Stunning home which featured on Grand Designs is for sale
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Stunning home which featured on Grand Designs is for sale

Dec 09, 2023

The six-bedroom property has been in various magazines

A genuine Grand Design having featured on the eponymous TV show in 2016, the stunning Nanskerris is an extraordinary Grade II listed detached house of unique architectural significance. Blending a Victorian gamekeeper’s cottage and a magnificent woodland-inspired modern wing with interiors crafted from trees sourced from surrounding woods, this six-bedroom home at Trevarno, Helston, is a work of art.

Enveloped in around 4.6 acres of stunningly beautiful wooded grounds, including a vast grassed glade and a range of outbuildings, this one-off property is the ultimate culmination of a dream and vision which was captured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs television programme. The property was conceived by the current owner as an expression of her love for the setting Nanskerris nestles within and used the talents and skills of the craftsmen within her own steam bent furniture making business.

Having enjoyed living in the tiny original 19th century Grade II listed gamekeeper’s cottage on the site for some time, the vendor set about reinventing the space in 2016, shaping an environment that would suit family life and reflect her creativity. Working in unison with the environment, the team brought fresh purpose to the materials and resources offered up by their surroundings – utilising timber from the woodland and rocks from the original excavation site.

From paper plans to finishing touches, every inch of the build was thought through in meticulous detail. Whether it was the eco concrete power floated floors with ground source underfloor heating or the stunning arrangement of strips of numerous different varieties of wood laid on the walls – time, consideration and experimentation characterised every decision made.

The original gamekeeper’s cottage was linked to a handsome stone barn by a glazed walkway. The interior structure of the barn was then exposed to provide a raw and historically accurate starting point that opens into the undeniably beautiful contemporary extension which has brought the outside in, blurring the boundaries of nature and home. A further unconverted stone barn lies invitingly across a courtyard.

This truly original low-impact home was completed to industry acclaim; blending the beauty of nature with architectural innovation and bridging the gap between honest tradition and inventive new techniques.

The grounds that inspired this house are equally important with considered gardens surrounding the house. A mown walkway rises up to a higher level grassed plateau with broad pathways leading through a woodland of oaks, sweet chestnuts, ashes and beeches. The centrepiece to the woodland is a huge level grassed plateau that enjoys complete isolation and shelter amongst the trees.

As well as extensive driveways and a range of timber and stone outbuildings, Nanskerris also features a rather special steamed wood and glass yoga studio which is nestled amongst the trees and positioned to enjoy the first sun of the morning. One of the most instantly recognisable self-build projects ever created in the United Kingdom, this wooden grand designs home has also featured in Elle Decoration, Elle Decoration Modern Rustic and Country Living.

This is the first time Nanskerris has been offered for sale by its creators and it is available at a guide price of £1,650,000. To find out more or to view this amazing Cornish home, contact Lillicrap Chilcott on 01872 273473.