Coastal house near Porthcurno beach available for the first time in 100 years

A detached coastal house near Penzance which housed a Nobel laureate and two authors is set to be sold publicly for the first time in nearly 100 years. The sale of Carn Voel offers an exciting chance for the new owners to write the next chapter of this fascinating property.

Situated on the hill above Porthcurno with its pristine golden sandy beach and iconic open-air theatre, this attractive unlisted 1910 coastal house was purchased in 1922 by Bertrand and Dora Russell and remains in the same family property over the last century.

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, was born in 1872 in Monmouthshire into one of the UK’s most prominent aristocratic families.

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A remarkable British philosopher and Nobel laureate, his work has influenced mathematics, logic and analytical philosophy. He was also a great public intellectual and a tireless peace activist. Bertrand Russell’s second wife, Dora, Countess Russell was a British author and leading campaigner for feminist and progressive causes.



Bertrand, John and Kate Russell on the porch of Carn Voel

Dora Russell worked for the British Ministry of Information during World War II and edited the publication British Ally, a British newspaper and periodical distributed in the Soviet Union to help maintain the wartime alliance. In 1958, she led the Caravan of Women for Peace across the “Iron Curtain” that divided Europe during the Cold War. Later, she published an autobiography, The Tamarisk Tree.

Bertrand, Dora and their children have had many happy times at Carn Voel during their 10 years together. After their separation, Dora lived in Carn Voel and died there in 1986, aged 92. His daughter, Lady Katharine Tait, became a published author and lived the last 35 years of her life at Carn Voel, until her death in 2021.



Tranquil property sits on the hill above Porthcurno
Tranquil property sits on the hill above Porthcurno



Coastal property is within walking distance of the beach
Coastal property is within walking distance of the beach

Now on the market for offers over £600,000, Carn Voel is ripe for renovation, remodeling or refurbishment. Estate agents Lillicrap Chilcott said: “The availability of Carn Voel represents a truly ‘unique’ opportunity to acquire a large period coastal home with no close neighbors and within walking distance of one of the most beautiful and scenic beaches in golden sands of Cornwall.”

The tranquil property is approached from a private, unsealed, dead end road which leads to only two other properties. Surrounding the house on three sides, the large gardens of Carn Voel back onto fields and offer fabulous views across the countryside to the sea in the distance.



Carn Voel is currently subdivided into a ground floor apartment and a maisonette on the first and second floor
Carn Voel is currently subdivided into a ground floor apartment and a maisonette on the first and second floor

Offering nearly 2,700 square feet of accommodation over three floors, Carn Voel is currently sub-divided into a two-bedroom apartment on the ground floor and a five- to six-bedroom maisonette on the first and second floors.

Full of natural light, the ground floor apartment comprises a large living room with a conservatory, a good sized dining room with a kitchen, a rear hall, a family bathroom and two good sized double bedrooms.



Carn Voel is ripe for renovation, remodeling or renovation
Carn Voel is ripe for renovation, remodeling or renovation

An exterior staircase leads to the first floor entrance porch and an interior hall where there is a toilet, bathroom and utility room. A kitchen and dining room, a comfortable living room and three bedrooms with beautiful countryside and sea views are also found on the first floor.

Head to the top floor and you will find three attic bedrooms, a large storage room and fabulous distant views of the English Channel to the south and the Atlantic to the west.

Carn Voel is for sale without chain. For details, contact Lillicrap Chilcott on 01872 273473.

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