Princes House hitches new tenants


A striking Grade II-listed Georgian building in Truro, which has been lying empty for the past two years, is set to become a focal point to the local wedding industry.

Princes House interior

Princes House, which has been vacant since law firm Foot Anstey moved to new offices in Malpas Road, is to be home to several businesses, all of whom specialise in fashionable weddings.

Tenants include photographer Simon Burt, make-up artist Ella Butler, wedding dress specialists Anna D’Souza and Annalise Harvey, hair stylist Sarah Hooper of Capella, Jemma Waterfield of Smooch Beauticians as well as milliner Holly Young.

Princes House, once described as “the finest house in Truro”, maintains many of its original features, including a grand mahogany staircase and elaborate Rococo plasterwork. But the very features which make the building’s interior beautiful made it almost impossible to lease.

Miller Commercial’s head of commercial, Rob Redgrave, said: “What has become apparent in recent years is that older traditional buildings have become less popular as office space almost to the point where they are obsolete.

“We identified pretty quickly this building could not be altered to suit the market – the challenge was to find occupiers to suit the building.”