BEACH LIFE

A white­washed cot­tage in Corn­wall in­vites us to ex­pe­ri­ence an English sum­mer by the sea

Chic & Country - - Living - Text: C&C Pho­tos: Unique Home Stays

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.

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