Cornwall LivingIssue #113

To the light house

A Cornish coastal retreat offering endless space in which to relax and revive.

Cornwall’s north coast is an adventure playground like no other; think endless sandy beaches, rockpools aplenty, world-famous surf breaks, glorious wild swimming spots, miles of craggy coast path as well as gardens, golf courses and more. For a more leisurely pace of life there are fishing villages steeped in history through which to stroll, towns filled with artisan shops and galleries for hours of browsing, and eateries and cafés that have put this part of the Duchy firmly on the foodie map. If all of this sounds like your idea of a heavenly holiday, then we have found the perfect base from which to explore.

The Light House, in Bude, was designed by renowned architect Ian Hogarth, whose London home featured on Grand Designs, so you are in good company if staying here. This property is an effortlessly chic holiday home for eight. Inspired by a combination of Bude’s Victorian architecture and its iconic, colourful beach huts, its bright turquoise facade heralds a joyous entrance into a vast open-plan living space, with cleverly designed windows that let light flood in to every corner. Pops of vibrant colour work in harmony with the sleek modern lines of a ‘cook’s dream’ kitchen. Bedrooms are minimalist havens of calm; cocoons of bright white linens and fluffy bedding to sooth
surf-tired bodies in readiness for the next day’s adventure.

With views over Crooklets beach, you couldn’t be closer to the surf. The quintessential seaside town of Bude is just a short stroll from the property, the town’s golf links are on the doorstep, as is access to endless miles of the South West Coast Path. After a day’s exploration, The Light House is equipped with a secure wetsuit store and useful outdoor shower so, whether you’ve been playing in the surf or dozing in the dunes, you can keep the sand where it should…outside! With such a vast outdoor playground on the doorstep, The Light House’s lawned patios and cute balcony are all you need to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail as the day draws to an end.


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