Homes

Wel­come to the Dragon House

Cornwall Life - - INSIDE -

Sit­ting over look­ing Maw­gan Porth beach, the Dragon House takes its name from the area it sits in known as Tre­dragon.

‘That gave us the idea,’ says own­ers Gill and Der­mot Boyd. ‘But then we also know a young sculp­tor and wood carver [en­glish­wood­carv­ing.com], who had pre­vi­ously made a fab­u­lous wooden dragon. Know­ing that we would have the space here, and hav­ing al­ready thought of us­ing the name Dragon House, it made per­fect sense to com­mis­sion a

6ft dragon of our own! He fits per­fectly into the liv­ing space and his name is Maw­gan of course.’

They took on the home in

2014 and spent 12 months on the project. The end re­sult is a lux­u­ri­ous four-bed­room, de­tached prop­erty with ru­ral and sea views.

‘The house it­self was quite un­ap­peal­ing,’ ad­mits the Der­mot of the 1980s-built home. ‘But we could see its de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial along with the added at­trac­tions of the south fac­ing gar­den and very easy ac­cess to the beach.’ In fact the beach is a mere 300 me­tres away (the house boasts an out­side shower, to wash the day’s sand away).

The cou­ple be­gan work to com­pletely re­fur­bish it as well as re­con­fig­ure the lay­out. Although largely on the same foot­print,

very lit­tle of the orig­i­nal house re­mains.

‘As with any build­ing project there were some un­ex­pected snags to be worked through and in­evitably it took much longer than we had thought to com­plete, but we worked closely with the ar­chi­tect and builder to achieve the re­sults we wanted, and we got there in the end and we are de­lighted with the re­sults.’

They have made the most of Corn­wall’s rich artis­tic and cre­ative in­dus­tries – many of the care­fully cho­sen fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories have been made by lo­cal crafts­peo­ple and artists.

As with many sea­side houses, the house is up­side down, with the bed­rooms on the lower floor and the liv­ing space sit­ting above to make the most of the stun­ning views. ‘We were able to cre­ate high ceil­ings which give the liv­ing ar­eas a real sense of light and space,’ he says. ‘The half wall in the main liv­ing area con­tain­ing the wood burner and the TV clev­erly di­vides the room to cre­ate a bright, light area for so­cial­is­ing and also a cosy snug for evenings with a box set in front of the fire. And the large south fac­ing’

Along­side the high ceil­ing liv­ing space, the house boasts a large open plan kitchen and din­ing area, with wooden break­fast stools around an is­land and large ta­ble seat­ing up to ten guests. There’s also a south­fac­ing bal­cony ac­ces­si­ble through slid­ing doors in din­ing and liv­ing ar­eas. ‘The bal­cony is per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing, or just sit­ting with a G&T and read­ing a book, or watch­ing the world go by down in the vil­lage cen­tre.’

The down­stairs bed­rooms of­fer equal lev­els of lux­ury. The mas­ter bed­room fea­tures a su­per and en-suite fea­tur­ing a free stand­ing bath and rain­fall shower. Out­side you’ll find a ter­race, din­ing space and bar­be­cue. The din­ing ta­ble and chairs per­fect for al­fresco din­ing. The fur­ni­ture is made out of 100 per cent re­cy­cled plas­tic us­ing old wa­ter bot­tles, plas­tic bot­tle tops and plas­tic bags.

‘We love the house and spend as much time there as we can,’ he adds.

The Dragon House is avail­able for hol­i­day let through beachre­treats.co.uk

Guests to Dragon House are greeted by a6ft dragon named Maw­gan – the home gets its name from the area its sits known as Tre­dragon

The house has been de­signed to make the most of the out­side

Dragon House be­gan life as an unin­spir­ing 1980s abode with a great view

Own­ers Gill and Der­mot Boyd im­me­di­ately saw the house’s po­ten­tial – not least its in­cred­i­ble views

The house is re­verse level with the liv­ing space on the first floor to take in the stun­ning ru­ral views and a slid­ing door to a large bal­cony

The fam­ily bath­room fea­tures a free­stand­ing bath, waterfall shower and his and hers sinks

The kitchen has more than enough space to ac­com­mo­date a large din­ing ta­ble – or there’s a break­fast bar for more ca­sual eat­ing

Two of the four bed­rooms have king­size beds while a third has zip to­gether twins

The mas­ter bed­room boasts a su­per king­size bed per­fect for a mass pil­low fight

Surely the per­fect liv­ing space: cosy up on the L shaped sofa in the snug and watch TV on the gi­ant screen or en­joy the flicker of the wood burner with­out mov­ing an inch.The TV and fire unit di­vide the open plan liv­ing area

The kitchen has all the lux­ury fit­tings you could want in­clud­ing space

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