For Sale in Cornwall: Sawmills Residential Recording Studio

Quick Facts

£2m (Freehold with 32 acres)


  • Accessible only by boat or on foot
  • 32 acres of total seclusion
  • Private woodland with streams & waterfall
  • Tidal creek with mooring rights
  • Separate income-generating guest house
  • Equipment & backline included
  • For sale for the first time  more than 50 years


Sawmills has one of the most beautiful and secluded locations of any residential studio in the world.

It was established in 1974 as one of the first residential recording facilities in the UK with the unique attraction of being accessible only by boat or on foot.

Situated a mile from the sea on the south coast of Cornwall, located between the charming village of Golant and the picturesque town of Fowey, Sawmills sits on the western bank of the River Fowey in its own tidal creek.

The site has seen a wealth of history from the activity of medieval merchants to the author’s inspiration for a location his book “Wind in the Willows” and from wartime activities in both world wars to the current world famous recording studio.

Clients have included:

  • Duran Duran
  • Muse
  • New Model Army
  • Noisettes
  • Oasis
  • Robert Plant
  • Stone Roses
  • Supergrass
  • The Verve
  • Wet Wet Wet



360° tour

Click here for the 360 tour on the studio website 




Main House 3,135 sq ft (291 sq m)

7 bedrooms (3 en-suite) & all but one with woodland & waterside views
Raised terrace 
Large open plan kitchen/ sitting room 
Family bathroom
Utility room
Boot room
Recording studio (control room, live room & booths)
EPC rating E


The Lodge 561 sq ft (52 sq m)

2 bedrooms
Open plan kitchen/sitting room/ dining room
Shower room
Entrance porch
EPC rating E


Outbuilding 1 699 sq ft (65 sq m)
5 rooms, with water, power and drainage


Outbuilding 2 286 sq ft (27 sq m)
3 rooms, with water, power and drainage


Large open fronted garage/ barn including 4×4 vehicle


Log store 



Additional features

Two private pontoons 
Tidal creek and medieval quay 
The right to a mooring on the Fowey Estuary Lawned gardens
Extensive ancient woodland 
Gazebo made from timber sourced on site
32.08 acres in total

Please see below for further info re parking in Golant.



The creek at The Sawmills could tell a long and colourful story. From its early origins as a site used by medieval merchants, to the inspiration for a classic novel, and then a world-famous recording studio, this enchanting site is immersed in history.

The most recent chapter in the life of Sawmills, and certainly the most well-known, is its current incarnation as a recording studio. Opened in early 1974 as one of the very first residential recording studios in the UK, Sawmills Studio has developed an enviable reputation as a unique recording environment with a long list of successful clients to its name including Robert Plant, Stone Roses, Oasis, The Verve, Supergrass and Muse, to name just a few.

Sawmills and surrounding area has a fascinating and rich history dating back to time immemorial with the remains of a medieval quay clearly visible at the head of the creek, once used by merchants of Bodmin Pill to avoid paying landing dues up river at Lostwithiel, the ancient capital of Cornwall. Much later on in history, during the early 20th century, The Old Sawmills is thought to have provided the inspiration for the author of the classic novel ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Foundations of a WWII cook house built by a unit of the US Army stationed on site in the run up to the D-Day landings, can also be discovered in the woods overlooking the river, now with a gazebo built upon the site.



The entrance to the main house is via a spacious conservatory with a slate floor and wonderful water and woodland views. French doors open out onto a raised terrace, with more magnificent views overlooking the creek and gardens. The main reception room, an open plan kitchen/sitting room, is found at the heart of the ground floor. This spacious room benefits from a very high ceiling with attractive exposed beams, Karndean flooring, a wood burner, lovely water views and an ornate circular window. The kitchen is well-equipped with a gas Rangemaster cooker with double oven, dishwasher and an extractor fan. There is also a utility room, boot room and a stylish family bathroom with a claw foot bath. In total there are four bedrooms on the ground floor, two with en suite shower rooms, and one with a wood burner with an attractive mantelpiece and Victorian tiling.

Upstairs, there are two more double bedrooms, and a further bedroom with sleeping arrangements for four people, one with an en suite shower room that benefits from a large walk-in rain shower. An additional shower room completes the first floor. All but one of the bedrooms in the property have wonderful water views.


The Studio

The recording studio is on the lower ground floor.  The entrance leads into a control room with a cloakroom/WC, and there is a main studio with a Juliet balcony, as well as a separate booths. Views of the creek can be enjoyed from each of these rooms. The studio is comprised of a control room and machine room, plus a live room with two isolation booths and ‘The Cave’. Both the control room and live room have beautiful views across the lawn and creek. With no immediate neighbours there is always the option to record outside and take advantage of the famous Sawmills ‘Creek Ambience’.


The Lodge

The lodge, a single-storey timber-clad dwelling which was rebuilt and extended in 2011, is accessed via a path from the main house that leads through a lawned garden. The garden is contained and gated to provide an exclusive exterior area for the lodge.

The lodge provides excellent potential for income, via letting, or it could be used as further accommodation for additional family members. There is a welcoming central sitting room/ kitchen/dining room with a wood burner, Karndean flooring and large windows providing fabulous views of the creek. The kitchen benefits from an integrated dishwasher, a gas hob and an electric oven. The Lodge has two bedrooms, as well as a stylish shower room with a large walk-in shower. There is central heating.



Sawmills Studio is a truly unique waterside property and with its unusual off-grid position it has an unrivalled level of privacy and seclusion, mostly surrounded by its own enchanting woodland, with the potential for a high level of self-sufficiency.



The studio is accessed by boat or foot, typically arriving from Golant (4 mins) or Fowey (8 mins). There are two pontoons, one in the tidal creek, close to the house and the other just outside of the creek on the main river which gives 24 hour boat access to Fowey. The boat has a right to a mooring on the main river.

From the creek pontoon a pathway leads past some magnificent Gunnera plants to a large lawn where wildlife such as Kingfishers, Egrets and sometimes deer can be observed at close proximity.  From here steps lead up towards the studio and on to the main house



The property’s 32 acres is mainly dense, ancient woodland (chestnut, holly, macrocarpa, oak, ash and beech etc.) extending up the valley, with a number of pathways that wind through the woodland, providing ample opportunity for walking through the grounds and enjoying the surroundings. Found on one of the pathways is a gazebo, constructed from wood from the land, with beautiful water views. One large circular track, measuring approximately a mile in total, is navigable by vehicles with four-wheel drive, giving access to the front garden of the house; useful for delivering supplies to the property and for maintaining the grounds and woodland on all levels. A pretty stream runs into the original mill pond, then on to a waterfall downhill towards the creek, creating the pleasant sound of running water. At the creek itself, the foundations can still be seen of the old medieval quay where Cornish merchants would unload their goods to avoid paying their taxes.  

Situated within the gardens is a wooden outbuilding with an adjacent workshop. There is also another wooden outbuilding within the grounds, currently used as a games room. These outbuildings have plumbing, drainage and electricity connected and therefore provide potential for reinstatement as residential units.


Sawmills Studio is set in a beautiful and secluded location on the western bank of the River Fowey in its own tidal creek, within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property is a mile from the sea on the south coast of Cornwall, located between the quaint village of Golant and the picturesque town of Fowey. The river provides good opportunity for fishing, water sports and there are many incredible scenic walks in the surrounding area, some of which can be joined directly from Sawmills.

Sawmills is approximately half a miles boat ride away from the charming Cornish coastal village of Golant. With its exceptional position on the water’s edge, Golant is considered one of the most delightful and desirable places to live on the Fowey Estuary. Once famed for its apple orchards and cider making, there are still many old fruit trees to be found in the village. In the heart of Golant is a popular public house, the Fisherman’s Arms. The village is set within the unspoilt woods and fields fringing the Fowey Estuary and is less than two miles upstream from the coastal towns of Polruan and Fowey.



Golant 0.5 miles, Fowey 1.25 miles, Cornwall Airport Newquay 22 miles, Plymouth 36 miles



The pontoon outside of the creek allows for 24-hour access by boat to and from Fowey.

Sawmills also has a right to a mooring on the estuary, which is very hard to obtain.


As a separate negotiation Sawmills owns a parking site for up to 5 cars in Golant with planning permission on the site for garaging and an office above, approx. 200 yards from the slipway at Golant.

An additional 2 spaces are also available (annual payment directly to the parish council).


Transport links

London is 4.5hrs by road from A38/A30 to M5 at Exeter

4hrs by train to London Paddington via Lostwithiel

Flights to London from Newquay.

Regular cross-channel ferry services to Brittany and northern Spain run from from Plymouth (1hr drive from Fowey).

Plymouth is the nearest city but whereas Fowey can cater for most day-to- day needs with award-winning restaurants, small boutique hotels and excellent public houses, which have helped to establish Fowey as a popular, high quality destination.

The Eden Project with its futuristic biomes is just a few miles away.



Sawmills has two websites providing further information: (for the recording studio trade) and (targeted at the holiday trade).

Both of these contain an extensive 360° virtual tour of the entire site.


Mains electricity and water
LPG gas
Private drainage
Fibre broadband
Central heating within the Lodge
Council tax band A


Rights of Way

There is a public footpath over part of the woodland.


Floor plans

Available upon request.



The equipment is not included in the price; it is available as a separate negotiation.

Inventory available upon request.



Client History

Oasis Definitely Maybe (Album)
Stone Roses Fool’s Gold (Single)
The Verve A Storm In Heaven (Album)
Supergrass I Should Coco (Album)
Supergrass In It For The Money (Album)
Idlewild Tracks fot ‘The Remote Part’
Robert Plant Album Tracks – The Fate of Nations
Muse Showbiz (Album)
Muse Origin Of Symmetry (Album)
Muse Live at Le Zenith (Live Album Mix)
The Bluetones Science and Nature (Album)
The Bluetones The Singles (Album)
Michael Chapman Tracks
The Beta Band Los Amigos del Bandidos (E.P.)
Morning Runner Album (Wilderness is Paradise now)
Ocean Colour Scene Album Tracks
Kashmir Zitilites (Album)
Reef Album Tracks
Catatonia Album Tracks
Cast All Change (Album)
Cast Mother Nature Calls (Album)
Shed Seven Live Album & Singles
747’s Tracks
Terrorvision Shaving Peaches (Album)
XTC (Dukes of Stratosphear) Psonic Psunspot (Album)
Stiff Little Fingers Album
Steve Hillage Tracks
Duran Duran Live Album Mix
Feeder Mixing
Razorlight Up All Night (Album)
Wet, Wet, Wet Album Tracks
Ride Carnival of Light (Album)
The Farm Love See No Colour (Single)
Magnet Album
Boy Kill Boy Civillian (Album)
The Almighty Live and Studio Albums
New Model Army 3 Albums
Glen Matlock 2 Albums
Jackie Leven 2 Albums
Peter Skellern Stardust Memories (Album)
Arnold Hillside (Album)
The Kooks tracks
22-20s 22-20s (Album)
Hope of the States Tracks
Hell is for Heroes Album tracks
Muse Absolution
The Wire Daisies Just Another Day (Album)
Tiny Dancers Free School Milk (Album)
The Aliens Luna (Album)
Noisettes Tracks
Holloways Album
Julia and Angus Stone Album
Phosphorescent Tracks
Ben Howard Tracks
Jessie J Tracks


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