A rare chunk of Cornish maritime history has just come on the market. Charlestown Harbour, an enchanting, yet fully functional, Grade II listed 18th Century port, near St Austell on the south coast of Cornwall, is on the open 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.

Cornish harbour

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 capable of generating income in a number of ways. As well as rent from the commercial property within the original unspoilt 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 historic square-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 highly successful marine business and assets will be a particular draw, as it 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 magnificent historical square rigged sailing ships, used in epics such as Frenchman’s Creek and Treasure Island. To find out more, contact First Peninsula Marine on 01548 854455 or visit www.firstpeninsulamarine.co.uk/charlestown harbour.