Cornwall LivingIssue #88
Coastal escapes August 2019
Beautiful stays around the Duchy, from Port Isaac to Porthcurno.
Thatch Cottage, St Keverne
Escape and fall in love with the enchanting Thatch Cottage. With features such as exposed beams, a wood-burning stove, feature stone walls and of course, a wonderful thatched roof. This property is a picture perfect cottage that’s hidden in the peaceful hamlet of Coverack, just minutes away from the iconic Coverack Cove.
Thatch Cottage is perfect for a family beach holiday, with a nearby sandy beach that has an abundance of rock pools and shallow waters to explore. Venture off the beach and enjoy the local pubs, restaurants, shops and activities – there really is something for everyone, with the Lizard peninsula, Helford river and surrounding beaches all just a short drive away.
Then, after a day spent exploring, relax in front of a roaring fire or dine al fresco amongst the flora and fauna in the back garden, where you can enjoy a magical evening beneath a starlit canopy, soaking up the peace and tranquillity of rural life.
Complete with stunning sea views, crisp linen and fluffy towels, Thatch Cottage is designed with a contemporary homely feel that allows guests the freedom to relax, socialise and enjoy staying in a home from home. Make sure to contact the Cornish Cottage Holidays team to book your idyllic Cornish getaway.
Marine Cottage, Falmouth
Marine Cottage is arguably one of Falmouth’s most beautifully refurbished holiday homes. A two-year restoration plan in partnership with The Cornwall Heritage and Conservation Authority has ensured that discrete modern touches blend with the home’s authentic, original character.
The team behind the interiors work internationally, giving the property a ‘travelling collector’ vibe, true to the nature of the captains and seafarers that have lived here in the past. Plaster and coral tones, offset with aquas and sea grass wall coverings, provide a backdrop for deep sofas, seashell plaster sconce lighting and columned fire surrounds.
Marine Cottage features touches of luxury that really set it apart in today’s holiday home market, from the hidden TV to the hand cut and laid mosaic ‘fish scale’ marble floor. The bedrooms are well planned too; the navy striped Captain’s Room to the rear boasts a luxury king size bed, plus magnificent views of the harbour and Falmouth’s sailing waters. The upper floors provide staggering views to the open waters of the Carrick Roads and onto Flushing, St Mawes and Pendennis Castle, and the fabulous terrace is just perfect for a spot of al fresco dining in the Cornish summer sun.
Marine Cottage is the ultimate pied-à-terre, located just a ten-minute walk from the beach and within easy reach of everything Falmouth has to offer.
Zareba, St Ives
Situated in fabulous St Ives, Zareba offers stunning sea views over Porthminster beach towards the picturesque harbour. The luxurious interior matches the wonderful view and you’re sure to enjoy the opulent soft furnishings and interior designed décor. Zareba has it all if you’re looking for a truly memorable setting for a holiday in St Ives, allowing you to escape, relax and unwind.
This generously sized property can accommodate six guests in style and comfort spread across three floors. Zareba has two lounge areas, each with stunning views allowing you space to relax or the opportunity to get together to watch TV after a busy day.
Catering for friends and family is easy at Zareba as it boasts two kitchens and a dining room. There are three double bedrooms, one of which has the flexibility to switch to twin beds if required. Zareba also offers two luxurious bathrooms, so you can wash the salt and sand off after a day at the beach. A wonderful tiered decking area provides the perfect setting for an early morning coffee or evening drinks overlooking the beaches and harbour.
Offering luxury and style without sacrificing practicality and with a highly valued parking space, you will love everything this property
has to offer.
An Skiber, Constantine
Down a quiet lane on the edge of the pretty village of Constantine in south Cornwall, sits An Skiber, a beautiful barn conversion surrounded by its own private garden. Constantine itself is on the edge of the Helford’s breathtaking Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and only minutes from the enchanting Helford river. Studded with quiet creeks, the river is home to a multitude of sailing clubs, kayak and small boat hire, with plenty of fishing spots for catching your supper.
The area is also famed for its sub-tropical gardens, including Trebah and Glendurgan, where plants usually found in warmer climates thrive. An Skiber’s garden shares the same inspiration, with spring bringing dashes of colour from azalea, rhododendron and camellia, whilst summer is heralded by the flourishing of the amazing Chilean fire bush, gunnera and soothing tree ferns. What’s more, clever use of reverse levels mean that the sun-trap garden is easy to access, whether you’re upstairs or down.
Inside, the barn has been sensitively transformed, providing easy-going accommodation for six across three bedrooms. The open-plan living area invites relaxation, leading to a rooftop terrace which is just the spot for a bottle of something chilled beneath the evening sun. It’s perfect for a spot of al fresco dining too, especially thanks to the generous kitchen, which, boasting an Aga as well as conventional cooking facilities, has everything a budding chef needs to cook up a storm.
Morwenna, Daymer Bay
Introducing Morwenna to the John Bray Cornish Holidays portfolio, this beautiful coastal holiday home is the perfect spot for exploring the north Cornish coast. Not only is this newly built property just a stone’s throw from the St Moritz Hotel in Daymer Bay, you’re also just a short drive from the bustling sailing hub of Rock, where you can catch the ferry over to Padstow or tackle the stunning coastal walks with your four legged friend.
Sleeping up to 10 guests in four gorgeous bedrooms, with ample space for large groups of friends and all the family. The open-plan kitchen, dining and living area is the perfect place to unwind with a favourite novel in front of the wood burner – keeping you cosy after a day at the beach. On summer evenings, open the bi-fold doors leading out onto the private patio to enjoy dining al fresco. To add to Morwenna’s stylish interiors and ideal location, guests also have complimentary access to the St Moritz Hotel facilities, including the gym, indoor pool, outdoor pool and tennis courts, meaning there are plenty of ways to make the most of your summer holiday.
Miss Fishers, Port Isaac
Just five minutes’ walk from the centre of Port Isaac, Miss Fishers is a dog-friendly cottage that sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and has been beautifully renovated with plenty of lovely touches. A shepherd’s hut in the garden acts as a separate summerhouse, with plenty of seating for everyone, and there’s even a fire pit in the garden to keep you warm as the sun goes down.
You’ll find an iPad in the kitchen that’s pre-programmed with lots of useful information for guests, including suggestions for days out and recipes for cosy nights in. A complimentary starter pack will be awaiting you on your arrival too, containing coffee, tea, milk, bread, butter, cheese, cake and a bottle of wine.
New Road, where Miss Fishers is located, is easy to access and the Platt (harbour) is only a four-minute walk away. Port Isaac is a historic fishing village situated on the north Cornwall coastline with lovely fishermen’s cottages and narrow streets, the most famous being ‘Squeezy Belly Alley’, said to be the narrowest street in the world!
Miss Fishers is within walking distance of the beach; try coasteering, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking or walks on the stunning coastal path.
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This stunning, private retreat near the golden sands and sub-tropical waters of Porthcurno is available for exclusive hire, with its own six person hot tub, a children’s play area, barbeque, sun loungers, plus astounding sea views. It’s the perfect spot for a small group hoping to enjoy some time together beneath the Cornish summer sun with a spot of al fresco dining and, just maybe, a bottle or two of something chilled.
Owners Jason and Lisa are rated on Airbnb as ‘Superhosts’, which, if you’re unfamiliar with the platform, means they’re highly rated and absolutely committed to providing great stays for their guests. The guesthouse is rated ‘Sparkling Clean’ too, based on consistent feedback from recent guests.
Inside, as well as the usual mod cons that the modern self-catering guest has come to expect, including WiFi, washing facilities and air-conditioning (especially welcome when temperatures soar like last summer!), there’s also a cosy fireplace, perfect for when the temperatures drop off in the evening.
Being exquisitely quiet and private, at times, the only people you’re likely to see are the local farmer or the owners. The house sits within the grounds of an 1849 granite farmhouse with the sea a mere kilometre away – it really is a wonderful location.
7 Camelside, Wadebridge
Just a five-minute stroll from the centre of Wadebridge you’ll find this comfortable and spacious apartment, which has been furnished with the perfect home from home in mind. Guests love the location (and the owners’ Cornish cream tea greeting!), returning year after year to recharge the mind, body and soul.
The river Camel runs right through the heart of Wadebridge. When the sun’s shining, why not take on the popular Camel Trail and explore the area on two wheels? Afterwards, you can reward yourselves with a visit to Camel Valley Vineyard, whose wines have passed the lips of our very own royal family. Cornwall’s foodie capital, Padstow, is just around the corner too, with restaurants owned by top chefs including Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth!
The accommodation comprises two deluxe bedrooms, two bathrooms and a contemporary open-plan living area. The kitchen is superbly equipped, while the riverside balcony is a dreamy spot in which to enjoy a glass of something chilled over a game of cards. And what better backdrop than the river and its ever-changing wildlife to take your mind off the stresses of everyday life? From the distinctive Lapwing call in October, through to the arrival of signets in the summer – all of this and more can be enjoyed from the comfort of 7 Camelside.
Poacher’s Hut, Atlantic Coast Holiday Park
The Poachers’ Huts at Atlantic Coast Holiday Park provide two blissful boltholes for those who like to get back to nature, without sacrificing comfort. These handcrafted shepherd huts are the first of their kind at Atlantic Coast, with masses of space to relax and recharge in luxurious surroundings. Lovingly built by the Shepherd’s Hut Company, these bespoke, self-contained creations provide the perfect romantic retreat for glamping couples.
Each chalky blue hut nestles near the dunes in a private garden with an outdoor space for al fresco dining and a secluded decked area with a hot tub, plus seating, a firepit and a barbeque bowl. A landscaped oasis provides the perfect backdrop for each timber-clad hut, with painted shutters and French doors adding to the rural charm. Inside, each has an atmospheric cast iron wood-burning stove, bespoke fitted kitchen with oak worktops, a Belfast sink and a full range of modern appliances. The en-suite bedrooms combine king-size beds, underfloor heating and wall-mounted televisions to create self-contained romantic retreats with a vintage, rustic ambiance.
Poacher’s Hut visitors can also enjoy the earlier arrival time of 1pm, and arriving on a hot summer’s day to chilled champagne, a bubbling Jacuzzi and the promise of a cosy and comfortable king-size bed may well be some couples’ idea of heaven!