Medieval Crocadon

Crocadon was first recorded in 1306 as ‘Croketon’. At this time Crocadon was a large and important medieval estate, owning much of the land around St Mellion.  For many generations, Crocadon was the seat of the Trevisa family and the birth place of  John Trevisa, who translated the Bible. As a noted scholar, John, Chaplain to James, 6th Baron Berkely also translated Bartholomew’s ‘iJe Proprietatibus Rerum’ and ‘The Polychronicon’ of Ralph Higden: A treatise of all the Acts of King Arthur.  He died in 1470 with no male heirs and in 1690 the estate was purchased by the Coryton family.  A Captain James Tillie married into the family and records show he built Pentillie Castle in 1698 from the part dismantled mansion of Crocadon leaving the remainder of the mansion to be fitted out as a farmhouse.

Crocadon Farmhouse today

Today Crocadon Farm is a significant property in the Cornish village of St Mellion and although still in the possession of the Coryton family, it has been restored and maintained over the last 17 years by current leaseholder, Mike Mann. The 130 acre organic farm surrounds the house, nestling in to its age old site. Orchards of apples, plums, cherries and pears have been replanted where they once stood in medieval times and the ancient entrance track extended with an avenues lime trees at one end and walnuts at the other.  It is easy to see that Mike, (Pentillie Estate’s former forester) has a passion for trees and timber as the grounds and internal restoration reflect his specialism of home grown species. Much of which was sourced locally and processed at Mike’s hardwood sawmill that for many years made up part of the farm and closed in the early months of 2017.

Just a short walk from the farmhouse there is a small quarry which has been selected as a Geological Conservation Review site.  The quarry shows an example of Variscan Structure of South West England, representing a major episode of Earth history that occurred as a result of ‘Variscan Orogeny’ a period of mountain building and continental collision.

Today the disused quarry, like the farm, is an oasis for wildlife. Combined with the surrounding woodlands, small fields and many hedgerows the farm attracts much wildlife including many visiting birds.

Crocadon Farmhouse

The most prominent remaining original feature of the manor is the fireplace with its impressive granite fireplace, amplified by the dramatic galleried oak staircase framing an immense old window creates an atmospheric dining hall.  The house has been sympathetically restored and furnished with robust, rustic materials which gives the house a feel of a stepping back in time.

The historic farmhouse at Crocadon offers spacious and comfortable facilities set in a private rural location. With fabulous views over the surrounding lawned gardens and countryside. A real hidden gem!