Grace's House

A fine example of an 18th century Cornish Croft.
Grace's House is set on a south facing slope above a stream
that runs half a mile to a hidden cove, sandy at low tide,
home to seals and merrymaids.

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Particular features of this bijou dwelling include a splendid example of a traditional granite Cornish inglenook fireplace which still contains the original iron fire furniture.

In a secluded spot within its own tenement, the views to the coast are outstanding.

The house is complete with furnishings including four sets of iron bunkbeds.

The son of the local farmer recalls making dens in Grace's house as a child. He would collect up rations left behind by ANC troops undertaking mountain and rescue training at nearby Commando Ridge and play at soldiers.

Many London children were evacuated to West Cornwall to escape from the Blitz during the war. " We travelled down by train, a long tiring journey, which was packed with service-men who overflowed into the corridors with their kitbags. I seem to remember being lifted over everyone's heads and passed along from hand to hand until the exit door was reached. We somehow failed to get out at St Erth for St Ives, probably due to the blackout restrictions, and arrived in Penzance with no Grandpa to meet us."

The cottage is one of three dwellings in a small holiday cottage hamlet in what was once a thriving mining and farming community.

Until recently the whole hamlet was owned by the same farming family since the early 1600's.

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