A couple of weeks ago we spent three blissful days on the Cornish coast – eating, drinking and pottering in St Ives. It was my first time in Cornwall (a product of growing up on the north east coast – “you’ve got a beach right there, what’s wrong with that one?”) and I instantly fell in love with this magical, slightly tropical place.
I’m already planning our return. Which brings me to the delightful discovery that Cornwall gives really, really good Airbnb game. Here are some of the best I’ve found with serious design chops.
Cornish Cottage Charm
This one-bed cottage in Bolingey oozes coastal vibes, with its white-washed walls, retro seaside prints and clapboard clad exterior. Skylights allow that unique Cornish light to flood in at all times of day.
The owners previously used the space as a design studio – which may explain why it’s so perfectly proportioned and appointed.
A Room with a Hue
If you’re looking for a single room than an entire dwelling, you could do a lot worse than this gorgeous barn conversion in Penzance.
The bedroom with sea foam green walls and kingsize rattan bed (sold! When do I move in?) is beautiful, but the real star of this place is the private bathroom with freestanding bath and fully tiled walls.
It wouldn’t matter what colour your sky was while sleeping in the complete perfection that is this dainty shepherd’s hut on the outskirts of Falmouth.
Just a few minutes from the beach, the exquisitely decorated hut makes smart use of its limited space with integrated storage and consistent countryside decor. It is tiny, so Small Space Appreciators only need apply. But the wood-burning stove will keep it warm on cold nights, while the communal outdoor space with fire pit would make the perfect long summer evenings.
Beams and Bi-folds
…These are a few of my favourite things! Also making the list from this elegant designer cottage in an Area of Outstanding Beauty near Bude include: the roaring log-burner, the generously sized kitchen with distressed wood units that hint at its rugged coastal location, the banquet-style dining space seating eight.
From the outside, this converted Dutch barn hits all the industrial notes. But inside, the owners have cleverly balanced its vaulted ceilings with soft furnishings to dial up the domestic.
Step back in time to 18th century Cornwall in this traditional cottage near Fowey. You can live the true rural Cornish dream amidst the exposed Cornish stone walls and traditional farmhouse kitchen.
The owners talk about sitting outside in summer to enjoy dusk, when you can see the silhouette of bats against the setting sun, and hear the owls hoot as they hunt. Dreamy. Also, it’s called ‘Badger’s Den’ which is the most Wind in the Willows property name ever – 10/10.