Laid-back, family-friendly seaside style, as seen through the eyes of a professional interiors stylist – eclectic vintage furniture meets contemporary fixtures and fittings
Five minutes from Widemouth Bay near Bude in north Cornwall, it’s hard to see how this could be a better spot to stay for families – it’s even got a trampoline and a model train set running through the garden. But for the grown-ups, the interiors are the real draw. The owner is a stylist, and it shows, with every stripped floorboard, mis-matched chair and choice vintage find.
Importantly, though, the fixtures and fittings are posh where it matters – like the bed linen from The White Company and a smart contemporary bathroom with pebble mosaic wall and freestanding bath. I think that the best holiday cottages feel like homes – not just something that’s been put together to suit the rental market – and this looks incredibly relaxed and well loved, like the owners just popped out and allowed you to have a nose around.
Surf on the beach, play in the rockpools, tootle round Bude with the rest of the emmets, and then return to the house to wedge yourself into a deckchair for a sundowner. Beach Break seems to fulfil some kind of middle-class fantasy about having a second home – but it’s one that you can indulge in for just a few days.
Nearby: The nearest beach is 300m away, but there are lots of other great beaches in the area, such as Crackington Haven; walking on the coast path; Bude, which is not too touristy considering it’s Cornwall; Tintagel Castle, (alleged) birthplace of King Arthur
Photos via Our Beach Break