Second home – North Cornwall

The brief

Mr & Mrs D an Irish couple were seeking to purchase a second home that had a sea view with crashing waves!

They first became aware of Country Homesearch by picking up a leaflet in their favourite North Cornwall pub. Then after an initial telephone conversation I visited them at their own home in south London.

Their preference was for a period stone property offering four or five bedrooms as they had a large number of relatives.

  • Period stone property
    Giving a traditional, Cornish feel.
  • Four or five bedrooms
    To provide space for the growing family and visiting relatives.
  • £1m budget
    To purchase their second home in a picturesque location.
  • Sea view
    To be able to hear and see the crashing waves.
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How we did it

The search lasted more than eighteen months. Partly because of limited stock, the husband’s long working hours and the wife pregnant with their second child.

The property eventually purchased was a former mill converted in the early nineties which was part of a larger farmstead, to include a detached holiday cottage, triple garage and ¼ acre Victorian kitchen garden.

After viewing a limited number of properties with clients they returned to London, but after a price reduction I was later informed by the selling agent that the former mill was now within their budget. Therefore, I viewed the property on their behalf and reported back to them, only for the wife to say that she was uncomfortable with the flow of rooms as shown on the floor plan.

Several months then elapsed and after a further reduction in price I persuaded the husband to fly to Cornwall for a viewing, as his wife was heavily pregnant and was unable to travel long distances. Upon his return he purchased his wife that the converted mill would suit their needs.

Two months later the couple viewed the property together after which I negotiated a very keen price. Fortunately, on behalf of clients I instructed a full building survey and although the property was essentially sound the surveyor identified a problem with the septic tank which was seeping and located in a neighbouring field. This proved to be troublesome but eventually it was resolved satisfactorily.

Interestingly, during the course of the viewing the wife asked to look inside the triple garage only to find a very large car under a white sheet. Lifting the cover revealed a 1934 Rolls Royce, which was not included in the sale!