Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay tipped to pounce on St Ives beachfront hall

Circled: The former pilchard press in St Ives offers stunning sea views and the only direct access from a property to Porthmeor Beach

An uninhabited former artists' hang-out featuring a sand-filled ground floor and boarded up windows has gone on sale for £1.2million.

The former pilchard press in St Ives, Cornwall, offers stunning sea views and the only direct access from a property to Porthmeor Beach.

The two-storey building comprising of two long, narrow rooms with a stairwell and a hallway was once a renowned artists' meeting place.

The late painter Ben Nicholson and sculptor Barbara Hepworth were among those who visited when it was known as the Sundowner.

The building, which has parking, also used to have a café that went onto the beach, which is one of the UK's favourite surf destinations.

There is planning permission to transform it into a stylish home with huge floor to roof level windows to take in the glorious view.

The premises also has commercial opportunities and it is believed chefs including Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver could be interested.

Jon Harvey, from Bradleys Estate Agents in the town, said: ‘It's a huge site and you could do lots with it, plus it has a wonderful history.’

Circled: The former pilchard press in St Ives offers stunning sea views and the only direct access from a property to Porthmeor Beach

Circled: The former pilchard press in St Ives offers stunning sea views and the only direct access from a property to Porthmeor Beach

Sea view: The property comprising of two long, narrow rooms with a stairwell and a hallway was once a renowned artists' meeting place

Sea view: The property comprising of two long, narrow rooms with a stairwell and a hallway was once a renowned artists' meeting place

Sand-filled: The building used to have a café which went onto the beach, which is one of the UK's favourite surf destinations

Sand-filled: The building used to have a café which went onto the beach, which is one of the UK's favourite surf destinations

Interior: It has planning permission to transform it into a stylish home complete with huge floor to roof level windows to take in the view

Interior: It has planning permission to transform it into a stylish home complete with huge floor to roof level windows to take in the view

 
More than a million: The uninhabited former artists' hang-out in St Ives features a sand-filled ground floor and boarded up windows

More than a million: The uninhabited former artists' hang-out in St Ives features a sand-filled ground floor and boarded up windows

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Potential venture: It has commercial opportunities and chefs including Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver are believed to be interested

Pleasant: The £1.2million building is the only property going directly onto the beach, where the estate agent said flats can go for £800,000

Pleasant: The £1.2million building is the only property going directly onto the beach, where the estate agent said flats can go for £800,000

Floorplan of the propertyThe late sculptor Barbara Hepworth

Popular meeting place: The property (floorplan pictured, left) was once used by artists including the late sculptor Barbara Hepworth (right)

Note from Bradleys Estate Agents: 'Where every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the floorplan contained here, measurements of doors, windows, rooms and any other items are approximate and no responsibility is taken for any error, omission, or mis-statement. This plan is for illustrative purposes only and should be used as such by any prospective purchaser. The services, systems and appliances shown have not been tested and no guarantee as to their operability or efficiency can be given. Floorplans made with Metropix ©2007.'

 
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By World Staff Writer 10/13/2015 16:55:00