THE LOCATION Below Decks fronts the harbour in an incredible position, tucked off Arwenack Street where an ope way opposite Falmouth Parish Church leads to the waterside. Although just away from the hustle and bustle of the town, Below Decks’ position is incredibly involving with so much of what Falmouth has to offer on its doorstep. The town is thriving and vibrant with an eclectic mixture of independent and national shops including Marks and Spencer, many galleries showcasing local art and crafts and an excellent and varied selection of places to eat and drink. Events Square and the National Maritime Museum are close by and regularly host activities and events throughout the year including Falmouth Classics, Falmouth Week and the Oyster and Sea Shanty festivals.
THE PROPERTY (AND A LITTLE HISTORY) – JOHN LAY ‘Below Decks’ is one of three apartments created from within a former granite chapel, built in the 1800s on Falmouth’s waterfront. Just after the second world war the well known author Howard Spring bought the old chapel and yard and wrote of his first visit to it in the book “There is no Armour” published in 1948…
” And then I was in the main street and right in front of me was the short narrow lane leading to the waterfront”…
” I began to snail my way down the path. At the end was a grey stone wall pierced by a green gate with a lush but barren fig tree half hiding it”. After he stepped inside…” I caught my breath at the wide and lovely view. The whole extent of Falmouth harbour, glistening under the noon sun, lay before me. To the right Pendennis Castle crowned its headland, and before me, across the water, the castle of St Mawes seemed to dip its feet in the tide. I could see the Carrick Roads running up to St Just, and on that windless day the blue expanse was full of ship standing on the water as though they were models exhibited on glass”.
Howard Spring sold ‘Old Chapel’ Yard in 1952 to Percy Whitwam and it has been owned by his family ever since. For several decades it was the site of a self drive boat hire business then sailing school. Below Decks became a dwelling in the 1970s and the other two apartments were converted in 1990. In 2010 Below Decks was comprehensively remodelled and refurbished to its current, impressive standard.
Below Decks is unique in my 30 years selling several thousand homes in Falmouth. Its is an exhilarating place to visit and whether residing permanently or for holidays would be an exciting, uplifting place to own.
ACCOMMODATION IN DETAIL (ALL MEASUREMENTS ARE APPROXIMATE)
UPVC double glazed wooden effect door and side window into…
OPEN PLAN RECEPTION ROOM THROUGH TO KITCHEN 22′ 7″ x 17′ (6.88m x 5.18m) reducing to 10′ 8″ (3.25m) in kitchen area.
A spectacular waterside and harbour facing room with twin UPVC double glazed wooden effect sliding patio doors overlooking and accessing the balcony. The front line view from this room is stunningly good, varied and interesting with the immediacy of the water and shoreline and constant marine activity together with a vista to Flushing and Trefusis, Carrick Roads, Roseland Peninsula and overlooking Falmouth Haven Pontoons, The Docks and Custom House Quay.
The wide entrance door and window accesses the enclosed courtyard garden and with further glorious views to water, shoreline and Flushing. This striking room blends the old and stylish modern beautifully, retaining original rendered and whitewashed stone walls, beams and lintels. Under floor heated. Quality laminate wooden floor, spotlit ceilings.
Open plan into…
KITCHEN 12′ x 10′ 5″ (3.66m x 3.18m) Open plan to the reception room and looking directly into the harbour, a contemporary flush fronted gloss cream range of base and eye level cupboards with brushed stainless steel handles and stone work surfaces and breakfast bar. Integrated NEFF appliances including Fridge and freezer, washing machine, chest height stainless steel double oven and grill and touch control halogen hob, glass and stainless steel extraction. Sharp dish washer. Twin stainless steel sinks with mixer tap, rivened stone draining board. Corner carousels.
HALLWAY Spotlit beamed ceiling. Painted panelled doors to two bedrooms and…
SHOWER ROOM/WC A superb room with marble floor and ceiling tiling. Underfloor heating. White three piece suite comprising button flush WC, wash hand basin and oversized walk-in cubicle with boiler fed shower. Extractor fan. Ceiling spotlights. Marble framed built-in mirror. Chrome heated towel radiator. Cupboard housing electric boiler fuelling pressurised hot water supply and underfloor heating.
MASTER BEDROOM 13′ 2″ x 11′ 6″ (4.01m x 3.51m) Recessed UPVC wooden effect window looking into the waterside courtyard. Continuation of quality ‘wooden’ laminated under heated floor. Ceiling beams and spotlights. White washed stone wall. Cupboards housing electric tripping switches. Underfloor heating thermostatic controls. Built-in sliding door wardrobe.
EN SUITE A superb room with marble floor and ceiling tiling. Underfloor heating. White three piece suite comprising button flush WC, wash hand basin and oversized walk-in cubicle with boiler fed shower. Extractor fan. Ceiling spotlights. Marble framed built-in mirror. Chrome heated towel radiator. Shelved utility cupboard.
BEDROOM TWO 10′ 3″ x 8′ 8″ (3.12m x 2.64m) Recessed UPVC double glazed wooden effect window looking into the waterside courtyard. Continuation of quality ‘wooden’ laminated under heated floor. Ceiling beams and spotlights. White washed stone wall. Cupboard. Underfloor heating thermostatic controls. Built-in sliding door wardrobe.
BALCONY 18′ x 5′ 10″ (5.49m x 1.78m) Accessed from two sets of patio doors from the living room.
With teak floor, glazed screen and stainless steel railings. Projecting above and over the water at high tide and presenting the ultimate place to relax and enjoy marine and boating activity.
WATERSIDE COURTYARD GARDEN A very healthy 45′ (13.72m) deep x 25′ (7.62m) wide narrowing to 15′ (4.57m). An incredible, enclosed waterside garden with Mediterranean feel, areas of terrace and shrub beds and borders.
STUDIO/WORKSHOP 12′ x 8′ 6″ (3.66m x 2.59m) Twin glazed doors overlooking the courtyard garden to the harbour.
PARKING A designated space with access down steps to the courtyard garden and apartment.
FORESHORE Below Decks owns the foreshore in front of the apartment and courtyard garden.
TENURE Leasehold with share of the Freehold. Management Company – Old Chapel Yard Management Company Ltd. Current annual maintenance charge £1,200 per annum.
AGENT’S NOTE The lease states, “Not to use or permit or suffer to be used the Demised Premises for any purpose whatsoever other than as a private residence for the occupation of the Lessee and his family only, save for holiday letting. Our understanding is that ‘Below Decks’ can be used as a main or holiday home and can be holiday let but cannot be rented on an assured short hold (6 month) basis.