It is an unspoilt coastal hamlet representing a throwback to a bygone time – just as intended.
The tenanted manor of Trevalga was placed in a will trust more than 60 years ago so the estate could be ‘preserved and improved and as far as possible not sold or broken up’.
Its last private owner, Gerald Curgenven, dictated that estate income should go to his old school, Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where the Duchess of Cambridge was a former pupil.
The arrangement kept development at Trevalga, on Cornwall’s rugged northern coast, to a minimum and allowed tenants who would otherwise be unable to afford a home in such an idyllic spot to stay in what remains a close-knit community.
But the villagers are now gearing up for a ‘Battle of Trevalga’ amid fears they could be evicted – after the 1,200-acre estate, where some families go back three generations or more, was put on the market with a guide price of £15,750,000.
Residents – a mixture of retired, craftspeople and tenant farmers…