Sancreed, Penzance

Best and Final Offers by Wednesday 27th January 2021 at 12 Noon - Guide £375,000

Character former school and headmaster’s house for renovation

Unique opportunity to acquire an attractive period building comprising the former Sancreed Primary School and an attached 3-4 bedroom residential house,  set within walled grounds extending to approx. 0.58 of an acre.

The property is in need of extensive modernisation and improvement with potential for conversion or change of use, subject to appropriate planning permission etc.

The grounds including the former school field and tennis court are enclosed by stone walls and Cornish hedges with trees and shrubs.



The Old School House is situated in the heart of the village of Sancreed, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Conservation area, on the south side of the Council road and opposite the Church which reportedly dates back to the 13th Century and is particularly well known for its four ancient Cornish crosses in the grounds/cemetery.

The local area is well renowned for its ancient history and monuments including various iron and bronze age hillforts, Sancreed Beacon and Carn Uny settlements. There are several manor and estate houses nearby including the privately owned Trereife House, The National Trust Trengwainton, Trewidden House and Garden as well as the famous open air Minack Theatre at Porthcurno and St. Michael’s Mount off Marazion.

The harbour town of Penzance is about 4 miles distant and provides an extensive range of health, leisure, education and business services, supermarkets and retail facilities, cafes, pubs and restaurants as well as a railway station on the main London Paddington line together with ferry links to the Isles of Scilly.


The Old School and Headmaster’s House is an attractive and substantial period property with a wealth of charm and character now requiring a program of modernisation and improvement offering a tremendous opportunity for potential purchasers to alter and improve the property to their own requirements and satisfaction, subject to any necessary planning permission and consents etc. The property would provide a superb large family house with additional accommodation, versatile live work unit or potential gallery/studio etc. 

A central doorway from the front yard leads to the main entrance foyer with doors off to the school room, chapel room and residential accommodation on the western side with first floor bedrooms and bathrooms.

The Old School and the attached three/four bedroom former headmaster’s house are constructed mainly of granite stone walls under a slate roof with mullioned windows and a feature large 15 pane end gable window to the west of the school room.      The property is set within large grounds which include yard to the front and a gate to the side leading around to the gardens and former school field and tennis court with parking to the south.

Approached from the Council maintained road, the property is accessed off a shared track providing access to the Mary Williams Memorial Hall and leading on to neighbouring land.  A pedestrian entrance gate leads to the tarmac surfaced entrance yard, surrounded on both sides by high granite stone walls, with various outbuildings including the original toilets.