Only house in village to survive Spanish Armada shelling up for sale


It was the only home in Mousehole to survive the bombardment (Picture: Lillicrap Chilcott / SWNS)

A Grade-II listed property with a rich history is on the market in Cornwall.

The historic building up for sale was the only home in Mousehole to survive a bombardment from the Spanish Armada.

Originally a pub, named The Keigwin Arms, the building came under attack on July 23 1595 but remained standing – while its owner, Jenkyn Keigwin, died protecting it.

Since then, the property has been converted into a five-bed home and is now on the market for £750,000.

A former owner died protecting it when the Spanish Armada attacked (Picture: Lillicrap Chilcott / SWNS)
It’s a mix of old and new inside (Picture: Lillicrap Chilcott / SWNS)

Even with modernisation and an extension, Keigwin still retains lots of period features – such as exposed stonework and high, beamed ceilings. There’s even a Jacobean porch supported on four granite columns leading to a large, open-plan hallway.

With 1,970 sq ft of living space, there’s plenty of room – plus the kitchen has a stable door that leads out to the south-facing garden.

Elsewhere, there’s a utility room, a dining room, lounge and a master bedroom with a dressing room and en-suite shower room – plus three other bedrooms. 

It could be yours for £750,000 (Picture: Lillicrap Chilcott / SWNS)

Guy Morse, the estate agent at Lillicrap Chilcott handling the sale, describes Mousehole as ‘sitting in a little bowl of tranquility.’

Speaking about the one-of-a-kind property, he said: ‘Space is at a premium in Mousehole – everyone has got tiny postage stamp-sized gardens, if they’ve got anything at all.

‘The fact that this property has a sizeable south-facing garden – including banana plants and an olive tree – is just as rare as the history.’

It’s got a rich history (Picture: SWNS)
The outdoor space (Picture: Lillicrap Chilcott / SWNS)

The property would be perfect for history buffs, or simply those looking for a home with a story.

Keigwin was the only one to remain in Mousehole when Amésquita’s men torched the village  – but a plaque to the late owner Jenkyn Keigwin still hangs outside.

The surrounding harbour area has also been featured in the 1970s BBC television series Poldark.

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