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A RT I S T S I N L O C K D O W N
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Three painters share their experiences
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And their association with wellbeing
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With exhibitions cancelled or postponed from the start of 2020, artists in Cornwall have found their careers unexpectedly on pause.
and sketch book work and got rid of thirty or so aintings so that the frames could be re stretched. thought a lot about life, and about myself as a erson, and about the human race. hen had a huge surge of creativity felt luc y that was able to create and have an outlet away from the turmoil. he solitude of my studio was hugely cathartic, but also raw and emotion fuelled. wor ed on a series of flower aintings, thin because flowers are a familiar sub ect for me and gave me a feeling of safety in this uncertain time.
hat said, they have instead had a unique opportunity to express our shared experience of the pandemic through their work, as these three very different ainters e lain. Figurative Painter, Jessica Cooper RWA t rst, sort of let ovid 1 ass me over. My son was teaching in Shanghai and he returned to the UK at the start of February ust as everything ic ed off. felt, at the time, that he was overreacting by coming home, but obviously was wrong. s ent loc down at home in ewlyn. y studio is only a short wal from my house, and was able to wor in isolation there. he andemic affected my creativity from one e treme to another. t rst, wor ed a lot, re aring for a scheduled show in ay. his was strange as the gallery and were more focused on romoting the show through social media and a virtual reality latform, rather than hysically curating the wor . then reached a real low, where felt there was no oint in anything, let alone creating wor that may never be seen in the flesh. threw out a lot of notes
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he crisis has made me a reciate that as artists, we are used to relying on a certain resilience and living on the edge , so ada ting to change is robably easier for us. have also found it interesting that, during loc down, the importance of art and creativity in our lives has become more a arent and more ac nowledged. also s ent a lot of time thinking about my practice and where to ta e it in the future. am starting a ceramics course, working on some design collaborations, and thin ing about a sub ect for my ne t short lm. y ainting, however, will always come rst.
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lighter, brighter colours. I made a painting called rea out at this time, which reflects the desire to break free.
“My husband and I considered isolating even before the lockdown, but I was resistant to the curtailment of my freedom. I felt the need to stay grounded in my body and not fall into fear, which is itself like a virus and weakens the immune system. Quite early on I stopped watching the daily news bulletins and focused instead on keeping my inner space clear. I did a lot of meditation and tried to ee t. am lucky to have a large studio at our home, so I spent a lot of time painting during lockdown. My creativity became a lifeline as I struggled to process complicated feelings. It is easy to see now how the paintings I made then were a reflection of my inner landsca e at the beginning, in April, I simply could not have mixed the kind of joyous palettes that I was mixing by the end of the summer. Being able to paint from an intuitive space, and express different emotions through colour and gesture, helped me stay present and out of fear. As constrictions began to ease I started to mix
“My experience of lockdown has made me appreciate freedom and our ability to choose for ourselves. Much of the non-essential has dropped away in favour of things of real value – our heart connections with others and our bonds of affection. loved witnessing all the incredible resilience and creativity, and people coming together as new communities were forged. In the art world, the wonderful #artistsupportpledge initiative from British artist Matthew Burrows ignited a huge movement that allowed people to buy artwork for under £200 direct from artists via Instagram posts. I know of several artists who really thrived under this initiative. Now that the worst of the pandemic is over, I have an impulse to return to brighter colour and sim li ed forms with an assertiveness that was not previously there. Painting this way is what brings me joy, and now, doing what you love to do seems more important than ever.”
A B OV E ‘Doorway to the Light’ and ‘Breakout’ – Trudy Montgomery
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yellow gorse and white hawthorn blossom, which looked snow-like, adorning the rows of trees. hen the gardens of arbis ay came alive with colour and vibrance, with blossoms on fruit trees, s ring flowers and early flowering shrubs such as a aleas and rhododendrons. It was truly a spectacle to me. he bird life seemed more revalent than ever, and as we moved into early summer the hedgerows came alive with fresh, luscious greenery, all dotted with wildflowers. spent time photographing and making sketches, totally trans ed, and wandered the beaches: it was captivating to see them so deserted.
“Like many people, I was shocked by the reality of Covid-19, and anxious about the uncertainty it brought. Ironically, the most important professional event of my year my annual solo show at ew raftsman Gallery - was scheduled to open the day after loc down began. he aintings were hung and the catalogues had been posted, then suddenly the preview evening was cancelled, St. Ives became a ghost town and not one person was able to see my exhibition. his, however, was when the gallery’s social media streams came to the fore, and to my relief collectors began buying online: I will never be more thankful that people continued to buy my work.
Lockdown absolutely made me appreciate, in more detail, the world around us, and reminded me how pivotal it is to my work to continually observe it. his year s crisis will de nitely affect the work I produce in the coming year and, I almost feel guilty in saying, in a positive way: I have returned to e eriencing life in the way that nd most inspirational. Now is where the work really starts.”
“I spent lockdown at our home in Carbis Bay, where I have my studio. What was central to my experience as an artist in lockdown was the fact that the human world stood still: the peace and calm absolutely transformed our world, and having that allocated time for daily exercise was the perfect excuse to experience it. What was most incredible was to be able to observe, in detail, the gradual unfurling of spring. It was as if it was happening in slow motion, and I didn’t have to miss any of it. he local lanes became roli c with vibrant
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andscape p otograp y, according to C ris u , can convey an incredi le range, dept and su tlety of emotion, feeling and meaning.
or hris uff, award winning freelance hotogra her, writer and director based in ornwall andsca e hotogra hy is about revealing, evo ing the s irit, or ca turing the evanescent mood and moment of a lace its ower, drama, beauty or serenity, whatever ha en to feel about it at that instant. y images are a visceral reaction to the landsca e, the result of sensory immersion in the interaction of the elements of sea, s y and shore.
hatever the season, the conditions influence how hris treats images, whether traditional blac and white or more meditative colour images that reduce the seasca e to its basic elements , as seen over the following ages.
es ite devoting most of his career to lm, hris roots have always been in hotogra hy. n fact, he tells us how by the age of nine was ta ing my own hotogra hs, with an ancient oda folding camera that belonged to my grandfather , rocessing the lm himself and ma ing rints in his father s dar room.
hris grew u the son of a hotogra hy lecturer and landsca e hotogra her and so was accustomed to s ending hours, days, sometimes wee s on hotogra hic e editions. thin this is where my love and a reciation of landsca e and nature came from, and my intuitive feeling for when everything is right. o be a landsca e hotogra her re uires atience and the instinct to be in the right lace, at the right time.
inter is ust around the corner, and hris is ready for it. uring the winter months the rimeval, ornish coastal landsca e is sub ugated to the raw, elemental ower of nature and the ca ricious character of the ever changing light.
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Exploring the colours and sounds of the ocean, and their associations with both mental and physical wellbeing.
In recent years the Blue Health movement has gained momentum and a range of studies have indicated the ositive bene ts of living near the coast. One recent study has found that people living close to the coast report that their general health and mental wellbeing is better.
n 2019, around 40% of UK holidaymakers chose a beach holiday. Perhaps this comes as no surprise to anyone who lives in a coastal location like Cornwall, where around 4 million visitors make an annual pilgrimage to rest, renew and replenish themselves on our coasts. It is also probably no surprise to learn that it is good for us! A growing body of scienti c evidence seems to con rm that spending time near water is bene cial to our mental and physical wellbeing.
A recent residentsâ€™ survey conducted by Cornwall Council con rms that overall, peopleâ€™s wellbeing in Cornwall has not been as badly affected as the rest of the country during the recent lockdown. While 33% of people nationally said their mental health had suffered, the gure in ornwall was much lower, at 17%. People in Cornwall also had a more positive attitude to aspects of lockdown, such as the outdoors, cleaner air, and wildlife than the national average.
Our relationship with water, throughout the ages, ranges from the sacred and spiritual, to the erceived medicinal bene ts much lauded by the Georgians and Victorians. Perhaps then, science is only con rming what we, as human beings, already instinctively know and feel? Despite being land dwellers, it seems we are as powerless to resist the draw of the ocean as the tides are to resist the pull of the moon. Maybe it is because all human life begins in a watery womb or perhaps it is a product of our evolutionary origins. It is in a primal sense where we come from.
Numerous studies over the years have concluded that exercise and exposure to nature can reduce anxiety and stress, however it seems that access to blue spaces is articularly bene cial.
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But the power of blue spaces is such that you do not even have to be there. Studies show that ust loo ing at images of blue s aces affects our mood and promotes a sense of wellbeing… A recurrent comment about my own minimal photographic artworks, in particular, is that they are calming, tranquil and meditative.
So, why might this be the case? The abundance of negative ions in certain environments such as the ocean, mountains, and waterfalls are believed to produce biochemical reactions that help alleviate depression; the colour blue itself is often associated with calmness or serenity; the sound of the ocean can induce changes in our brain waves; and the regular, rhythmic sound of the waves can induce a calming, meditative state.
Researchers are now even investigating the possibilities of using VR technology as a therapeutic aid to improve health and wellbeing in hospitals.
Living near the coast can also make for a more active lifestyle. Water sports, swimming in the ocean or just walking the coastal path, all have a positive impact on our physical and mental well-being.
One of the pioneering exponents of blue health therapy is the Falmouth based mental health charity, Sea Sanctuary. Founded by Joseph abien in 2 , ea anctuary offers a wide range of programmes for both individuals and groups based on marine activities, including sailing and water sports in conjunction with psychological therapy sessions, emotional education, lessons in practical life skills and creative classes.
Then there is the awe factor! Studies have found that the captivating, immersive, and attention grabbing nature of awe stimuli reduces self reflective thought. his changes our perception of ourselves relative to the larger world – what researchers call the ‘small self ’ effect. As a photographic artist, this is something I can relate to. Being on a vast beach with an uninterrupted horizon can be a humbling, spiritual experience and in that kind of environment and state of mind you are far less likely to sweat the small stuff!
Joseph grew up in the care system and as an adult became a mental health practitioner, working within the Crisis Intervention and Community Mental Health teams in Cornwall. hrough both of these rst hand e eriences Joseph was acutely aware of the limitations
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“The sea works for us in a way that is beyond language so for people who can’t articulate their emotions, the sea is something that ma es eo le feel and connect with their emotions. here is also something about the silence, the serenity and peace that can only be found in or near the sea. Once the engine is turned off and it is only the wind and the sails there is a real sense of exhilaration and eace that ma es it uite an e traordinary place to be.”
and pressures on the available services to deal with children who had suffered trauma and the sterile, clinical environments in which treatment and therapy was conducted. Having also had a life-long love of the sea and been a lifeboat crew member it occurred to him that combining mental health rovision and the sea might be a good idea. “The next thought was that perhaps this needn’t ust be land based on the coast but might involve going to sea. It took several years to raise enough funds to buy a suitable boat. he roblem was that the interiors of most modern boats seemed too clinical so I began looking for a wooden boat. They are more alluring, organic and there is something about the nature of bringing a boat back to life that has parallels with nurturing ourselves and loo ing after our own wellbeing.”
Finally, I ask Joseph about the science behind Blue Health. m erha s coming at this in a different way to the scientists. I’ve considered the effects of sensory engagement, the movement of a boat on the water and negative ions etc. But, what I have concluded is that perhaps there is no answer. What I mean is that trying to rationalise and analyse it too much ta es something away from what we feel, our instinct and innate emotional connection with the water which erha s may never be fully understood. n some ways don t want to now. hat is art of the wonder and enigma of the ocean.”
Fourteen years on, Sea Sanctuary has more than forty staff, wor ing across a number of ro ects and services. t the core of their services is a m Dutch Coaster ship run as a wellbeing facility and the yacht, Winter. ur yacht based rogrammes are usually based on a four day voyage with a uali ed thera ist on hand for group and one-to-one sessions. The lue ealth element obviously comes from that experience of being at sea and all the sensory in ut that comes with that. ailing wor s well because people have to engage with each other and work together as a part of a crew. It is an inclusive and levelling experience, they are all literally in the same boat
He concludes the interview with a quote: he sea has moods to fill the storehouse of the mind he sea is the matri of creation, and we have the memory of it in our blood.” (The Cruise of the Nona Hilaire Belloc) seasanctuary.org.uk
A B OV E Joseph Sabien
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‘Brave’ and ‘bold’; the style characteristics of renowned Interior Designer, Anouska Lancaster.
interviews in some of our favourite lifestyle titles, for her bold and brave stamp of interior design. It’s a style that, as she later tells me, you either love or you hate, and that in itself is intriguing. And so when I heard that Anouska had recently completed the interiors of her own two homes in Port Isaac, I absolutely had to nd out more.
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oushka Design is so much more than a business. “It is part of me. I don’t have a ‘work persona’ and a ‘home persona’ – I am who I am; whether I’m working or relaxing with my family.” These words, self-penned by Interior Stylist, Anouska Lancaster, immediately ring true as I pick up the phone for our scheduled interview. It’s almost six months since the country was placed under a nationwide lockdown, and as is inevitable whenever I speak to anybody, we ask one another how life’s been, both in and after loc down.
I start, as always, by asking a little about her background. As it turns out, Anouska’s earliest years were spent with her parents showing dogs, and in fact she won her rst award at the early age of six! “The whole doggy show life nished when was about ten, when my parents separated. But when you grow up with dogs, you always have dogs – it makes a house a home.”
“My work’s still really busy, lots of people are making their homes as great as they can be, because they can’t go anywhere else. So I can’t complain!”
That’s an important point. Not necessarily the dogs, but the idea of making a house a home – it’s one that’s embedded in the very foundations of Anouska’s design style, and as we nd out later, far outweighs the im ortance of what’s in vogue.
Anouska Lancaster is an innovator and the creator of a unique and inspiring brand – one who has become known around the UK, after numerous television a earances and
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A B OV E Layering colour on a neutral base
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quirky, and there was certainly a market for that.” In short, she continues: “I found my feet.”
Anouska’s creative background lies in art. “All I wanted to do when I grew up was to paint and draw, particularly horses and dogs,” she laughs, “so I trained fully as an artist. I didn’t go down the interior design route until much later, after I’d had my children.”
Noushka Designs started out with lots of residential work, steering away from the nightclub route. esidential obs could easily be done around my children’s school, so I started small in 2011 and built and built my business to where it is today.”
n fact, her rst interiors ob was designing a nightclub, which, she tells me, “I did as a favour because they knew I was arty and passionate about anything creative . hat ro ect would become highly acclaimed and even nominated for an award, and sure enough, Anouska was quickly asked to do another club. This time, her designs helped her client win ‘Best Nightclub’ in London’s 2007 Nightclub Awards. “It was really bizarre!”
What really set Anouska apart was how she stood her ground. “I wanted every single design to be different, she reveals, as o osed to todays rather formulaic standard of design that’s largely led by what’s on trend. “For me, your home has to be a reflection of you and your ersonality, your favourite colours and your ambitions; it has to reflect you. hats whats really e citing about oush a esigns no two ro ects are the same.
t wasn t, however, until nous a and her rst husband divorced that she decided it was time to move into the interiors business full time. “It’s really hard being an artist and for me, there wasn’t enough money to make a living. I noticed that my designs were really out there and in my style, and that people loved it! I also noticed that everything else was grey, and I think that my style really caught people’s attention. My designs were really colourful, bright, vivid and
I ask about Anouska and her husband Greig’s connection to Cornwall. “It’s like our passion place,” she tells me, “and the long term plan is to move down to Cornwall eventually.”
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That dream started in 2015. “For our wedding present, we were bought a weekend in Port Isaac, and we completely fell in love with the place. We
A B OV E Your home should be an exciting place to be
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A B OV E An interior with true personality
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the locale. “What I say about my properties in Port Isaac is that they are nautical, but they are nautical with a modern twist,” Anouska explains.
loved the community, we loved how beautiful it was – everything about it – so we immediately began searching for a holiday home there. It did take a while,” she admits, explaining “I wanted the classic ‘chocolate box’ cottage”.
As an example, we’ll move onto Rose Cottage. Despite initially missing the sale, as they forged ahead with the renovation of Hillside, Anouska and Greig received a call from north Cornwall property agents, John Bray, to say that the sale of the cottage they’d originally fallen in love with, had fallen through. “That’s how we’ve ended up with two!”
hey urchased their rst ort saac home, called illside, in 2 1 , but it wasn t their rst choice. Anouska and Greig had previously looked at another called Rose Cottage, and had even booked to go and see it. “Our heart was already set on it, but as we were driving down for the viewing, we had a call from the agency to say it had sold.”
Nods to the nautical can be found throughout Rose ottage, including green and in sh, as o osed to the traditional blue, but not ust that. nous a and Greig were also keen to complement the location by supporting local industry, and when designing Rose Cottage (and, in fact, Hillside), Anouska explains: “I used all Cornish tradesmen; I wanted to source the art from Cornish artists, and the fabrics from Cornish producers.”
Disappointed, but ultimately determined to continue their search for a home in Port Isaac, they instead found and bought Hillside cottage, and embarked on its complete renovation. At this point, I think it’s fair to say that Anouska’s design style is a far cry from the usual whites, blues and boats that characterise a large proportion of Cornwall’s seaside homes. And she wasn’t about to change her approach for Hillside. “I wanted to show people in Cornwall that you don’t have to be scared of colour. In ort saac, illside was ust so different, and it really got people talking. It opened up their eyes to stepping outside of their comfort zone, to create something that’s really exciting.”
But Rose Cottage was never destined to simply repeat what had made Hillside so successful. In fact, having had such an overwhelming response to Hillside, Anouska decided that Rose Cottage was her chance to take things even further. “I wanted to step it up and see how far I could go with my style. It’s a lot edgier,” she laughs, highlighting details such as neon lights, quirky artwork and vintage accessories, and a beautiful art mural that’s been turned into a wallpaper.
Anouska’s belief is that “your home should make you happy”, particularly a holiday home. “You need to wake up and feel alive – surrounded by colours that make you happy. It should be a place that you can escape from reality.” The same is true for those letting their homes out to holidaymakers. “Just make it fun. People that stay in holiday homes aren’t there day in, day out – it’s an escape from the norm. You have to ta e them to a different lace. hat s why use bright colours – because I want to break the rules that everybody else lives by.”
In fact, Anouska has taken it so far that it might surprise you to learn that Rose Cottage (and Hillside) are currently listed as holiday lets! Available to rent through John Bray Cornish olidays, the goal, reveals nous a, is to offer something unique to those seeking something a little different during their stay by the sea. “Appealing to the masses, I probably would have calmed it down a little bit, but because we want it to be our forever home, it was like ‘well this is who we are, this is who I am as a designer. f you love it, brilliant, come and en oy it, and if you don t, that s ne, because it s going to be our home anyway.”
The result at Hillside is staggering, and while the interiors may be seen to contrast with the seasca es and maritime heritage that de ne ort Isaac, they do, in their own way, complement
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A B OV E rey oofs, a client ro ect in Port Isaac
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TO P & R I G H T illside, nous a s rst ro erty in Port Isaac
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A B OV E Bold and brave
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D I A LO G U E for them, but they shouldn’t be afraid to push the boundaries.” Anouska’s philosophy centres around the notion that whether you’re traveling from London for a holiday by the sea, or merely returning home after a day s wor , you should be excited to get there”.
Anouska does admit that she’s “nervous about renting Rose Cottage”, having put so much into it. “But I think there’s a massive market out there – particularly Londoners who like boutique hotels and cool places like Soho House – who want that same level of design and inspiration. And I don’t think many places in ornwall are offering that at the moment.
Sticking with current trends, it’s interesting to hear that, while Anouska has long been a reader of one of the interior industry’s leading magazines, she has, of late, found herself wondering why. “I don’t know what’s happened to it all the ictures are ust white t ust feels so unins iring and ll flic through it in ten minutes, whereas I used to tear pages out for my mood boards! I don’t know whether it’s a movement or ust conforming, m not sure, but it goes back to what we’ve been saying; whether you love it or hate it, it needs to cause a reaction.”
hilst she clearly has con dence in her style as a designer, what really shines through as I speak with Anouska is a sense of self-awareness, and she tells me that “people either love my designs or they hate them”. This is because she’s not led by what’s in vogue, and when I ask whether she’s at all influenced by current trends, she says e nitely not. ith all of my clients, have to get to know them really well before designing for them. It’s such a personal thing, where you live that interior has to reflect the erson, so thin it s really dangerous trying to t the trend.
nous a a rms that when all s said and done, it’s your home. Your friends may not like what you do, but that doesn’t matter. As long as you love it as long as it sets your heart on re – that is what great interior design is all about.
“Some people are so keen to follow a trend that they go for something that isn’t necessarily their style. Because interior design can be quite scary, a lot of people end up seeking comfort by adhering to what’s in the magazines.
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“If I had a top tip, it would be that you have to trust your gut instinct and really go with what you like. It’s like fashion – a lot of people wear the same tried-and-tested clothes that work
A B OV E Cornish, with a twist
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ecipes from en unnicli e and att mit as t ey cele rate t e opening of t eir second pu , e acket Inn near russia Cove.
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Starter: Warm Salad of Ray, Butternut Squash, Apple and Pickled Red Cabbage SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS: Pickled red cabbage 200g red cabbage 1 tbsp salt 300ml red wine vinegar 125g granulated sugar 1tsp crushed coriander seeds 3 cloves, lightly crushed cinnamon stick, broken Butternut squash 1 small butternut squash Rapeseed oil
Cider apples 2 Braeburn or similar apples 300ml cider 100ml apple juice A few sprigs of thyme 2 bay leaves Rosemary and anchovy dressing 2 sprigs rosemary leaves picked 2 salted anchovies 2 tbsp Cabernet sauvignon vinegar ½ tsp Dijon mustard 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil/rapeseed oil
Ray 400g ray wing on the bone skinned 1 small shallot 1 small carrot 1 stick of celery ½ a small leek A few sprigs of thyme Salt
Method Remove the ray wing from the cooking liquor and set aside on a plate until cool enough to handle.
For the pickled red cabbage Remove any tired outer leaves before coring the cabbage. hred it as nely as ossible. ut the shredded cabbage into a plastic or stainless-steel bowl, add the salt, then mix. Transfer to a colander and leave to drain over a bowl for 8 hours.
For the butternut squash eel the butternut s uash, cut in half and scoo out the seeds using a spoon. Cut the squash into approximately 1-inch cubes.
Boil the vinegar with the spices and sugar to dissolve. Remove from the heat, cover with cling lm and leave to infuse.
Heat a large frying pan or two smaller ones. Add a splash of rapeseed oil and when smoking hot add the diced squash. Don’t overcrowd the pan or it won’t colour properly. No matter how much you are tempted don’t instantly start shaking the pan – let the squash colour on the side that has contact with the pan before turning the pieces. Continue to cook until golden brown and tender. Season and set aside.
fter hours, rinse the cabbage under a cold ta . ha e off as much of the e cess water as ossible then dry with a tea towel. ac into a cold sterilised glass jar (with vinegar proof lid) or an airtight plastic container. Re-boil the pickling vinegar and pour over the cabbage, covering all of it. Allow to cool then store in a cold dark place for up to three months.
For the rosemary and anchovy dressing Chop the anchovies roughly and put into a pestle and mortar. ho the rosemary leaves as nely as you can and add to the anchovies. Grind this to a ne aste, then add the vinegar and i on mustard. This is unlikely to need any seasoning with the salted anchovies! Mix to a paste then emulsify with the olive oil or rapeseed oil.
For the cider apples ut the cider, a le uice, cho ed thyme and bay leaves into a large pan and bring to the boil. eel and core the a les, cutting them into eighths. ut them in the boiling cider, bring bac to the boil, then ta e off the heat. ut into a container to cool and set aside.
To serve emove the flesh from the bones of the ray and lace in a bowl. ut some of the red cabbage on a plate (either a large serving plate or four small individual ones . catter a uarter of the ray flesh over this before scattering the apples and butternut squash. Finish with a little of the dressing.
For the ray eel and finely slice all the vegetables and ut into a pan large enough to hold the ray wing. Cover with cold water and bring gently to the boil. Turn off the heat and leave for 4 to 5 mins. 56
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Main: Lemon Glazed Duck with Mango Salsa
SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS: Duck
1 large whole duck
1 ripe mango, peeled and diced small red onion, eeled and nely diced
2 small red chillies Zest 1Â˝ lemons
1 small red chili, deseeded and nely cho
2 sticks lemon grass
Juice of 1 lime
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp chopped coriander
6 slices of ginger
1 tbsp olive oil
Small bunch coriander stalk/root 5 oz dark brown sugar 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbs
1 tbsp dark soy Â˝ tsp pepper freshly milled
Method Strain the cooking liquor and cool to set the fat. Remove this fat and, in a suitable size pan gradually reduce it to a thick, syrupy glaze.
For the duck Prick the skin of the duck and sit on a cooling wire rack over a tray. Carefully pour some boiling water over a couple of times to remove some of the fat.
Brush the breast and legs with the glaze, and ut into the oven at a ro imately 1 c for about 10/15 mins. Finish under the grill with more glaze if necessary.
Put the duck into a suitable size pan and add all the other ingredients before covering with cold water. Bring gently to a simmer, constantly skimming the surface. Cook slowly, barely simmering, until the meat is tender.
For the mango salsa Combine all the ingredients in a suitable size bowl.
Carefully remove and cool quickly. Once cold remove the breasts and legs and set aside in the fridge until required.
Arrange the duck on individual plates with some jasmine rice, steamed pak choi and the mango salsa drizzled over the top.
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Dessert: Buttermilk Pudding, Plums and Pistachio SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS: Buttermilk pudding
100ml double cream
g lums of your choice
125g caster sugar
150-200g caster sugar
Â˝ vanilla pod est and uice of orange and lemon est nely grated, being careful not to ta e any ith
2 leaves of gelatin
65g caster sugar
125g butter 1
300ml buttermilk 1
ml cream, semi whi
g lain flour sieved g cho
ed istachio nuts
Method For the buttermilk pudding
For the stewed plums
ut the citrus uices and ests into a an with the seeds scra ed from the vanilla od, the cream and the sugar. ring to the boil to dissolve the sugar, stirring occasionally. ee an eye on it as this shouldn t ta e too long.
a e the lums off their stones, ut into a suitable si e an with the sugar and heat gently to dissolve the sugar in the uice of the lums. oo until a loose am li e consistency, then let it cool and set aside until re uired.
hile the sugar is dissolving soa the gelatin in cold water to soften. hen the cream and sugar mi is ready, ta e the gelatin out of the cold water and s uee e out as much water as ossible. dd this to the cream and stir to dissolve.
For the pistachio shortbread ote this will ma e more shortbread than you need for the desserts, but can be e t and coo ed as re uired as a nice addition to a cu of coffee. ream the butter and sugar until it is ale and fluffy, then add the flour and istachios and mi until it starts to come together.
ransfer the mi ture to a large bowl and mi in the buttermil .
ha e the dough into logs. e careful not to overwor the dough at this oint or the shortbread will have a heavy te ture. ra in cling lm and refrigerate.
his the cream until it ust holds its own weight, then cover and refrigerate it until needed.
hen rm, cut into inch slices and lace on a silicone lined ba ing tray and ba e at 12 for a ro . mins until lightly golden. emove from the oven and leave to cool com letely.
hen the buttermil mi is about body tem erature it doesn t feel hot or cold when you ut your nger in it gently fold in the whi ed cream. ou can use a whis for this but do it very gently.
our the mi ture into glasses and refrigerate until re uired, but for at least 2 hours to ensure it is set.
ut the glass of buttermil udding on a late and s oon some of the stewed lums on to . erve with a few istachio biscuits on the side.
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Truro Farmers Market has been at the grassroots of Cornwallâ€™s food scene since 1999, and is now attracting a new generation of culinary enthusiasts.
enter rise but s otted a ga in the mar et for a steady su lier of good uality organic veg here in ornwall.
very Wednesday and Saturday, come rain or shine, a host of Cornwallâ€™s nest food and drin roducers lus a talented band of local craft ma ers descend on emon uay in the heart of the city to bring their wares direct to the ublic. or a few hours all is a hive of activity, yet the mar et days themselves are ust the ti of the iceberg for these artisan roducers, many of which are sole traders or small family enter rises. ay in, day out, they are hard at wor behind the scenes in re aration growing, ba ing, shing, digging, brewing, catching, reserving, nurturing, blending and tasting these are the hands on, s illed rocesses which go into ma ing the mar et a vibrant, diverse and enticing sho ing e erience.
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ased at oonown near t gnes, they rent a relatively small eld which, until recently, was common asture. oday it s a highly roductive mar et garden, carefully designed to achieve ma imum yields and maintain roductivity all year round. ur aim is to use environmentally bene cial methods to grow tasty food cro s we can harvest manually, e lains d. ith clever techni ues and a uic route to mar et we can sell our roduce at an affordable rice, while em loying local eo le and aying them a living wage. t s one of those ro ects which is sim le and ambitious, traditional and rogressive all at the same time, and ob and d ho e that it will hel more local eo le en oy the freshest, organically grown veg as a result. urturing soil health and encouraging biodiversity are at the heart of their a roach, as is getting the local community involved as much as ossible hel ing to re establish that connection between eo le, lace and food roduction. oonown rowers have received a ra turous welcome since oining the mar et in the s ring, with eo le returning wee after wee
ne such industrious roducer is oonown rowers, an organic mar et garden coo erative established by three families who moved to ornwall to embar on their new ro ect together earlier this year. ed by d weetman and ob lderson, ointly they have a wealth of e erience wor ing at large organic mar et gardens in other arts of the country urton ouse rganics and lebelands ity rowers in anchester are both roviding ins iration for their ornish
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A B OV E Wares from some of the county s nest roducers
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directly bac into the local economy, e lains ar et hairman raham radshaw, who sells the full range of ornish ea alt at his stall each wee . raham has been coming to the mar et for 1 years, but his sentiments are echoed by newer attendee ate artin of reway arm. really love the mar et because of that customer interaction, ate enthuses. eo le as a lot of uestions about the farm and how we rear our cows and tur eys there is a genuine hunger for nowledge about rovenance, which nd very a rming.
to get their seasonal of colourful veg, ulled fresh from the ground ust hours before. he oonies are ust one of several new mar et roducers this year, reflecting the u beat feel and ositive bu surrounding this humble, grassroots mar et right now. he mar et, which also o s u in almouth on he oor every uesday, has had its challenges over the years. ecreasing footfall in the city centre and the rise of online food sho ing has changed the trading landsca e irrevocably, and there is little a traditional mar et can do to ada t. owever, ruro armers ar et has always endured than s to a dedicated o erating committee and a loyal local following.
ate and her husband ill are rst generation farmers who, fresh out of university, bought reway arm near t ustell in 2 . hey began with a commercial herd of cows which they sold through ruro ivestoc ar et but then diversi ed into rearing high uality tur eys for the hristmas table. hese award winning bron e tur eys are a traditional heritage breed, and are allowed to roam freely amongst the valleys and meadows at reway, slowly reaching their nishing weight ust in time for hristmas. hey are game hung to allow the flavour to develo before being dry luc ed reway is the only roducer in ornwall to have achieved the old ur ey tandard accreditation.
his determination to survive is now aying dividends as sho ing habits, lifestyles and reoccu ations change once again. ovid 1 has rom ted more of us to sho outdoors and avoid crowded su ermar ets, whilst reminding us of the im ortance of access to good uality local food. oncerns about the environment have also seen a younger generation engaging with the mar et, embracing the o ortunity to sho locally, sustainably and ethically.
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wareness of where our food comes from, and how it is roduced, is becoming a modern im erative. he effect of all of this is that the mar et has recently seen a mar ed resurgence and a renewed sense of vitality, as a new generation of food sho ers discover the oys of this colourful, characterful wee ly event. new eating area, with bes o e seating created by lawnroc urniture, has hel ed create a lively atmos here, allowing visitors to en oy globally ins ired street food made using local ingredients from he mo ing onghorn, addy s aribbean itchen and ernow hurros. thin eo le li e coming here, chatting to the roducers face to face, and seeing that their hard earned cash is going
A B OV E reway arm, near t ustell
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ummercourt, hel ing chefs and home coo s add fresh, unchy flavours to their dishes all year round. imilarly, hris ean of ernowsashimi sends the ma ority of his haul to to ondon ushi restaurants, but the ic of the catch is available to the ublic at ruro armers ar et and usually sells out uic ly. ach wee regulars ma e a beeline for the ernow ashimi stall where the freshest sh and shell sh can be sna ed u even before it reaches those e clusive eateries in the ca ital. emar ably hris has s ent years as a sherman on the elford river, and was at one time ishing dvisor to the nited ations orld ood rogramme. hris and his son ylan s ecialise in to uality sustainable sh, landed by small day boats from elford, overac and adgwith. tatic nets and large meshes ensure ractices are ind to the sea habitat and catch only mature sh, allowing them time to breed. arieties on sale at different times of year include lemon sole, mac erel, red mullet and ohn ory. rab is caught, steamed and ic ed in house to ensure freshness and uality.
he hugely successful artisan tur ey business rom ted ate and ill to diversify again into another native, heritage breed short horn cattle. hese small, stoc y cattle are easy to loo after and docile, and are nown as e cellent grass converters meaning they steadily turn grass into fat and muscle without the need for e tra feed to ta e them to their nishing weight. sing a local butcher ate and ill ee food miles to a minimum and sell their grass fed beef direct to customers through their website as well as at mar et. thin in these times it s more im ortant than ever to have multi le sales channels, says ate. he balance of the traditional farmers mar et with online sales wor s really well for us.
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i e several mar et roducers, including restigious game meat duo uchy ame and ornish uc , reway arm is courted by some of the to chefs in the est ountry you can en oy their meat at enrose itchen, where en and amantha are big su orters of local farmers . i ewise, the ornish ushroom om any and ornish hillies can be found at mar et most wee s, and you ll nd both name dro ed on the menus of great restaurants across the region. ornish hillies have grown from a small o eration to a booming enter rise, with 2, lants and varieties growing organically at their base near TOP ice things u with ornish hillies
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from ood of he ods creator al all, and tasty ornish/ talian fusion iramis the ultimate ta eaway dessert.
nother business with the younger generation standing atiently by is he ornish ill and a ehouse. ere avid uscombe heads three wor ing generations of ba ers various ermutations of family members can be found behind their mar et stall each wee . his flourishing enter rise based at ewlyn ast starts with the milling of flour from the family farm, which is then used to roduce a huge range of sweet and savoury roducts on site. his level of control over the whole rocess results in outstanding uality and consistency in the roduction of artisan breads, ornish asties, ca es, biscuits and slices all of which are made fresh in the morning and sold at mar et the same day.
ornwall s viticulturalists, brewers, cider ma ers, distillers and coffee roasters are also su remely well re resented. ong standing mar et member osue ineyard e itomises ornwall s wine ma ing rowess, whilst lemental ornish in and osemullion istillery showcase the burgeoning local s irits industry, which shows no sign of abating. ould ider and uc oo alley ider are both e cellent e am les of the wave of craft cider ma ers ta ing the by storm, while andmar eciality offee are a small batch coffee roastery with the highest sustainability credentials.
he mar et is a true reflection of ornwall s enviable food scene a de th measure of the diversity and uality of artisan food and drin roduced locally. rom traditional honey made by eather ell oney ees, to the eagerly antici ated a earance of regassow s aragus every s ring, the irresistible array of freshly made enny s ies, and the award winning wares of he in oast heese om any, there s something for everyone. he mar et also embraces changing tastes and reoccu ations. ou ll nd auer raut and imchi courtesy of elea ermented oods, a delicious selection of raw chocolate
i e other wee ly mar ets across the , ruro armers ar et may have changed little over the years, but it continues to succeed, converting new visitors to the oys of local roduce on a wee ly basis. rom one generation to the ne t, the mar et remains an im ortant way of connecting eo le with local food roduction, instilling a life long love for good food and rural sustainability along the way. trurofarmers.co.uk TOP ornish ill
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ASHES WORDS BY BETHANY ALLEN
Many of us will witness catastrophe in our lifetime, but it’s how we choose to overcome it t at will de ne us.
is a uintessential ornish shing village that emulates everything that ornwall stands for its shing heritage, its connection to the ocean and its sense of community.
n June 2019, at the start of what promised to be a busy summer season, The Old oastguard hotel in ousehole suffered a life-changing blow when its kitchen went u in flames. lthough the heat and re damage was contained within the kitchen area, smoke engulfed the rest of the hotel; tainting the bedrooms, ruining the notable red carpet and ultimately resulting in the di cult decision to close the hotel for refurbishment.
The Old Coastguard building shares part of that history and what once was the lookout area has since been transformed into a reception area, allowing guests to access a building that would have had a huge role within the community at the time. t was therefore without uestion that the hotel’s Managing Directors, Charles and dmund n in, did everything in their ower to bring the hotel bac to life. i e a hoeni it has risen from the ashes, stronger and better than ever.
ituated in the iconic shing village of Mousehole on Cornwall’s west coast, The Old Coastguard hotel was once, as its name suggests, part of the local coastguard and acted as a lookout station for a number of years. t therefore has a signi cant lace in the village s history as a building that is dee ly connected to the local area and Mousehole’s rich seafaring ast. he rst nown mention of the village of ousehole was recorded in 1283, and records show that pilchards were e orted to rance from as early as 1 2. t
ith the renovations involving the usual range of challenges, including the exposure of asbestos to last year’s awful autumnal weather, the support of the hotel’s insurers NFU Mutual (contents and loss of business) and llian the building has been integral
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to the completion of the project, allowing the interior to be renovated, with hel from decorator Coralie Rogers of Room in Hay, and the team to be maintained broadly as it was at the time of the re.
than s to a continually devoted and atient team, as restrictions were slowly lifted and establishments gradually allowed to re-open, this historic ornish hotel was eventually able, once again, to throw o en its doors.
ur initial concern when we re noti ed of a claim is the extent of the damage and caring for our client during a distressing time,â€? says Ellie Williams, the NFU Mutual agent who insured he ld oastguard. ut a res onsible insurer is aware of the noc on effects a ma or incident can have. e were delighted to hel and look forward to seeing the hotel go from strength to strength.
he renovations have restored he ld Coastguard to its former glory, thanks to the dedication of staff and the su ort of utual and llian . his ro ect has been a huge one and we must particularly thank NFU utual, says harles n in. ou are never re ared for the aftermath of a re, so their calmness has been critical in allowing us to bring the building bac to life.
fter seven long months of renovations, as bad luc would have it, the hotel was set to re open on 20th March â€“ the same day that the was laced under loc down. owever,
With fourteen bedrooms, nearly all looking out over glistening ornish waters and featuring views out to t ichael s ount and the i ard peninsula beyond, The Old Coastguard is a
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The Gurnard’s Head is just a hop across the west Penwith moors from The Old Coastguard, and is a wonderfully remote inn whose sunshine yellow e terior draws visitors from far and wide to enjoy the delights of its cosy interior, acclaimed food and refreshing local beer. ime s ent in this art of the world will help you unwind as you enjoy one of the country’s most dramatic coastlines, one that has ins ired artists and wal ers for centuries.
valuable asset to the accommodation mar et in west ornwall. llowing visitors to access the area’s beaches and gardens, the Minack Theatre and the artists’ studios of Newlyn, en ance and t ves, as well as the wild and beautiful landscape of the Penwith Heritage oast. here are so many wonderful laces to visit in this area, from the breathta ing trac of the South West Coast Path that wraps around the county, to the crystal-clear waters of beaches made from the white sand of crushed sea shells. t really is a s ectacular destination and, within current guidelines, The Old Coastguard team is leased to once again be welcoming visitors to ousehole, roviding a relaxing and comfortable base from which to explore this wildly beautiful area of ornwall.
hen you have he elin ach ri n, between the recon eacons and the lac ountains in Wales; it’s the kind of inn that pulls you in, envelo s you in a big cuddle and sends you to bed with a smile on your face. he ld oastguard therefore completes a trio of beautiful, historic buildings, each possessing their own charm each roviding a warm and welcoming place of refuge for the modern traveller.
“We thank our guests for being unstintingly su ortive throughout the rocess even when our lans have been uncertain,” says dmund n in.
t is harles and Edmund’s hope that the Old Coastguard will remain at the centre of the ousehole community following its renovation and once again become a place where guests can rela and en oy the local surroundings. o be able to survive catastro he and emerge from it stronger than ever stands as a testament to the resilience of the hotel and its staff. n a time where resilience, patience and standing together in the face of adversity are values that are more im ortant than ever, it s nice to come across a success story like that of he ld oastguard.
Winner of ‘Seaside Hotel of the ear in the 2020 Good Hotel Guide and the IWC ine ist of the ear, the ld oastguard rovides an award winning service to guests. he hotel is art of DRINK a small grou of inns run by harles and dmund n in. ach with their own unique character but all sticking to the duo s core values of traditional and welcoming inns with great quality local food and a warm atmos here. ther inns under the DRINK umbrella include The Gurnard’s Head near ennor and he elin ach ri n in ales.
A B OV E & R I G H T oa u the staggering views in the autumn sunshine
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The SEED of an IDEA WO R D S B Y DA N WA R D E N
An ethos that embodies the Cornish way of life, dedicating itself to t e craft of distilling and t e pursuit of provenance.
created for my 40th birthday”, he explains. A few months later in 2019, Will and his newly formed team began devoting their time to research and develo ment, until they nally arrived at a set of spirits that now, Will tells me, “we are extremely proud of ”.
elf-confessed as having a “longstanding obsession with provenance in the food and drink world”, for years, Will Herrmann felt this was missing when it came to spirits. “I wanted to set about changing this.” It all began in 2018, which is when Will purchased Trefresa Farm, now the home of Porthilly Spirit Distillery. “We have a long term plan to build a hotel here,” explains Will, but “when we were originally looking at concepts, we had the idea of putting a small distillery in the bar. This planted the seed of an idea.” © Ben Pryor
It was amidst the recent Coronavirus pandemic that the rst orthilly Spirit products were launched, and as you can imagine, the changing landscape meant that the team had to quickly adapt their modus operandi. This meant that “rather than selling predominantly to bars and restaurants, we focused on selling direct to customers”. They also created a host of amazing cocktail recipes on their website, giving those suddenly with more time on their hands the inspiration to start making the most of sunny days spent in the garden.
It was around the same time that Will set out to build the best team possible, to create the best drin they could. he rst batch came in the form of a small 100-bottle run, “initially
A B OV E Trefresa Farm
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A B OV E Porthilly Spirit is led by principles of provenance
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“We are driven by a passion for provenance, and love working with people who share this idea.” In turn, this drive yields products of the highest quality, and in what has been, compared to other businesses, a very short space of time, the team have nevertheless garnered a sterling reputation, particularly among those who relish a dash of quality with their chosen tonic. lthough dedicated to the craft and een to keep its traditions alive, Porthilly Spirit is nonetheless an innovator. In fact, when I ask Will how a new recipe is settled on, he explains that some of the distillery’s newest recipes are the result of collaboration with some of the uchy s most forward thin ing individuals, oft from disciplines not traditionally associated with drink. “For example, we’re about to launch a limited edition rum which has been cold smoked! The recipe was created by local chef and master of smoked food, Andi Tuck.”
Always excited by an origin story, I ask how the distillery has evolved since its relatively recent conception. “When we started, we were honest beginners,” reveals Will. “We were – and still are – learning and questioning as the recipes developed, and taking feedback from all who tried the spirits.
The result, Will assures us, is spectacular – smooth and noticeably smoky – and great on its own or in a cocktail. “I think it would work brilliantly in an old fashioned,” Will muses. For me, having spent the lockdown researching the art of barbe ue, building my own ma eshift smoker whilst simultaneously nurturing a taste for rum, this limited edition elixir can’t come quickly enough…
“The products continue to evolve,” he continues, “but we’re staying honest to our founding principles of quality and provenance.” In fact, Porthilly is currently working on some exciting limited edition products, and collaborations with the amazing chefs and foodies surrounding us here in Cornwall. And it’s no wonder… The uchy lays by a different ruleboo when it comes to food. Surrounded by the ocean, with innumerable acres of farmland between coasts, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food that’s reared, grown and caught within a few mere miles. This feeds into the very core of the Porthilly Spirit ethos, and Will tells me that everything we do and create is influenced and inspired by our location on the north Cornwall coast. Farm, shore and sea.”
Moving on, we couldn’t talk about Porthilly Spirit Distillery without touching on the exciting and highly anticipated Porthilly Spirit Festival. May this year would have seen the festival’s ‘maiden voyage’, however, as was the case for festivals around the world, the Coronavirus pandemic put pay to this year’s event. But Will is keen to reassure that “we are doing all we can to make it happen in 2021”, and I think it’s fair to suggest that this is set to become a highlight of the season for festival goers all over the UK – a three-day celebration of the ethos behind everything the team does at Trefresa Farm.
A B OV E Porthilly produce spirits of the highest order
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“We hope to start work on building this in the coming months, and this will be the first step in our longer term plans to breathe life back into the farm.” In fact, over the next couple of years, Trefresa Farm will be central to a grand campaign of regeneration, including the creation of a community hub and a boutique hotel, spa and restaurant, creating 85 direct local jobs.
“It’s about delivering an experience for all those who share our fascination with the land and sea, bringing in local producers, artisans, restaurateurs, musicians and creatives, to create a weekend of discovery.” And although we will have to wait until at least 2021 for the festival to get the green light, there are some exciting plans taking shape in the meantime, including a series of smaller events at the farm – “special feasts with live music” – which for one am ee ing my ears rmly to the ground for more details.
All of this will take place alongside the growing agricultural business, the aim of which is to grow all the ingredients necessary to make their own spirits on site. And whilst self-sufficiency, sustainability and the pursuit of provenance are of course the driving forces behind this superb Cornish distillery, its ethos – the Porthilly ‘spirit’, if you like – is one of community, and a sense of symbiosis with Cornwall’s coast and countryside.
Having learned all about Porthilly’s uncertain, tumultuous, but ultimately flying start, nd myself wondering what the future holds for Will and the team. Are there plans for any new reci es, or to grow the business at all ur rst few batches have been created in collaboration with some brilliant master distillers in Cornwall,” says Will, “but our mission has always been to create a distillery at Trefresa Farm.
A B OV E Jack Bevan, who helped Will develop some of the distillery’s staple recipes
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Creating beautiful timber buildings, sustaina ility, onesty and a love for t e craft are the driving forces behind Post & Beam.
om ubb and im im son rst crossed aths nearly 1 years ago, wor ing together in evon for ar enter a , a national s ecialist in structural timber framing. wor ed with the esign team there im ran one of the wor sho s as a enior ar enter, e lains om, starting the story from the beginning.
he two are now the irectors of their own brand, ost eam the com any behind a growing number of ornwall s most beautiful timber framed buildings. ut it s im ortant, says om, that we clarify what is meant by timber framing . ots of houses are timber framed, essentially using what he calls the wall method , where none of the timber is seen. n most cases, it s hidden between internal laster board and on the outside with weather screen. hat we do is an aesthetical, as well as structural building com onent that you very much see, and it s this that eo le are drawn to.
es ite the circumstances surrounding the ovid 1 andemic, om, im and their team have remained busy, and so om ta es my call from the seat of his wor van. ven during the height of the nationwide loc down, he tells me e were still ta ing en uiries and de osits for new obs. f anything, we re getting busier, with obs in ornwall and the sles of cilly s anning well into 2 21
utting the natural beauty of timber on dis lay brings beauty to a home in a way that not only s ea s of sustainability, but of the s ill and craftsmanshi that went into building it. he nished results are always, undeniably, beautiful, but om delves into why ost eam s buildings are es ecially o ular here in ornwall.
im and om decided to relocate bac to ornwall in 2 1 . im grew u in ennor near t ves, while om had been based in the uchy for many years before moving to ristol and then south evon where the air met. fter wor ing together they uic ly realised that they shared a vision and the move bac to ornwall was inevitable. e were tal ing about forming our own entity then, continues om, but we ended u setting u a wor sho in ornwall for our friends at ar enter a .
iving in ornwall is often a lifestyle choice and our buildings seem to a eal to those who have bought into that choice and are loo ing to ut a s ecial mar on their home, holiday accommodation or commercial building and create a beautiful s ace. hat we create in con unction with our commercial clients gives them something that the com etition hasn t got, a s ecial stam and a beautiful building. e have had hugely ositive feedbac from revious clients and the results. e also considers the environment here in ornwall to be well suited to their style of buildings. ver
ast forward ve years and eventually, om e lains e decided we d rather be our own inde endent com any with no strings attached, so we rebranded. his enables us to now evolve our brand and distinct offering as well as react to the local mar et. LEFT nce a concrete bungalow, this s ace has been utterly transformed
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since rst visiting cotland, have always been ins ired by the timber influenced architectural style on the west coast. he natural environment is very similar here in ornwall, with wild beaches and the rugged tlantic coastline all in close ro imity to sheltered inlets and bays. thin ornwall is at the beginning of a timber building ourney, at least at the s ecialist end of the mar et. nd it s true you need only ta e a stroll around adstow, almouth or t ves to see a host of e am les. his leads me to wondering how much their move to ornwall was led by the environment. as him what, for him, is the best art of running a business here. ornwall is a s ecial lace and it s where we have chosen to be and raise our families. ur clients are often here for the same reasons so it s always easy to nd things in common and stri e a great wor ing relationshi .
e tensions, to new homes and even commercial buildings. e do all sorts, says om, but he reveals that some of his favourite ro ects have to be on the sles of cilly. e ve been there more than once, and have a few more ro ects brewing there, he tells me, and when e lain that ve never been, says you ve missed out recommend it, and remember to visit the even tones nn on t artins.
n ornwall, eo le are inventive and creative in running businesses. he ob o ortunities don t e ist li e elsewhere so eo le ste u to ma e it wor for themselves. e feel luc y to have a viable business that ays for us to do what we love doing.
s well as bringing s ecialist oa frame and structural design and detailing to a ro ect, ost eam wor closely with architects and builders to ensure their clients brief is met as closely as ossible ecause we realise the value of investing in good mar eting and e hibit at a lot of shows, eo le tend to come to us as a rst ort of call before they nd a builder or architect often sim ly because they li ed the hotos of ost eam frames they ve seen ublished in local maga ines or on our media outlets. e have become well tuned in hel ing our clients nd a good architect or builder, normally who we have reviously had successful relationshi s with. e don t really have an off the shelf roduct, e lains om. t really de ends on the budget, the aesthetic a client wants to achieve and a number of other factors. f course there are many similarities in all of our buildings, but each has its own subtle individual character. e will often roduce design s etches and guide gures to build
long that same thread, om ma es an astute oint about the culture among ornish businesses. t comes as as whether theirs is always the right solution for their clients. f it becomes a arent that the right solution for a client isn t what we offer, we ll oint them in the direction of someone more suitable a lot of eo le in ornwall recommend others. thin it s because there are lots of small com anies there are so many one , two and three erson out ts offering design, architecture, car entry and ecological construction all bes o e that actually, it e uates to one or two big com anies. ost eam are involved in a wide variety of ro ects, ranging from garden buildings and
A B OV E t s easy to see what draws clients to ost eam
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to reject it. The forestry in France is very reliable and ts our needs for now. hey ve been successfully managing commercial oak forestry for over 300 years and the forests there are de nitely not shrin ing their effective management is allowing sustained growth. That said, we do believe in promoting native British woodland regeneration as well as commercial oak forestry here in the UK. As a business, we invest in schemes every year to promote this, both here in Cornwall and across the UK, with the hope that one day we can cost effectively build frames with Cornish Oak.”
up a ‘concept design’ with new clients prior to formal engagement, this is all part of our service and investment up front.” Beauty aside, the materials used by Post & Beam are undeniably sustainable, and they promise to stand the test of time, too. “As long as people continue to like our work aesthetically, there’s no reason our frames won’t last for centuries. Our work is a modern take on traditional timber frames, examples of which still stand from over 500 years ago.” Post & Beam do use some locally grown timber, including larch and Douglas Fir, but for the most part, they source green oak timber which accounts for a signi cant amount of their work – from the sustainably managed forests of northern France. This has roven more cost effective than using commercially grown oak from the UK; as the crow flies, om tells me it would li ely have to come just as far from UK forests as those in France! And at a time when sustainability is surely more important than anything else, he explains that the forests there are incredibly well managed. “The sort of materials we use, you simply can’t buy from the builder’s merchants. Because the majority of timbers in our buildings are structural, every piece of timber is chec ed over rst by an inde endent grader at the sawmill and then by us and if it’s unsuitable or compromised, we will have
Post & Beam have built a team that are as enthusiastic about their work as they are knowledgeable, and that couldn’t be clearer as our conversation comes to an end. A love for the ob and the materials they use de ne the Post & Beam ethos, but what sets it apart is a dedication to honesty and a commitment to the environment. In short, this Cornish business is a case in point – proof that Cornwall is fertile ground for those sowing the seeds of a bright, beautiful, and sustainable, future. To see some of Post & Beam’s work, visit the Sevenstones Inn on St Martin’s, on the Isles of Scilly. Alternatively, visit Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens near Penzance. post-beam.co.uk A B OV E Tom (right), Tim (middle right) and the team
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n a previous volume, we featured Iroka’s collaboration with Legacy Properties, detailing how the team’s high-end Cornish interior design does not pivot around what is ‘in vogue’, but rather sets an unmatched standard of its own. Nothing has changed since then, and Iroka continues to impress with their dazzling interiors. As a Cornish based interior design company, they are small as a team, but certainly not in nowledge. hey offer a highly personalised and tailored experience to all customers, refurbishing properties of any size, head to toe. The team consists of experts in all elds, from a itchen design team to a window dressing team, meaning all aspects of home refurbishment can be handled by them, allowing for a stress free e erience from start to nish. Each project is authentic as it is driven entirely by the client, with Iroka working to ensure every
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n ste ing into the hallway, you enter a large scale ivot door and immediately lay eyes on the e osed glass staircase, the s ine of the building which binds all of the floors together with a true sense of cohesion. he conce t of the central staircase was ins ired by water dro lets and this is evident hanging from the fourteen metre dro ceiling height are dangling lightbulbs which fall through the middle of the staircase, giving the illusion of a waterfall of light, around which the stairway twines. he stairs themselves, with their glass sides, allow for the light to shine through, creating natural light reflections and atterns onto the surrounding walls. his, accom anied by the hand wa ed white oiled oa flooring and the white of the walls, o ens the s ace u , with sunlight bouncing off the walls. he stairway is nished off with a centre iece of ebbles beneath the lights, a nishing touch which adds a ornish, beachy feel.
and sought after locations in ornwall. he ro erty boasts four storeys, vast o en living s aces, e tensive landsca ed gardens and anoramic sea views the erfect blan canvas for ro a to embellish with contem orary lu ury. s a modern and stylish rivate holiday residence, the brief was to create a contem orary home which ca tures the e ansive ocean vistas, and ro a bought its unflinching flair for design to ensure this was achieved to the highest level. he overall style features a rela ed colour alette of grey and white, with use of organic materials such as ale wood and velvet embellished with notes of silver and grey marble. urniture includes oval sha es, rounded corners and a modern and geometric style, whilst lighting is subtle but bright and flattering on the ro erty s contem orary aura. he cherry on the ca e of this stunning ro ect is its uni ue elements a large aba talia sofa, a rivate cinema and games room, and an in nity ool. he building and its amenities boast the utmost in lu ury, which ro as interior design only serves to enhance.
he itchen is a large, o en lan room with minimal ro le glass sliding doors, designed to ma imise the amount of light flowing into the s ace. marble to ed island and brea fast bar creates a rela ed ambience as the coo ing s ace and dining s ace are merged into a communal area for socialising and entertaining. n ee ing with the ro a tradition, the design of the room is centred around the views, and in this case the itchen and dining area is set u to enhance the anoramic ocean scenery that can be seen from the large windows. o do so, the dining table is ositioned arallel to the scenery, with the oooi endant light that hangs above the tableto designed to be almost trans arent, drawing the eye to the view. he marble table and itchen to s add to the lu urious feel of the room, and it is truly the heart of the ro erty. he owners can recon gure the s ace to suit the needs of different families, including ad usting the si e of the dining table to accommodate more eo le. he combination of light coloured floors, walls and glass features cause you to become trans ed in the oceanic views. n fact, this delicately designed room almost creates the feeling that you are floating above the ocean itself.
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The lounge has a similar light and airy feel, with a vaulted ceiling and a e floor to ceiling glazing maximising the views and natural light. A plush, custom designed Saba Italia L shaped sofa is angled towards the view, as is the desk, making the room perfect for both work and relaxation in front of the panoramic vista. The master bedroom boasts a double height ceiling, and two arallel windows offer views of the coastline on one side and the in nity pool on the other. Iroka has also included two sofas and a chic contem orary coffee table, creating a more private relaxation area. It is, nevertheless, a house designed for the needs of
all of the family, and this is particularly evident through the carefully thought out games and cinema room, which is appropriate for the enjoyment of all age groups. It is divided into two spatial zones, one with a modern pool table in keeping with the grey colour scheme, and one with another luxurious corner sofa positioned before the cinema screen. An overhead recessed skylight creates excellent lighting, keeping the room as stylish and inviting as all of the others. ro a s ro erties are enviable in their high end chic, endless luxuriousness and organic feel. he com any does not go for flashy, over the to interiors. nstead, ersonal care
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is taken in choosing interiors that feel right for the client, and customers can feel happy knowing that their own personal vision for their home is being adhered to. Not only do the team design your property, they also have an e tensive list of su liers and an in house installation team who will t all of the furniture, flooring, itchen and windows for you. here is a project management service available too, upon request, meaning that all aspects of the design and renovation are taken care of in one place. Customer satisfaction is evidently at the heart of this company, from the project planning right the way through to the nishing touches of the design.
This home is an example of interior design that works to enhance and embellish the property’s already beautiful features, instead of overshadowing them. It keeps its décor simplistic and classy, creating a property that the owners won’t feel afraid to fully enjoy and get cosy in. A small, personal and attentive brand, Iroka offers a level of care that can be seen in each and every project it’s a part of, and this exceptional Cornish property is just one in a long list of incredible examples. iroka.com
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ac in our fth volume, we caught u with onathan unliffe, who showed us that des ite facing tough times in recent years, there has been something of a revival ha ening in ornwall s rime ro erty mar et. hree months on, in light of the recent loc down, he delves a little dee er into its effects on the mar et, and highlights a growing trend of interest in ornwall s most sensational homes. ith an average selling rice in 2 2 standing at more than 1. , onathan has recently concluded three sales well above 2. testament to the growing interest in ornish homes since the easing of the nationwide loc down. he rime mar et in ornwall that is, ro erties valued at 1. and above had a very rough time for many years u until summer 2 1 , onathan e lains, with ro erties in the 2 to range often ta ing years to sell. ver the course of the last year, we have seen this come down to wee s or months, so it s certainly the best mar et for sellers of rime ro erty in ornwall since before the nancial crisis in 2 / .
o what effect has this had on ro erty rices here gain, he oints us to the rime mar et, e laining how ro erties in this brac et have been in the doldrums for many years , with little or no growth from 2 / until summer 2 1 . ut, he continues, we have seen rices at last showing growth over the last year, artly because buyers can now see value, and also room for future growth. nto the inds of ro erties that are yielding the most interest and it is as varied as you might e ect in ornwall. e are seeing demand for all ty es of ro erty, e lains onathan, and while there is renewed interest for waterside ro erty, it is also obvious that the e erience of the recent loc down has increased the a eal of country houses with larger gardens and grounds. as him what advice he would give to anybody thin ing of buying a home in ornwall, to which he re lies that the most im ortant thing is to s end time here, getting to now the areas as well as ossible. n geogra hical terms, ornwall is a long county, and each art of it has a very different ersonality. jonat ancunli e.co.uk
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e lifting of t e nationwide lockdown as left more uyers t an ever seeking more space and a ealt ier lifestyle.
ith this year’s lockdown came enormous strain on our home lives; many found that the space afforded by their own four walls was no longer enough, while others realised that when they took work out of the equation and merited their homes on location alone, the results left much to be desired. he andemic also forced UK employers to review how they do business, with many seeing the bene ts of a wor force o erating from home. his, in turn, has o ened u a world of ossibility for those reviously tied, by wor , to a life in the city. hat is, the ossibility of relocating to the coast and achieving the ind of wor life balance that, just six months ago, would have seemed li e nothing more than a i edream.
It comes as no surprise then that with the lifting of loc down ornish ro erty sales have soared, as evidenced by the recent string of sales through the e erts at hili artin. hese include alenic ouse near ruro, and y wyn in ylor ridge. alenic ouse, with a guide price of £1 million, is an historic Grade listed home slate hung and believed to date from 1 2. uietly ositioned on the edge of ruro close to the cree s of the al estuary, the ro erty has a host of outbuildings, including a charming clock tower, and its grounds extend to almost an acre. y wyn, meanwhile, is a semi detached eriod cottage offering stunning river views and its own water frontage. riced at , , it s situated on hurch oad,
ylor ridge one of ornwall s most sought after locations and with three bedrooms of accommodation plus a garage, parking and enclosed rear gardens, it’s no surprise this home sold so uic ly. ranters in t awes , is another ne e am le, the lifestyle o ortunity here being the stuff of dreams for many as they awaited the easing of restrictions. ccu ying a generous lot, with astounding views to t nthony ead, almouth ay and the i ard eninsula, ranters offers four bedrooms of accommodation, alongside three reception rooms, three bathrooms, a wor sho and a double garage. inally, set in fabulous mature gardens and grounds in enwyn near ruro, is enhaldarva ouse , . his detached eriod ro erty boasts anoramic countryside views, its accommodation blending a sense of s ace with farmhouse-style warmth, and with four double bedrooms, lus the otential downstairs for another, it’s easy to see the attraction of this gorgeous country house. his is ust a selection of the homes sold recently by hili artin, but it s enough to see that, from waterside cottages to sprawling country homes, never has property in ornwall been so highly sought after. philip-martin.co.uk
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A fabulous home in the Cornish countryside with two additional one-bedroom cottages.
estled in the countryside within easy reach of Truro and Falmouth, Bolotho ews offers fle ible accommodation across four bedrooms, including a generous master suite and a family shower room. lending original features with contem orary touches, it bene ts from reverse level accommodation, with a galleried central staircase leading u to the rst floor sitting room, a rst floor itchen with vaulted ceilings, and a drawing room that would be erfect for teenagers or as a room. olotho ews also bene ts from two additional one bedroom cottages, creating a useful additional stream of income. rambles, an attached anne e, could be incor orated into the main house if re uired, while ylar s lies across the courtyard. oth have been tastefully nished, matching the high interior standards set by the main house. harmingly rivate and surrounded by countryside, boasting two acres of gardens and addoc s with views towards the woodland of the old illiow estate, this is a rare o ortunity to secure your own quiet corner of rural Cornwall. BOLOTHO MEWS Guide price: ÂŁ1.3M ROHRS & ROWE 01872 306360 email@example.com
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by the water A unique waterside home and redevelopment opportunity, with the only private quay in St Mawes.
ith its own slipway, foreshore and parking, located on the banks of the ercuil river, this is a rare offering indeed in what has to be one of the south coast’s most highly coveted destinations; St Mawes, on the stunning Roseland peninsula. urrently laid out over two floors, on the rst you ll nd three bedrooms, a generous kitchen and a gorgeous living room, which opens onto a private balcony, capitalising on those water views. A woodburner keeps things cosy during the colder months, while rustic wooden floors, whitewashed walls and exposed beams give the space an authentic sense of Cornish coastal character. n the ground floor, a large garage rovides ample space for sailing equipment, whilst the studio – currently used for yoga – is open to a world of possible uses. Indeed, whether you choose to enjoy the accommodation as it is, or to redevelop and create the waterside home of your dreams, it’s rare that such a fantastic opportunity presents itself in this coveted part of Cornwall. STUDIO POLVARTH Guide price: £1.65M SAVILLS CORNWALL 73 Lemon Street, Truro TR1 2PN 01872 243200 firstname.lastname@example.org
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A delightful country estate near the Helford river, with subtropical gardens, stables and a separate detached three-bedroom cottage. Estray Park is well documented in the history of Cornish properties, originally being home to the ailiffs of errier, who would im ound cattle from all parts of the district. The original part of the main house’s structure is of local golden granite, its colour derived from the organic staining of stone retrieved from near the surface of the land. This spectacular stone glows warm in sunlight, does not dull when wet, and truly speaks of the home’s historic character. From the outside, then, the main house is archetypally Cornish, but as you step inside and drink in the interiors, you can quickly appreciate the work that has gone into transforming it into the beautiful yet easily managed house it is today. In fact, the present owner has been named for many years in House and Garden magazine’s list of Top 100 Interior Designers! Features of note include a number of gorgeous re laces, stunning architectural detailing, and a panelled dining room, which you’ll have a hard time convincing visitors was not part the property’s 17th century build. The pièce de résistance, however, is the entrance hall, which extends to some 60 feet and features not one, but two pretty staircases, plus a library area at the far end. It really is breathtaking. Head back outside and within the grounds are a newly restored set of four timber loose boxes complete with a tack room, plus a nearby hay barn, making this an ideal set up for equine enthusiasts.
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There is also The Barn House, currently serving as a successful unfurnished let, with three bedrooms, a large modern conservatory and two bathrooms on the ground floor. he rst floor offers o en lan living with lovely rural views. Complete with a terrace and its own lawn, approached over a private gravel drive, The Barn House makes Estray Park a superb opportunity for anybody hoping to gain an additional income from their dream home in Cornwall. Even without the letting potential that The Barn House brings to the table, this is simply a wonderful place to be. The grounds, of which there are more than 15 acres, including a spring garden of rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and magnolias, as well as lawns lin ing lanted areas, all flan ed by numerous specimen trees, including a great oak, which is thought to be the oldest and largest in west Cornwall. A spring fed stream runs through the heart of the garden from early autumn to late spring, weaving its way to a pond surmounted by spectacular Gunnera, before falling to a lower ond and nally oining the main stream, which runs the length of the south west boundary. Cornwall is famed for its subtropical garden paradises, which nd themselves teeming with visitors all year round; at Estray Park, this subtropical aradise is yours alone to en oy.
ESTRAY PARK Guide price: ÂŁ3M JONATHAN CUNLIFFE 01326 617447
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rgua ly t e nest residence in ara ion, wit all t e features you could wis for in a ome so close to t e sea.
s you approach through Marazion towards the imposing Old Manor House, the scene is well and truly set. Outside, the terrace is ideal for long lazy lunches, while the whole south-facing garden simply radiates peace and calm, with a wonderful sense of privacy. Originally built circa 1775, this was once the home of renowned architect James Pierre St Aubyn, who during the 19th century restored The Church of St Michael on St Michael’s Mount. Enjoying stunning views across Mount’s Bay towards the mount, this home is truly impressive, and yet, to an extent, the exterior belies what’s inside. As you cross the threshold, there is still that pervading sense of grandeur, and yet each room feels welcoming, inviting you to come in and make yourself at home. ooden floors run throughout, providing a welcoming sense of warmth, and this is further complemented in the kitchen by a red bric inglenoo re lace, currently housing an Aga. A beautiful staircase runs up through the heart of the home and on the rst floor, the snug immediately grabs your attention, with its views over ount s ay. fter that, your eyes can’t help but be drawn away by the fabulous sitting room – its opulent panelling and beautiful plasterwork speaking of the home’s original character.
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In all there are up to seven bedrooms available, which is especially handy, as you’re sure to have guests in such an enviable location. Head upstairs to the top floor and as you enter the master suite which really takes pride of place, with its vaulted ceiling and stunning bay window – you’re met with the most unbelievable views over the bay and the iconic St Michael’s Mount. Other features of note include the library – another wonderful room in which to relax – as well as the separate pool house with its heated indoor swimming pool, perfect for days when the weather’s inclement. here s am le off road ar ing too, lus a double garage, which would be ideal for housing a classic car – or a boat – depending on your interests. Properties in Cornwall are currently selling faster than ever, and it’s fair to say that few homes in the Duchy tick quite as many boxes. This means that if you’d like to see The Old Manor House in person, we recommend contacting Rohrs & Rowe soon to book your private viewing.
THE OLD MANOR HOUSE Guide Price: £1.85M ROHRS & ROWE 01872 306360 email@example.com
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to dream magni cent arc itect-designed riverside ome, wit sian and candinavian in uences.
osulla can be found in one of Cornwall’s most desirable private roads, overlooking Port Navas Creek – part of the Helford river and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The location is historically renowned as a haven for pirates, inspiring many famous writers, most notably Daphne du Maurier and her novel Frenchman’s Creek.
Created in 2011, Bosulla is a classic example of just how well reverse-level accommodation can be designed to maximise a property’s location. The stateof-the-art kitchen, for instance, with its large island unit and top of the range appliances, leads via French doors onto a south facing terrace, whilst the open-plan dining and living area flow seamlessly out onto the north-facing terrace, with gorgeous views over the creek. It’s clear, too, that design cues have been taken from around the world to realise this incredible home. The roof lanterns, on the outside, take their cues from Asian architectural design, and these in turn hel flood the Scandinavian interiors with light, bringing to life the abundance of natural materials that breathe life into the living space. In all there are four bedrooms, plus a generous study that could easily serve as a fth. hree of the bedrooms en oy their own en-suite facilities, and the rest are served by a stunning wetroom, tiled from floor to ceiling with beautiful natural stone.
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ead outside and you ll nd that the gardens and grounds are typical of this stretch of the river. Terraces on two levels run the full width of the property, with steps leading down to a further terrace. In turn, this leads to a lovely woodland walk, which meanders its way down to the private quay, foreshore and tidal mooring – all part of the property. Known for its mild climate and abundance of sub-tropical gardens, the Helford river and the surrounding countryside is a paradise for those looking to settle in quintessential Cornwall. It’s home to a number of popular, traditional Cornish inns, including The Ferry Boat Inn at Helford Passage, and the Shipwrights Arms in Helford village. The well regarded Budock Vean Hotel is also nearby, with facilities that include a spa, restaurant, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a nine hole golf course, and the harbour town of Falmouth is just seven miles away, with its bohemian mix of independent shops and trendy bars, restaurants and cafés. Put simply, Bosulla represents a lifestyle opportunity that most can only dream of. And in light of the recent lockdown, as more UK buyers look to Cornwall to secure a better lifestyle at home, we don’t expect this fabulous riverside property to remain available for long.
BOSULLA Guide price: £1.95M SAVILLS CORNWALL 73 Lemon Street, Truro TR1 2PN 01872 243200 firstname.lastname@example.org
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A HAVEN of quietude
A unique and private property with 11 acres of gardens, meadows and woodland, just two miles from Fowey.
haven of tranquillity nestled in a private valley setting, Little Pinnock Barns is a rare nd indeed. or those who li e sailing, shing, crabbing, sho ing, ne restaurants and stunning coastal wal s, nearby owey is a dream come true, and this gorgeous home is the erfect base from which to en oy it all. t com rises three ro erties in all he ld ouse is the main residence, dating bac to the 1 th century with three double bedrooms and fabulous features that include underfloor heating, high beamed ceilings, an im osing re lace in the living room, and a gorgeous wooden s iral staircase. hen there s he ong ouse also with three bedrooms, wooden floors and underfloor heating and ella, which boasts two double bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a large o en lan itchen dining sitting room. Add to all of this the lovely private gardens and grounds including a stri of mature woodland that s car eted with bluebells in the s ring and you have a truly wonderful ro erty in the heart of rural ornwall. ndeed, whether you re investing in your forever home, a otential holiday let, or even both, o ortunities such as this rarely remain on the mar et for long. LITTLE PINNOCK BARNS Guide Price: ÂŁ2.25M JONATHAN CUNLIFFE 01326 617447
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The comfort of HOME
What could be more tempting in the wake of the recent lockdown than your own quiet piece of Cornwall?
ith an unprecedented number of property sales going through in recent months, in the wake of the lockdown, homes in the Cornish countryside are becoming increasingly rare. And it’s no wonder; a house in the country has long been the ‘idyll’ for many envisaging a life here in Cornwall. Now, more people than ever are making the decision that ‘life is for living’, and with that in mind, are looking to Cornwall’s property market in order to make good on that mantra. With that in mind, David Ball Estate Agents, like other agencies around the Duchy, are seeing an increasing number of buyers in search of homes like Bodanna Vean. Currently on the market with a guide price of £895,000, this semi-rural farmhouse – built on the remains of a 16th century manor – has been renovated to an exceptional standard. Its presentation as a farmhouse is absolutely clear, resonating throughout the home in the form of exposed beams and stonework, and yet there is a distinctly modern influence in the tures and ttings. t s a combination that s incredibly easy on the eye, and ust flic ing through the photographs is enough to make you feel at home.
The versatile accommodation comprises ve bedrooms, including a one bedroom annexe with its own external entrance. The main house also includes a wonderfully spacious kitchen-dining room, and a sitting room with engineered oa ar uet flooring, focused around a gorgeous contemporary re lace and ad acent log store, which has been cleverly recessed into the wall. utside, you ll nd a garage and ad acent car ort, with a large loft on the rst floor that offers great otential for a home o ce. There’s a separate outbuilding too, which would be equally useful as either a storage space or as a workshop. The landscaped gardens are easy to maintain and truly beautiful, and with a sunken patio that’s perfect for barbeques in the sun, it’s easy to envisage hours spent outdoors here. A real gem in the luxury Cornish market, Bodanna Vean epitomises the vision that’s driving the current surge of property sales. It’s spacious and modern, yet cosy thanks to the farmhouse features it retains. In short, it’s a dream come true for anybody seeking their own tranquil piece of Cornwall. davidball-luxury.co.uk
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The Headland celebrates its 120th anniversary with the new Aqua Club, a swimming and relaxation centre tting wit t eir uni ue take on the luxury hotel experience.
ornwall s only double ve star hotel has always taken pride in moving with the times. he eadland, a stunning rade listed building, sits overloo ing one of the most ictures ue views on the north coast of ornwall, and with 12 years of heritage it has become an ingrained art of the landsca e. et des ite its age, it erfectly merges grandeur and tradition with modernity and contemporary luxury, creating a uni uely en oyable e erience which stands out from other modern hotels. ts abundance of beautiful rooms and cottages, osette awarded restaurants and s a treatments all account for the hotel s e cellent re utation guests here are made to feel li e royalty.
o celebrate their 12 year anniversary since rst o ening their doors to the ublic, he eadland team have created an architectural gem, featuring si ools and a oolside restaurant overloo ing the tlantic ocean. wner arolyn rmstrong envisions that the new 1 million ua lub will rovide guests with some much needed rela ation and a lace to esca e and recharge following a turbulent few months in loc down . ndeed, o ening on uly 2 th, in the midst of the andemic, was not the easiest of starts, but arolyn and the eadland team are all e cited for the o ortunities the ua lub has to offer for the future of the hotel.
The hotel has a rich history â€“ it has housed various members of the royal family, celebrities, and even hosted the setting for the lm ada tation of oald ahl s The Witches. oasting lu ury rooms, ve star self catering cottages, a ive ubble rated s a, a gym, and two award winning restaurants, its glit and glamour still thrives to this day. ta e a closer loo at how he eadland continues to reimagine the lu ury hotel e erience, in articular through its latest develo ment, the ua lub.
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The circular shaped building is a vision of tropical plants, stones and wooden architecture, designed and decorated to mirror the local Cornish landscape. The brief of the project was to create “an exceptional and outstanding building” which will “wow” guests, and the Aqua Club’s carefully executed Zen Hub does exactly that. Outdoors, a sun terrace overlooks sea views, with a heated sunset spa sitting encircled by an oceanfront edge pool. This is designed for maximum shelter whilst enhancing the view of the sea – swimmers can take a dip whilst gazing across at the wild waves of Fistral
beach. There is also an outdoor vitality pool, shaped angularly with a Cornish granite menhir as the central focal point. This is designed to reconnect swimmers with their senses and create a moment of peace. ndoors, ebbled curved walls and soft lighting surround three more pools. A 25-metre pool invites in anyone looking to get t and ta e some e ercise. nearby hydrotherapy pool allows for a spa-like bathing experience, soothing aching muscles after long ornish coastal wal s. Additionally, parents’ minds can be put at ease as a children’s splash pool allows for all
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mouth watering menu offers homemade flatbreads, salads, coffee, coc tails and talian gelato ice cream. For the grown-ups, The Deck also serves delicious sorbet tumblers – choose between Pimms or Aperol Spritz poured over scoops of fresh fruity sorbet.
the family to swim in safety, being shallower than the other indoor pools with space for splashing about. The Headland has always welcomed in families and people of all ages, and the ua lub con rms this ethos, accommodating visitors of all ages, without sacri cing any of the lu urious atmos here and amenities.
Hotel and cottage guests will enjoy complimentary access to the Aqua Club as part of their stay, giving them the opportunity to indulge their senses in the aquatic haven. These will also include access to the Headland’s very own lu ury s a and gym facilities. he s a, li e
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The Aqua Club is designed to blend with the natural environment that surrounds the Headland, and the use of natural stone, alongside a living roof and planting on the stone hedging, allows for flora and fauna to thrive and causes little disruption to the surrounding ecosystem. As society moves towards a newer, greener way of living and operating, The Headland seems to embrace the natural beauty that ornwall has to offer and carefully incorporates this into its design and architecture.
fter rela ing, bathing or e ercising in the various pools, guests are welcomed to enjoy a post-swim meal in the Aqua Club’s very own restaurant. The Deck is a Mediterranean ins ired eatery, offering al fresco dining out on the boardwalk decking. If shelter from the unpredictable Cornish weather is needed, guests are also invited to dine indoors on tables situated around a warming re lace, with views from the curved glass windows of the pools and ocean beyond.
TOP An incredible feat of architectural design
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The Headland likes to do things a little differently when it comes to the lu ury experience. There is no ‘adults only’ rule – in fact, children are welcome and valued at The Headland. Ran by the same family for generations, The Headland hopes to be the sanctuary where family memories are created for all visitors. And what better place to forge these than Cornwall, with its abundance of beaches and nature? It is the perfect setting to switch off from the outside world, to reconnect
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the Aqua Club, is designed with relaxation at its core, and with a range of specialist treatments, massages and thermal pools, guests will truly feel at peace. The spa boasts a hydrotherapy spa pool complete with bubble seats, a swan jet, hot tub, Cornish salt steam room, Swedish sauna and aromatherapy showers, ta ing indulgence to the ne t level. fter treatments, guests can recline in the cosy Relaxation Lounge before dining at one of the Headland’s three restaurants. At The Headland, nothing is done by halves and if you are a guest, you are invited to truly indulge.
with loved ones and yourself, with offers such as the hotel’s current Storm Watching package enabling you to make the most of Cornwall, whatever the season. Contemporary luxury is about relaxation, family, nature, delicious food and good fun – the Headland hopes to be the place where eo le nd this.
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Mark Surridge’s new body of work draws on the natural world and the celestial digest for its visual inspiration.
meet Mark Surridge at his converted chapel, deep in the Cornish countryside. A labour of love in itself, Surridge and partner Lisa Wright – also a renowned artist – moved there in 1997, transforming a crumbling place of worship into their home and studio. With family grown u and flown from the nest, both now work out of studios at Cornubian Arts & Science Trust (CAST) in Helston, with the chapel now housing post-exhibition work. The vaulted ceilings and vast windows give a quality of light to match any exhibition space and it’s here that Surridge talks me through his latest work. In 2018 Surridge was selected for The Waiheke Art Residency in New Zealand where he spent three months making work which featured a
solo exhibition, The Shape of the Walk, at The Waiheke Community Art Gallery. It was during this 12-week period that the seed of an idea for making a series of paintings which use GPS technology to map a walk really began to germinate. The walks became the starting point for Surridge’s work in the studio. “The residency on Waiheke Island has been pivotal to my practice, a sense of renewal and a deeper focus has manifested itself within me not only to map the terrain but to own it in my paintings.” The pieces we are looking at today are from his latest solo exhibition, Walking the Stone, held at the end of this summer at Tremenheere Gallery, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens and in association with his gallery representatives Coates and Scarry.
INSET ‘Hemisphere ll’ – acrylic on gesso panel 40x40cm
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TOP LEFT ‘Astral Land V’ – acrylic and ilmenite on canvas 60x50cm FA R L E F T ‘Rising Ground I’ – acrylic on paper 28x38cm LEFT ‘Outcrop 2’ – acrylic on paper 34x28cm
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A B OV E ‘Blue Motus’ – acrylic and ilmenite on canvas 150x120cm
TOP ‘Astral Land II’ – acrylic on canvas 60x50cm
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A B OV E ‘Land Forms (Earth)’ – acrylic and ilmenite on canvas 120cmx240cm
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For the exhibition in Cornwall, Surridge took his inspiration from walks around the county’s ancient monument sites, taking in to view their megalithic structures and monolithic stones. However, the walks impact on the paintings in a far less obvious way than one would imagine. Our perception of a traditional landscape painting is that of immediately recognisable sky and trees and paths and rocks. The paintings themselves contain within them a more dream-like suggestion of the landscape, employing aspects of abstraction, shape, colour and texture to create a mood and feeling.
Image courtesy of Lucie Averill
He explains that as he walks he is not always scrutinising the landscape; he might be thinking about something else or have an awareness of what is around him through a tunnel of peripheral vision which may affect the nal aintings. n the studio he strives for simplicity of the experience through colour, for instance: “I don’t want the landscape to dictate exactly what I should be doing, and what’s on each painting. It’s more of a sensation. Sometimes I might want to push the colour key up a little bit. Sometimes I might mix up some colours that suggest to me the essence of the walk.” Surridge tracks his walks on a GPS app: “Each route taken creates a shape, the shape doesn’t always end up in each painting though, but it’s a hook.” There is evidence of these black route shapes on several of the paintings we look at, overlaying the dominant colours. The lines
are almost gra ti es ue, a term that urridge is wary of: “I’m not sure I like that term as it implies I don’t care, but I do like the marks an airbrush makes and the way it brings a graphic element to the work.” There is also the placement of dots on many of the paintings that I’m curious about. Surridge explains: “While I was researching GPS I started to read a lot about satellites orbiting, so the rst bodies of wor were a bit more about outer space. The idea of looking down on earth and seeing someone moving from above. I like to explore new ideas, there are a lot of painters that are known for just doing one ‘thing’ and that’s what they do. For me, I want reasons for making a painting and that process can lead to new discoveries. The dots became a way of bringing in the idea of the orbiting satellites. t rst these circles represented actual satellites but then they suggested visual markers of people walking in the landscape, also they became a formal device for making your eye move around the painting. The dots draw your eye around the painting almost like a visual game and another way of appreciating the surface. he dots then became a way of nishing a painting. Some of the initial colour washes on the canvas happened quite quickly, so there was something about the slowing down in the making of these graphic dots that appealed. It introduced a different ace to the way wor and I enjoyed the additional precision the dots brought to the paintings.”
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There is further reference to the dots in Surridge’s smaller, circular panel paintings. These cut panels, with a smooth surface built up with numerous layers of gesso result in a effect, suggesting de th and enhanced by the effect of the airbrushing. hey are a departure from Surridge’s signature large canvases and work on a more domestic level. We discuss how they would work well as a ceramic surface design; a collaboration that Surridge is keen to explore in the future. There are times during his walks that Surridge photographs natural objects found in the landscape, especially the stones, which he would then make preparatory sketches of before committing to canvas: “Sometimes you can see the drawings in the foreground, other times they are still there, but get covered as the painting transitions through the various layers. And I like that idea, that they are still there but obscured behind the colour washes.”
“When creating work in the studio I’m not always sure what the next stage will be. Sometimes I’ll stop mid-way on a canvas if I feel it’s got a bit stuck. Sometimes I’ll make some sketches or I might cut out some collage elements, these paper painted coloured shapes can be temporarily attached to the painting which can help me make decisions about how to resolve the composition and pictorial harmony of each painting. However, if I’m in the flow m not even e actly sure what m doing, but I know something is happening and then it s uite a fluid rocess. Surridge’s work is an impactful dialogue between the surroundings of nature, shape and colour. Senses are channeled and there is a poetic essence of a moment in space and time. marksurridge.co.uk coatesandscarry.com
A B OV E ‘The Forgotten Footpath (Green)’ – acrylic and ilmenite on canvas 150x120cm
TOP ‘Blue Latitude’ – acrylic and ilmenite on canvas 150x120cm
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A B OV E ‘Cirrus Stone’ – acrylic and ilmenite on canvas 150x120cm
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The relics of an industry that changed the shape of Cornwall’s landscape forever.
ports and harbours, and their ancillary industries together reflect roli c innovation which, in the early 19th century, enabled the region to produce two-thirds of the world’s supply of copper. The substantial remains are a testimony to the contribution Cornwall and West Devon made to the Industrial Revolution in the rest of Britain and to the fundamental influence the area had on the mining world at large. Cornish technology embodied in engines, engine houses and mining equipment was exported around the world. Cornwall and West Devon were the heartland from which mining technology rapidly spread.”
In a county where our perception of its ‘modern industry’ is now centred much on the tourism and hospitality trade, it’s easy to forget that in 1870 Cornwall was the premier tin mining eld in the world. The industrial revolution had a huge impact on Cornwall and it was, at this time, amongst the most industrialised parts of the UK, if not the world.
At one time Cornwall boasted 2,000 tin mines and was a world leader in tin production; by the early nineteenth century the county was the greatest producer of copper in the world. At its peak the copper mining employed up to 30% of Cornwall’s male workforce and its economic infrastructure was transformed by this industry.
According to UNESCO: “Much of the landscape of Cornwall and West Devon was transformed in the 18th and early 19th centuries as a result of the rapid growth of pioneering copper and tin mining. Its deep underground mines, engine houses, foundries, new towns, smallholdings,
However, by the mid-nineteenth century, copper prices fell as Cornwall’s reserves were exhausted while simultaneously huge deposits were found elsewhere in the world. This could have left ornwall s industry in a recarious position had it not been for the tin ore that
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or many July 13th 2006 was probably a fairly unremarkable Thursday, but for Cornwall’s mining heritage, and those associated with it, this was a major moment in time. On this day, select mining landscapes across Cornwall and west Devon were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it the largest industrial World Heritage Site in the UK, spanning over 20,000 hectares. To put this into context, and to illustrate the enormity of the occasion, Cornwall’s mining landscape now holds the same accolade as international sites such as Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.
PREVIOUS Wheal Edward and Wheal Owles at Botallack
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LEFT The engine tunnel at the Levant Mine
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A B OV E Relics of Cornwall’s Tin Coast
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had been found in some of the deeper Cornish mines. This was not without its hazards as the deep mining gave rise to its own set of problems. Sadly, history was to repeat itself, and as with the international copper deposits, cheaper sources of tin were found internationally and Cornwall’s mining industry could no longer sustain this foreign competition. Many mines closed in the 1890s and Cornish miners were left to see their fortunes across the world. A staggering quarter of a million eo le left ornwall between 1 1 and 1 1. Drawn by the discovery of gold, silver and copper across the globe, and the promise of higher wages and better conditions, it was no wonder that these men left the uchy for pastures new, as their expertise was highly sought after. A few mines were still operating until the 1920s, with some larger operations such as outh rofty and eevor continuing for many years. Sadly, the last working tin-mines closed in the 1990s. Their legacy, the weathered structures that pepper the landscape today. Geevor is one of the largest preserved mining sites in the country. Managed by a local community cooperative, which works together in partnership with the National Trust and its nearby hubs Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Botallack and Cape Cornwall – all part of Penwith’s Tin Coast – Geevor is the last surviving example of a complete 20th century Cornish tin mine. Time has stood still for the mine since 1990 and ‘The Dry’, the place where miners changed when they came up to the surface, remains almost exactly as it was the day the miners surfaced for the nal time. Home to a hugely important and diverse collection of mining relics including rocks, minerals, photography and mining tools, even
the Geevor buildings themselves are examples of large industrial mining equipment in their own right. The National Trust manages various locations across the UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserving these iconic landmarks for generations to come. Levant Mine and Beam ngine has a very different feel to eevor, in part due to its somewhat melancholy history. With mine workings extending over a mile under the sea bed, the stacks and engine houses stand almost recariously on the cliff edge, ghosts of an era that saw lucrative hauls of copper, tin and arsenic (a deadly bi-product of tin ore) brought to the surface. In its heyday, evant em loyed a staggering 2 men, women and 186 children. The installation of the renowned Man Engine in 1857, carried men fathoms up and down the mine, streamlining production. Sadly, Levant went from trium h to tragedy after the an Engine failed one fateful day in 1919 and 31 men were lost. This was the nail in Levant’s co n and the mine ceased roduction in 1 . As part of the National Trust’s conservation works, the beam engine has been restored in recent years and today can be seen ‘steaming’ in its former glory. The majestic forms of nearby Botallack’s Crown Engine Houses are instantly recognisable – their modern, meteoric rise to fame thanks to the Poldark television series. The buildings sit so close to the cliff edge that on stormy days the Atlantic breakers reach their footings. They sit over lodes that extend far out to sea and are thought to have been rst wor ed as far bac as the sixteenth century. te ing away from the in oast, you ll nd evidence of Cornwall’s mining heritage at almost every turn. The last of Cornwall’s mines to close
LEFT The engine house at East Pool Mine, near Redruth
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TOP The old engine house at Wheal Coates
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A B OV E Abandoned mine pit on the Godolphin House estate
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was outh rofty. nce the industrial heart of Camborne and Redruth and the employer of generations of Cornish men, it closed its gates on Friday 6th March, 1998. This marked the end of , years of mining in ornwall and its headgear stands as tribute to the hundreds who lost their jobs. It’s thought that the cost to the local economy ran to several million, which had a huge impact on the local area. However, there is hope on the horizon. ornish etals nc. urchased outh rofty in 2 1 and after a recent diamond drilling programme has reported encouraging results. Richard Williams, CEO, commented: “The Intermediate Lode structure was predicted by our geological team to be in this area but such a high-grade intersection so far beneath the old mine workings was not anticipated, it does reinforce the exploration potential at outh rofty and our ability to nd economic
structures within areas of the mine that have been previously overlooked.” And the story doesn’t end there. There is also further hope of regeneration just north of Redruth. A Cornish-based company has found globally signi cant grade lithium – a high-grade metal used for electric car batteries – in hot, salty springs, deep beneath the ground. In a recent statement, Cornish Lithium said: “Initial results indicate some of the world’s highest grades of lithium and best overall chemical qualities encountered in published records for geothermal waters anywhere in the world.” With funding in place to build a m ilot lithium e traction lant, Cornwall’s mine and mineral extraction future is looking up. nationaltrust.org.uk cornishmining.org.uk
A B OV E East Pool Mine
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e tell stories in e traordinary ways. e e ist to ma e theatre, to reflect the world, to ush boundaries, to celebrate humanity. e e ist to surprise, to collaborate, to risk, to welcome, to build, to nd meaning, to give eo le a good night out and to show them something they ve never seen before. o be unable to do what we do has forced us to question our purpose over the loc down. We pondered our existence and looked at what made us tic . are say it, we may have accentuated some positives! As an agile touring theatre company with four decades of experience on the international stage from the inac to innea olis, it s clear to us Kneehigh is ideally placed to create socially distanced event and performance both outdoors and indoors. ight now, we re at our creative s ace, the arns, on the south ornish cliffs. he tas is to refuel our artistic spirit and reconnect with the essentials. e re e loring the fol tales of Calvino, wildly entertaining stories set
in a world where people desperately try to stave hunger, rocreate and avoid death he fundamentals of life hese stories are daft, moving, hilarious and very much for now. e ll share them with you soon. e re focussing on building the teams and the infrastructure so we can deliver on our vision of a connected world alive with spontaneity, surprise, music, em athy, humour, and ho e. n ecember, neehigh ho e to o en the doors to the Barns, with an invitation to celebrate forty years of history with reside stories, music, photography, festive refreshment, bite-sized erformances and, of course, am le sur rises. hese events will straddle the years in all ways, bidding good riddance to this one and welcoming a more ho e lled twelve months with meaning, wonder, warmth, wit and mulled wine. n 2 21 we re planning an extended festival season of food, event and performance in our Asylum in ornwall. e re looking forward to welcoming audiences bac and to doing what we ve always done: creating event, reaching out to the nontheatregoing community, and celebrating our recious time on this lanet. ÂŠ Steve Tanner
he global pandemic has knocked the theatre industry sideways and continues to challenge us all in a variety of ways, on a number of different levels. or us, it s been one thing to manoeuvre through these strange times, uite another to ma e lans for the future. ut lan we have.
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