Cottages For Sale In Cornwall – A couple of years ago my husband was offered a great job at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth in Cornwall. After discussing our options – sell our current house and buy in Cornwall or rent out our house and rent in Cornwall – we decided to sell our house and look for cottages for sale in Cornwall.
We narrowed our search for cottages for sale in Cornwall to the area between Falmouth and Helston – but we were quite flexible about this. After some initial research on the Internet we compiled a shortlist of cottages for sale in Cornwall and full of excitement set off to see what we could find.
The first cottage for sale on our list was situated was situated in Penryn a town of approximately 7000 people. First impressions were very favourable. After lunch at the 200 year old Kings Arms we took a stroll through the town. Lots of steep narrow cobbled streets and a very attractive clock tower in the centre of town. There is a local legend about a ghostly coach pulled by headless horses that appears in the town just before Christmas – I’m glad its summer!
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Enough sightseeing, it was time to view the first of our cottages for sale in Cornwall. We drove down a quiet lane on the outskirts of town and met up with the agent outside a small detached granite cottage with a For Sale sign outside.
Unfortunately, ‘small’ was the operative word – it was absolutely tiny! The agent was very disappointed and persuaded us to look at another property that was not on our shortlist of cottages for sale in Cornwall. This turned out to be a modern bungalow on a small development – not at all what we were looking for.
We headed to Helston where we had three appointments to view cottages for sale the following day.
We checked into the Mullion Cove Hotel a few miles from Helston. The hotel was perched on the cliffs above Mullion Cove with spectacular views of miles and miles of coastline. After a wonderful meal in the hotel restaurant we went to bed early so as to be refreshed for our quest to find the perfect cottages for sale in Cornwall.
Next morning we set off early to have a look around Helston before our viewings. Helston is famous for its annual Floral Dance held in May each year. Participants, dressed in top hats and tails (the men) and ball gowns (the women) dance through the streets following the Helston Town Band – who knows, perhaps we will see it next year.
In the centre of town is a huge granite monument put up in 1834 in memory of a local banker who kept the nearby tin mine open and saved 1200 jobs. We explained to one of the friendly locals that we were looking for cottages for sale in Cornwall and asked directions to our first appointment.
After several wrong turnings we arrived at the second cottage on our list. This was more like it! A long, low, stone cottage with a beautiful garden and roses around the door – yes really! I was smitten but my husband said we must look at the other cottages on our list of cottages for sale in Cornwall.
We went back to the centre of town and had a pint of the local beer ‘Spingo’ at the 15th century tavern – the Blue Anchor.
Suitably refreshed, we made our way to the next cottage on our list of cottages for sale in Cornwall. This was easier to find being in the centre of town. Another pretty cottage and a reasonable size. However, because of its location, the garden was very small and there was no parking nearby. We talked about the pros and cons and agreed to cross this one off our list of cottages for sale in Cornwall.
We stopped for lunch at the Angel Hotel – one of the oldest buildings in Helston. We had Cornish crab salad – absolutely delicious!
In the afternoon we viewed the third Helston cottage on our list of cottages for sale in Cornwall. This one was a bit disappointing – I don’t know where they had taken the photograph from!
My firm favourite of the Helston cottages on our list of cottages for sale in Cornwall was still the first one that we had viewed in the morning.
We decided to call it a day and returned to the Mullion Cove Hotel and watched the sunset from the top of the cliffs.
The next morning was bright and sunny and we decided to walk along the cliff path to Porthleven to see the last two cottages on our list of cottages for sale in Cornwall.
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Porthleven is a small fishing village with a granite harbour and a famous clock tower. The first cottage we looked at was an old stone fisherman’s cottage with views over the harbour. Although it was a warm sunny day the sea looked very rough. One of the old men sitting on the harbour wall explained that the harbour faced into the prevailing wind and in winter waves regularly crashed over the wall. Another cottage to cross off our list of cottages for sale in Cornwall.
The final cottage on our list of cottages for sale in Cornwall was up a narrow lane just off the main street. A very attractive cottage with a pretty front garden – a possible contender. We repaired to the local Inn for lunch and to weigh up our options.
In the end we both agreed that although Porthleven was very pretty on a bright summer’s day it would probably be a bit bleak during the winter months. I would certainly prefer to be in the busy market town of Helston. We decided to take a second look at our favourite cottage in Helston. This confirmed that we had indeed found our perfect cottage for sale in Cornwall.