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Marigold Cottage is actually two 19th century dwellings, seamlessly joined together some six decades ago. Today, this much-loved holiday home has been given a fresh lease of life, decorated in a simple coastal style. White walls, tongue-and-groove panelling and clean-cut stripes predominate. Each of the spacious rooms are also layered with soft, natural textures, including fluffy sheepskins laid in window seats, to make this a stylish yet very relaxing home.
The location is pretty special too. It stands on Church Street, on the corner of the footpath that meanders down to the village's smaller Little Perhaver Beach (the final descent is via steep steps). Alternatively, the main village beach is a short, gentle stroll down Church Street.
Marigold Cottage is an exceptionally light and sunny house, benefitting from a generously sized kitchen, while the living room has a lovely woodburning stove inside the recently restored 19th century fireplace.
This room is accessed from the entrance hall via a quirky reclaimed door with pretty coloured glass. The room is dotted with subtle decorative touches and original artworks and has an unusual curved wall to one side of the fireplace. There is a petite sofa, a super-comfy velvet snuggler armchair and a rocking chair.
In the kitchen, all appliances (including a dishwasher and washing machine) are new, but are partnered by old-fashioned touches, such as a well-weathered farmhouse table, a vintage Indian cabinet and lovely old-fashioned china. Our favourite activity is sitting in the sunny window seat and watching the world go by.
Upstairs, the first single bedroom is double aspect, with sea glimpses from the back window and a view down the picturesque, winding Church Street to the front. The original wide floorboards have been painted white, covered with a woven wool rug that is soft on bare feet. The gilt and white painted bed is vintage and a selection of carefully chosen vintage floral pictures hang on the walls. There's even an old doll's house, which older children are welcome to play with.
In the slimmer middle bedroom, an old French bed evokes a fairytale feel with a carved headboard and tongue-and-groove cladding feels snug and charming.
Both these bedrooms have sliding barn-style doors.
The double bedroom style is pared-back, simple and very restful. A Habitat oak bed, a vintage chest of drawers and Forties brass lamps are complemented by original artworks by the owner’s father, who is an artist. Again, painted floorboards are covered with a texture-rich wool rug.
Bedding in all three bedrooms is in monochrome stripes, for a fresh, seaside feel.
There is a newly fitted upstairs WC while the main bathroom is on the ground floor, refurbished with Laura Ashley floor tiles and rustic cladding.
The owner loves interiors (the house has been featured in Country Living magazine) and the carefully chosen mix of old and new make this a welcoming, unique Cornish cottage.
There is a good-sized garden behind the garage. It is paved, with a high bed on one side, abundant with untamed lavender, wild mint, rosemary and Agapanthus. The paved garden gets the sun all day, with a raised area that catches the late afternoon sunshine and has sea glimpses.
In the garage, you’ll find logs in winter, a Lloyd Loom sofa and rugs, cushions and dining chairs, all available for relaxing and dining outdoors. A new small freezer and a tumble drier also live in the garage.
We mostly use the back door to come and go, where there is an area for shoes and coats etc. A side gate divides the house from the neighbouring cottage (the family or their holidaying guests have an old-fashioned right of way over Marigold's drive, so may pass by your back door from time to time).
Marigold Cottage benefits from parking on the drive, suitable for a small-to-medium sized car. However, Church Rd is typically narrow and the drive is steep, so we’ll send further advice on this along with directions. Alternatively, the village car park (where most holidaymakers park) is a 10-minute stroll away.
Gorran Haven is half way down the south coast of Cornwall. It is at the end of a quiet b road, with no through traffic, there are two good sandy beaches and a handful of village shops. The whole area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are superb coastal and inland walks from the village.
Within easy reach there are other more secluded beaches, but the village beach with it's quay and cafe and cheery goings on, is very much the place to be for families with children.
- Parking - private
- Washing machine
- Bed linen provided
- DVD player
- Private Garden
- BBQ Grill
- Fireplace - Wood
- Central heating
- Towels provided
- Sea view
- Antique shops
- Water sports
- Rock climbing
- Horseback riding
Available 21 July to 1 September only, at £1250/week