Take a peek inside this Grade II-listed holiday home in Padstow
PUBLISHED: 15:33 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 03 July 2018
In the centre of the bustling harbour town of Padstow beyond a half hidden gate lies Court House surrounded by an oasis of calm landscaping that belies its central location
Padstow is a busy place at any time of year, but on a sunny June Saturday morning, the visitors flock in their droves to enjoy the food, the shopping and the ferry to Rock. Along the main drag sits Court House, a slate Grade ll listed building is steeped in history long before the Padstow was anything more than a harbour.
To say this 350-year-old house has been restored is an understatement. The property has been completely refurbished since the owners bought it, and they’ve had to work within the guidelines required of a Grade II-listed building. In each room the eye is drawn to the many original features – whether heritage coloured wooden panelling, curved arches with plaster mouldings, stone fireplaces or the delightfully skewed solid wood doors opening on to the bedrooms. And the beams, oh, the beams.
Court House’s original features have been restored to former glories and sit alongside a high spec interior design which includes a sprinkling of antiques and lush textiles. The main living space is dominated by velvet furniture and banquettes against the dining table all facing a huge stone fireplace and a wood burner perfect for warming toes after a day’s paddling in the sea outside.
As we tour the house, I admit I lost count of the number of window seats, which can be found in every room; anyone lucky enough to live or visit will no doubt discover a favourite perch to enjoy the views (I admit the leather club chair to be found at the end of the slightly sloped upstairs corridor was among my favourite spaces for people watching).
A grand red room sits opposite the larger dining space, smaller in stature but designed as a stunning formal living room where one wall is dominated by original plaster work. Here there are games and a chess board on show for quiet family nights in front of the wood burner. Next door, the kitchen boasts stunning ceiling beams interspersed with a less than plumb ceiling, a reminder that despite the high tech goodies (among them two touch screen built in ovens, induction hob, two dishwashers, American style fridge/freezer, flat screen TV and the all important wine fridge) to be found here, this is an old, characterful house. A generous slice of marble provides a prep space (perfect for making pasties) and an original flagstone floor rings the change from the blackened floorboards to be found elsewhere on the ground floor.
We head upstairs to the master en suite bedroom where my question ‘how old is the building?’ is decisively answered by the plasterwork 1668 set into the wall of the curved ceiling. A further two bedrooms can be found on this floor, one boasting a stunning vaulted ceiling exposing ancient beams. Back in the corridor, look carefully and you will find a half hidden door that opens to a short steep staircase into an attic bedroom where adventure awaits for younger guest in the cabin beds below another vaulted ceiling.
A further bedroom accessed by its own staircase has the best door of all: opening out to a patio space that sits between levels of the secret garden. This is an oasis of freshly landscaped calm. Continue up the slate stairs to an outdoor dining area fit for ten, while a stunning lawn area above it is the perfect spot to enjoy the views across the estuary to Rock while listening to the birdsong that drowns out any sound of the excited chatter of Padstow’s visitors parading only a few metres below heading to the famous Rick Stein Seafood Restaurant just four doors along.
Court House is available to let through cornishhorizons.co.uk