Cornwall LivingIssue #134

A zero-carbon sanctuary

An art lover’s dream, a surfer’s paradise, a family’s haven – a home at Tessello Rise is anything but ordinary.


Did you know that almost a quarter of CO2 created by us comes from buildings and the homes we live in? A statistic that may be difficult to swallow, but there is a way forward to the future we all want. Verto has spent over ten years fighting for zero on the home front, and as the team like to say, zero carbon means zero limits.

Founded in 2010 by Tom Carr and Richard Pearce, multi-award-winning Verto stands tall as the UK’s leading sustainable housebuilder, with great design, technology, wellbeing and sustainability at the heart of everything they do. This passion for forward-thinking innovation is certainly reflected in one of their latest developments, Tessello Rise.

Tucked away in a peaceful residential corner of Carbis Bay, lies a collection of 17 beautifully designed, Zero Carbon Smart TM
Homes , within easy reach of the beach and everything that the surrounding area has to offer. Picture waking up every morning in a home that works in complete harmony with its surroundings. From air-sourced heating and integrated rooftop solar panels, to larch and slate cladding, these carefully designed homes define the highest efficiency and sustainability standards.

As you enter your coastal home, the large hallway leads you to an open-plan custom kitchen and dining area – perfect for hosting a dinner party with friends, or enjoying a family breakfast before a day at the beach.

A handy utility room sits off to the side. The spacious living room, just along the hall, has double doors that lead to your private garden. This home truly brings the outside in to create a zero-carbon sanctuary.

Head upstairs to the first floor to discover four excellent sized bedrooms, all with Juliet balconies, and a spacious family bathroom. The master bedroom boasts a sumptuous en suite with large, walk in rainhead shower. The contemporary exterior is striking, yet sits harmoniously within its environment. Private gardens are to the rear of all the properties. And with driveway parking and a well-proportioned garage at the side, there’s always a space for you and your lifestyle.

There is no detail that has not been attended to in the design of these astonishing properties. The four-bedroom Heron embodies modern family living, with plenty of room for everyone and everything in the light-filled, open-plan living space. Coming in three beautifully different external elevations, the homes are designed to maximise solar gain for the PV panels on the roof, and the four spacious double bedrooms are designed perfectly for recharging for the next adventure.

On top of the solar panels, an Air Source Heat Pump, triple glazed windows and super insulation, each home has a myriad of sensors in each room all connected to a smart home system which means the home can ‘learn’ how you live, ensuring you are only heating rooms when you need them to be warm. With automatic lighting and Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery incorporated aswell, these really are as cutting edge as they are sustainable. All of this is controlled via a handy app on your phone, meaning you can keep an eye on things from anywhere in the world.

“We’re immensely proud to be from the Southwest,” Tom reflects, “because it means we’re fortunate enough to build award-winning sustainable homes surrounded by some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes, beaches, towns and villages. As locals ourselves, we care deeply about building architecturally stunning homes that sit harmoniously within these beautiful surroundings.”

If you’re moving from a traditional house where each hot shower, warm radiator and brightly lit room comes at a cost to the planet, the difference is nothing short of life changing. Verto is changing the way we live, by changing the homes we live in, for a lighter, more joyful and sustainable lifestyle. With only a few homes remaining at Tessello Rise, why not reach out to Verto now, and start your journey to Living Zero today.