One of the finest and highly distinguished 5 / 6 Grade II listed villlage houses providing exceptional water views towards the Greenbank and Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. Impressive and spacious accommodation spread over 3 floors with generous enclosed rear garden and sun terrace.
Believed to be one of the largest and lovliest in this attractive terrace of period houses, Kempthorne House is a distinguished Grade II Listed village house of classic style and character and retains a wealth or original detail including small-paned windows, panelled doors, cast iron fireplaces and a concealed 'smugglers' hole in the first floor sitting room. The spacious five / six bedroom accommodation is laid out over three storeys and most of the principal rooms enjoy a sunny south-westerly outlook across the river and moored yachts towards Greenbank Quay and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.
The house is set back from the road by an enclosed terrace whilst at the rear of the house is a large enclosed paved courtyard, on one side of which is a self-contained single-storey outbuilding / workshop overlooking its own private garden and enjoying independent access via a side passageway. Above this courtyard, stone steps lead up to a wonderful private mature garden, some 160ft in length, which also enjoys southerly views across the village and harbour towards Falmouth.
During our clients tenure an extensive refurbishment programme has been commissioned and recently completed. A brand new extension has been created at the rear of the property forming a delightful, part open plan, kitchen / dining area with french doors leading to the enclosed rear sun terrace, a perfect spot for alfresco dining. Some internal configuration has also been created with the old kitchen area now moved into the rear extension this now has created an additional reception room at ground floor level. Within the ground floor is a charming open space, adjacent to the staircase which would make a perfect library or home office. There is rear access from this area into the rear storeroom and in turn the alleyway which leads to the front of the property.
At first floor level there are 2 bedrooms, a family bathroom and a large reception room or master bedroom. On the second floor there are 3 more bedrooms and another family bathroom. The loft space above this is extremely spacious provides ample storage if required. Externally the property has also undergone significant improvement works with the creation of a beautiful sun terrace area with central pond whilst the main garden area has seen wonderful improvement with the addition of a summerhouse, with power, water and lighting, together with a very impressive water view.
To summarise, this is a unique opportunity to acquire what we consider to be one of the finest period houses in this incredibly charming harbour-side village and as such we would recommend an early internal inspection to fully appreciate the character, charm and generous proportions this impeccable family home has to offer.
Flushing owes its name to 17th century Dutch builders who came to construct piers and sea walls and settled there. The village subsequently became a place of style and refinement where the captains of the Packet Ships and their families lived. Today the village still retains that touch of class with its tastefully renovated 17th and 18th century houses and narrow winding waterside streets. It also enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect and is reputed to have one of the mildest climates in Britain. It is reputed that the house was built circa 1770 for a Captain Kempthorne, a Packet Ship Captain from an old West Country family with a long and distinguished history of Naval Service.
Just after war broke out with the French in 1793 it was not unusual for gangs of tinners to roam around demanding food due to the rising cost of wheat. A mob of 300 descended on Flushing and it was Captain Kempthorne who prevented a riot by leading them to hymn-singing as they were all staunch Wesleyans. Captain Kempthorne was a great friend of Sir Edward Pellew, another great sailor and Royal Naval Captain, who is renowned for seizing the French ship 'La Cleopatre'. As he lived next door, a connecting staircase was constructed between the two houses. In August 1794 Kempthorne set sail in his Packet Ship but was surrounded by a squadron of French frigates. Captured and imprisoned, he fell ill and died of a fever. When the news reached Flushing, Lady Ursula Redwood in the book. 'Trefusis Territory', records "the whole neighbourhood was deeply stressed, for he was a popular man". His wife Katherine Kempthorne has her signature etched, apparently by her engagement ring, in a pane of glass in the hallway.
The following services are available; mains water, electricity and drainage. BT landline and internet connected. Oil fired central heating via a combination boiler.
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