It is one of Helston’s most recognisable properties – and now it’s up for sale for the first time in three decades.
Arguably second only to Lismore House for its Flora Day fame over being part of the Midday Dance route, Leslie House in Lady Street is steeped in history.
Built in 1810 for a wealthy tin merchant and his family this Grade II listed Georgian property has since been used as part of the Second World War effort to house members of the women’s land army and during the late 20th Century was the local unemployment exchange.
The hallway leading to the sweeping staircase. Picture: Mather Partnership
The present owners purchased in the late 1980s and completed an extensive programme of renovations. Since then it has acted as headquarters for local holiday letting firm Classic Cottages and there is now a change of use application pending for the property to become residential once more.
It is also well known each Flora Day for being where the Midday Dance participants pause for a short break in its grounds.
The property is now on the market with the Mather Partnership, with a guide price of £750,000.
A spokesperson said: “Offering exceptionally well maintained accommodation the graceful architecture is evident throughout from the stunning floor to ceiling multi-paned windows with original shutters to the sweeping main staircase.
“The property offers exceptionally spacious and versatile accommodation set primarily over two floors but also offering a basement which would seem perfectly suited to ancillary accommodation or possibly a letting income.”
There are original flagstones in the large kitchen. Picture: Mather Partnership
The proposed residential plans would provide accommodation in the form of dual aspect lounge, dining room, large dual aspect kitchen/breakfast room, a snug or fifth bedroom, and a shower room on the ground floor.
The first floor would offer a master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms, a bathroom, shower room and an office.
The lower ground floor is planned to provide a self-contained one bedroom accommodation with further work.
There is also an attic accessed via what was originally the servants’ staircase.
The agents added: “Enjoying a tucked away location yet being close to the town centre the property enjoys pretty secluded gardens to the front and side and generous level lawned gardens to the rear as well as ample off road parking, a huge asset this close to the town centre.
“Whilst the fabric of the building is in excellent order some changes will be necessary to create a residential property, offering a prospective purchaser the opportunity to create their dream home.”
This meeting rooom would become the master bedroom. Picture: Mather Partnership
The top of the staircase shows some of the architectural features. Picture: Mather Partnership