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Fully functional port for sale in Cornwall

A rare opportunity has become available to purchase a piece of Cornish maritime history.  Charlestown Harbour, a fully functional, Grade II listed 18th Century port, near St Austell is on the market.

The package includes properties, the waterfront, beaches and the operational and business assets of Square Sail, a specialist charter; marine training and marine film company and owner of two historical square rigged sailing ships.

As an added bonus, this unique marine freehold property and business portfolio offers considerable scope for residential and commercial property development (subject to the necessary planning consents). 

One of the few remaining British ports still in private ownership, Charlestown Harbour's setting is not just idyllic, but is also income generating in a number of different ways. As well as rent from commercial property within the original unspoilt harbour, such as the two weighbridge buildings and the quaint roundhouse at the end of the harbour, there are also water rights from Charlestown lakes, plus car parking, and an ice cream pitch. 

Further income comes from 1.5 acres of land used as car parking for harbour activities, an ancient access tunnel leading from the harbour to the Heritage Centre, moorings and film location hire fees.

Tourism has its part to play, too. The village of Charlestown is in the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, so not surprisingly, the picturesque quays, harbour buildings and, of course, the historicsquare rigged sailing owned by Square Sail, are a particular draw for the St Austell area's 300,000 visitors. 

The sale of Square Sail Shipyard's marine business and assets includes not only the Square Sail business itself, providing filming, set construction and consultancy to film and TV companies, sailing charters, festival charters and tourism, but also two historical square rigged sailing ships, used in epics such as Frenchman’s Creek, Treasure Island, and many others, as well as fixtures, fittings and equipment.

Finally, adjacent to Charlestown Harbour, there is a two-acre plot, which would be suitable for either commercial or residential development (subject to planning). It is available on a strictly non-conditional basis, either as part of the overall harbour package or following the sale of the harbour freehold.


Charlestown Harbour Sale Breakdown:

Charlestown Harbour - including harbour, waterfront, beaches, approximately 1.5 acres of land suitable for storage or additional parking, water rights, income from moorings, pay and display, ice cream pitch and tunnel, plus commercial building rental and film location hire fees. Offers in the region of £1,500,000

Square Sail Ships and Business- available on a relocation basis or subject to purchase of harbour. The operational and business assets of the Shipyard includes: two historical square rigged ships, fixtures, fittings, equipment and transferrable goodwill. Offers in the region of £1,400,000

Freehold Interests in additional Development Land- approximately 0.809 Hectares (two acres) of land suitable for commercial/residential development (subject to planning). Available in conjunction with the purchase of the harbour or following the sale of the harbour.  Offers in the region of £1,500,000

Additional commercial buildings - details and prices on request

Residential property - Harbour Master's Cottage - offered subject to separate negotiation

To enquire, contact First Peninsula Marine or call 01548 854455.

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