Now that’s a GRAND Design: Former Cornish silver mine engine house which was converted into a stunning five storey home and featured on hit Channel 4 show goes on the market for £750,000
- Former silver mine engine house converted into a five-storey Grand Designs home has gone on the market
- Grade II listed property – Wheal Langford House – is set on the edge of the stunning Tamar Valley countryside
- Luxury four-bedroom house featured on Grand Designs back in 2011 when historic building was converted
- Wheal Langford was originally mined, predominately for silver and was included with several small mines
A former Cornish silver mine engine house that was converted into a stunning five-storey home and featured on hit Channel 4 show goes on the market for £750,000.
The Grade II listed property – named Wheal Langford House – is set on the edge of the Tamar Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty set within the sprawling 3.7 acres that makes the most of the countryside views.
Stonemason Adam Purchase and his partner Nicola Brennan featured on the hit Channel 4 series back in September 2008 – as they set about trying to convert the historic building into a luxury four-bedroom home.
They planned to convert the 19th century engine house within 12 months but, as is often the case with Grand Designs, they ran out of money and had to complete the build around their day jobs.
They started in 2008 and host Kevin McCloud caught up with them in 2011, when he said the exterior was a ‘testament to Adam’s skill and dedication’ but that the couple were a long way from moving in.
The remote property has a second derelict engine house – which the couple planned to convert to a holiday let – that still has live planning permission.
Wheal Langford mine is believed to have been open before 1824, predominantly for silver, and was amalgamated with Cornwall Silver Mines in 1835.
A former Cornish silver mine engine house – named Wheal Langford House (Pictured) – that was converted into a stunning five storey home and featured on hit Channel 4 show goes on the market for £750,000
The stunning property’s second bedroom features a double glazed window overlooking the countryside grounds. The room has a high, part vaulted ceiling with exposed stonework to one wall alongside two antique style radiators
The large bathroom features a freestanding roll topped claw footed oval bath with central chromium mixer tap and shower attachment, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, slate tiled floor and an antique style radiator. The room is comprised of a large oak sash window with a fanlight above it
The Grade II listed property – named Wheal Langford House – is set on the edge of the Tamar Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty set within the sprawling 3.7 acres that makes the most of the countryside views. Stretching out, running along the valley side from the Engine House is a large open field with wooded margins dropping down the valley side to an attractive stream at the bottom, beside which is a natural swimming pond (Pictured)
The entrance hall features tall double height cupboards with oak doors, slate flagged flooring and stairs ascending to the first floor with a large arch for understairs storage. The front door has features an arched topped oak fanlight window set centrally in the rear wall with glass flooring beneath
The family room and dining area features a high part vaulted ceiling and a corner raised slate dais with a woodburning stove and part exposed stone wall. Two lights hang from a central beam in the area
The second Engine House (pictured) is derelict but has planning permission for conversion to a holiday letting property. To the right of the entrance gate are two outbuildings, one being an open fronted storage shed and the other has twin doors with large windows on either side and comprises an excellent workshop/studio area
A two storey timber cabin has been constructed but requires finishing and would provide an excellent studio or possibly even holiday letting accommodation, subject to any necessary consents
Wheal Langford Engine House is approached from a country lane via a five bar timber vehicular gate which opens onto a gravelled driveway which sweeps down towards the Engine House. Immediately in front of the Engine House is a pavioured courtyard area with sitting area, built-in planters and a slate ramp leading up to the front door of the Engine House
The mine mostly produced parcels of argentiferous galena silver ore and the second engine house is believed to be a rare internal beam engine building.
The now-converted home has a bedroom and bathroom on four floors, as well as an entrance hall and kitchen/family room on the ground floor.
The top two floors house the sitting room and the master bedroom with an en suite, to enjoy the best views of the surrounding landscape.
The eco-friendly property has a biomass boiler to supply hot water and central heating to the main residence, which is powerful enough to also provide heating and hot water to the second engine house once converted.
There are also solar panels in the paddock which provide an income of about £1,800 a year. The property also has outbuildings, an attractive stream and a natural swimming pond.
Grade II Listed Wheal Langford Engine House is now a beautiful home with an incredible balcony to soak up the panoramic views over an area of outstanding natural beauty
Stonemason Adam Purchase and his partner Nicola Brennan featured on the well-known Channel 4 design show in 2011 as they set about trying to convert the historic stone building into a five-storey home. They planned to convert the Cornish engine house within 12 months but, as is often the case with Grand Designs, they ran out of money and had to complete the build around their day jobs
Wheal Langford mine is believed to have been open before 1824, predominantly for silver, and was amalgamated with Cornwall Silver Mines in 1835
The first bedroom features a high vaulted ceiling and one wall of exposed stonework, a double glazed conservation style skylight window, antique style radiator, and an apex wall of glass providing stunning far reaching panoramic countryside views
The conversion has incorporated eco credentials that include a biomass boiler to supply domestic hot water and central heating to the already converted main residence
In the nearby village of Calstock some 4 miles is a boatyard and river moorings can be obtained by application. Dartmoor National Park is visible from the top floors of the property lying some 15 miles away
The now-converted home has a bedroom and bathroom on four floors, as well as an entrance hall and kitchen/family room on the ground floor – alongside 3.7 acres of land
This is a very convenient location for access into and out of Cornwall with a main route via the A38 leading through Plymouth in Devon and then onward to Exeter where it accesses the national motorway network. Pictured: The property floorplan
Dominic Skerry, from Lillicrap Chilcott, who are selling the property, said: ‘Wheal Langford has been brought back to life by the dedication and hard work of the owners. And provides a unique opportunity to take it to the next level.
‘The main engine house is almost finished but the new owners have the potential to complete the second Grade II Listed engine house which is adjacent for use as a holiday home to generate an income.
‘Wheal Langford sits in 3.7 acres in The Tamar Valley which is quiet and peaceful. There is plenty of space to have a large allotment, keep livestock, and generally be more self-sufficient.’
To find out more about this property, please visit Lillicrap Chilcott here.
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