Tregarden, St. Mabyn, was built in 1631 in classic E form. Though replacing an older building, this is probably that rare animal, a complete new build and a fine example of the Jacobean gentry house. It also has the remnants of a gate house. Little altered, it has stone porch, fireplaces, plasterwork, panelling and two first floor 17th Century garderobes hanging over the back. The Victorians made a large farm complex and added a bit to the rear.
Tregarden is Grade II* listed. It is one of those truly magnificent, Cornish manor houses, very carefully and tastefully restored and furnished to provide a comfortable home. Tregarden is perfect for a large family gathering or for a number of families holidaying together.
The house is a mile due west from the centre of St. Mabyn, a small, traditional village, situated in north Cornwall between Wadebridge and Bodmin Moor, with the beautiful Camel Valley to the south and Bodmin Moor to the north. The village is centred on the Grade I listed 15th Century Churh of St. Mabena. Facilities in the village include a good, traditional, pub (for fans of the ‘Doc Martin’ series on TV, this was used in some of the scenes), a post office/shop and a playing field. The village also boasts its own tug o’war team! From St. Mabyn it is just over 5 miles to the pretty fishing village of Port Isaac and a short drive to Polzeath and Rock.
The famous Camel Trail is nearby and can be picked up at Wadebridge. This trail, created from the old rail line, links Wadebridge, Bodmin and Padstow, and is very popular for cyclists of all ages. Cycle hire is available.
The driveway to Tregarden is down a fairly steep farm track with speed humps, however, the house cannot be viewed from the top of this drive and it is not until you reach the bottom of the hill and turn the corner that you come upon the most beautiful Elizabethan shaped house against a backdrop of rolling countryside; it is truly special.
Entrance to the property is via a gateway arch and a straight pathway, flanked by rose beds, takes you directly to the porch of the house. Through the front door into a central passage with, to the left, the living room with huge granite fireplace with wood burning stove, a 17th Century plaster heraldic coat of arms and two large stone-mullioned windows with seats. WiFi.
From the living room to the west wing, with the library to the left. From the hallway there is a stairway to the first floor west wing; a ground floor shower room, with WC and wash hand basin; laundry room with washer, drier and ironing facilities and on to the sun room. The sunroom is a wonderful light room with a star painted ceiling, hand made floor tiles and seating looking out across the garden to the rolling fields beyond. A door from the sunroom leads out to the loggia. From the central passage into, on the right, the dining room with stairs to the first floor east wing, small WC, play room, kitchen, larder and back porch/boot area.
Back by the front door, you turn right into the dining room, with stairs to first floor, east wing; through the dining room to the a small WC, playroom, kitchen, larder and back porch/boot area.
On the first floor there are seven bedrooms, in the West wing there are 2 double bedrooms and a twin room and in the East wing there are 3 doubles and a single bedroom as well as a total of 4 bathrooms.
There is oil-fired central heating throughout and all the fireplaces are for decorative purposes only, except the main living room, which has a wood-burning stove.
Outside there is parking for several cars. The front garden is completely enclosed by a wall. To the rear of the property there is an outdoor swimming pool with a traditionally built Mirador (viewing platform) by pool. Outdoor dining table and chairs as well as poolside bean bags and seating. There is also a pond and various seating areas around the garden.
Please note that neither the pond nor the pool are fenced off and care must be taken around these areas, particularly with regard to children.
This is an historic house with good-sized rooms and a fabulous place for a holiday.