Higher Town, St Martin’s


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ISLAND LIFE! A rare opportunity to buy a delightful character cottage on St Martins in the idyllic Isles of Scilly. The property is set on an elevated site and has stunning views across the islands. It offers the chance to join a relaxed lifestyle now so difficult to find in the modern world.

Originally built more than 250 years ago the present
owner bought Trevean in 1991 and has spent ten years restoring and modernising the
interior. The extensive works included new floors, new internal linings to the walls
including built in insulation, installation of UPVC windows and doors and a very
comprehensive new electrical installation.
The Vendor is a keen gardener and the gardens, which slope away from the cottage in a south
easterly direction, are a cornucopia of sub tropical plants and flowers almost throughout
the year.
From the first floor windows there are wonderful views across the garden looking over Higher Town
Bay and quay and in the distance the Eastern Isles and the island of St. Mary’s.

The property briefly comprises  3 double bedrooms (one with en-suite) and a further bathroom on the first floor, and 2 reception rooms, kitchen / breakfast room, bathroom and cloakroom on the ground floor.  

St Martins

Though one of the larger off islands, St. Martin’s has a resident population of less than 120 people. It is, therefore, a quiet island with plenty of open space outside the three settlements and landing quays at Higher Town and Lower Town. St. Martin’s is often regarded as having the finest beaches of all the Islands and other amenities include Karma Resort, a five star hotel, The Sevenstones public house, a newly built community centre incorporating a fitness room, badminton court and meetings rooms, sub post office, general store, craft, bakery and greengrocers.  There is also a primary school and Church of England and Methodist churches.  At Higher Town the Island regularly host cricket matches on the green and there is an excellent tennis court / bowls facility.

The Property

From the driveway a front door leads into:

With ceramic tiled floor.

Kitchen 14’6” X 10’6”
With sea views across the garden. Having a ceramic tiled floor and open beamed ceiling. Comprehensively fitted with oak panelled units including a peninsular unit, all with melamine working surfaces and all fitted with a combination of cupboards and drawer units including, within the peninsular unit, a high level glass fronted double display cabinet. In addition there is a full range of matching wall cabinets. Fittings include a double drainer stainless steel sink unit and a stainless steel built in cooker hood. Eighteen power points. Telephone point. Two ceiling spot lights. Pendant light fitting. (NB the Bosch washing machine, Zanussi double oven and four ring ceramic hob, Tricity Bendix dishwasher and Daewoo refrigerator can be purchased as an extra if desired.)

Cloak Room
Fitted with a low level w.c and vanity wash hand basin set into a storage cabinet.

An internal door within the hallway then passes through into the continuance of the hall. Triple floor to ceiling storage cupboard including coat hanging space with power point.

Bathroom 7’0” X 5’5”
Fitted with a corner bath with built in shower unit. Pedestal wash hand basin with wall mirror and shaver socket / fluorescent light over. Bidet. Swivel towel rail. Dimplex electric wall heater. Half tiled walls. NB an extension of the bathroom through which the bathroom is approached measures 5’5” X 3’10” and to one side there are storage cupboards and to the other a large airing cupboard housing the factory insulated hot water cylinder.
From the inner hallway three steps lead down into A further extension of the hall having five built in cupboards (two housing power points).
Three further steps lead down into

Lounge 21’9” X 11’0”
With sea views across the garden. A feature of this room is the large granite fireplace with raised slate hearth and multi fuel stove. Open beamed ceiling. Four wall light points controlled by dimmer switches. Eleven power points. Telephone point. Door to garden.

From the inner hallway a multi glazed door leads into the area of the house currently used as holiday accommodation.

Fitted with a double floor cabinet and matching sink unit and double wall cabinet. Single drainer stainless steel sink unit. Fluorescent light. Ten power points. Fitted shelving.

From the kitchen a door leads into a small Hallway with built in cupboards under the stairs. A second door via a step down leads into:

Lounge 14’0” X 11’6” Again a feature of this room is the large granite fireplace with raised stone hearth and feature niches either side which can be illuminated in the evening. Seven wall lights connected to dimmer switches. Ten power points. Two television points. Feature wood panelling to dado height.

With coat hanging space and two power points. From the hallway stairs lead to:

First floor landing.

Family Bedroom 12’6” X 13’3” maximum (10’3” minimum)
At present having a double bed and a single bed. Ten power points. Television point. Telephone connection. Tubular electric wall heater. Access to loft via an aluminium loft ladder.

En-Suite Bathroom
Through a bifold door. Fitted with a hip bath having a Triton T80si shower over. Vanity basin set into cabinet with cupboard under housing a Santon water heater. Fluorescent light / shaver socket over. Low level w.c. Ceiling mounted electric ventilation. Wall mounted electric fan heater. Access to loft.

Bedroom 10’2” X 9’2”
At present a double bedded room having a built in wardrobe, vanity basin set into a cupboard in which is an Ariston electric water heater. Mirror with fluorescent light / shaver socket over. Six power points. A sliding door accesses:

Fitted with a hip bath having a Triton T80si shower over. Wall tiling. Low level w.c. Pedestal wash hand basin. Wall mounted electric fan heater.

Bedroom 12’0” X 8’8” minimum plus a built in cupboard and recess.
At present a twin bedded room. Vanity basin set into a cupboard in which is an Ariston electric water heater. Mirror with fluorescent light / shaver socket over. Electric wall mounted skirting radiator. Six power points.

Situated on the other side of the driveway from the house is a large building constructed of granite with a part slate and part glazed roof in total measuring 30”0” X 12’0” divided internally into three sections plus a stone built water storage tank with electric pump. Two power points and switches for water pumps.
Connected and adjoining the above building is a Glasshouse 30’0” X 15’0”. This is sub divided and roofed to form an internal single garage with six power points. On the roof of the garage are solar panels with controls inside the garage in turn connected to the main supply.
Alongside the buildings is a large polythene water storage tank with electric pump. Water is pumped from this tank into the house.
NB there is a cold water header tank on the roof.
Within the garden is a building of granite construction with a single pitch corrugated roof 13’0” X 6’6”

SERVICES: Mains electricity is connected. Drainage is to a septic tank shared with the nearby bakery. Water is from a well with a sixth share.

ASSESSMENTS: For the purposes of Council Property Tax, this property is designated in Band ‘E’ in the Valuation List.


TENURE: Leasehold for a term of sixty years commenced 26th March 2003 at a ground rent of £4,275 per annum. The next rent review is 25th March 2038

Property Location
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