£395,000, Altarnun, Nr Launceston – 3 Bed Detached House & 1 Bed Annexe

A Rustic Hideaway In An Idyllic Setting! Set on the fringes of our rugged and majestic Bodmin Moor, nestled in the tranquil location of Altarnun, one of North Cornwall’s most peaceful hamlets of just six dwellings, is this charming, detached, stone-built cottage boasting an abundance of character.

The cottage has been lovingly and sympathetically rebuilt approximately 25 years ago using much of the retained stone from the former two cottages to create a wonderful and unique family home with a detached annexe in the pretty established cottage gardens, and ample parking for several vehicles.  

The annexe offers further scope and we have been informed by the vendor that planning permission had been granted, although this has since lapsed, therefore shows promise in renewing this to extend further.  There is a covenant restricting letting the annexe for investment purposes at present, therefore we would recommend seeking permission to carry out holiday letting should this be of interest.

The superb accommodation is well-proportioned and versatile throughout making this a very appealing family home comprising of a large porch, currently used as a utility room, a welcoming entrance hall leading to a super, traditional farmhouse kitchen/dining room and a cosy lounge featuring a delightful inglenook fireplace, with a downstairs shower room in between.

A generous and useable landing leads to all three bedrooms and the family bathroom, and the magnificent master bedroom boasting fitted wardrobes. Set within beautiful, established cottage gardens featuring a substantial patio enjoying stunning sweeping panoramic views of neighbouring farmland and the rolling countryside beyond, with a driveway providing space to park several vehicles. Delightful!

Conveniently positioned with excellent access to the A30 dual carriageway providing valuable links to surrounding towns such as Callington, Okehampton, Tavistock and Liskeard and other places of interest including the cathedral city of Truro to the west and the city of Exeter to the east, making this perfect for commuters too!

The village of Five Lanes is within easy reach and less than one mile away with the attractive moorland village of Altarnun beyond boasting local amenities for your daily needs including a general store, post office, primary school and parish church famously known as the “Cathedral On The Moor”. There’s a public inn and a hotel too. 

Key Features

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kitchen/Dining Room
  • Attractive Cottage Gardens
  • Parking for Several Vehicles
  • One Bedroom Detached Annexe
  • EPC-D

Step inside into the lovely light porch leading to the welcoming hallway

The solid wooden stable front door leads into a light and airy porch, currently being used as a utility room, where you’re hit by natural light shining through from a glazed window and a sneak peek view of the garden and farmland beyond can be appreciated.

To the right of the window is a wall-mounted cupboard, whilst beneath is a range of cupboards providing useful storage for bits and bobs, with a worktop over. There is space and plumbing for an automatic washing machine here too, although plenty of room for other appliances if necessary, with tiled flooring underfoot making an easy clean. A stone wall with two solid wooden doors lies straight ahead providing access into the kitchen/dining room on the left and the entrance hall on the right.

Take the door to the right and you have arrived in the entrance hall, a welcoming space where immediately on the left is a further solid wooden door leading into the kitchen/dining room, so you have all-round access. A lovely wooden staircase to the first-floor landing lies ahead with an adjoining cupboard to the right and the downstairs shower room next door. There’s an electric storage heater and to the far right a solid wooden door into the lounge. Beautiful solid oak flooring sweeps throughout the accommodation on both floors.


Stepping into the impressive kitchen/dining room, the perfect place for a substantial dining suite ideal for entertaining with family and friends with further space for a seating area, or workstation, if required. Natural light floods through this space from the dual aspect glazed windows, with lovely views of the front garden and neighbouring fields towards open countryside at the rear. The fully equipped kitchen features a wide range of wall and base units, with concealed lighting, along the left and rear walls with a roll-top worktop over incorporating a double stainless-steel sink drainer unit and chrome fountain mixer tap above.

You’ll find space for a free-standing electric cooker, where an inbuilt cooker hood is situated above, and there’s plenty of space for other appliances with a recess area for an automatic washing machine too. A beamed ceiling above adds character whilst the tiled flooring underfoot provides contrast, with complimentary tiling to the walls. To complete are television and telephone points, an under stairs cupboard providing useful storage for your vacuum and such like, together with an electric storage heater.

The lounge is a lovely light and airy room with light bursting through from the glazed window overlooking the front garden and glazed French doors opening onto the patio in the rear garden, where there’s plenty of room for the whole family to sit in comfort. There’s plenty of space for a dining table if required to dine alfresco, with lovely views of the farmland and rolling countryside beyond which can be truly appreciated from here.

The character features retained include a magnificent granite inglenook fireplace with exposed stone and wooden lintel inset. A multi-fuel burner is nicely positioned to the centre making this the main focal point of the room, with a tiled hearth, and a lovely feature any time of the year, perfect for creating a cosy feeling of warmth during the winter season, whilst relaxing and listening to the crackling of wood. Finished with a beamed ceiling, two television and two telephone points, and an electric storage heater.

A shower room comprising of a three-piece suite offers a low-level W/C, pedestal hand wash basin and a fully tiled shower cubicle with thermostatic shower. Further features include full tiling to the walls with complementary floor tiles, a central heating radiator and a frosted glazed window to the rear to allow plenty of light in.

Returning to the entrance hall, continue up the stairs where you’ll find a large landing with useable space tor display furniture or even a workstation if required, where a Velux window facing the front elevation allows plenty of light and where there is access into the eaves providing useful storage. There’s also a telephone point and a built-in airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder, with an electric immersion heater, and slatted shelving, perfect for laundry. Wooden doors lead to all bedrooms and the family bathroom.


The master bedroom can be located to the far left and what a magnificent size this is with plenty of space for your bedroom furniture, featuring wall lighting too, although the room already boasts three sets of triple wardrobes providing hanging and shelving storage so you won’t need much more! Light and airy with a glazed window overlooking the garden, whilst offering amazing views of farmland and rolling countryside in the distance, an ideal place to escape!

Next door to the master bedroom is the family bathroom comprising of a three-piece suite featuring a low-level W/C, pedestal hand wash basin and a panelled bath, with an electric shower over. Complimented with partial tiling to walls, there is a radiator, heated towel rail and an extractor fan, with a Velux glazed window above to let the light in. A display sill sits beneath the rear window for personal effects and a cupboard provides useful storage ideal for laundry with further storage in the loft above.

Bedroom two is a good size with dual aspect Velux glazed windows providing plenty of natural light and featuring a display sill to the rear. There is a Valor gas heater, telephone point and access to the loft too. Bedroom three also benefits from a Velux glazed window to the rear elevation with display sill and a television point.

Step outside into the pretty established cottage gardens

The gardens predominately feature a lawn encompassed with an array of mature flowerbeds and well-stocked borders including a variety of mature shrubs, foliage, perennials and plants such as camellias, rhododendrons and evergreen conifers to name but a few, making this a lovely place to bask in the sunshine and listen to natural wildlife and birdsong.

The beautiful gardens enclosed by Cornish walling and hedging also feature a fish pond and a paved drying area to, perfect for airing laundry, with an outside tap and courtesy lighting too. The septic tank can also be located here.

To the rear of the gardens is an opening between the rear of the cottage adjacent the annexe where you’ll find a substantial raised paved patio, also accessible via the French doors from the lounge. An amazing place to sit and dine alfresco in complete privacy whilst enjoying picture-perfect views of the neighbouring farmland before you and surrounding rolling countryside. Simply stunning!

The cottage is approached from the lane via a 5-bar wooden gate with Cornish walling and mature foliage leading to a gravelled driveway providing off road parking and a turning point for approximately 4 cars.

Fox Tor Vean – The Annexe

Step inside into the lovely open plan living space

The wooden glazed stable door leads through into the open plan living space where light beams through the dual aspect glazed windows offering pleasant outlooks of the patio to the front, and fantastic views of farmland and rolling countryside. Delightful!

The sitting area lies directly in front where there is a wall-mounted Calor gas warm air heater and a television point, a cosy place to kick off your boots and relax with a glass in hand sipping your favourite tipple. At this end of the room, you’ll find the wall-mounted fuse box too.

To the far end is the kitchen area where there are a range of wooden wall and base units featuring a roll top worktop over incorporating a single stainless steel sink drainer unit, so you can spend many hours gazing out of the window watching wildlife whilst attending your dishes. There is space and plumbing for an automatic washing machine, an upright fridge/freezer and a free-standing Calor gas cooker, with a cooker hood already fitted above offering lighting.

There is even room for a dining table, so you have somewhere to partake breakfast, or wine and dine. There is a door to the right into the inner hallway providing access to the loft space, which is fully boarded with an insulated ceiling offering the potential to be used for alternative accommodation, subject to renewing the expired planning consent to extend above. A glazed window to the side allows natural light to shine through and into the bedroom on the right, with the shower room straight ahead.

The bedroom is double in size with a glazed window overlooking the cottage garden at the rear and featuring a wall mounted electric panel heater, with laminated flooring underfoot to make an easy clean.

To compliment the bedroom is a shower room fitted with a three-piece suite comprising of a low-level W/C, pedestal hand wash basin, finished with complimentary tiling to the walls. A fully tiled shower cubicle with an electric shower unit completes the look. To finish is a wall mounted electric heater, extractor fan and a frosted glazed window to the side.

A little bit more about the location of Altarnun

The former market town of Launceston lies within 10 miles, where the medieval castle and grounds still remain, offering a wide variety of shopping facilities, a good selection of state and private schooling and a fully equipped leisure centre. For those loving the outdoors there are two testing 18-hole golf courses and numerous sporting and social clubs. Further afield is the town of Bodmin approximately 15 miles in the distance also offering a good range of shops and amenities.

Nearby Bodmin Moor provides excellent facilities for riding and walking. The North Cornwall and North Devon coastlines are within easy driving distance and provide superb opportunities for swimming, surfing and walking along the picturesque South West Coastal path. 


Candices Property Notes

I love it! A unique home in a lovely rural setting with stunning views yet all within easy access of the A30 and local amenities.

The living space, both inside and out, is great too with so much charm offering versatile living accommodation and the annexe with scope to extend and offering potential to generate an income, subject to planning consent and the removal of the covenant, could be a nice little earner!

The living space, both inside and out, is great too with so much charm.

What do you think?


Altarnun, 3 Bed Detached House & 1 Bed Annexe – Guide Price £395,000

Key Features

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Kitchen/Dining Room
  • Attractive Cottage Gardens
  • Parking for Several Vehicles
  • One Bedroom Detached Annexe
  • EPC-D

Property Floor Plan

Disclaimer: Total approx. floor area 1815 SQ.FT. (168.6 SQ.M.) This plan is for illustrative purposes only. While every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the floor plan above, all measurements are approximate and no responsibility is taken for any error, omission or mis-statement. Measurements are approximate and not to scale.


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