Welcome to the Dragon House
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