Grade II listed Hope House sits just off the picturesque harbor in the sought-after former fishing village of Mousehole

A disused fishing net loft that has been converted into a holiday home with stunning sea views has been put on the market for £1.25million, prompting criticism from Cornish residents concerning the increase in the cost of real estate due to the owners of second homes.

grade II listed In the popular former fishing community of Mousehole on the south coast, Hope House is situated just beside the charming harbour.

In the 17th century, the house was an attic with nets; today it is converted into a three-bedroom cottage with a separately accessible one-bedroom apartment.

A relatively modest property listed for more than $1 million, according to Falmouth Penwerris union advisor Jayne Kirkham, illustrates the difficulty the community is facing.

The average salary in Cornwall is 20 per cent below the national average, but house prices are higher, she told MailOnline.

“These types of mansions are so out of reach for local people.”

It is becoming increasingly common for critical employees and those in the hospitality industry to reside away from their place of work.

Places like Mousehole are no longer accessible to those with regular jobs.

“Rents and private prices here have increased dramatically recently.

“When many people found they could move to Cornwall, work there, own a second property and earn money from vacation rentals, it didn’t help during the pandemic.

What Cornwall would really like is more delegated authority to address those concerns, similar to what Wales has.

According to estate agency Lillicrap Chilcott, Hope House is one of the best-located homes in Mousehole, where harborside properties rarely come up for sale.

Since 2012 it has been rented out as two holiday homes by Unique Homestays under the names Oystercatcher and Herringbone.

The 1,500 square foot chalet, which has vaulted ceilings and bleached wood floors, has been featured in Vogue magazine, numerous coffee table books, and was rated the best of 50 self-catering chalets in a 2015 survey .

An entrance, the master bedroom with an en-suite shower room, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom are located on the ground floor.

A living room, a kitchen/dining room and a balcony are located on the first floor.

The apartment, which is accessed via a courtyard, comprises a kitchen, a lounge area and a bedroom with en-suite shower room. Both the living area and the bedroom offer a view of the harbour.

After receiving planning approval, the two properties could be joined together to form a four-bedroom house.

There is a fenced garden and a private backyard outside.

Author Dylan Thomas once called Mousehole “the prettiest village in England”.

It is famous for its Christmas lights on the port and has many fishermen’s houses along its winding streets which are classified.

“Hope House is stunning in its presentation and set in a truly wonderful location to match,” remarked Jack Greenwood of Lillicrap Chilcott.

A lucky buyer will have a really special chance with Hope House, which is perched above the harbor and offers breathtaking views.

With its winding lanes and fishermen’s houses surrounding the harbour, Mousehole is extremely attractive and highly sought after. Port-facing properties are rarely for sale.

It is in the perfect location to admire the Christmas lights while being close to a wide variety of restaurants, shops and delicatessens.

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