Thanks to everyone who pointed me in the direction of this 1960s Malcolm Haylett midcentury property in St Ives, Cornwall.
To be honest, I’ve been holding out on this one for a while in the hope of getting some better external shots of the house. No such luck sadly. But we do have some details showing of the outside and rather interestingly, an artist’s image of the original house, which is unlikely to have changed a great deal.
No surprise to see some art based on the house. This place was designed by renowned portrait artist Malcolm Haylett in the grounds of the former Talland House, offering a midcentury design and what are described as ‘spectacularly private and outstanding landscaped gardens’ covering something like 0.4 acres.
This is actually the first time it has been offered on the market and as you might expect, originality is a key selling point of this 1960 build.
Described by the agent as an ‘innovative design’ and featured in Ideal Home Magazine back in the day, the house is ‘remarkably intact’ and ready for renovation.
Yes, that’s right, renovation. The basis of the house is unchanged, right down to the artist’s studio. But time isn’t always kind and this house needs freshening up to bring it back to its best.
But there is much to appreciate and preserve here. Exposed brick, wood panelling, full height windows, original kitchen units, that artistic space and plenty of fixtures and fittings. Someone just needs to take a step back, consider what needs saving and showcasing, then work from there.
As for space, the ground floor kicks off with the hallway, a kitchen / breakfast room, the dining room, a conservatory, store / utility room, cloakroom / WC, a rear lobby and finally, the integral garage.
The first floor has a main landing leading to the sitting room and the studio with adjoining darkroom, with a bedroom hallway offering access to three double bedrooms and the family bathroom.
Outside space is described as ‘superlative gardens’ of about 0.4 acres, with plenty of shots of the garden on the listing if you want more. Looks to be a distant sea view from the house too, as the coast isn’t too far away. Nor is the harbour and town centre.
It really is the kind of house that needs a ‘real’ viewing rather than an online one, purely to get an idea of the work required and to see the exterior in all its glory.
If you want one, contact the agent and as for the price, that’s offers in excess of £750,000.
Images and details courtesy of Lillicrap Chilcott. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.