Trereife House

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Trereife House
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The house and formal garden in 2011
Trereife House is located in Cornwall
Trereife House
Location within Cornwall
General information
Type Country House
Architectural style Queen Anne
Location Penzance, Cornwall
Country England
Coordinates 50°06′41″N 5°33′54″W / 50.111519°N 5.56509°W / 50.111519; -5.56509

Trereife House (pronounced Treave) is a grade II listed[1] manor house located west of the town of Penzance in Cornwall, England, UK. The house was built in the 18th century and has two storeys and a hipped roof with dormer windows.[2] Today the house is open for day visitors and also offers bed and breakfast rooms.


The first occupants of Trereife were the Nicholls family. Originally a farming family living in the farmhouse at Trereife, they assumed the role of minor gentry after gradually increasing the amount of land they owned over a period of time. John Nicholls, after working as a barrister at the Court of Chancery in London, arranged for a Queen Anne facade to be added to the original farmhouse. This was completed in 1708.[3]

The house eventually came into the hands of the Le Grice family. Charles Valentine Le Grice became the first member of the family to live there when he moved in in 1798 as a tutor to William Nicholls, the last of that family to live there.[3]

In 2011, Trereife House was the subject of a Channel 4 television documentary presented by hotelier Ruth Watson as part of her Country House Rescue series. A string of failed business attempts at the house had left it with debts of £100,000, but the situation was turned around by the programme. Its single B&B room prior to the arrival of the film crew was criticised for being poorly maintained and having dated decor. This was upgraded and further rooms were added, and the house began hosting weddings and public events.[4]


  1. ^ "Trereife Manor, Penzance". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1970). Cornwall (2nd ed.). Harmondsworth: Penguin. p. 227. 
  3. ^ a b "Trereife". Historic Houses Association. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Sally Newall (12 June 2012). "Country House Rescue: Trereife House one year on". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 

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