Grand Designs converted silver mine never finished now on the market
Property featured on the hit Channel 4 design show with plans to convert the historic stone building into a five-storey home
A former silver mine engine house that was converted into a Grand Designs home has gone on the market for offers over £750,000. Grade II Listed Wheal Langford Engine House in Cornwall is now a luxury home with an incredible balcony that makes the most of the countryside views.
Stonemason Adam Purchase and his partner Nicola Brennan featured on the hit Channel 4 design show in 2011 as they set about trying to convert the historic stone building into a five-storey home. They planned to convert the Cornish engine house within 12 months but, as is often the case with Grand Designs, they ran out of money and had to complete the build around their day jobs.
They started in 2008 and host Kevin McCloud caught up with them in 2011, when he said the exterior was a “testament to Adam’s skill and dedication” but that the couple were a long way from moving in. The remote property sits in 3.7 acres of grounds on the edge of the Tamar Valley and there is a second derelict engine house, which the couple planned to convert to a holiday let, that still has live planning permission.
Wheal Langford mine is believed to have been open before 1824, predominantly for silver, and was amalgamated with Cornwall Silver Mines in 1835. The mine mostly produced parcels of argentiferous galena silver ore and the second engine house is believed to be a rare internal beam engine building.
The now-converted home has a bedroom and bathroom on four floors, as well as an entrance hall and kitchen/family room on the ground floor. The top two floors house the sitting room and the master bedroom with an en suite, to enjoy the best views of the surrounding landscape.
The eco-friendly property has a biomass boiler to supply hot water and central heating to the main residence, which is powerful enough to also provide heating and hot water to the second engine house once converted. There are also solar panels in the paddock which provide an income of about £1,800 a year.