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Star property of the week is Cornish farmhouse with holiday lets

By BSheavesWMN  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

1 main photo Hob Nob Barns

The barn conversions at Duloe, Cornwall

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A Grade II listed holiday hamlet with six acres of land, farmhouse and five barn conversions is for sale in South East Cornwall.

For sale as a whole for £1.45 million. Five barn conversions for £800,000. Farmhouse and one detached barn (Blackberry Barn) for £650,000.

Agents: Bradleys, Liskeard, 01579 346700, www.bradleys-estate-agents.co.uk

This week’s star property is both a home and thriving business all in one, set in beautiful countryside in South East Cornwall.

The largest of the six properties here is a Grade II listed farmhouse, which dates back to the Domesday Book. It has been recently completely renovated in lovely taste. There are also five luxury holiday barn conversions, generating a healthy year-round income. The property comes with six acres of picturesque countryside.

The farmhouse and barns at Duloe, which make up this holiday hamlet, are the result of painstaking work by owners Jo Somerset-Wood and her partner Mike Harvey, who have transformed the property since they bought it in 2007.

Jo and Mike are property developers, specialising in historic buildings in Cornwall. “This farm had been in the same family for 140 years,” says Jo. “It really was a wreck when we took it on, and needed complete renovation. We also had the planning process to go through to get permission to convert all the barns, which was complicated – to say the least. It’s been a labour of love but the end result is absolutely worth all the hours we have put in over the years.”

The former owner of the farm is 96 now and still living nearby. “He is really delighted with what we have been able to do here,” says Jo. “Just the other day, he said to me: ‘It’s so nice to see the old place smiling again,’ which was just the nicest thing to hear.”

The Old Farmhouse itself is Grade II listed and recorded in the Domesday Book. It has four bedrooms, two of which have en-suite bathrooms, as well as an enclosed garden with views across a rural valley. This property has many character features including slate floors, exposed beams and vaulted ceilings. Jo and Mike are using it for holiday letting purposes, but it could be ideal for private family accommodation, with the remaining barns providing income.

Hob Nob, the largest of the barns, has full residential planning permission, which could also provide an ideal opportunity for extended family occupancy. Each barn has its own individual contemporary design and collectively they have won several prestigious industry awards. They are also categorised as Gold 5* by Visit England, the highest standard possible of self-catering accommodation. The farm has also won an award as the Best Self-Catering Establishment, both in Cornwall and the whole of the South West

The property – farmhouse and four holiday lets, plus six acres of land – can be bought as a whole for £1.45 million. Alternatively, you can buy just the five barns for £800,000. Given that the largest barn, Hob Nob, has three double bedrooms and full residential planning permission, it could be lived in as a permanent home, with an impressive income from the other four holiday barns. Or, if this would suit a prospective purchaser better, the farmhouse and one of the holiday lets, called Blackberry Barn, can be bought for £650,000.

Blackberry Barn is a detached holiday let, with two bedrooms. Rainbow Cottage is attached to Hob Nob and has two bedrooms. There is also Honey Pot, which has two bedrooms, and Spice Barn, with one bedroom. All are renovated and decorated to what Jo describes as “luxury hotel standard”.

Jo and Mike have very much enjoyed running the property as a holiday let business, which has proved very successful for them. “People absolutely love it here,” says Jo. “It is so peaceful, the properties offer real rural luxury and the location is superb too. We are set in lovely countryside, with the coast at Fowey and Polperro within easy reach.”

However, the couple are keen to get on with what Jo describes as their “core business”, which is renovating and developing properties. So they are looking forward to moving on and starting another project. “We will still live nearby though, as we love it here. I’m very into my horses and the outriding around Duloe is so good. We have fantastic tracks and bridleways, it really is second-to-none,” says Jo.

Among the many innovations which have won the farm awards both regionally and nationally is a luxurious pamper room, staffed by local therapists, which is a real draw for visitors in search of de-stressing. Another bonus is the outdoor hot tub.

Jo and Mike have also created a charming walk in the three-acre woodlands that come with the property. “The woodland walk is so delightful at this time of year. Every day more primroses and bluebells are coming out there,” says Jo.

They have also transformed one of the paddocks into a sunbathing, star-gazing and barbecuing area for their visitors, with comfy outdoor seating. “A local astronomer gives talks on stargazing at night-time, which is really magical for the guests here.”

All in all, this is a property offering exciting prospects to house hunters in search of home, income and a very special lifestyle, too.

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