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Exceptional house by the sea in Cornwall

The Mariners is a very beautiful period property – originally three cottages – in the parish of Church Cove on The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. Listed in 1957, perhaps because of its importance on the Cornish coastline, the house hosted Noel Coward often, who said he spent some of his happiest days there. In earlier days the property was also a ‘kiddiewink’ or smugglers’ beer shop.

The property itself overlooks a pretty fishing cove. The main open-plan living accommodation – sitting room, kitchen, study – is located on the first floor with bedrooms on the second floor; a one-bedroom apartment occupies the ground floor of the house. The house is in need of some refurbishment.

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Outside the garden includes a wonderful terrace which makes the most of the swe-inspiring views which reach out across the who bay and the cove below. A summerhouse and a greenhouse are also part of the gardens, which have extra lawned areas leading to the vegetable plots.

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A separate cottage offers one bedroom, sitting room and kitchen, as well as its own garden, and has splendid views out to sea, as does the house.

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Church Cove lies at the foot of a lush wooded valley on The Lizard, from where there are countless stunning walks along the Coastal Path to fishing villages and little coves and beaches. There is a beach at Church Cove at low tide, and Lizard village has local amenities. Helston – 11 miles – offers further local shopping and facilities.

The guide price is £750,000. For further information please contact Savills on 01872 243 200 or visit

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