Cornwall LivingIssue #106

Coastal Escapes

Trenoweth, Looe
Sloping down to a picturesque harbour, the fishing town of Looe is split down the middle by a river, which runs – adjacent to the cobbled streets on either side – down towards the beach. The town is home to a number of lovely cafés, restaurants and pubs, which makes it a popular destination for foodies, with the option for visitors to even buy freshly caught fish straight from the market on the quay!

Trenoweth is the perfect base from which to enjoy all of this. The property lies on the east side of the river and sleeps six. For those planning a trip to the fish market, the kitchen is fully equipped with all you’re likely to need to cook up a storm after your day’s adventures. Combined with a dining table for six, this is the perfect space to entertain and reflect on the day’s events, and a social spot for after-dinner board games over a bottle of red or white. 

Add to all of this a cosy living room with a woodburner, a terrace with panoramic views, a charcoal barbeque and sun loungers, plus a comfortable snug on the first floor that’s perfect for curling up with a book and enjoying an hour’s peace and quiet, and, despite the delights of Looe being right on
your doorstep, you could easily be forgiven for not wanting to leave the comforts of your accommodation.  

01841 533331 |

Gazelle Cottage, St Ives  

A beautiful and charming fisherman’s cottage found on the back streets of St Ives, just a stone’s throw from the harbour front, Gazelle Cottage is split over three floors, sleeping six across two bedrooms. 

The front door brings you onto the middle floor. Head downstairs and you’ll find the kitchen and dining area, leading into the bathroom and another handy door, which offers access for those needing to rinse off sandy toes after a day on the beach. Alternatively, head upstairs and two bedrooms await – a generous double alongside a single bedroom, which has been set out with bunk beds in order to maximise the space. 

The middle floor is home to the lounge area, with its cosy open fireplace welcoming you to spend those chillier evenings curled up with a good film, a book, or perhaps a family board game.

In prime location to capitalise on everything that the famed cobbled streets of St Ives have to offer, Gazelle Cottage has a magical Cornish vibe to it – a distinct sense as soon as you cross the threshold of the seafaring and fishing heritage that this cottage has long been a part of.

01736 798032 |

Sea Sands, Praa Sands
Defined by its beachfront setting, Sea Sands sleeps six across three beautiful bedrooms, its luxurious interiors and contemporary fittings making for a wonderful seaside retreat. One of the bedrooms even has its own en-suite, with the others being served by a gorgeously appointed family bathroom.

A private balcony enjoys spectacular views over the beach of Praa Sands, perfect for enjoying sundowners after days spent on the sand. Inside, the open-plan living space boasts Villeroy and Boch flooring, an inviting sofa and a cosy wood-burning stove, perfect for warming chilly toes during the cooler shoulder seasons. With a 65” TV, families can easily come together of an evening to wind down with a film.

Into the kitchen and you’ll find it’s fully equipped with all the modern conveniences you could need, and those who enjoy cooking up a storm will love gazing out across the ocean as they set to work on the hob!

For explorers, the South West Coast Path stretches out in either direction, giving access to a host of hidden beaches and coves that lie in wait along this stretch of the coast. Add to this the lifeguarded beach of Praa Sands that sits just moments from its doorstep, and whether you’re the adventurous type or a young family hoping to enjoy a bucket and spade trip to Cornwall, Sea Sands comes
highly recommended!

01326 336773 (option 2 for owner enquiries) |

Polgassic Mill, Polperro
Set in a peaceful rural location, with a stream running through its gorgeous and mature wraparound gardens, Polgassic Mill is a delightful stone barn conversion that sleeps eight across four bedrooms. 

Outside, a front patio area offers gorgeous countryside views across farmland and the distant hills to the west. To the rear, an additional decked terrace has a large table, chairs and a barbeque, perfect for dining al fresco, be it with your morning coffee, or as the sun goes down with a bottle of something chilled. 

Set over three floors, the four bedrooms are reached by quirky uneven stairways. They include a stunning master suite, and a further double bedroom with its own en-suite shower room. Downstairs, the fabulously comfortable living room features a modern wood-burning stove, which keeps things cosy when the weather’s inclement, as well as a wonderful conservatory accessed by French windows, allowing the summer sun to flood the space with light. There is also a well-equipped kitchen for those hoping to cook up a storm, plus a separate dining room, where the family can gather to reflect on the day’s adventures.

Finally, for those hoping to spend time by the sea, the beach and coast path at Lansallos are just 1.2 miles away, whilst the exciting town of Fowey and the charming harbour town of Polperro are less than three. In short, this is a wonderful part of Cornwall, and Polgassic Mill lies in prime position to capitalise on everything it has to offer.

01503 272303 |

Bay Tree Cottage, Penpol  

Located just a few steps from the water’s edge, this wonderful cottage has been extensively renovated to the highest standards by the owner – themselves an interior designer. 

A luxurious home with idyllic views, Bay Tree Cottage enjoys a warm, neutral colour palette, which complements the charm, character and style of the original property, and with spacious rooms, it provides up to five guests a stunning Cornish getaway.

Bay Tree Cottage lies between Falmouth and the Cornish cathedral city of Truro, meaning there’s lots nearby for guests to enjoy. Falmouth is a traditional harbour town, steeped in history and offering an abundance of independent shops, trendy bars, cafés and restaurants, and just a short drive away lie the house and renowned gardens of Trelissick.

The cottage itself is just 100 yards from the public slipway at Point Quay, and Restronguet Creek flows, in turn, into the world-famous sailing waters of the Fal estuary and the Carrick Roads. It’s also just a few short steps from ‘The Tramway’ – a quiet lane that forms part of the cycle route between the north an south coasts, with links to many other cycle trails.

In short, whether you like to spend your time exploring the local foodie scene, indulging in a spot of retail therapy, or hitting the local trails on two wheels, Bay Tree Cottage is the ideal base from which to enjoy it all.

01326 567344 |