to the garden. Cornish hedges form the boundary on two sides of the triangular plot. There are rainwater ditches along both boundaries.
On the south side of the house is a large lawned garden, part of which has been levelled to make a grassed terrace suitable for playing games, while the rest forms a gently sloping lawn down to a conifer hedge along the bottom. The hedge has a dip cut in to the top to frame the view across the quiet grazing fields to the sea beyond.
There are several young fruit trees on the east side and plenty of open space in which to relax or run about. The main part of the garden is enclosed, except along the side paths, and can be seen from the house. A gate can be closed across the driveway blocking access to the road, but small children should be closely supervised, of course.
There is a water butt in which to rinse wet suits, and a rotary washing line.
Bell Hill is the hill leading all the way down to the beach, (my son and his friends fly down it on cycles etc. in very short - & alarming – time), on foot at a normal speed it takes about 10 minutes to walk down. A 2 minute drive to the village car park is the alternative option.
Gorran Haven is loved by families in Summer for the lovely safe and sandy beaches and the surrounding cliff walks and more secluded beaches are forgotten, but here in Byways you are reminded all the time of the big stretch of coastal landscape - rightly designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a lovely circular inland and coastal walk from the front door.
- Parking - private
- Parking - trailer/RV/Boat parking
- Washing machine
- Bed linen provided
- DVD player
- CD Player
- Private Garden
- BBQ Grill
- Wood stove
- Central heating
- Towels provided
- Sea view
- Rock climbing
- Horseback riding
16 Jun - 30 Jun
6 Jan - 10 Feb
30 Jun - 7 Jul
10 Feb - 17 Feb
7 Jul - 14 Jul
17 Feb - 31 Mar
14 Jul - 21 Jul
31 Mar - 14 Apr
21 Jul - 1 Sep
14 Apr - 5 May
1 Sep - 8 Sep
5 May - 19 May
8 Sep - 15 Sep
19 May - 26 May
15 Sep - 22 Sep
26 May - 2 Jun
22 Sep - 20 Oct
2 Jun - 16 Jun
20 Oct - 27 Oct