A dilapidated Cornish manor house that once hosted Edward the Black Prince but is now rundown and overgrown has gone on the market for £1.25million.

Bossiney Court is located in the vicinity of the Cornish village named Bossiney. It is divided into two cottages, and has an old pottery studio situated on its two-and a half-acre property.

The Grade II listed property was the original manor house of the borough and the Duchy Crest is carved above the main entrance and above a fireplace in one of the sitting rooms. 

The manor is believed to have been home to Edward the Black Prince (son of Edward, Duke of Cornwall, and heir of Edward III’s English throne). Edward, who was born in 1330, was one of the most successful English commanders during the Hundred Years’ War with France.  

Two centuries later, Sir Francis Drake was elected to the borough parliament in 1583. He gave his election speech in Bossiney Mound, in front Bossiney Court.

Bossiney Court was then a farmhouse, before it was split into two houses in the 17th-century. Although the grounds are overgrown now, they once had a walled garden. 

Bossiney Court (pictured) on the outskirts of a Cornish village with the same name is currently split into two cottages and also has a former pottery studio on its two-and-a-half-acre grounds

Bossiney Court (pictured), located on the outskirts Cornish village, has been divided into 2 cottages. There is also a former pottery shop on the grounds of its 2-and-a-half acres

The Grade II listed property was the original manor house of the borough and the Duchy Crest is carved above the main entrance and on a fireplace surrounds in one of the sitting rooms

It was originally a Grade II property. A Duchy Crest carving is found on the Duchy Crest’s main entrance, and in one of its sitting rooms.

The building needs considerable restoration to make it habitable but could become a family home or lucrative holiday let. The village of Bossiney is close to Tintagel, the reputed home of King Arthur, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book

Although the building requires extensive restoration, it could be used as a home for family members or a lucrative vacation rental. Bossiney lies close to Tintagel (the reputed residence of King Arthur) and is listed in the Domesday Book.

Lesley Lamley, from Millerson, which is handling the sale of the property, said Bossiney Bay 'is stunning' and is in walking distance. She said: 'It would be a very lucrative spot given its closeness to Tintagel and a lack of holiday options there'

Millerson’s Lesley Lamley is selling the property. She said Bossiney Bay is ‘amazing’ and that it is within walking distance. According to her, it would make a great investment because of its proximity to Tintagel. There aren’t many holiday opportunities there.

Edward the Black Prince, son of Edward III and Duke of Cornwall, is reputed to have stayed at the manor

Edward the Black Prince (son of Edward III and Duke Of Cornwall) is believed to have stayed at this manor

The cottages each have a sitting area, a dining room, and kitchen on the ground level. Upstairs, one cottage has three bedrooms, a bath, and the other two has two bedrooms, a full bathroom, and two bathrooms upstairs.

The house has an attached annex, once it served as staff accommodation. This could also be reinstated or the estate could be made into the magnificent manor that it once was.

Tintagel Pottery was housed in the detached barn. This large structure has great potential to be converted as it’s set within private gardens. 

Millerson, who is the agent selling the house, said the structure needs significant renovation to be habitable.

Bossiney village is located near Tintagel. This is the supposed home of King Arthur. Kathleen Everard and Egil Curnningham Quam set up Tintagel Pottery at this property in 1950. It was eventually taken over by Enid Moutton and Roger Howard, who were their partners in death.

Some of the pottery made at that location are preserved in storage.

Millerson agent Lesley Lamley said the property needs major renovations. The property is currently divided into two cottages. You could convert one side into extra accommodation to make it multigenerational. 

Each of the two cottages have a kitchen, dining room and sitting room on the ground floor, while upstairs one has three bedrooms and a bathroom and one has two bedrooms and a bathroom

The cottages each have a sitting area, kitchen and dining area on the ground level. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, a bathroom, and two bedrooms.

The large detached barn that housed Tintagel Pottery could also have great potential for conversion, set within its own gardens and with a private drive

Tintagel Pottery was housed in a large barn detached. This barn could be converted to a home for Tintagel Pottery, with its own garden and private drive

Tintagel Pottery was set up at the property by Kathleen Everard and Egil Cunningham Quam in 1950. It was taken over by Enid Mutton and her partner Roger Howard in the 1970s following the deaths of Everard and Quam. The pottery building still contains the furnaces and other equipment and the storage rooms still contain some of the pots that were made there

Kathleen Everard, Egil Cunningham Qam and Egil Cunningham Quam set up Tintagel Pottery at this property in 1950. Enid Mott and Roger Howard took it over in 1970s after the deaths of Everard & Quam. It is still home to the pottery equipment. The storage rooms contain some pots made there.

Ms Lamley added: ‘It also has this impressive former pottery studio. The studio was started in 1948. All the machinery, including the furnaces and other equipment are still present. You can find a lot of workshop and garages where you could store the final pottery.

It just has an amazing character. It is 2.5 acres in size. Although a lot is now overgrown, there were once formal walls that protected the property. You could restore it to its former glory.

The area’s history is extensive, including Tintagel’s, which can be walked to, as well as Bossiney Bay’s, which are both stunning. The area is in dire need of restoration and could be easily converted to holiday rentals. Given its location to Tintagel and lack of options for holiday rentals there, it would be very profitable.

“The Grade II listing for the property was made in 17th-century. It was then divided into two. There are many lovely features, including flagstone floors and exposed beams. This could make it a great addition to your home if you renovate.


In this historical tableau of 1390, Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales (the Black Prince) is granted Aquitaine by his father King Edward III

This historical tableau from 1390 shows Edward of Woodstock (the Black Prince), who is given Aquitaine by King Edward III

Edward of Woodstock (1333-1376), also known as the Black Prince in history, was King Edward III’s oldest son and the English heir apparent. 

He was the heir apparent to the English throne, but he died before his father, at the age of 45, so the prince’s son, Richard II, succeeded to the English throne instead, in 1377. 

The Black Prince is thought to take his nickname either from his black armour or his brutal reputation – he is thought to have led a massacre of more than 3,000 soldiers at the Siege of Limoges in France in 1370.

Shakespeare mentions him in Shakespeare’s play Richard II. Henry V also includes his key role in Hundred Years War. This event has made him a controversial but important historical figure in the Middle Ages.

According to French chroniclers, the Black Prince continues to be vilified by some French quarters. He ordered the murder of 3000 innocent civilians in Limoges, France, during the Hundred Years War. 

His reputation was tarnished by the account of a French chronicler who said he ordered the massacre of 3,000 innocent people in the French town of Limoges during the Hundred Years War – although this has recently been contested. 

At the Black Prince’s final breath, 45-year-old from Dysentery, he wrote down extremely precise instructions to his tomb. 

His tomb should be visible from all eyes so people can pray for his rotting body.