Wel­come to the hub

Af­ter 30 years to­gether in Lon­don, Brigid and her hus­band Tim de­cided to move over 250 miles away to Corn­wall. Not ones to do things by half mea­sure they also de­cided to build a house from scratch and start a busi­ness to boot, writes Abby Driver

Cornwall Life - - WALK -

It all started with a piece of land. Back in Lon­don Brigid de­signed and project led build­ing projects and in 2012 com­pleted an MSc Ar­chi­tec­ture: Ad­vanced En­vi­ron­men­tal and En­ergy Stud­ies. To put it an­other way, she was primed for an eco-build project of her own.

Hav­ing spent a week­end help­ing a friend move into her new house in Portreath, she spot­ted a piece of land for sale. And not just any old plot; this one was sit­u­ated just 20 me­tres above Portreath beach. In­ter­est piqued, she dis­cussed the po­ten­tial with Tim.

Af­ter much con­tem­pla­tion, the cou­ple de­cided to pur­chase the plot and build a hol­i­day home on it. They had no in­ten­tion of liv­ing there per­ma­nently. The project ran smoothly and the house took just over a year to build. “We had fan­tas­tic lo­cal builders, and a de­signer who kept an eye on things when we couldn’t be there,” says Brigid. pe­rus­ing, he saw that the vil­lage beach shop was up for sale and, as a keen cy­clist, the idea of bike­hire-cof­fee-shop-hy­brid be­gan to take form.

Brigid and Tim de­bated the big move and de­cided that while they loved their Lon­don life and friends, they had enough en­ergy for an­other big project. “The idea was hatched to move per­ma­nently to Portreath and con­vert the ex­ist­ing shop into a bike hire cof­fee shop while re­tain­ing a smaller area for the beach goods,” says Brigid.

So they moved down to Corn­wall and set about set­tling in. “The Cor­nish way of life feels health­ier. The air feels cleaner, the light brighter, we spend more time out­side. We are sur­rounded by

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