The Old School, Tresmeer, Launceston, PL15

For Sale £795,000

5 3 5

A truly unique residence, standing in approximately half an acre of its own gardens with views over open countryside to Dartmoor in the distance.
Located with the best of all worlds, twenty minutes from the North Cornish coast at Bude, Widemouth Bay and Crackington Haven, but also easily accessible to the A30 and M5

Ideal work from home location with an abundance of opportunities to create office and work space.

The Old School presents itself as a desirable and spacious home, a highlight of the property is the original school room which is some 40ft long and has been pleasingly repurposed into two reception rooms comprising the sitting room with wood burning stove and the exposed beam dining room. Formerly a school and headmasters residence, this characterful stone built property, sitting in approx. Half an acre of its' own gardens has been remodelled to offer a completely unique living experience.

Originally built in the mid 1870's, Tresmeer Primary school ran for some one hundred years and closed around 1966. The Old School was in due course converted into this spectacular family home which we are delighted to bring to market. The generous accommodation is arranged around the central double height drawing and dining room, formerly the main school classroom. There is a host of character features such as arched granite mullion windows, striking staircase to a Minstrel galleried landing, and high ceiling.

The Old School enjoys oil fired central heating and three of the five bedrooms have en-suite facilities. Standing in its own grounds with ample parking and lawns to the front and rear, both of which enjoy a pleasant outlook and the gardens and lawns to the rear of the property have views to open farmland and both Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor in the distance. You will also find a decked area to the rear of the property, perfect for summer dining and entertaining plus the benefit of a useful garage and outbuildings.

Additionally there is the opportunity to split the property into two separate living spaces. Whether to provide accommodation for elderly relatives or as a potential income stream from lettings, the possibilities are numerous and offers several financial possibilities.

The current owners who have enjoyed The Old School for some twelve years and during this time have made various improvements and in particular a rather stylish extension to the kitchen.
The Old School description

Hallway 11' 7” x 7' 5” (3.52m x 2.27m)

The mostly used Entrance Hallway with a hardwood door accessed from a pathway at the side of the house. Stepping onto a ceramic tiled floor, there is a central heating radiator with decorative cover. Large under stair cupboard beneath the dog leg staircase to the first floor (currently with a Stanna lift installed which can be purchased by separate negotiation or removed).

Library / Study 11'4” x 12' 2” (3.46m x 3.72m)

The library study has windows to both front and side elevations. Continuing ceramic tiled floor with ample of fitted shelves. Radiator with decorative cover and decorative chandelier-type central light

Kitchen / Breakfast 21' 9” x 26' 1” (6.64m x 7.95m) - overall approx

A spacious breakfast and kitchen room with windows to two elevations of the property and a ceramic tiled floor and a good sized and fully functioning kitchen area with an electric hob and extractor over and an eye level oven. There is an extensive amount of storage by way of fitted wall cupboards and base units under tiled work surfaces. A double bowl stainless steel sink unit with mixer taps, plumbing and space for dishwasher. Central heating radiator and recessed ceiling spotlights.

Prep Kitchen / Laundry 24' 11” x 13' 1” (7.6m x 4.0m) - overall approx

Added in recent years, built by a local builder and quite an enhancement to the property, this is a high roofed utility kitchen and laundry room with a host of worktops and storage space, with a window to the side elevation of the property and a door at each end, one to the decking outside and one to the outside and garage. This is a beamed, lofty, vaulted area with stacks of storage. There are fitted cupboards, space for a washing machine and a dryer, and a dedicated laundry area with further worktop. There is, at present, a sink unit with a single drainer; it is a double sink unit with storage underneath. There is space for a large American-style fridge freezer, (not included in the sale) with a serve through to the main kitchen. The floor here is natural slate tiles. There are three Velux skylights, spotlight tracking. There is also a downstairs WC here. There is the added benefit in the Prep Kitchen and Laundry of under floor heating and a very useful airing cupboard.

Reception hallway

The part glazed front door leads onto this reception hallway. The walls are part panelled to the dado rail, a central heating radiator with decorative cover and fitted shelves. A beautiful timber floor, with doors leading to the kitchen on the right and the sitting room on the left and access to the boiler room.

Sitting and Dining Room

Without doubt a feature of this house is the stunning sitting and dining rooms, with stairs leading to the galleried landing above. This would have originally been the main school room and is 40ft overall, if you like entertaining this is the perfect space.

Dining area 13' 11” x 12.0” (4.24m x 3.66m)

The dining area is a raised platform, to see the view, and has a natural wood floor and windows to the front elevation of the property. The walls are white with a beamed ceiling, much feature woodwork, a wooden balustrade with handrail and an ornate window to the front hallway. Central heating radiator.

Sitting room 16' 6” x 17' 7” (5.03m x 5.36m)

This lovely lounge area has a feature fireplace which accommodates a wood burner with a wooden over mantel and side shelves around to accommodate the television. There are windows to both the side and rear elevation of the property and wooden French doors open on to the decking and gardens. The end elevation windows are gothic ally arched. A natural wood floor goes right through and there is a natural slate hearth. This room is open all the way to the vaulted beamed ceiling and the galleried first floor above. There is a colonial style fan on the ceiling.

Bedroom Five 13' 0” x 11' 2” (3.95m x 3.40m

Currently used as a second office but equally suited to a fifth bedroom or granny annex. This room has a natural plank floor and a central heating radiator. This room is in a really nice deep red decorative style at the moment with windows to the front elevation of the property and a wall of fitted cupboards. It has its own en-suite with toilet, wash hand basin and step in shower. The en-suite is tiled throughout with a carpeted floor.

First floor above Sitting and Dining Room accessed via a wooden feature staircase and arriving first at the Galleried Landing with book shelves, wall lights and a view down into the sitting room, from here doors lead to:

Master Bedroom En-suite 14' 11” x 17' 8” (4.54m x 5.38m)

This is a very spacious and very light room with a built-in double bed on a raised platform area which gives views through the Velux windows to the back garden and fields beyond. There is also a further raised area which currently has a dining table on it. This room has been used for Air b&b. There are power points and a central heating radiator and ceiling lights. Going on from this there is the en-suite, with a step-in shower, a wash hand basin and a toilet. The master bedroom also has a large walk-in wardrobe.

Bedroom Two 12' 8” x 13' 0” (3.87m x 3.96m)

This room has mid-height windows to the front elevation of the property with views over the village of Tresmeer and beyond. It has a substantial sized built-in wardrobe with plenty of room for items of clothing. The floor here is a laminate floor and there is a central heating radiator and power points. Through this pine door there is a toilet and wash hand basin. There is a further loft access in this room.

First floor above kitchen part of house accessed by double dogleg stairs with a half landings (currently has a stair lift which will be removed). Currently the walls are painted in two colours separated by the dado rail and pine banisters.

Bedroom Three 11' 5” x 11' 5” (3.49m x 3.49m)

This bedroom has windows to two elevations and the view from the front elevation in this bedroom is fantastic, looking over the village of Tresmeer to Bodmin Moor beyond. This bedroom has the natural wood floors with a built-in double wardrobe, which is each side of a built-in dressing area. There are spotlights in the ceiling, a central heating radiator and again this is a really nice, high, lofty room.

Bedroom Four 11' 9” x 9' 9” (3.59m x 2.80m)

A pleasant family or guest room in soothing colours with a centre light, windows to two elevations of the property, views over open farmland, and views over Tresmeer village and beyond. There is a central heating radiator, and the cupboards are all built-in which give absolutely enormous space and storage.

Family Bathroom 9' 3” x 11' 4” (2.82m x 3.45m)

A family bathroom, which has a walk-in shower and separate bath, toilet, built in wash hand basin with cupboards under. This room has wood paneling to halfway with a wooden dado, and a window to the rear elevation of the property underneath which is a central heating radiator. A recessed window looks to the rear of the property and garden.


The Old School is approached from the parish road via a sweeping drive with ample parking.


Approximately 3.0m x 6.0m and of timber framed construction sitting on predominately stone dwarf walls with a clad exterior under a pitched roof, the garage has electricity connected.


Being some approximately 3.0m x 12.0m overall. A typically very solid Cornish traditional stone built construction with a rag slate roof and currently divided in three separate rooms. (Subject to planning this building may present potential to convert to an holiday let, granny annex or work from home office space) The oil tank is housed in this area on a concrete plinth behind a wooden screening.


A large wooden patio decking at the rear of the property which is accessed directly from the property via the French doors from the sitting room or via the kitchen / laundry room.

Gardens and Lawns

Stepping up steps onto the gently sloping lawned area, this rises to a seating area with spectacular views. From the top of the garden is a virtually panoramic view reaching to Bodmin Moor in one direction over to Wilsey Down , and then across to Dartmoor in the other direction. The garden is enclosed on two sides by a Cornish stone wall and on the eastern boundary is a natural Cornish hedge looking onto open farmland.

Location and amenities

The Old School is quietly positioned in the village of Tresmeer, a rural location enjoying far reaching country views particularly from the gardens. Sitting between the Ancient capital and historic town of Launceston, some 9 miles drive away and the North Cornish seaside town of Bude approximately 17 miles drive giving access to a host of amenities and not least the coast and beaches.
Primary schooling can be found nearby at The Warbstow Primary Academy and for the older children both Launceston and Bude offer excellent secondary education. A wide range of sporting and recreational facilities are at Launceston and Bude where you will also find a choice of supermarkets and individual shops.
For the commuter

The A30 dual carriageway is approximately 5 miles distance and gives access to Exeter and the main motorway network beyond and an easy journey to trains at Plymouth or Exeter and flights at Newquay which is less than an hour away.
Viewing is strictly by appointment only with the sole selling agent
Water is mains
Drainage by private septic tank
Mains electricity
Oil fired central heating
Telephone is BT Connection
Broadband is BT Fibre 100 (very fast)
Please note: Currently there is a Satellite TV system installed with a specialist tracking dish, this could be purchased by negotiation if required but alternatively will be removed.
Tenure - The property is offered for sale freehold and with Vacant Possession on completion.

Local Authority

The property is sold subject to all local authority charges and is council tax band D The local authority is Cornwall County Council, County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2AY Telephone: 0300 1234 100

Agents Notes

None of the services or appliances, plumbing, heating or electrical installations have been tested by the selling agent.

None of the statements contained in these particulars as to this property are to be relied on as statements or representations of fact. All figures, measurements, floor plans and any maps if used are for guidance and identification purposes only.

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all outgoings, rights of way, easements & way leaves there may be, whether mentioned in these general remarks and stipulations or particulars of sale

  • Unique Country House
  • Five Bedrooms
  • Stunning Galleried Sitting Room
  • Far Reaching Garden Views
  • Plenty of Parking
  • Central Heating
  • Standing in almost Half an Acre
  • Masses of Character
  • Useful outbuilding with potential
  • Potential to create two houses from one - Ideal for dependant relative
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