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Sore Eyes Cove, New Polzeath 5-bedrooms | 6-bathrooms A striking frontline detached 5-bedroom house with breathtaking sea-views directly overlooking the surfing waters of Polzeath and Baby Bay. This contemporary coastal home has open plan living spaces with full-height glazed doors leading out to the terrace and large garden, which extends down to the beachfront. Principal suite with balcony. Private driveway parking. Guide Price £3.65m Johnbrayestates.co.uk
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Editor: Shireen Cunliffe
Each year we set out to champion Cornish businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and organisations that never fail to impress us with their ingenuity, talent and passion. I have really enjoyed curating this fourth edition of Salt. Magazine and hope you will love reading it, and that it inspires you to come visit Cornwall soon.
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Cornwall Community Foundation
Cornish Coast Adventures
Cornwall Planning Group
Nicola O’Mara Interior Design
Cornwall Wildlife Trust
St Tudy Inn
Dowling Dodd Surveyors
Surfs Up Surf School
The Atlantic Polzeath
The Beach Bat Co.
The Cowshed St Moritz Hotel
George’s Surf School
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At a time of enormous change worldwide, north Cornwall has proved itself to be a safe harbour and a steady place to invest, to be, to enjoy. By Josephine Ashby, Managing Partner, JB Estates
2021 was a year like no other. As we bade farewell to the final Brexit transition, world leaders convened at Carbis Bay for the G7 summit and Cornwall was thrust into the global spotlight. Thanks to all this attention and in the face of constantly evolving travel restrictions, more Britons than ever before chose to holiday in the UK, prompting record visitor numbers to Cornwall. The global pandemic had already sparked considerable activity and yet incredibly, we witnessed an even busier property market, achieving record sales and welcoming larger numbers than ever of relocators, keen to move to our beautiful county to set up home.
can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf’. Looking forward, the signs are that 2022 will bring a fresh set of challenges and opportunities. World economics and the terrible events in Ukraine will undoubtedly exert a butterfly effect, and although it feels frivolous commenting on what is happening in the property market - life goes on. Our half-century legacy demonstrates our commitment to our clients, and it is this resilience, adaptability, and commitment to change that underpins our success in north Cornwall. We continue to push the boundaries of our marketing and PR, and this has already resulted in several landmark sales this year, with some exciting new instructions in the pipeline, both on and off-market.
Having celebrated a milestone birthday last year and with 50 years of North Cornwall property sales under our belt, we felt the time was right to rebrand from John Bray and Partners to JB Estates. We wanted to mark the occasion and signal a new era as an independent boutique Estate Agent.
Yet, despite continued high levels of tourism, Cornwall remains one of the poorest counties in the UK. There has never been a more necessary time to support important charities such as the Food Banks and CCF, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Beach Guardian as well as the many local schools, clubs, and organisations that all help to keep this community and its natural environment so vibrant and appealing. We are committed to not only supporting them directly but also to raising awareness of these issues and providing a vehicle for investors, both inside and outside the county, to understand the ways in which they too can help show their appreciation of Cornwall.
What we have learnt is simply that nothing in life is predictable, so it is important to enjoy the simpler things, hold your core values close and really cherish the contact with family and friends that Covid-19 frustratingly took away. Never before has it become so vital to adopt a nimbleness to Life and those that were able to navigate the choppy waters of change have emerged all the stronger, as demonstrated by the many businesses and individuals contained in this issue of Salt Magazine. In the words of biologist Jon Kabat-Zinn - ‘You
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Why the enduring appeal of this historic fishing harbour continues to inspire the hearts and minds of all that visit.
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hile on the surface Port Isaac is the epitome of a sleepy Cornish fishing village, it has attracted interest from film companies, theatre, and television producers from across the globe. It is this enduring appeal that makes property here hugely desirable as Josephine Ashby, Managing Partner of John Bray Estates explains; “This enchanting village continues to draw crowds from far afield, and whilst the picture-postcard appearance of the village and its surrounding cliff tops remains almost unchanged for over a century, the buzz of the film crews shooting the latest Doc Martin series or the Fisherman’s Friends films only add further sparkle to this ever-popular fishing village.” Such was the success of Fisherman’s Friends, the film about the real-life Cornish Sea shanty group, that it is set to return to the big screen with a sequel this spring. Saving Grace, the 2000 film about a Cornwall-based English widow who turns to farming (of the illegal kind) to pay off her wayward husband’s debts, was also filmed in and around Port Isaac, with Martin Clunes appearing in the movie as Dr Martin Bamford. This sparked the creation of Martin Clunes' eponymous role in the Doc Martin series that has cemented Port Isaac’s
From top Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson in Saving Grace; Martin Clunes as Doc Martin filmed on location in Port Isaac; the cast of Fisherman’s Friends the movie; filming outside Fern Cottage
television fame over the last 18 years. A musical version of the film Saving Grace is now being developed by producer Barney Wragg, with plans to open in the West End next year.
Fern Cottage, the fictional home, and workplace of Doc Martin, is currently on the market with John Bray Estates. The pretty Grade II listed stone double fronted property, spectacularly located on the hillside overlooking Port Isaac’s historic harbour, comes to the market mid-filming and just before the rumoured final season of Doc Martin is expected to be released this autumn. The iconic doctor’s surgery is familiar to millions of Doc Martin fans around the world and isn’t expected to be on the market for long. Charlie Hambly, Associate at John Bray Estates comments; “We are seeing more and more buyers relocating to the village and surrounding parishes since the Covid-19 pandemic, drawn here by the ability to work remotely while enjoying the best that Cornwall has to offer. The variety of property in the village has increased, with more contemporary conversions and new builds at the top of the village providing spacious family homes. The original Cornish cottages in the older part of the village remain incredibly popular, steeped in charm and character. The enduring appeal of Port Isaac means we have seen ground-breaking values achieved over the last year including Moonfleet, Valencia House and Courtenay House which all sold last year.” Above Images of Iona in Rock, that will be soon coming to market.
By coincidence, a gorgeous five-bedroom house, set in ¾ of an acre just 5-miles away in the heart of Rock is also coming onto the market. Owned by Martin Brook, a reallife doctor, and the inspiration behind the character of Dr Martin Bamford in Saving Grace, the property is on the market for the first time in 30 years. Selling the property and downsizing in the area that he loves, Brooke says: “The lovely thing about Rock is that even though it’s a big holiday destination there’s a very strong community that’s here all year," a sentiment echoed in Port Isaac. He adds, "The summers are wonderful, but in the winter, we have all
the cliff walks, the beaches, the pubs and the restaurants on the doorstep and while they’re not quite as busy, there are plenty of locals to keep them open.” It’s not just in the world of stage and screen for which Port Isaac has become known. Nathan Outlaw has firmly placed Port Isaac on the foodie map, now rivalling Padstow with its number of great restaurants and cafés populating the village. “It is easy to see why Port Isaac remains such an incredibly popular destination. It is a bit of a love affair for those that buy here, but tolerating tricky access, quirky parking arrangements, low ceilings and narrow doorways are all part of the charm of this wonderful village and its active community,” concludes Josephine. www.johnbrayestates.co.uk
Just What The Doctor Ordered Fern Cottage, Port Isaac 2 bedrooms | 1 bathroom Occupying an elevated position overlooking Port Isaac’s harbour, Fern Cottage is better known as Doc Martin’s surgery in the ITV television comedy-drama. Beautifully presented throughout, this iconic and characterful Grade II Listed cottage has magnificent views across the picturesque village and harbour. This very successful holiday let has parking for two cars, a sea facing sun terrace and a raised lawned garden to the rear. Guide Price £1.25m johnbrayestates.co.uk
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IN THE CITY
John Bray Estates sponsors Cornwall Community Foundation’s Cornwall Club reception in London
of involvement from such a prominent Cornish business, and we really appreciate their commitment.”
The Cornwall Club’s annual London drinks reception returns on Monday 4th April 2022 at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane 6.30 pm. After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, this much-fêted event returns with guest speakers Peter Harrison, CEO of Schroders PLC and CCF fundholder, Lorraine Candy, journalist and Sunday Times best-selling author and Jo Davies, CEO of Wild Young Parents Project.
The Cornwall Community Foundation was set up in 2003 to support vital volunteer-run grass-roots community projects. Since then, it has invested over £13 million in projects across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through an extensive programme of grant-awarding. To find out more about their work, or to make a donation, please visit their website or contact Philanthropy Director Amy BuzzaBlackwell, email@example.com
The Cornwall Club is made up of generous out of county supporters of the Cornwall Community Foundation and has continued to grow steadily since its inception in 2014. The members do whatever they can to support the most vulnerable people in the county.
Generous sponsorship from John Bray Estates, Savills and CCLA Investment Management covers the event costs so the Foundation can ensure that all the ticket sales and donations on the night go directly to the groups in need. The Foundation’s CEO, Tamas Haydu, says “Huge thanks to everyone who makes this event possible - the Cornwall Club plays a vital part in our fundraising. John Bray Estates kindly invited their clients to the Goldsmith’s Hall reception, many of whom are keen supporters of the Cornwall Community Foundation and donate either to the Cornwall Club or to our North Cornwall Fund. John Bray Estates are also members of our Cornwall Business Club and Managing Partner Josephine Ashby sits on our North Cornwall Grants Panel and our Friends Committee. We are so grateful for their support - it is fantastic to have this level 13
INTO THE WILD Ensuring the preservation of wild places, and rewilding those that have been lost to human footprints; we look at the work of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
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hampioning the growth of wilder places, wilder people, and ultimately, a wilder future for the county, Cornwall Wildlife Trust manages a suite of nature reserves as well as running wildlife projects on land, sea and in our rivers. Relying on charitable donations, grants and the generous support of its members and the general public to raise more than £2.2M every year, this money is spent on wildlife conservation and education in Cornwall. The trust uses its knowledge and experience to influence the plans and decisions of others, playing a key part in fulfilling Cornwall’s commitment to environmental growth, engaging and inspiring the next generation whose role as future decision makers is so key in ensuring a future for
a wild Cornwall. Put simply, it’s about creating a Cornwall where nature thrives, and the trust has been doing so since 1962. Today, it boasts more than 17,000 members, including 4,500 juniors, with a force of over 900 volunteers giving up their time to ensure the implementation of key projects around the Duchy. These are spread across 59 nature reserves managed by the trust – equating to more than 5,500 acres of land – covering woodland, meadows, wetlands and heaths, not to mention several marine and terrestrial based conservation projects that Cornwall Wildlife Trust runs in partnership with others. Findings within the State of Nature Cornwall 2020 report released by Cornwall Wildlife Trust last year – an
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accumulation of research gathered in partnership with Cornwall Council and the University of Exeter – found that 41% of UK species have decreased in abundance since 1970, which sparked talks of an ecological emergency. Key findings included that almost a quarter of all terrestrial mammals and butterfly species are at risk, that 150km of Cornish hedges have been lost since 1990, and that there has been a 30% decrease in farmland bird species within the county. Not good news at all. But it’s not all bad: Cornish choughs have been successfully brought back from the brink of local extinction; the report suggests that 75% of people value nature now more than pre-covid; and the fact that beavers and water voles have been reintroduced to Cornwall is a huge step in the right direction. After a 400-year absence, the re-introduction of beavers really is of huge significance. The Cornwall Beaver Project can be found on a five-acre woodland plantation along Nankilly water, a stream at Woodland Valley Farm near Ladock. The site, which has been fenced to create a beaver enclosure, is home to two adult beavers – Willow and Chewy – who have been left, since 2017, to re-engineer the area through dam and canal building. Known as a ‘keystone’ species, or ‘ecosystem engineers’, you might think this is a lot for these enigmatic creatures to live up to, yet you need only see how radically they have transformed the north Cornwall site since their introduction to understand just how accurate a job description it is. Dams are continually being extended by the beavers, with new ones cropping up all the time, and while the wider impact of their presence is still being monitored, the potential to alleviate flooding in the downstream village of Ladock cannot be oversold. It’s also hoped that the benefits will extend to increased biodiversity in the area, including the creation of new habitats for amphibians, bats, some invertebrates and fish.
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At a time when there is so much information about our impact on the environment, and so many ways in which we can change and alter our lives – both on an individual and societal level – in the fight for a greener, more sustainable future, Cornwall Beaver Project is a signpost in the direction of what can be achieved if organisations like Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and the network of other charities, trusts and individuals it works alongside, are supported to continue doing what they do. As a charity, Cornwall Wildlife Trust relies on the kindness and generosity of its supporters to carry out its vital conservation work, and whether you decide to leave a gift in your will, to volunteer, become a member, or donate, your contribution will be a lasting one; towards revitalising the Duchy as a haven for wildlife, and safeguarding the enigmatic wilderness that makes Cornwall so special to us all, ensuring its future as a place where nature thrives. www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk 15
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Jethro Jackson’s hand-finished print ‘Golden Swell’ is the result of a special collaboration with Cornish community interest company Beach Guardian.
each Guardian was formed by Marine Biologist Emily Stephenson and her Dad Rob. They are best known for their on-going mission to remove plastic from our shorelines, as well as their seemingly limitless energy and positivity! But the work of this brilliant organisation actually goes much further, organising educational workshops and beach cleans to help schools and other groups to connect with their environment. Undoubtedly, their work is very important – not just the beach cleaning element, but the mental health benefits for the school children and volunteers involved. Children particularly can suffer from eco-anxiety as they quietly absorb news reports as well as school lessons about global warming and plastic in our environment. Seeing full bags at the end of a beach clean gives them a huge
sense of achievement and of having done something tangible to help. As Rob explains, “The physical act of sifting sand is therapeutic not just for children but adults of all ages”. Last week, the Beach Guardian team came to visit Jethro in his studio to see his new group of abstract paintings, ‘Impermanent Horizon’. In these paintings, Jethro draws attention to the sea as a precious resource. He uses gold leaf and Lapis Lazuli to express the intrinsic value of the ocean in this cathartic group. ‘Golden Swell’ forms a tangible link between this group and Jethro’s better known seascapes, which represent a different type of preciousness. “The sea brings precious memories and enjoyment for so many of us. Like a giant magnet that pulls us to it, we fill our lungs with deep breaths of salted air and wash away our troubles,” explains Jethro. 16
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Jethro has hand finished 10 of these special prints with gold leaf and Lapis Lazuli blue paint and £1000 from the sale of each print will go to support the work of the Beach Guardian team. There is also one very special ‘AP’ (artist’s proof) print that Emily herself helped to finish with gold leaf, with a little help from Jethro! This also features pieces of aquamarine and lapis coloured plastic - gathered from the Camel estuary by the Beach Guardian team and these fragments are used in a collage to represent people in the sea. You can see the print on the website, or in person at the gallery. Find out more about Beach Guardian, their upcoming beach cleans and their important educational work. www.beachguardian.org | www.jacksongallery.co.uk 17
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In conversation with George Stoy, owner of George’s Surf School, whose unique, holistic approach to coaching is tailored to help everyone articulate their own relationship with the ocean. Do you have a particular method of teaching? We base our programme around three pillars of learning and our goal is to create the opportunity to become confident and autonomous in the ocean; taking all the complexities and creating single achievable goals for each surf session to keep growing and progressing.
Could you give a little background about yourself and why Cornwall is your home? I’ve enjoyed a lifelong love of all sports and fell into competing and teaching skiing and snowboarding at a young age; surfing was the non-competitive thing I did for pleasure. Everything changed when I started to embrace and understand the therapeutic benefits, life skills and lessons that the ocean teaches us. Over the last 15 years we have built a company, team and following that feels more like a family than a customer base. You teach both here and in the mountains, do you think that there are similarities to be drawn between the two environments and their associated sports? Yes, definitely, there is a challenge and exhilaration specific to the ocean and the mountains that requires learning skills and knowledge which both involve sliding and surrendering some control to get more in return. What makes George’s Surf School unique? We believe in the ocean as a place to build confidence. We do this by creating a fun learning space without compromise for everyone. We pioneered a private coaching approach, based around how we wanted to teach, learn and make the most out of every experience, growing meaningful skills for life.
What is it about surfing that draws so many people, of all ages and backgrounds, to it? The feeling of riding a wave is magical and unlike anything else. It’s a cliché because it’s true! The ability to learn in the shallow white water makes it really accessible. In addition, the evolution of quality and choice of wetsuits and softboards to learn with in the last ten years has transformed the experience of surfing. You obviously have a deep love and respect for the ocean, what should we be doing to help protect it? Our existence is intrinsically tied with the world’s oceans and by being in them regularly the reality of their importance is felt at a very personal level. The real challenge lies in how that translates into custodianship, and the global policies and practices to protect them. As a company we focus on education and empowerment. Water quality also impacts us directly, something surfers have been ahead of the curve on improving. For us, education is all about experience, inspiration and accurate information and we are fortunate to collaborate with wonderful organisations and individuals who share these values and goals. www.georgessurfschool.com
In Reach of the Surf Carnweather, Pinewood, Polzeath 4-bedrooms | 3-bathrooms A spacious coastal base, this four-bedroom property is within easy walking distance of Polzeath beach. Set over three levels with balconies and terraces to make the most of the coastal lifestyle. Benefiting from communal gardens and woodland, Carnweather boasts private underground parking, outside storage and generous living areas along with beach and countryside views. EPC Band C. Guide £1.15m johnbrayestates.co.uk
Discover the north Cornwall coast with a range of immersive surf and marine adventures.
ndy Cameron and the team at Wavehunters have been offering adventures on and in the water for nearly two decades. Whether you are looking to surf or SUP, Wavehunters has all the equipment you need to get started on your north Cornish coast adventure – you can even pre-book a delivery direct to your holiday home. If you prefer, boards and associated kit can be collected from one of Wavehunters’ beachside locations at Polzeath, Padstow, Port Isaac, Rock, and new for this year, Watergate Bay. In Partnership with Extreme Academy, the Watergate base will mean that you can experience even more excitement in the waves! Following the expansion of their fleet of RIBs last year, marine-life boat tours are a great way to get up close and personal with Cornwall’s amazing sea life without getting wet. Expect to see dolphins, seals and perhaps even an elusive puffin or two on a two-hour sea safari. Want to stay on the water for longer? Then a private charter is just the thing with half- and full- day options available giving you plenty of time to explore the hidden coves, beaches and caves along the coast. Seeing the shoreline from a different perspective is a really special experience and the perfect way to truly get away from it all. These boat trips are perfect as corporate events, or why not travel to dinner in style and book a private boat transfer to take you to your favourite restaurant?
Wavehunters Water Taxi also returns for 2022, operating between Padstow and Rock. Operating every evening from 18:45 in the spring, summer and autumn months it’s super-convenient to hop between these two popular destinations. The 10-metre jet-powered catamaran is fully licensed so you can enjoy a drink while travelling and it has seating for 12 passengers either outside, or in a comfortable heated inside cabin. You can buy a pass for a month or the whole season, making it even easier to hop between Rock and Padstow if you are in north Cornwall for an extended stay. There’s also no need to pre-book and with online tracking you’ll never miss the boat! You can also privately hire the water taxi for the day which is a perfect family picnic boat and Wavehunters can even help to organise catering so you needn’t worry about a thing. Wavehunters is renowned for its experienced surf coaches, whose knowledge of the local surf breaks is second to none. They’ll have you ‘popping-up’ and riding in no time, taking advantage of Polzeath’s consistent, slow-breaking waves that are ideal for beginners. Improvers and experts can test drive a new range of high-end boards available to hire, a great way of trying out a new board before you invest and taking away the hassle of having to transport your own. For an easier pace of ocean adventure, Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) offers a tranquil way to experience
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Call us With both locations open from spring you will be able to book sessions and lessons for both Watergate Bay and Polzeath via their online booking system or by phone. Polzeath 07969 660014 Watergate Bay 01637 860840 Padstow 07507 948025 Rock 07507 948025 Port Isaac 07507 948025 Water Taxi Booking Line (Rock and Padstow) 07778 105297 the ocean. Gliding seamlessly through the blue waters, you’ll be rewarded with shoals of fish darting underneath you, their scales flashing bright in the sunlight and stunning seaweed gardens swaying in the ocean current. Don’t worry if you’re a land lover, outdoor fitness classes and beach yoga will still allow you to connect with the sand and the sea. All of Wavehunters’ activities can be offered as group or individual sessions and if you don’t have time to join in with a scheduled fitness or beach yoga class, then the team can schedule a private class, either on the beach or in the comfort of your own holiday home. Andy and his team appreciate that time is precious when you’re on holiday and so lessons are offered from sunrise to sunset with new ‘drop off’ children’s surf clubs so that you can get some much-deserved me-time while your little ones have their fun in the waves. www.wavehunters.co.uk
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f you’d like to experience Sea kayaking or stand up paddle boarding on your next visit to Cornwall, (and we highly recommend it) then there’s nothing like a local to give you the inside track on the best spots to explore. Sam Williams and his small team have grown up around Port Quin and know the coastline and its hidden secrets like the back of their collective hands. Whether it’s a family-friendly SUP hire session or lesson in the safety of the harbour, or a more adventurous guided kayak tour taking
in the incredible geology, wildlife and history of the area, their personable service means they can match the sea conditions to your group’s abilities and allow you to see Cornwall from an entirely fresh perspective. Book online for hire or tours in advance to avoid disappointment!
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new stores in London, Marlborough and Barbados and are also opening in St Ives and Surrey this April. The Trebetherick shop is run by a team of wonderful local ladies, and you can browse their collection of slow fashion brands that champion well-made and timeless garments. Their Kikoy shorts and towels proved to be very popular in Cornwall along with the summer dresses and eco beach robes made from recycled plastic bottles. This year they are very excited to have expanded their range again, including some wonderful occasion and day dresses, as well as launching their very own sustainable swimwear collection.
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Originating from a passion for the Cornish lifestyle which stems so strongly from the enchanting landscape, rich culture and the energy of the Atlantic coast, the endlessly changing textures of Cornwall’s rugged form are at the core of Watershedd’s entire design process.
he limits of the Cornish landscape, strewn with granite, heathland and jagged cliff faces, are the frame of a culture that has drawn many from far and wide to cross its boundaries into a wild world of salt and surf. The stark beauty of the land, embedded with so much history and heritage, is something that is easily forgotten when new homes are constructed, and the little white houses lined up on the hill can change the landscape forever in a way that is difficult to ignore.
However, three individuals came to realise that the idyllic Cornish setting combined with expert architectural design and a complementary aesthetic could make for something truly unique. It was during fevered discussions over coffee at lunch and excited after work meet-ups in the small gaps of busy schedules that Watershedd began to take a form in the hands of Adam Casey, Poppy Trevillion and Marzouk AlBader. Although everyone was in full time jobs at the time,
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this shared vision was becoming the focus of their lives, and finally they took the plunge, as Adam, Founder and RIBA Registered Architect, explains: “After many weeks discussing how it could all work we decided to register the company and really focus on the business. We knew it would take a lot of time and investment to enter a new market that we were not known or established in, and it did indeed turn out to be a full-time job to get the business off the ground.” A complementary aesthetic alongside a functionality that suits a life in Cornwall is a top priority for the Watershedd team, as Adam continues to explain: “We wanted to embody the beach lifestyle into our homes and consider how people use these houses by the coast. It is important to create open-plan living spaces where the whole family can come together and enjoy spending time together. A lot of our clients either surf, cold water swim or enjoy long coastal walks, so we also feel that it is important to provide spaces for these activities.
Every Watershedd design begins with the land, and by responding closely to the surroundings each bespoke outcome is entirely unique and finds itself slotted comfortably into the landscape. “One of the very first things we do on a project is to visit the site and take in the surroundings,” explains Adam. “The context and landscape inform our design process from the outset. Every site is different and comes with its own set of challenges, which is exciting to us. There is nothing better than visiting a new site, listening to a new client and formulating a brief and an outline design based on our discussions.
Design should be beautiful but also practical and functional for the way we live. In its detail and use of materials, our architecture reflects nature and the rugged landscape. We aim to use sustainable local materials, whether it is sustainably sourced timber cladding or locally sourced Cornish stone, which can be re-used time and time again. It’s very satisfying to be able to re-use stone from the original house or garden to re-invent the new property.”
Cornwall is a beautiful place, where many people have very happy memories. We didn’t want our architecture or design to interrupt this natural beauty, but to work with it. Quite often people think of contemporary architecture as white rendered boxes, or curved buildings, but these really stand out against the landscape and feel out of place. We wanted to use natural, local materials where possible, with an emphasis on blending the designs with the landscape to respect the Cornish heritage. We have found that the use of a darker material palette can really help to blend the building with the local Cornish landscape.” With a vision of introducing a fresh approach to architecture and interior design in Cornwall, one which is design-led with an emphasis on providing a first-class service, Watershedd is certainly making waves in the Duchy.
While building or refurbishing your own home can be incredibly stressful and time-consuming, with a team like Watershedd behind you you can really focus on the design aspect and leave everything else to the experts. Working closely with each individual client, Watershedd has an undeniable talent in first creating a detailed vision that may have been difficult to imagine without a team 27
of experts, and then bringing it into reality as a tangible, beautiful home. “Whatever it is that draws our clients to Cornwall, we try to design this into the properties we create; family spaces, surfboard rooms, home cinemas – those small luxuries which make a house truly unique. The spaces we create express our shared love of the sea and coastal lifestyle. Cornwall is a place for creating lasting memories and there is a sense of nostalgia from past holidays and experiences. We try to create architecture which caters to these nostalgic moments whilst also providing a space for new memories to be made.” Since starting up in 2018, the Watershedd team are now stretching their architectural fingers across the world, with some exciting plans for Portugal and Costa Rica in particular, sticking to their niche of relaxed lifestyles in coastal areas of natural beauty. Jemma Horsfall, Studio Manager at Watershedd, enlightens us on one development that the team are undertaking for the owners of Millingworth Mill, who live between Cornwall and Costa Rica: “Nosara is a really exciting expansion into the Costa Rican market, as we have several clients who live between there and the UK. It has a similar vibe to our Cornish projects – so in close proximity to a surfing beach, but with a jungle feel due to the surrounding tropical greenery and great climate.” It’s with great anticipation that we wait to see what the team will come up with in such a beautiful setting.
existing house, complete with a glass walkway between the property and the new build, a seamless extension of a thoughtful design already embedded into the calm landscape. With some fresh projects underway and a whole new reach across the ocean for Watershedd, the thoughtful fingerprint that the team leave behind them on treasured landscapes is becoming ever more recognisable, and we can’t wait to see what comes next for the architecture firm who put the careful synchronisation of home and surrounding first.
Slightly closer to home, celebration is in order as two of Watershedd’s more recent local ventures have just had planning approved, so it’s all hands on deck for Tamarisk and Silvermere. Surrounded by sand dunes and Marram grasses of Porthcothan, and aiming for completion in the Autumn of next year, Tamarisk will be clad in natural and sustainable timber boards with smooth sawn stone cladding to the ground floor, with a soft material palette to complement the tones of the surrounding landscape and context. In another beautifully sympathetic design, Silvermere will make for a stunning addition to an
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Cornish Cottage Life 1 Churchtown Cottages, St Mabyn 3-Bedrooms | 1-Bathroom This quintessential semi-detached stone cottage has just been sympathetically renovated and occupies a central village location, opposite the village green and pub. A stylish home, it offers 3-bedrooms with a light and bright open plan kitchen, dining, living room with a wood burner. A private rear garden with an outbuilding and parking. Guide Price £480,000 johnbrayestates.co.uk
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rivate individuals and developers can both benefit from five decades of JB Estates’ historical knowledge, combined with up-to-date planning expertise and in-depth community awareness. With a multitude of successful development projects under the agency’s belt, they have earned an unrivalled reputation in this sought-after coastal location for providing excellent service, giving clear guidance and friendly support. As Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) qualified valuers, with years of professional experience in planning, structural, holiday letting, managing, and building, this boutique estate agency can advise on, and answer all the questions that property owners might have. Josephine Ashby, Managing Partner explains “We are always more than happy to invest our time and experience, consulting for clients, often for years before a project even comes to fruition. We are also regularly approached to broker private acquisitions or make introductions and are practised at building relationships between different parties and complementary sectors.”
Clockwise from top right: Managing Partner Josephine Ashby, recently sold developments Hayle Bay, St Moritz Hotel, Rosevarlock, The Parade. Opposite: Kai Tak
guarantees the very best chance of achieving exceptional results and the agency’s enviable portfolio and roster of past sales is a fitting testament to their skill set. “There is so much that can impact the return on investment and our know-how ensures you invest in the right aspects of your property or development, save money where possible, and safeguard the future value of your asset”, adds Ashby.
Residential development consultation is put into motion well before construction on-site has even begun, and Josephine Ashby and her team are adept at reviewing all aspects of a proposed development, including the layout, plot size, specification, and finishes. They can advise you on how to optimise your asset and the best strategies to maximise your returns, whilst achieving optimal values and rates of sale. This teamwork approach with clients
The agency is currently consulting on a number of new developments that are either awaiting planning consent, or now nearing build completion. One such project is Ocean View, a new development at Millook on the North Cornwall coast. At over 5200 sq.ft, this contemporary and exciting design will occupy a sensational coastal position 31
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with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Closer to home, the redevelopment of Tide Race in Daymer Bay is due to begin shortly with a 12-18 months build programme. A striking reverse living design, this 5-bedroom property will provide stunning views towards Brea Hill. If you are looking to relocate into the area then two new-build primary residences will be coming to market soon at New Polzeath each offering 4-bedrooms as well as terraces to maximise the sea views. Samphire House in St Minver, is also nearing completion. This spacious New-England style 5-bed, 4,500 sq.ft detached property is set within very easy reach of Rock and Port Isaac and offers far reaching countryside views.
area, then look no further than JB Estates. Retaining relationships with owners and clients is paramount and such is the level of care provided by the agency, that many clients have gone on to become good friends.
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Cliﬀside Gallery, Port Isaac is the working studio gallery of Katie Childs and is open all year round
At the top of the village, the walls display an ever changing exhibition of Katie’s work, inspired by the coastline. Her Originals are showcased alongside limited editions, bespoke fabrics, blinds, cushions and range of homewares from her collection, with something new always to be seen on her drawing board. Opening Times: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday 10am - 2pm Cliﬀside Gallery, 2 The Terrace, Port Isaac, PL29 3SG T: 01208 880988 E: katie@cliﬀsidegallery.com
Best known for his expansive seascapes, artist Jethro Jackson has spent the past two years exploring an evolving abstract approach to his work. After an intensive epoch of research and creative development, the result is the ‘Impermanent Horizon’ series.
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his exciting new series of paintings will be shown at Project Twenty Two, Jethro’s new space at the end of the summer. Until then, six small paintings from the group will be on loan to Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac. We talked to Jethro to find out how days at sea, thinking about sustainability and reconnecting with the Cornish modernist master painters have led him to this new chapter in his creative life... “In the summer of 2021, I joined my friend on his day boat on a series of days at sea. We’d leave Cadgwith very early in the morning when it was still dark. The smell of the sea and sensations of being out on the water all day were totally consuming. I experienced first hand the dedication and intense focus of the fishermen in this traditional industry. The simplified, low impact process of small boat commercial angling – catching fish with a rod and line, was a real eye opener for me. It got me thinking about over-fishing in Cornish waters, and how the sea is one of our most precious resources. The paintings take moments of those days at sea and extend them. Repetitive linear marks scratched into the surface are the path of the boat as it tracks the fish back and forth again and again. Or the taut fishing line cutting the surface of the water. For this group, I worked with Lapis Lazuli and gold leaf – the idea being that the preciousness of these materials represents the finite resource that is the sea itself. The abstract linear forms and minimalist motifs are inspired by the Cornish masters – Lanyon, Hepworth, Nicholson and Scott.
materials. This evolving series represents my feelings about sustainability and the environment and is an urgent call to preserve our greatest natural resource, the ocean.
These paintings represent an important moment in my life and my art – they are the result of a deeply cathartic and in-depth exploration of abstraction, colour, form and
Working on this series has allowed me to take a step away from the style I’m best known for, and explore a whole new visual language. However, these paintings are deeply connected to Cornwall. They are dedicated to the anglers and fisherman who work tirelessly in all the elements to preserve this way of catching fish. An ancient process at the heart of my community, but one that sadly we risk losing forever.” Six small paintings from the Impermanent Horizon series will be on show at Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen this summer. Jethro and Nathan are aligned in their wish for a sustainable future for the fishing industry. The two of them hope that the paintings will help to connect diners to the care, passion and craftsmanship that bring a fish from sea to plate. www.jethrojackson.com 35
BESIDE THE SEA
Doon Williams originally worked in London as an Art Director and Set Stylist in Film and Television, before returning home to live and work on the north Cornish coast, as a freelance commercial photographer. With a finely tuned aesthetic, her ocean, portrait and lifestyle images masterfully capture the essence of the local people and places. As well as commissions, her delicate and evocative seascapes are now available as signed giclée prints ready to be framed and hung on the wall - you can almost hear the waves and taste the salt in the air.
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fter family summers spent holidaying in and around Polzeath, it is no surprise that Phoebe Pocock felt the call of the sea and followed in the footsteps of her Cornish ancestors to make the Cornwall coast her permanent home.
Having studied art & sculpture throughout her school career, it wasn’t until the first lockdown, that she was finally afforded the luxury of time to pick up her brushes again and focus on her love of art and the ocean. The result is a series of dramatic paintings capturing the power and raw energy of the surf, inspired by her immediate surroundings. “There is nothing like the feeling of being in the sea and then being able to create something from it,” enthuses Phoebe. Her original oil paintings and limited-edition prints capture the action and vitality of this ever-changing subject matter, and her style uses dynamic brush strokes to create unique compositions that capture the force of the ocean and the human figure navigating and riding the waves. Contact her for private portrait commissions, whether on land or in the sea. www.phoebepocock.co.uk
Sophisticated Sea Gazing The Lawns, Tintagel Terrace, Port Isaac 5-bedrooms | 5 bathrooms An imposing three-storey, five-bedroom property set in an elevated position on The Terrace, close to Port Isaac and Port Gaverne harbours. The Lawns boasts uninterrupted sea views and private carport parking, making for a desirable holiday let or home. Immaculately presented and offering spacious living accommodation with contemporary and stylish interiors. EPC Band E. Guide £1.75m johnbrayestates.co.uk
PERSPECTIVES Combining a passion for surfing and artistry, Zee van Gils creates glass-like layered artworks with deep light-reflecting details.
orn in 1990 in a small town in The Netherlands, Zee van Gils is an artist who from a young age could always be found creating, painting, drawing, making jewellery and writing stories. Losing her way a little in her early twenties, Zee found solace in nature and chose to study Wildlife Research and Animal Care, allowing her to work throughout Tenerife and Thailand. Following that, she bought a one-way ticket to Australia and then took a spontaneous trip to Lombok, Indonesia in 2014 to attend an intensive surf course. Unexpectedly, this resulted in the island becoming her home for several years - everything just fell into place. For Zee, living in Indonesia was like seeing the world through high-contrast filters: “I felt alive. I learnt how to look after my body and appreciate it for its strength, enabling me to spend hours in the water. I also met my soulmate in a tiny off-grid fishing village.” Zee was taught glassing techniques first by the local surfboard shapers. “During the glassing
process, the excess resin would drip on the floor and create all these intricate organic textures and patterns. I instantly recognised my natural surroundings within these puddles. I felt an undeniable ‘knowing’ inside of me that this was something I just had to explore further,” explains Zee. She was given free rein to experiment in the shaping bay, however, due to the curved surface of a surfboard, the same patterns and textures wouldn’t hold well. This is when she began making artworks on flat wooden panels.
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Having always imagined living an unconventional life, it wasn’t until Zee moved to Indonesia and met many inspiring people, that this was made possible. Her creative and physical journey unfolded organically, her days spent surfing, taking photos and creating art while being surrounded by her muse; mother nature. Now settled in Newquay, Zee’s work is inspired by her travels and the Cornish coastline: “I have a lifetime’s worth of images stored in my mind from travelling and moving around. They are abstract visuals of nature; I am obsessed with the aerial perspective of the ocean and landscapes. My colour palettes are drawn from the sea, sky and earth. The textures and patterns I use are my own interpretations of those seen in nature through the seasons. My partner is an ocean photographer and he loves taking shots of waves breaking underwater, where all these liquid explosions and vortex patterns come to life. They look like abstract art in itself and his photography massively inspires me. I love merging this aerial view with a vision of the sea from below the surface.”
coming back for more. There is no room for perfectionism. It’s like mother nature herself – we can try to tame her all we want, but in the end, she is going to do what she wants. I feel like my art is an ode of appreciation. A reminder that she’s always there for us to enjoy in all her moods and seasons and especially when we need solace, peace, grounding and stillness.” Spending time in nature changed Zee’s life and it’s the one thing she will always come back to, whether for a fun surf or a long hike. For her, it’s a time to process thoughts and reconnect, and perhaps subconsciously her art is a way of ‘paying back’ for all that nature has done in terms of personal survival, solace and inspiration. Zee’s artwork has found homes in 22 different countries worldwide, and in 2019 she took part in a one-of-a-kind surfboard collaboration with the award-winning surfboard shaper Matt Parker of Album Surfboards in California. www.underthezee.com
The actual resin process is extremely satisfying, messy and tactile as Zee explains: “I use my hands to spread the medium and a blow torch to create certain effects. I love layering the textures so that when the observer moves closer, or views the piece from different angles in changing light, they can keep discovering new details. Although I now feel in total control over the medium, there will always be a degree of unpredictability due its nature, which keeps me so intrigued. I can leave the studio after creating a piece and the next day some textures have disappeared and new ones have emerged. It’s the unexpected and unplanned parts that make it exciting and keep me 39
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Creating areas of reflective calm in balanced landscapes, Luke Knight is one to watch in the world of contemporary painting.
ornwall is such a rugged place, sliced up and exposed by the sea at every edge but there is something in the calm between its stormy edges I seek to capture. Much of the inspiration for my work comes from fleeting moments rushing to get into the surf at the end of the day or early in the morning; the smell, the clarity and calm of the sea I find when I am immersed in it. My paintings are about these experiences, they are about being in the landscape.”
Luke is currently working on a collection for Whitewater Contemporary Gallery to be shown in the summer of 2022, his work will also feature as part of a group show at Tremenheere Gallery from 10th to 12th June and he will be teaching an expressive landscape three-day immersive course at Newlyn School of Art. www.lukeknightpaintings.com www.whitewatercontemporarygallery.co.uk Above I like the summer, but I like the winter too 100 x 70 cm
Luke’s paintings take time, sometimes months, if not years in the studio, to reach the point they are finished. Working with oil, Luke applies many layers to saturate the board before sanding the surface and stripping it back to discover what’s underneath. “The process of painting is a cycle of adding and removing, building layers of paint and scraping them away, this helps to give the work depth and structure, contrasts in the surface develop and as the process continues it is refined.”
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Alison Bevan [Director of the Royal West of England Academy] said recently of Luke’s work that his “delicious little paintings communicate with deceptive simplicity – the kind that masks painstaking sophistication – all that is wonderful about the Cornish landscape”. High praise indeed. A newly recruited teacher on the Expressive Landscape course at Newlyn School of Art, Luke shares methods such as layering, sanding, scraping, and rubbing the surface to create marks and textures that support each other to create the painted surface. 40
By The Waters Edge 31 Bradford’s Quay, Wadebridge 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms This very well presented townhouse enjoys an enviable south facing riverside position in the heart of Wadebridge, just a short walking distance of the town’s amenities. Finished to a high specification throughout, the property offers a sun drenched terrace, with an integrated garage and private off road parking. EPC band B. Guide Price £850,000 johnbrayestates.co.uk
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With a limitless passion for sustainable architecture and the southwest landscape, ARCO2 Architects in Cornwall are an international award-winning RIBA Chartered Practice. ARCO2 was employed to design a replacement dwelling in a riverside location near Rock. The brief was to provide a site-specific and bespoke design which was tailored to the client’s needs without compromising energy efficiency. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the design also had to be sympathetic to the rural setting, improve biodiversity, blend into the landscape, whilst opening up the living space to capitalise on the surrounding panoramic views overlooking the Camel Estuary and countryside beyond. The entrance level from the driveway opens into a central hub/ internal courtyard space, from which all living and sleeping spaces can be accessed; and also includes access through to a private rear evening terrace, protected on three sides from the prevailing winds. The existing cut and fill, single site level, provided the ideal opportunity to conceal and blend the new design into the landscape both from the elevated adjacent Northern highway, and from the Southern aspect across the river Camel. Careful consideration was given to the proposed external levels – in particular the proposed ridgeline. As the site is visible from the Camel trail on the other side of the estuary, ARCO2 were required to present visual impact imagery of the proposal in relation to the grade2 listed disused windmill some 200 metres to the North East to make sure there was minimal impact.
built using a super-insulated timber frame construction, insulated with blown recycled newspaper, allowing for enhanced levels of thermal insulation over and above Part L requirements. The construction was made as airtight as possible using a combination of intelligent pro-clima airtightness tapes and membranes as well as certified airtight internal sheathing board pro-passive OSB3. A restrained palette of natural materials were used externally, predominantly dark stained vertical larch timber cladding with contrasting areas of untreated locally grown horizontal larch. This mix of two finishes, kept the architectural language simple with a nod to the character of the local agricultural landscape. The long-lasting thermally broken aluminium triple glazed windows and doors in a satin anthracite finish were chosen to compliment this aesthetic and in time blend seamlessly with both the stained larch, and un-treated larch façade as they begin to patina over time. In summary the replacement dwelling has completely transformed the lives of their clients, opening it up to its beautiful estuary setting and creating seamless transitions between inside and outside. What was once a typical 1980’s Cornish bungalow is now replaced with a low energy dwelling with lifetime home ethos and benefits.
Low carbon, sustainable building materials were used throughout the project where possible. The structure was
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Having made a home in Port Isaac, the Outlaw name has become synonymous with the very best of culinary Cornwall, and for good reason.
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ort Isaac is home to two of Nathan Outlaw’s restaurants, each of which is utterly unique in what it brings to the table. The first, Outlaw’s New Road, serves a set seafood menu that celebrates the very best of Cornwall’s bounty, from coast to field. In homage to Cornwall’s waters, the ethos is ‘Served simply’, letting the ingredients speak for themselves and drawing on Nathan and Executive Chef Pete’s classical training, to present them in a set menu format. As you would expect, the ‘set’ menu is dictated by what’s landed by the fishermen that day, and by what’s in season from the producers. But that’s precisely what makes the experience so appealing. Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, meanwhile, takes a different approach, delivering ‘small, delicious seafood plates, cooked and served when ready’. “The Fish Kitchen is a bit more worldly than New Road and completely influenced by other cuisines,” explains Nathan. “It’s built on the core basis of ingredients selected from producers and growers that we have relationships with and takes into consideration where
I’ve travelled, or types of cuisine that I’m interested in, like Asian, Indian, Spanish, sometimes French. ” An exciting prospect for foodies staying in and around Port Isaac. Over the years, Outlaw’s has nurtured a strong reputation and Nathan believes this core strength comes down to the team. Along with his wife and business partner, Rachel, Nathan strives to cultivate an environment in which his team can thrive. Recognising the ‘bad press’ that the industry sometimes receives, often centring around the hard work and long hours, he explains: “We’ve tried to make it a fun place to be. If you’re going to be somewhere for a long time and work hard, you want to be in an environment that’s fun and rewarding, that allows you to learn. This is something we’ve been very conscious of over the last decade.” This is greatly helped by the fact that the business relies on no backers or investors – it’s completely independent. “We’re self-funded, my wife and I own it, which means that we’re able to think less about the money and more about the
nine-bedroom guesthouse, which lies opposite New Road. Having experienced great success in partnership with a local bed and breakfast, Nathan and Rachel leapt at the opportunity when the property went up for sale. “We wanted to add another layer to what we do and ‘up’ the experience and the hospitality of Outlaw’s,” says Nathan. “When we open in May, we’ll be running with a similar package to our B&B experiences, where guests will have breakfast cooked for them at the guest house, before eating at either of our restaurants on both evenings.”
people. I think that’s why people stay with us for such a long time.” Pete, the Executive Chef, has been working with him for nearly 20 years and Ian, General Manager, has been with Outlaw’s for over 13 years, as well as his partner, Anna, the Restaurant Manager. “Then there’s Steffi (maître d’) and Damon (sommelier and Beverages Manager) who have been with me since 2008, and Tim, who’s the Head Chef at the Fish Kitchen. I took him on as a Kitchen Porter and now he’s Head Chef and has been with us coming on for 12 years. The list goes on, and, in fact, over 70% of our employees have been with us for six years or more.” Having made a conscious decision to divert from the conventional owner-employee relationship, Nathan explains: “We’re not the sort of bosses that tell everyone what to do. We guide the way and let everyone take a bit of ownership, which is core to the journey so far.” As the journey continues, there are, says Nathan, big plans in the pipeline. The first, is the acquisition of a
Nathan also tells us that in November, New Road will be closing for five-to-six months for a complete refurbishment. “We’ve been at New Road for almost eight years and having lived there for all that time, we now know exactly what we want to do for the future.” Expect a complete redesign of the first-floor dining area, which will allow the team to return to their pre-pandemic ‘single sitting’ service. It will also capitalise on the dining room’s incredible views across the Atlantic, as well as providing accessible dining and facilities for the venue. But perhaps most exciting, at least for Nathan, is the realisation of his dream kitchen – “the one I’ve dreamt about since I started being a chef!” The new kitchen will grow to encompass the entire ground floor, including a communal area for the team to eat and relax. “We’re doing it for the staff, as much as we’re doing it for the customers,”he explains. This final statement is indicative of the cornerstone to Outlaw’s success. By nurturing an ethos and an environment in which loyalty can thrive, while at the same time seeking new ways in which to enhance the customer experience, Outlaw’s has become a household name for foodies hoping to enjoy the best that culinary Cornwall has to offer. www.outlaws.co.uk
Drawing ingredients and inspiration from Padstow’s fields and shores.
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avid McWilliam began working in the world of wine at the tender age of 17 and has been on a mission to source and sell the best wines the globe has to offer ever since. After running BinTwo in Padstow and The Bar at Saltbox in Wadebridge he took on
the lease for a new project in Padstow on January 31st 2020 – little knowing that he would be locked down within a few weeks. “It wasn’t the start we hoped for, but we used the time to create a really special space that we love and we eventually opened our new bar and shop on Duke Street in July that year,” says David. The bar is a lovely light and bright space in relaxing blues and creams with thoughtfully curved wooden edges, reflecting the ebb and flow of the estuary upon which Padstow sits. At the same time as the bar opening, David had been developing his own gin. So, why the move from just wine? “When I was setting up Padstow Wine Company, I was trying to find a fitting gin brand to sell, but couldn’t find anything that truly sang ‘Padstow’ to me. Something that I could serve that really captured the essence of being here; the smells and tastes of the Cornish coast, and which people could take away with them as a memory of a beloved stay. ‘Make your own!’ my partner Sarah insisted - so I did just that. I’d always tinkered with spirits - gin in particular - and this opportunity was the driver that I needed to get started. Although I’m a newcomer to distilling, I discovered that if you work with the right people and follow the right conversations, sooner or later you’ll get there.” “We collaborated with Colwith Farm Distillery who make the lovely Aval Dor gin and vodka range. They are potato farmers, and make their own fantastic plough-to-bottle spirits from their potatoes,” continues David, ‘Of course, you can use many different things to make your base for spirits and in Padstow there’s a farm called Tregirls with land toward the estuary mouth and endless, breathtakingly beautiful golden barley fields along the shore, all summer long. Our first Padstow Gin in 2019 was potato-based but having explored the options with both farmer Charlie Watson Smyth and
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17 Duke Street An intimate bar & the perfect place to sample a Padstow Spirit, either in its classic form or as one of David’s signature cocktails alongside a hand-picked selection of wine, Champagne, Padstow Gin and Vodka.
2020 - we were perfecting the recipe and at that point we had a lovely light, crisp gin, which although very drinkable, wasn’t quite emotionally or flavour-wise where I wanted it to be,” he explains. “We needed more from our gin and because of the mild climate in Padstow, Alexanders are the first to flower in the spring hedgerows. I picked a young stem, put it in one of the trial stills and out came this lovely fragrant spirit! It has the sweetest palate and a sea-fresh, iodine, green, savouriness. It was beautiful, eye-opening and I sensed that the trials were now over.” And so Padstow Gin was born, a truly unique gin reflecting the place that David loves.
distiller Steve Dustow, it became clear that we should try Padstow barley. So, we made our first trial the same year, recipe development progressed quickly and the first batch of barley spirit was ready in October 2019.” David’s Padstow Gin recipe was launched in April 2020 via Zoom, as they couldn’t have an opening party. It has gone from strength to strength and is now on batch 17, with just over 600 limited edition bottles available to buy in each batch. “All gin is made from a neutral spirit of some sort, and this is then used in maceration with the botanicals in a copper pot still,” says David, “and in using the barley spirit, we reference our specific geography. Everything takes rather longer, but it’s so worth it.” David explains further: “It’s 78 to 80% proof at this stage, so it has to be diluted and we use Colwith’s Cornish spring water to bottle at 42%, resulting in a soft and sweet taste with delicious botanical notes when drunk neat. We also make a Navy Strength Gin which is bottled at 57%, delivering the flavours in a slightly different way, but using the same recipe.”
The Padstow Spirits range keeps growing and includes some elegantly flavoured gins; Padstow Rose Gin, infused with pink peppercorns and roses, Spiced Cranberry and Orange, an exquisitely Christmassy flavour, packed with fresh oranges, juice and zest, cranberries, a smidge of sugar and spiced with cinnamon, cloves and star anise, Padstow Sloe Gin, with berries hand-picked by David and his family from along the Camel estuary, plus, small-batch, creamy and peppery Padstow barley Vodka.
David’s chosen botanical, alongside juniper and the more traditional ingredients, is Cornish Alexander. “It was January
ou can’t miss this new independent Nano Brewery and Taproom located in its bright yellow container village on the edge of Rock. The brainchild of friends Hugo Roads (general manager) and George Collins (head brewer), the pair have created a flourishing brewpub venue with a difference. With a focus on modern styles of beer, from hop-forward, hazy IPA’s, to kettle fruited sours, there is always something new to try. Since all their beers are brewed onsite, packaged and sold exclusively through their container taproom, you are guaranteed that the beer will be at its freshest when
served. Those of you out of the county can purchase a select number of canned beers from their online webshop. The pair relish bringing the community closer together, and the outdoor seating, string lights and a rotating selection of tasty food trucks promise good times spent drinking delicious beers with friends and family. www.bluntrockbrewery.co.uk
his mother and son duo, Fee and George Turner, quickly spotted a gap in the market and jumped at the chance to open a small, but perfectly formed deli on the Rock Road selling fresh coffee, cakes, and delicious homemade frozen meals – perfect for those times when you can’t (or don’t want to) cook. New dishes coming soon on the ready meal menu include a Mushroom and Kale Lasagne, Chicken Tikka Masala, Thai Red Monkfish Curry and Spicy Beef Chilli. For 2022, their home delivery radius has expanded even further and now covers North Cornwall from Boscastle to Newquay and Holywell Bay. The pair have since expanded their cute shop to include a café with a warm and quirky ambience. Featuring a seasonally rotating and freshly prepared menu of quick bites, soups and snacks, it is the perfect stop off for breakfast or lunch pre- dog walk or post-beach. What’s more, they are licensed, so you can also enjoy a beer or glass of wine and stretch the day out. The long communal tables are straight out of Pinterest and the outdoor seating, fresh flowers, adorable details, and general vibe of the café will have you pulling out your camera straight away. The new café set-up also allows for private dinner parties catering for 10-25 people. Whether formal or informal, the experience is just like eating in a restaurant, only you get the venue entirely to yourselves. Look out for their popular supper clubs as they book up quickly! www.feesfood.co.uk
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Flavours OF FREEDOM
After honing his craft at the top of Cornwall’s restaurant scene, Jack Clements decided it was time to branch out
Bringing extensive experience to his new culinary venture, Elements Events, including seven years spent working for Paul Ainsworth in Padstow, Jack explains: “I was ready for the next challenge. I wanted some freedom, but still wanted to cook really tasty food using the best local and seasonal produce and creating global flavours.” Launching the business in April last year with his wife, Sarah, Jack explains: “We started cooking at private events and dinners with the aim of eventually getting into largerscale events and wedding catering.” This, he says, grew far more quickly than expected and then when a friend of his put an airstream trailer up for sale, the street food business took off! “What better way to combine cooking tasty food with that sense of freedom?”
While the popularity of at-home experiences is constantly on the rise, especially in light of events over the last two years, Jack explains that the airstream-based Street Kitchen remains “the beating heart of Elements Events. It’s what we are all about, cooking non ‘fussy’ food combining global flavours and local produce, whilst keeping on the move.” You can find the Street Kitchen around the north coast from April, when it will be visiting Higher Harlyn campsite on Mondays and Tuesdays, Trewiston Farm near St Minver on Wednesdays, Restharrow Farm Shop in Trebetherick on Thursdays, then Wadebridge on Friday. It’s a great way to see what Jack’s food is all about and to gain an insight into why you should consider Elements Events for your own private dining experience, wedding or special occasion.
On the private dining, Jack explains: “The idea is to offer the level of cooking and service you would receive in a great restaurant, only in the comfort of your own home. Our menus are individually designed for each dinner, using the best Cornish seafood, meat and produce. From paella to ribs or beef, tasting menus and everything in between, the common factor is incredible flavours.” The Southwest has become the UK holiday destination of choice and during summer the population swells fourfold, further driving demand for good quality restaurants. “So why not beat the crowds and just let us come to you?” laughs Jack.
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Award-winning local brewery reopens the St Tudy Inn to great acclaim.
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ou’ll find a traditional pub at the heart of most of Cornwall’s villages. They are a place to gather, to quench and refuel, to swap stories of the day and to make plans for the next. Set inland from the north Cornish coastline in the River Camel valley, you’ll find the St Tudy Inn which has been central to village life since the 17th century. Long-known for its foodie offering, multi award-winning North Cornwall craft brewery Harbour Brewing, purchased the inn last summer and it was officially reopened in December. Keen to continue St Tudy’s impressive culinary history and to champion local food and producers, the unique menus have been created to pair well with Harbour ‘s own beers as well as their extended drinks list. The menus have been designed with many of the classics you’d expect from a rural country pub, but with a modern twist that is unique to St Tudy Inn.
With its close proximity to Bodmin Moor and links via Harbour Brewing to Rock and Padstow, the menu offers a mix of dishes inspired by both land and sea, that change with the seasons to ensure the freshest of plates. The dishes are as welcoming as the inn itself, thankfully lacking in the ostentation that such establishments can sometimes fall foul of. The carefully formed dishes allow each ingredient to sing out from the plate working in harmony with its neighbour. Succulent pork belly is served with the creamiest of pomme pureé, cut through by the freshness of perfectly cooked green beans; whole baked lemon sole is treated to the simplest of additions with brown shrimp and beurre noisette; while vine tomatoes and manchego are allowed to be the stars of their own show in a crisp tart fine. Eddie Lofthouse, Harbour Brewing’s managing director affirms this: “Located at the heart of the St Tudy community, it holds a legacy as a real foodie destination,
and we now have a fantastic team in place to deliver the outstanding, local but accessible, food offering that we’re striving for. Our team is ready to go with some great dishes that we think our diners will love, and we’re proud to be championing local Cornish produce throughout.” A full meal isn’t for everyone, so if you’re popping in for a pint and a snack then expect traditional pub fare with flair: ‘nduja scotch eggs, scampi with tartare sauce, pigs in blankets with honey and mustard as well as a club sandwich and a Cornish cheese toastie. And of course, Harbour Brewing’s craft beers are available on-tap. From IPAs to lagers and porters to pilsners, all are made with quality ingredients, a unique blend of hops and water from the brewery’s fresh onfarm spring. You can either take a seat at the bar or hunker down in a leather armchair in one of the inn’s cosy nooks. The St Tudy also boasts four en-suite rooms for bed and breakfast, converted from a derelict barn adjacent to the inn. Washed grey hues create havens of understated calm. Beds are ready to sink into after you have bathed using the sweet-smelling complimentary Bramley products, packed with essential oils to lull you off to sleep. Breakfast, as one would expect, is full and Cornish
– local sausages, bacon and free range eggs make the start to the day one of champions and the perfect fuel for a day’s adventuring across moor or coast. Beautiful beaches beckon for lazy days on the sand or for those with a passion for two wheels, the nearby Camel Trail leads all the way to Padstow from where you can catch the ferry over to Rock, or simply enjoy one of the pretty country walks from the inn’s door, taking in the sights and smells of the Cornish hedgerows and fields. Whether you stay for a drink, a meal or the night the St Tudy Inn quenches the greatest of thirsts, sates the hungriest of appetites and offers the warmest of welcomes. www.sttudyinn.com
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DOLCE VITA A surfside eatery with Italian cuisine at its heart
he Atlantic Bar and Kitchen, brought to you by the Harbour Brewing team, is nothing short of iconic. Its elevated position overlooking Polzeath beach, keeps watch over the surfers below and invites laid-back dining with a view. Such an impressive location demands food to match and Head Chef, Grant Goodson has that under complete control. Born and raised in Cornwall, Grant cut his culinary teeth under the tutelage of some of the UK’s finest chefs, working in professional kitchens from the tender age of 15. Rising through the culinary ranks, Grant is no stranger to Michelin star restaurants, which is where he gained his invaluable classical grounding. However, Grant found that he preferred a simple, less fussy approach to food, which led him to a position as Chef de Partie at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. During his time there, ending as Sous Chef, he not only worked alongside Jamie Oliver, but also Gennaro Contaldo, an
experience which ignited a lifelong love of Italian cuisine On the collapse of Fifteen, Harbour Brewing’s CEO Eddie Lofthouse spotted something unique in Grant’s food; something that was a perfect fit for the ethos of the Atlantic Bar and Kitchen. With its vast terrace overlooking the water you could just as easily be in Sicily as on the north Cornish coast and Eddie wanted a chef that could recreate that Mediterranean vibe of relaxed dining combined with simple, yet delicious food. The result is a menu that covers the whole Italian gamut from antipasti small plates to hand-rolled pasta and woodfired Italian pizzas. Grant’s belief is that whatever the dishes on the menu, they should contain the finest ingredients and taste the best they possibly can: “If you’re going to serve a pizza, make it the best pizza ever. We invest the time to ferment our pizza dough for 48 hours and it makes such a dramatic difference to the taste and texture. We source our Italian ingredients from the finest places for an authentic 52
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taste: mozzarella from Campania, olives and olive oil from Puglia, polenta from Piedmont”
are a range of Harbour beers on tap, with beer flights available for those who can’t choose. Ex-Fifteen sommelier Dave Anderson curates a wine list that is unsurprisingly peppered with Italian classics and between him, Grant and his team of chefs, they ensure that diners experience the ultimate in laid-back, coastal dining – whether that’s in the light and bright dining room or out on the expansive terrace, both with a backdrop of ocean waves and north coast sunsets. And it’s not just the diners whose wellbeing is looked after here. Grant’s ethos is refreshingly modern in the world of hospitality; happy chefs make for happy diners: “There’s no expectation here for the team to work long back-to-back hours. Shifts are shared to fit with families and lifestyles and you’ll often find us grabbing our wetsuits and boards for a quick surf between service!”
While key Italian products are sourced from their mother country, over 75% of ingredients in the kitchen are locally sourced. Mussels, oysters, clams and locally-harvested samphire come from Porthilly Shellfish, just a few miles down the coast. The Brian Etherington Meat Company aligns with Grant’s own ethics and views on sustainability, supplying tender cuts for the Atlantic’s renowned roasts. Grant changes the specials menu every couple of weeks, keeping them fresh and seasonal. Shoulder months bring hearty dishes such as rabbit ragu or pheasant on sourdough, while from June onwards whole lobsters or sea bass grace the plates of hungry diners. “While the Michelin style of food is not for me,” says Grant, “that doesn’t mean to say I can’t use Michelin standard ingredients. We want people to enjoy relaxed dining with maximum taste.”
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St Moritz Hotel is proud to have the UK’s only Cowshed Spa outside Soho House properties
he unique rustic-luxe Cowshed spa concept is a perfect match for St Moritz Hotel on the north Cornish coast, offering guests the ultimate space in which to unwind, relax alone or with friends and enjoy a glass of champagne.
Drawing inspiration from a visit to the Cowshed flagship Spa at Babington House, the concept behind the hotel’s refurbishment project was to create a quintessential and blissful ambience in every corner of the spa. After enlisting the help of Steve Coombe, Creative Director at 3idog immaculate architecture became reality! Each of the six treatment rooms boasts an individual personality, with glistening marble worktops, custom made abstract tiles from Istanbul and a colour scheme to die for, offering a cocoon of ultimate relaxation. The Cowshed spa’s mood-enhancing products are based on botanical ingredients straight out of an English country garden and are expertly blended to soothe or revive. Whether you’re feeling anxious, tired or in need of revitalising, the Cowshed spa will have something for you.
There is a full range of treatments available from speedy quick fixes to full-body massages, body scrubs, body wraps, facials, waxing and nail maintenance, the Cowshed therapists will ensure you leave feeling rejuvenated and luxuriously pampered. For a romantic treat, couples can enjoy the luxury of a side-by-side massage in a double room. Post-treatment, clients can enjoy the comfort of a new ‘relax space’ inspired by country interiors. Adorned with low lighting and traditional roll armchairs from Soho Home that envelop the sitter, it’s the perfect space to prolong the euphoric tranquillity that comes after a relaxing treatment. Spread the love and treat a loved one or say thank you to someone special with a feel-good gift voucher, that can be redeemed against any products, treatments, or spa day at the Cowshed spa at St Moritz.
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Launched last summer, Hauora at Home brings fivestar beauty and wellness services to your door
only recently did Sara introduce a collaboration with ‘Spill the Tea’ in Wadebridge, adding afternoon teas to the menu to really round off that ‘spa at home’ experience that so many in Cornwall are looking for.
atering to groups of all sizes, Hauora at Home is, at its core, a mobile spa. The company ethos champions the idea of ‘five star everything’ – therapists, treatments, customer service – delivering on that promise while nurturing an environment in which the talented team can thrive.
Clearly, there is a novelty to having the spa brought to you, but it goes deeper than that. “In the shadow of Covid, our clients are much more emotionally and physically attached to these wellbeing experiences and more focused on hygiene and health.” There is also the benefit of not having to get dressed to leave the home, and for those with families, of enjoying some ‘me time’ after the children have gone to bed, instead of feeling guilty about spending a whole day of your holiday without them.
Sara Last, company founder, has a 20-year background working for luxury spa brands around the world, “designing them, setting them up, working in them”. Moving back to Cornwall four years ago, she says: “I saw a gap for really good-quality mobile treatments. It’s commonplace in London and elsewhere, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to set something up down here, because I have the experience of knowing what a great treatment is.”
Providing this holistic approach to wellbeing is something Sara is truly passionate about, but her approach is equally devoted to the wellbeing of her therapists. “Our therapists choose their hours, their days and where they work, and they receive the majority of the treatment cost,” continues Sara. This ensures an environment in which the therapists can really love what they do and funnel their passion into the creation of memorable experiences for clients who recognise the value of taking time out to ‘be well’.
Her team now comprises five freelance therapists, offering massage, hot-stone massage, facials, personal training, yoga, pedicures and everything else you’d expect from a visit to a luxury spa. The key difference? That you can enjoy it all from the comfort of your own home. Sara fully intends to keep growing too, and not only with the product brands that Hauora works with (which already include Elements Boutique Spa and Nailberry). In fact,
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Located on the Rock Road, Balance is redefining the modern spa experience, with the benefit of medical knowledge and aesthetic expertise.
tep inside Balance and you are instantly soothed by the calming atmosphere and hushed attention to detail; tactile oak floors, gentle lighting, plush sofas, and comforting heated blankets instantly mark it out as a luxurious wellness space, but the reality is much more.
Headed up by Hollie Runnalls, a registered nurse specialising in aesthetics and dermatology, the focus of this chic new venture is very much about combining specialist skin and body treatments with holistic health and wellbeing. “I worked as a cosmetic and surgical nurse in New Zealand and Australia then returned to Cornwall to work in Dermatology and quickly recognised an opportunity to bridge the gap between medical treatments and a spa experience”, explains Hollie. “We aim to treat the soul as well as the skin, and our combined expertise means that we can cater for a range of clients from those looking for a wonderfully relaxing experience to the immuno-suppressed or recovering from injury, as well as offering specialist skin treatments to target wrinkles, pigmentation, problematic skin and other signs of ageing.” Balance opened in July 2021 after an 18-month delay thanks to Covid, but already has a growing list of clients that travel from all over Cornwall. Each appointment always begins with an in-depth pre-treatment consultation to discuss both your physical and emotional state and culminates in a tailored treatment plan for clients to continue their care at home.
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Interior designer Nicola O’Mara is transforming homes across North Cornwall. of purchasing a building that needs work; it’s just about having the right expertise in place. It can also be a good way of buying a property in a unique location, somewhere where planning restrictions wouldn’t allow a new build. “You sometimes have to think outside the box. We have recently renovated an old doctor’s surgery, which was essentially a 1970s bungalow. We were able to take off the roof and add another storey to create a unique family home in a muchsought after position.”
ward-winning designer Nicola knows what it’s like to buy a home that needs remodelling, as she has done it herself on more than one occasion. While a new building offers a blank canvas and modern luxuries, taking a building that has been part of a Cornish community, sometimes for centuries, remodelling it fit for contemporary purpose and allowing it to live and breathe again is something very special.
Nicola works with both architects and builders, using her expert knowledge when it comes to interiors to remodel and reimagine homes. “Especially with projects on older Cornish properties, the excitement comes when we are able to retain much of the original character of the place. Cornish homes do sometimes come with unique challenges. You can be limited by space, especially in some of our fishing villages, but they are such desirable locations that the extra effort is always worth it.”
“People needn’t be shy of renovating an existing property,” explains Nicola, “it might feel like a daunting task but with the right foresight and knowledge in place, such a property, which may have been untouched and unloved for years, can be transformed. Both Covid and Brexit have had a huge impact on our lives and here on Cornwall’s north coast we are seeing a large influx of people looking to either make Cornwall their forever home, or to purchase a refuge where they can escape the city.”
The Hideaway in Port Isaac, is a prime example of such a property. As a traditional fisherman’s cottage, it required a
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near complete renovation. The aim was to keep as much of the original feel as possible and so reclaimed Delabole slate was used for the ground floor, and stripped floorboards in the bedrooms. Attention to detail was very important to the client and so all cables were hidden so as not to detract from the cottage feel.” “Such was the nature of the property, it didn’t really lend itself to nautical tones and so working with our client, we embraced darker themes for this project, using a rich mixture of textures and patterns, enhanced by deep, heritage paint colours and accents of antique brass,” explains Nicola. Albany, in Port Isaac, is another property that benefitted from an end-to-end renovation. Unloved and unlived in for more than eight years, much of the building was derelict. It had once been an old haberdashery shop and as Nicola peeled back the layers of time it revealed many stories and unique elements. “We reconfigured the whole layout in order to create a three-bedroom holiday property but used traditional slate, lime mortar and wood panelling to maintain the property’s character,” says Nicola. And it’s not just village locations that benefit from refurbishment rather than replacement – The Beach House at Mawgan Porth was reinvented using the original structure to create an impressive surf-chic getaway. By adding new flooring, lighting, windows and a kitchen, the interior was completely transformed, complemented by original artwork and an incredible wall mural for the pool area. The complete renovation and restyle enabled Nicola to turn what was already a beautiful property into something truly unique, yet not out of keeping with its clifftop setting. Renovating an existing property, however, is not for everyone and Nicola has a vast portfolio of new build projects that encompass both private homes and luxury rentals: “While I love bringing life back to old buildings, having the blank canvas of a new build is refreshing. On these projects I am able to be involved from the very beginning, working with architects and builders to ensure that layouts are optimised and interiors designed to suit individual client needs. It’s all about the detail, how a property works ergonomically, and my designs are led by the relationship that people have with their home.” Nicola’s unique ability to be able to visualise what each property needs in terms of style and colour palette, whether traditional or new build, is what sets her designs apart. A love for natural fabrics materials and textures make for tactile interiors that combine comfort with contemporary elegance. Her endless ‘little black book’ of tradespeople and suppliers means that Nicola’s clients can leave projects in her very capable hands, hugely valuable in a world where time is so precious. Nicola works on projects across the South West and as far afield as the French Alps, where a ski chalet project in Val D’Isere saw her awarded the coveted Design et al, Best International Ski Chalet Award. www.nicolaomara.com 63
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s a planning-led architectural service, Cornwall Planning Group aims to help its clients through the planning process, providing architectural drawings, corresponding with the council and liaising with other committees and groups such as the World Heritage Site and the National Association for AONBs to help achieve approval for your project. Once granted, they can then undertake the necessary work to ensure the build complies with building regulations, detailing what your tradesmen will need in order to quote, along with anything else that’s required to get your project up and running. This top-line summary, of course, does not do justice to the scale, or indeed the value, of the work Chris Menear and the Cornwall Planning Group team do on a daily basis. As anybody who has undertaken an architectural project will understand, there is an extensive series of checks, regulations and permissions that need to be navigated before work can even begin. This can quickly become a
logistical nightmare, especially if you’re working at the same time, or live out of county, and so having a team of experts on hand to relieve you of those stresses almost always proves invaluable. Another key aspect of the process that they can handle for you, are the architectural designs. With a deep understanding of what the local planning authorities require in order to approve a design, they understand, in detail, what’s required to get yours over the line. But what exactly does this mean? In many cases, particularly in Cornwall, Technical Planning Officer, Adam Toy, explains that local parishes have a core ‘design guide’ that aligns with what the area is trying to achieve. “So, when people come to us, it’s as much about getting a feel for what the client is after and then securing the planning permission, as it is about knowing the best way in which to achieve that planning in the given area.” In the wake of the pandemic, the appeal of Cornwall’s World Heritage Sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other conservation areas, are proving enormously
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appealing to those in search of a lifestyle change. For Cornwall Planning Group, this has seen a rise in the number of clients who are either out of county and seeking advice on a potential property purchase, or who own a home here already and have decided to extend. In either case, advice often centres around what is and isn’t feasible within a given location. Wherever that may be, and whatever the client’s aspirations, Adam explains that at its core, Cornwall Planning Group is about “improving people’s lives”, and that this is predominantly achieved through effective and, where possible, sustainable design. This can include the inclusion of sustainable technology, he says, citing recent projects where designs have included the installation of solar panels, or where clients have used boreholes to harness energy from underneath the soil. Even the building materials used are a key consideration, however this ultimately boils down to budget. The point is that the ethos behind Cornwall Planning Group is based on building for the future, and not just that of its clients, but the environments in which their homes are brought to life.
about the north coast? What about areas like Polzeath, or Padstow? Adam explains that these don’t always fall within the areas of constraint typically experienced in west Cornwall. Here, says Adam: “You’re not as restricted by the same areas of constraint, so you’ll tend to see bigger, more modular extensions, transformations and new builds. For new projects, this means that the freedom to produce different designs is there, and it’s certainly been achieved by some of our clients.” Some, he explains, still prefer their new homes or extensions to ‘blend in’ with the surrounding landscape, but because these areas offer a greater sense of freedom, there is license there to ‘pick up’ the more bold, contemporary kind of designs that you might associate with urban environments outside of Cornwall, and embed them into the beautiful coastal environment. Whichever appeals more to your lifestyle, Cornwall Planning Group’s tireless work ethic seeks to work closely with you on your project, delivering on and almost always surpassing briefs. It’s a company built upon the foundations of intelligent design and innovation, with the sole purpose of transforming the lives of its clients, and the locations in which they live, for the better.
Based on Hayle’s North Quay, Cornwall Planning Group has worked extensively in and around west Penwith, where the team have gained unrivalled experience in overcoming the specific hurdles faced by clients seeking planning in Cornwall’s unique, protected landscape. But what
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