Historic Mousehole home that survived the beatings of the Spanish Armada up for sale

A historic house, the only one in a Cornish village to survive bombardment by the Spanish Armada, has gone up for sale.

In the 1590s, naval officer Carlos de Amésquita had sailed from Brittany to England with an armada of 130 ships that was widely considered invincible.

Five years later, in 1595, four galleys landed on the south Cornish coast and in a short but brutal raid Amesquita’s men burned the villages of Mousehole, Paul and Newlyn and launched a bombardment of Penzance, reducing in rubble 400 houses and sinking three ships.

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The galleys then departed, fearing a counterattack, having destroyed all the buildings in Mousehole except The Keigwin Arms, a pub whose owner died defending it.

A plaque to brave Jenkyn Keigwin hangs outside.

The grade II* listed building is now on the market for £750,000.

The old pub is believed to have been first built in the 14 and century and was part of a 16 and century mansion.

It is less than 50 meters from the seafront.

It is now a 15 bedroom house and has featured in the BBC series Poldark.

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Keigwin has undergone many changes over the centuries but remains charming inside and out.

The listing on Lillicrap Chilcott reads: “Considered the oldest house in Mousehole and certainly one of the most iconic, a major Grade II* listed part of a 16th century manor house with a Jacobean granite columned porch at the front, up to 5 bedrooms and 3 bath/shower rooms plus reception rooms steeped in history, with such an important and rare south-facing garden, all within 50 meters of the sandy port delightful.



Keigwin, Keigwin Place, Mousehole

“Period features include magnificent fireplaces and a barrel-ceilinged sitting room. A very well presented and spacious property which would be ideal as a main or holiday home in the heart of Mousehole.”

The characteristics of the property are listed as follows:

Ground floor: porch, entrance hall, reception hall, dining room, kitchen, library or double bedroom, shower room, laundry room.

First floor: living room with barrel ceiling, up to 4 bedrooms, fitted dressing room, shower room and bath/shower room.

Outside: covered front yard, south facing rear yard with storage room, covered side access path. Splendid large well stocked garden – an oasis in Mousehole.

You can view the list here

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