St. Clether, Launceston PL15

St. Clether, Launceston PL15

12 Bedroom | Freehold | 5 Reception Rooms | 7 Baths | Outbuildings | 47.3 acres (19.1 hectares)

Offers in excess of £1,500,000
Old Post Office 2.8 miles
Church Hall 3.8 miles
Trewassa Turn 4.3 miles

A historic and important Grade II* listed manor house, originating from the 14th century surrounded by a courtyard of delightful traditional stone barns. All set within up to 47.28 acres of pasture, woodland and conservation land located on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

Basill Manor is situated in a most attractive rural location in the small hamlet of St Clether on the northern edge of Bodmin Moor. The hamlet takes its name from the 12th Century chapel constructed on the site of the cell of the original Gallic St Claedrew (St Clether) which is located a short distance from the Manor. The market town of Launceston is within easy reach lying some 8 miles to the north east which offers a wide range of shopping, social and scholastic facilities. In addition, the A30 can be joined some 6 miles to the east which provides excellent access to Exeter and the M5 motorway. Regular intercity services to London Paddington are available from Bodmin and Exeter.

The Property
Basill Manor is an ancient manor house and there is evidence of its existence with the name unchanged since 1302 at which time the family of de St Cleather received a coat of arms from Edward I for services rendered during the crusades in Palestine.
By the end of the 14th Century the male issues of the family had been decimated in the wars and the house passed by marriage of the St Cleather heiress into the de Champernown family of Tywardreath. By the middle of the 15th Century, the property had moved into the Whalesborough family by way of dowery.
Not long afterwards, Elizabeth Whalesborough carried the house with her in marriage to her cousin John Trevelyan of Trevelyan. A will dated 1485 executed by John Trevelyan in favour of this second son leaving him the Manor contains an inventory of rooms within the house showing it to have been of considerable size at that time. It was noted that Peter Trevelyan had two parlours at Basill in 1608 suggesting that the house was already sizeable in the early 17th Century and John Trevelyan was taxed for 11 hearths in 1664. The house remained within the Trevelyan family until the mid-18th century, when it passed in to the hands of Arthur Tremayne Esq from whom it was purchased by Robert Fanshawe Esq where it remained until 1865. At this time J.P. St. Aubyn Esq (the famous restorer of churches) came into possession of the house and converted and restored the house from its then semi-ruinous condition.
The house then passed through various ownerships until acquired by the Trustees of the Peredur Trust in 1976 since when it has been used to support the Turst activities providing a multi-occupancy use.

The Manor
A most attractive historic period house, the main part believed to date from the 14th Century and standing in its own grounds and arranged in an unusual form around a central courtyard.
An entrance drive leads to a cobbled courtyard surrounded by a number of traditional barns. The house is approached through an archway of the gatehouse wing in the central courtyard
A heavy front door leads into an entrance hall, originally probably a through passage. Off the entrance hall is the Great Hall with large open stone fireplace and panelled walls. Beyond is a further reception room with doors to a storeroom and rear hallway with reset staircase and door to courtyard. Off the entrance hall, doors lead to additional accommodation comprising drawing room with south facing elevations across the adjoining gardens and farmland, dining room and kitchen. These rooms are serviced by a rear hall which in turn provides access to a semi-circular stair turret which projects into the courtyard. This terrace and front wall facing the courtyard were rebuilt by J.P. St. Aubyn in circa 1870. The third wing of the house provides the gatehouse range, which has a wide passage and various other ground floor entrances providing accommodation of a preparation kitchen, larder and various store rooms, including a boot room, store, utility room and cloakroom.
On the first floor, the turret stairs lead to an inner landing and ten bedrooms, five of which have en-suite bathrooms plus a further family bathroom. Off the gatehouse wing and connected on both floors, there is a delightful two bedroom cottage that provides additional accommodation. The manor is heaped in history, with multiple moulded cross-beam panelling, numerous granite lintels, granite chamfered arches and following works undertaken in the late 19th Century, large granite mullion windows.

The Manor is surrounded by a most attractive area of lawned garden which adds to the privacy and charm of the property. The garden enjoys a southerly aspect abutting the farmland and conservation area beyond.
To the east of the house, there is a cobbled courtyard which is formed by a series of most attractive traditional barns. These include, The Mill House, a Grade II* former threshing barn, this large two storey building has formerly been used by the Trust as tearooms and for general storage and offers on the ground floor, a galley kitchen, tearoom and cloakroom and extensive open space on the first floor. Adjoining is The Pottery, a further L-shaped traditional stone barn, with the ground floor accommodation previously used for woodwork and as a pottery with gas kiln and offering two storage rooms on the first floor. Located off the east wing of the house there is a single storey office and laundry room. To the north of the manor, there are a further pair of traditional barns, known as The Wagon House and Old Shippen.
In total extending to 47.28 acres, the majority of which is managed under Organic Stewardship. The land incorporates two ponds and a leat that passes through the property. Adjoining the leat, there is a small listed well house which includes various areas of amenity woodland. The land provides privacy, amenity and a delightful wildlife habitat. All in all the land provides the perfect setting for the property.


Tenure And Possession
The property is offered freehold with vacant possession upon completion.

All sporting rights on the holding are owned with the freehold.

The property enjoys the benefit of a private water supply from both a spring and a borehole. The property is connected to mains electricity, both single and 3 phase. The Manor House is connected to a private drainage system. The Mill House is connected to a separate drainage system. A hydro-turbine was installed at the property a little while ago and whilst abstraction licences are in place for the use of the turbine, the equipment is not currently in use. The Manor is serviced by oil-fired central heating.

Health And Safety Issues
Purchasers are requested to take particular care when inspecting the property, bearing in mind especially the risk of sudden movements from livestock on land. Potential purchasers are requested to wear supportive footwear for viewing and are advised to be conscious of potentially uneven and slippery ground surfaces.

Rights And Easements
There is a public footpath that follows the river on the eastern boundary of the property, there are no third party rights affecting the property.

Basic Payment Scheme
The land is all registered on the Rural Land Register and Basic Payment Scheme entitlements are included in the sale.

It is understood that the current use for Basil Manor is as a guest house, however a planning application for a change of use to a single residential dwelling has been submitted to Cornwall Council (Planning application reference: PA18/06067).

Viewing is strictly by appointment with the vendors’ agent, Carter Jonas, on 01823 428590 or 01872 487620.

From Launceston head west on the A30 for approximately 2 miles. Take the Kennards House exit signposted for Wadebridge and Camelford and follow the signs onto the A395. Continue along the A395 for approximately 4 miles and take the left hand turn signposted for Laneast and St Clether. Continue along this road for approximately 1.5 miles until you reach a T-junction. Turn left at the T-junction and follow the road for approximately ¾ mile. The driveway for Basil Manor is situated on your left hand side.

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Situational Details
Property type
House Country Estate
Total land
47.3 acres (19.1 hectares)
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