Property of the week: an artist’s hideaway in Cornwall, UK

Hidden among the trees

It may look like a cabin but this rustic home near the Cornish town of Penzance comes with five bedrooms and two self-contained guest studios.

Orchard Flower Farm was designed by local architect Barrie Briscoe and was formerly the home and studio of the late master printer Hugh Stoneman. He worked with artists such as Patrick Heron, Sir Terry Frost and Sandra Blow, who made St Ives and the Cornish coast their home.

Briscoe blended old with new, reconfiguring the site’s existing cottage and adding a stilted timber extension to create gallery and studio space, which he modelled on Stoneman’s Islington workshop. The home is currently on the market via The Modern House for £1.2 million.

A large living room and dining area – replete with flagstone and parquet flooring, low-beamed ceilings and a traditional aga stove – fill the old volume and the five bedrooms spread across the first floor.

Cornwall property for sale in Penzance via The Modern House
Photography: The Modern House

Briscoe also added a glass conservatory on the east side of the 3,534 sq ft Cornish property and a large terrace which folds off the kitchen. It overlooks the house’s four acres of landscaped grounds, which run down to the Chyandour Brook.

Cornwall property for sale in Penzance via The Modern House
Photography: The Modern House

The timber addition is divided into two parts. A soaring double-height gallery with full-height windows features a study, utility room and show room, while the other half of the volume is a self-contained studio apartment, with a mezzanine-level bedroom and kitchen.

A second self-contained apartment is set a little way from the house, and is currently let as a holiday home, offering potential rental income for the future owner.

Cornwall property for sale in Penzance via The Modern House
Photography: The Modern House

Orchard Flower Farm is two miles from the centre of Penzance and from the coast. It’s a popular holiday destination, and the Cornwall town boasts one of the UK’s last remaining Art Deco salt-water lidos, as well as restaurants and pubs.

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