Delve into the rich history of Palmers Green and the enigmatic character of Truro House is sure to capture the imagination.
There has stood a building on this site since the mid seventeenth century with records from 1673 showing the land being occupied by the King’s Arms coaching inn. This chapter of its history which lives on today in the original brickwork and timber framing of the house’s cellar and the name of the nearby bridge that crosses the New River.
When, after almost 200 colourful years as a public house the land was suddenly sold in 1828, the building and its grounds were reborn as a family home, which came to be known as Truro Cottage. Soon after, when local draper Thomas Reynolds adapted and extended the building, it was renamed Truro House to reflect its grander status.
A succession of families and different personalities followed in the Reynolds’ footsteps and today, as you wander through the house’s remarkable rooms, the mark left by each family can be felt in its unique and characterful interiors. As you step through the Corinthian porch and into the imposing Gothic wood panelled entrance hall, it soon becomes evident that Truro House truly is one of a kind. ‘Old French’ influences can be seen throughout. These are, perhaps, a nod to the heritage of ‘Madame George’, the Gallic wife of George Davis, whose family lived here for 100 years.
The impressive Drawing Room boasts elegant Ionic scalgliola columns, gleaming gold leaf cornices, an antique fireplace, secret cupboards and doors, and semi-circular French bay windows opening onto the beautifully landscaped gardens.
Handcrafted wood panelling, parquet flooring and carved beams draw your eyes into the warmth of the Normandy Dining Room. Once within, many carvings, mottos and chilvaric details can be admired, along with a Tudor sash window and a stunning Jacobean fireplace.
The French style continues upstairs where the Normandy Bedroom features a hand-painted ceiling and antique fireplace. A secret hidden door offers a delightful reminder of the house’s intriguing history.
The master bedroom features grisaille panelling and where ‘Toile de Jouy’ wallpaper once dominated, now intricate, restored detailing adorns the walls.
Lying forgotten and uninhabited for 20 years, the Comer Homes Group has now taken up the responsibility of restoring Truro House to its former glory. With the company’s characteristic care, and working under the guidance of English Heritage, skilled craftsmen have been enlisted to breathe fresh life into the building’s original period details and the finest of finishing touches have been gathered from across the globe. Even the kitchen’s Victorian range cooker has received an exacting makeover, creating a striking, focal point in the heart of this very special home.
A charming collection of styles and influences set Truro House apart, yet there is also one common thread running throughout its recent reawakening – an unwavering commitment to ensuring its survival will allow it to be enjoyed for generations to come.