Offering magnificent views across the rugged hills of Wales, The Cabin is a cozy getaway along Offa’s Dyke Path. Eclectically decorated, it features a uniquely curved design and an indulgent bath.
How would you describe The Cornish Place in a nutshell?
The Cornish Place is a luxury holiday escape with a focus on sustainability. We’ve tried to create a place that allows people to relax and spend time together while celebrating the best of Cornwall.
What is the story behind The Cornish Place, what was your inspiration to create it?
We have been married for over 30 years and lived in London for most of our working lives. With our children, we always loved coming to Cornwall on holidays and it was that one place where everyone in our family was happy. There are nine years between our eldest and youngest, so finding something that everyone could do was sometimes hard in other destinations.
So we decided to buy a small holiday house here and always said that one day, we would create something to share with others. From our own experience travelling with kids, we felt we understood what made the perfect escape. A few years ago, we reached an age where we thought that if we kept putting it off, we’d never do it. So as soon as there was a break in the kids’ schooling, we decided to start!
But it took us a while to find the property that suited our needs and would work for holidaymakers too. The land we eventually found was 26 acres and surrounded by fields, so it’s very quiet with amazing rural views.
My background is in media and digital platforms while my wife has worked as an actuary, a teacher and a wedding cake maker. So we didn’t have any experience running something like this. We opened in the summer of 2020, right in the middle of the pandemic.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of The Cornish Place?
The Barn and Stables were originally old granite farm buildings designed for animals, rather than humans. So it was a challenge refurbishing them and we were a bit ignorant at first about what was involved. But we found a very good builder to do the restorations and extensions that worked with the existing structures, as well as a garden designer to redesign the courtyard.
In November 2021, following the success of the first two cottages, we added a brand new building, the Dairy Shed, which, unlike the other buildings, has no steps and is suitable for wheelchairs or those with limited mobility. Despite being a new build, it was designed in a similar style to the other buildings to fit in with the farm’s aesthetic.
Our theme was “rustic luxury”, with stone walls and corrugated iron roofs but beautiful interiors, great facilities and high-quality fixtures and fittings. We didn’t approach it with a grand design idea or work with an interior designer, it was just what we liked.
In terms of atmosphere, our online reviews reveal some common themes: how relaxing the property is, like a little oasis. The views are beautiful — it’s very green with just a few Cornish mine chimneys in the distance. In the summertime, it gets quite busy on the beaches and people love coming back to the Cornish Place because it’s so calm.
That being said, it’s also quite communal, thanks to the courtyard and piggery where we serve cake each day. So you can socialise with other guests or enjoy your own space, with each building having its own garden. It’s also a place where parents can have a lazy morning while the kids run around in the fields as the property is very safe.
To you personally, what is so special about The Cornish Place?
I love the peace and quiet, and the views and sunsets are just amazing! There’s beauty all around you but it’s still very easy to get everywhere. The foodie hub of Falmouth is nearby and you can be at the beach or on the coast path in 15 or 20 minutes.
I think it’s also special because we live here and people know that we are available to answer any questions they might have or organise communal pizza nights. We want to offer experiences that add value and make people’s holidays more enjoyable.