Dating back to the 18th century, The Watch House was originally built to house the local excise men whose job it was to catch smugglers. It was eventually taken over by the Coastguard Service in the 1820s and has been a private house since 1925.

Located literally yards from the sea but protected by its own reef, the house has a commanding position overlooking the sea. The property has been sympathetically restored whilst maintaining its original character. Pine and oak floors and traditional panelling remain; accommodation comprises kitchen, dining room, sitting room, four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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The house stands in its own plot of a third of an acre with terraces to the front and the majority of the grounds to the rear. A wall protects the house from the sea and the rocks below provide excellent rockpools when the tide is out. The Cornish Coastal Path passes the gate affording marvellous walks in both directions.

The Watch House is located in the unspoiled Cornish village of Coverack which has a picturesque 18th century harbour and a safe sandy beach. There are good local shops and regular events on the village green. Helson (seven miles) has good connections to London Paddington by train.

The guide price is £975,000. For further information please contact Knight Frank on 01392 423 111 or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk.

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