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Beachside bungalow that has inspired artists through the decades goes up for sale for £650,000 

A beachside cottage with stunning view across St Ives' harbour that has inspired two famous painters has gone on sale for £650,000 - for the first time in half a century.

Grade-II listed Turnstones Cottage sits right above the beach of the picturesque Cornish town that is famed for its natural light and local art movement.

The quirky three-storey, one-bedroom home has been described as a 'blank canvas' for potential buyers as it is need of some heavy modernising.

The property has a rich artistic pedigree dating back to the forming of the St Ives school of art of the 1930s. It was the home of St Ives stalwart Pauline Hewitt for 40 years, who who frequently sit out on the wide seafront balcony and use the landscape to frame her ideas.

A rare black and white photo shows her gazing over the seafront, paintbrush in hand and easel at the ready.

After she had moved away, the abstract artist Patrick Heron rented the property during the 1970s, when he wasn't staying at his Eagles Nest property in the nearby village of Zennor.

A room with a view: Stunning Grade-II listed Turnstones Cottage in St Ives has gone on sale for the first time in half a century with an asking price of £650,000

The quirky three-storey, one-bedroom home has been described as a 'blank canvas' for potential buyers as it is need of some heavy modernising

The property has a rich artistic pedigree dating back to the forming of the St Ives school of art of the 1930s. It was the home of St Ives stalwart Pauline Hewitt for 40 years and was also rented by abstract artist Patrick Heron

A rare black and white photo shows Pauline Hewitt gazing over the seafront, paintbrush in hand and easel at the ready. She lived in the property for 40 years and would use the incredible view to frame her pictures

Patrick Heron rented the property during the 1970s, when he wasn't staying at his Eagles Nest property in the nearby village of Zennor

On the ground floor is a charming sitting room with a large window offering the same sea views that would have inspired Hewitt and Heron.

Upstairs is a kitchen which benefits from doors which open right out onto the beach. On the top floor is the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.

Outside is a small cobbled area which adjoins directly to the beach. 

Agents Lillicrap Chilcott say they are expecting a huge amount of interest and are listening to offers of £650,000 and above.

A spokesman for the company said: 'This is a quaint and characterful cottage occupying an incredible position.

'It has a door opening onto the beach and comes with stunning views across the harbour.

'Arranged over three floors, it is the most perfect 'lock up and leave' bolthole with a holiday letting history in one of St Ives' most desirable locations.

'It is in need of total refurbishment but is therefore a blank canvas for its new owner.'

Anyone interested in the property should contact Lillicrap Chilcott directly.    

On the ground floor is a charming sitting room with a large window offering the same sea views that would have inspired Hewitt and Heron. It also offers a balcony that stretches the length of the house

Upstairs is a kitchen which benefits from doors which open right out onto the beach. Agents Lillicrap Chilcott say they are expecting a huge amount of interest and are listening to offers of £650,000 and above

On the top floor is the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The property is need of some heavy renovation, and has been described as a 'blank canvas' for potential buyers

A spokesman for the company said: 'This is a quaint and characterful cottage occupying an incredible position. It has a door opening onto the beach and comes with stunning views across the harbour'

'Arranged over three floors, it is the most perfect 'lock up and leave' bolthole with a holiday letting history in one of St Ives' most desirable locations'

Anyone interested in the property should contact Lillicrap Chilcott directly, although it is expected to receive a large amount of interest

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