A whitewashed cottage in Cornwall invites us to experience an English summer by the sea
If you are parents with a very young child and you have your hearts set on a holiday in Cornwall, then Sweetpea Cottage is an absolute must. The unique selling point of Sweetpea Cottage is that it was actually the first home of a couple with a newborn baby and so it is very much tried and tested - it even comes with its very own “working nursery” and cot. Indeed, family pictures are dotted around the cottage so that you provided with clear evidence! It is delightfully decorated and has the hallmarks of a tasteful renovation. The white-washed cottage dates back to the 17th century, but the owners have provided all mod cons so that you can have a very pleasant and luxurious stay. Far from the somewhat gloomy feel that you may have come to expect from a cottage of its age, it is remarkably light and spacious and the owners have done their very best to make use of all available space. They have also transformed the outside so that there is now a lovely sun-trapped terrace from which to take in the local sights.
Sweetpea Cottage is a few miles inland from northern Cornwall’s ‘golden coast’ in a small hamlet called Kestle Mill. The owners came from the area, and they always wanted to buy a property that would function as their first home and then become an investment property for their futures. Their renovation was extremely speedy - over not much longer than 3 months - which was just as well because Kahdine was pregnant at the time. When you consider that they had to
take the roof off, and strip the property down to its skeleton, the transformation is all the more impressive. Once the structure was complete, along with a new heating system, Kahdine could get to work with the favourite part of the project which was decorating the inside of the 2 bedroom cottage. She had created her own mood board and, although she enlisted the help of a local interior designer, she was able to source many of the finds from local auctions. Many of the pieces, including the bed in the master bedroom, were then subject to further renovation by the young couple. She named her style “vintage country glamour” which is specially present in the main bedroom. The romantic mood is achieved by a four poster bed, turquoise and soft pink hues and chinoiserie fabrics. For obvious reasons, she spent significant time and effort in bringing the nursery to life and she was determined to make sure that the nursery would live on as a constant memory of the times that her son spent during the first few months of his young life.
Sweetpea Cottage is a wonderful place from which to explore the delights of this unspoilt area of Cornwall. Whether it is visits to the beach of nearby Crantock Bay, trips to St Michael´s Mount, Padstow or Kynance Cove. or a visit to the salt marshes of the River Gannel (where there are 5,000 bird breeds to spot!), there is really something for everybody and you will be able to taste the seafood delights
of the Fern Pit Café which is a family run business, on the bank of the River Gannel between East Pentire headland and Crantock Beach. It has its own ferry which is needed for when the tide comes in!
The couple, and their son, have now left the cottage, and it is available for luxury stays. If you visit, you will be immersed in an idyllic world where you can feel the love that has been born in the cottage.
The fresh flowers throughout the house, and the welcome hamper, just get you in the mood for a memorable stay. You are able to come with your small pet if you wish, and the whole family are destined to have an enchanting stay in a home that has evidently been created with so much happiness and innocence.