Situated directly above a secluded private beach, with gated access for residents, overlooking St Austell Bay, The Courtyard, is a development of thirty-eight new homes, at the former Duporth Holiday Village, and former site of the Duporth Manor Estate. Previously owned by the Rashleigh family, whose principal Cornish home Menabilly in Fowey, was the inspiration for Manderley in Daphne du Maurier’s book Rebecca, the subject of a recent Netflix remake.
Located in an exceptional position, with private pedestrian access direct to the beach, homes at The Courtyard offer the very best in coastal living.
The Courtyard at Duporth is a unique collection of restored period and new build 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, houses and bungalows, arranged around a landscaped courtyard. Taking their lead from the retained original Duporth Manor Farm buildings, which have been restored and converted into houses and bungalows in The Farm Houses and The Stables, the new sections of The Courtyard, The Mews Houses, Pavilion Rise, The Apartments and Bay View Houses, all take their architectural cues from the original buildings and traditional Cornish designs: each with a distinct but complimentary design, successfully combining contemporary and traditional styles.
All homes at The Courtyard come with private outside space, as either a balcony or terrace/garden and are finished to a high standard, with designer fitted kitchens which includes a range of Neff and Bosch built-in appliances, LED lighting, partial underfloor heating, Karndean flooring, and fibre optic internet connection.
Stuart Brereton, Regional Managing Director for Acorn’s Cornwall region Acorn Blue said, “The Courtyard at Duporth offers the very best in coastal living and is in an amazing location: there are not a large number of homes that come with access to a private beach and a film location! Charlestown Harbour is a great spot to walk to: it’s like being in another time and incredibly picturesque.
“The careful retention and conversation of the original Duporth Manor Farm buildings provide The Courtyard with a genuine provenance and beautifully unique sense of place – the clock tower and its connection to Fortnum and Mason’s adds to this.”
The original Duporth Manor was built between 1791 and 1805, with the farm being built some time between 1839 and 1882. The listed clock tower, at the centre of The Courtyard, was built around 1882, with the clock made by John Thwaite of Clerkenwell London, a brand name of Thwaites and Reed, who are the oldest clock manufacturing company in the world, dating back to 1610. They have been responsible for some very famous clocks around the world, including the clock at Horse Guards Parade (1755) and the striking clock at Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly, London (1964).
Charles Rashleigh (died 1823), owner of Duporth Manor Estate, was an entrepreneur and it was the expanding mining industry, at the turn of the 18th Century, around the area which led him to develop a port on the south coast. The natural choice and nearest location was West Polmear, which at that time had no harbour and only nine residents. With the aid of John Smeaton (a famous designer of lighthouses and harbours), Rashleigh began construction of the harbour: the village changed its name to Charlestown in 1799 in his honour.
Charles over stretched himself financially and was bankrupt at the time of his death, though the port continued to be active and profitable for many years and only stopped being used commercially in 2000. The harbour was purchased in 1994 by Square Sail as a base for their sailing ships: much of their business involves using the harbour and their ships as film sets. Charlestown has been used as a location in many films and television series including The Eagle Has Land, Horn Blower, multiple versions of Treasure Island, Doctor Who, Poldark and more recently its 2015 remake, and Fisherman’s Friends.
In 1933 Duporth Manor was sold to a private company, Seaside Holiday Camps, who converted the estate into a then fashionable holiday camp, Duporth Holiday Village which opened in 1934. Over the next 55 years Duporth Holiday Village was owned by number of well-known names including Butlins, Haven and Warner. The main manor house was demolished in 1989 after it became uneconomical to repair and the site then passed through a number of private owners, until it closed in 2006.
The site remained derelict for more than a decade before its future was reconsidered by bespoke housebuilders and regeneration specialists Acorn Blue, who have now realised the stunning potential of the location: coastal views, from an area of natural beauty, homes that are authentic with a history and genuine connection to the community and with direct private access to Duporth Beach.
The Courtyard is only a short walk from the beach, accessed directly from the site via a secure private gate, and less than a mile from Charlestown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoying southerly and sea views, with each home having been thoughtfully laid out and designed, the towns of Fowey and Liskeard are approximately 35-minutes drive away to the east and Truro, 30 minutes drive to the west.
The Farm Houses and The Stables are the first part of The Courtyard to be completed, to be followed shortly by The Mews and The Pavilion, with Phase II The Apartments and Bay View due for completion Spring 2021.
The Courtyard, apartments, houses and bungalows, which are part of Acorn’s Lifetime Living Collection, exclusively for the over 55s are offered for sale, with prices ranging from £310,000 to £750,000. For more information visit www.acornpropertygroup.org or telephone 01637 876000. Show Home open Thursday – Monday 10am – 5pm
Who Are Acorn?
Acorn is an independent development and regeneration company that has for over 25 years successfully created a range of residential led refurbishment and new build schemes. With offices in London, Cornwall, Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff, Acorn specialise in bespoke developments to meet the local community’s needs. Acorn is a flexible joint venture partner, working with Landowners, Introducers, local authorities, public bodies, Housing Associations and Charities. Following Acorn’s ‘Different by Design’ ethos, our experienced imaginative management and our construction and sales teams have led to Acorn being one of the country’s most successful property developers and partners.
Established in 1995, Acorn has a strong focus on provision of interesting, complementary and sustainable architecture that adds quality and a sense of purpose to its immediate environment. Our in-house team includes architects, interior designers, town planners, surveyors and construction managers who can be trusted to make the most of every opportunity. Together with our brand and sales and marketing teams, specialise in creating and delivering the best scheme for every individual site and community. With a countrywide portfolio including urban and rural locations, brownfield and greenfield sites, new build or conversions including listed buildings and numerous residential and commercial mixed-use sites.