The House in the Sea: A Private Island Retreat

by hookedonhouses on July 20, 2013

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When you really need to get away, it would be hard to find a better place than this private island retreat. It’s a holiday rental in Newquay, Cornwall, known as The House in the Sea. To get there, you cross this suspension footbridge over the water…

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As the listing says, “The views out across the sea are unsurpassed.”

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“Once you’ve ceremoniously raised the flag to signify your arrival at this secluded island paradise, you simply won’t want to leave… ”

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Save the windowseat for me!

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They just spent 8 months redecorating the house. They wanted to give it “a cool New York vibe with coastal luxury.”

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There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

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For more photos and information about renting The House in the Sea for your next holiday, visit Boutique Retreats.

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P.S. See more holiday rentals here, including…

Northcott Beach House on a cliff in Cornwall

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Mrs. LIAYF July 21, 2013 at 12:43 am

Ghahhhg!! I now have a burning desire to visit Cornwall!

Cathleen July 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I lived there as a child, and swam and played on that beach!!! (and actually fell down one of those cliffs playing on the footpath!) It is a gorgeous, quaint little village. (well it was in the 60’s) I highly recommend a visit to anywhere in Cornwall, especially if you live in the US! It’s another world.

hookedonhouses July 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm

No kidding? Wow! Sounds like an idyllic childhood to me. :)

Frances in England July 21, 2013 at 2:31 am

Oooo I’ve been there! A few years ago in its previous incarnation it sold ice-cream – you didn’t go inside, just sat on the deck with your (rather expensive but delicious) ice-cream and looked at the views. The inside just looked like a normal house from what I could tell – nowhere near as glam as this – and was lived in by the enterprising people who decided to sell ice-cream. The bridge was kinda scary to cross if you are nervy of heights (it sways) but the views were fab.

hookedonhouses July 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

No kidding? That’s so interesting! Had no idea they used to sell ice cream there. Thanks, Frances!

Frances in England July 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

I did a bit of sleuthing – go to the link below to learn about the house pre-rental days including some interior shots that are a bit more ‘normal’. And for the record, when I went for ice-cream it would have been in the noughties, not the 1930s, and it was only ice-cream on offer (and I think poss only during the summer season). It was a very low-key operation – just the family capitalising on the tourists who wanted to see the views for the cost of an ice-cream or two, nothing like a McDonald’s style set-up (don’t want to mislead you!)

hookedonhouses July 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Oh, wow! That’s so fun to read more about it and see the “before” photos. Thanks, Frances!

Maddie May July 21, 2013 at 3:35 am

Charming beyond words both inside & out. This home is decorated in a very relaxed but sophisticated style that is so refreshing. The sea view is stunning & I would love to be sitting at that little table enjoying that glass of wine. Heaven.

snaggy July 21, 2013 at 5:12 am

Bloody hell £3,045.00 for a week in August !!!

Kay @ July 21, 2013 at 5:53 am

Those interiors looked very British, didn’t they?
Loved the white kitchen cabs with the huge wooden knobs!
Also, those Brits love their pine floors + doors — as do I.
How could we possibly choose plain Jane, white subway tile in our current re-do, after I spied the yummy gray versions here!
I especially loved the bathroom with the oversized darker gray tiles cladding the tub + wall behind it. Genius!
TY for sharing.

Carolyn July 21, 2013 at 8:51 am

I had seen pictures of the outside of this before, but I don’t remember the inside. Certainly it wasn’t this. I don’t know why you’d go to an island off Cornwall hoping to find a New York vibe. I like the kitchen, and a modern bathroom is always nice, but this doesn’t feel warm and cozy at all. While very chic and current, the pale gray/charcoal/black palette and modern furnishings seem too stark and cold to me. Maybe the idea is not to compete with the views out the windows, but drained of all color, it just feels lifeless. There’s nothing that reminds you of where you are – no pictures or artifacts of the sea (but a large black and white photo of a ghostly city park?). OK, maybe those are prints of sea weed/sea fans above the daybed, but it’s hard to tell – could be trees, and small prints of shells over the upholstered headboard. But this could be an apartment in Stockholm, except for the glorious views and fabulous decks and terraces. I’d like to see some vestiges of its past and history, as well as its locale, reflected in the decor. And when it’s enveloped in fog, as it’s bound to be some of the time, the atmosphere would be downright chilly. But then I’m a traditionalist. Sigh.

stef July 21, 2013 at 5:21 pm

“I don’t know why you’d go to an island off Cornwall hoping to find a New York vibe.” “(the interior) and modern furnishings seem too stark and cold to me….drained of all color, it just feels lifeless.”
Thank you for putting into words my reaction.
But the exterior…how lovely. I’d be happy in any house along that beach…some little room with a balcony, a coffee and croissant…sigh

Martha July 21, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I totally agree with Stef and Carolyn. I was expecting lovely, warm interiors and instead got cold and stark. The bedroom with the gauze wrapped bed seemed crowded and the bed inaccessible from one side. I did like the kitchen and the wonderful deck with the beautiful views.

Brandy July 21, 2013 at 8:55 am

fwi, a stag is a bachelor’s party and a hen is a bachelorette party.

This place is gorgeous.

hookedonhouses July 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

I was making a silly joke, but I see now that could have been confusing. That’s why I shouldn’t write these late at night. Ha.

Caron July 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

I wanna go! Great house – sharing on our facebook page. Thanks for sharing!

Alie B July 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

While the place is fresh and clean, and the views are incredible, I find it chilly. I too think it’s a bit odd that they were going for “New York”. Also, to me it feels like they couldn’t quite decide on design. Shabby? Modern? Coastal? Scandanavian? I can’t decide either.

Carolyn July 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

I think it’s interesting to compare this with your earlier post on the Oyster Catcher, also in Cornwall. Though they use a similar palette, the Oyster Catcher is much warmer. Perhaps it’s because they bring in weathered and worn pieces that add texture, and the effect is more layered. The only old looking things here are the doors and those pressed tin ceiling tiles on the wall. Yes, the light wood adds some texture and contrast and everything is perfectly coordinated, but the feel is totally different from the Oyster Catcher. This is a much bigger space, so understandably it’s not as cozy, but it still feels lacking in charm to me.

cecile delouvrier July 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Okay, I’m not renting but buying it?! GORGEOUS!!!!!

debbie bailey July 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

If I wanted to rent a place in Cornwall, I sure wouldn’t want it to have a New York vibe! What were they thinking? Am I the only person in the world that’d love to stay in a fisherman’s cottage that looks liked the fisherman still lived in it?

House Crazy Sarah July 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I like it a lot but I agree it is a bit disconcerting to have “New York” style in a UK coastal cottage. The foot bridge is so…… wow, scary but thrilling. Wonderful place to visit. I wonder what they do for water/sewer?

missgulfsouth July 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Wow. I am loving all of the grey tones here!
And that kitchen……….my my my. 😉

buddiegirl July 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I love it, but I don’t know if I could ever make it across that bridge. I hate swinging bridges and one that high over the sea scares the heck out of me. If I did make it there, I wouldn’t want to leave because I wouldn’t want to face the bridge again, lol.

Wendy July 22, 2013 at 12:51 am

Yep. The exteriors and the first view with the window seat made me gasp. I was expecting great wonders to follow. But I’m bewildered by the “New York vibe.” I just had to squint at the pictures imagining all the grey as something else. That worked pretty well. Maybe as the muted green on the railing of the deck…wouldn’t have to be orange or turquoise. Just something alive. It would be so gloomy in the fog.

Kim July 22, 2013 at 2:36 am

I don’t like the interiors much at all. It’s too cold and sterile for me. I do love the kitchen and window seat, though. Also those views and that exterior are very nice.

filc dekoracyjny July 22, 2013 at 3:00 am

What a great house! I would like to spent there a few days! 😉 I really like it! i’m form Poland and in my country people say: filc dekoracyjny – dekoracje z filcu – it means something like: lovely place 😉

Laura July 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

I agree with those above who lamented the “cool New York vibe”. I think a “lovely Cornwall seaside vibe” would have been MUCH better for this fantastic spot.

Cheryl in Wisconsin July 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

***sigh*** Dare to dream…

Karen August 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

What a beautiful location. I’d love to visit Cornwall some day. If I spent time here I’d be spending my days exploring and would want to spend most of my time outdoors exploring, walking along the cliffs or the beach. How lovely and picturesque. Thank you for sharing.

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