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The Cottages Charlestown

Charlestown, Cornwall, UK


You enter THE COTTAGE through a door flanked by brass ship lanterns - a nautical theme runs throughout - and find yourself in a small kitchen with luxurious underfloor heating and top quality equipment for self-catering. Next door is an oak-floored sitting room with a tiny sofa, 2 armchairs and a wood-burning stove. The TV has a built-in DVD player, and there's a stack of DVDs to keep you entertained in the evenings. Stairs lead up to a peaceful master bedroom at the front, with an oak-framed king, and a tiny second kids bedroom at the rear, whose raised cabin-style bed is in honesty too small for a couple, but would suit an older child perfectly. Luxurious beds feature high on our holiday wishlist, and these get full marks, with top-quality White Company bed linen, and hypo-allergenic pillows and duvets on request. As with all of Antonia's properties, there's lots of lovely detail in both bedrooms - hand carved lamps, antique drawers, fresh orchids, seagrass flooring - and there's an overriding feeling of calm and peace, so you'll sleep deeply. We loved the spoiling bathroom, with its cast-iron tub for long bubbly soaks, or an overhead shower if you prefer. Hot water is constant, organic soaps are provided and each room has a hairdryer. No need to worry about the heating in winter either - this place is geared up for all weather.

OLIVIA'S COTTAGE is slightly more spacious and perhaps a tad lower in spec, but otherwise bears all of Antonia's hallmarks: clean fresh design, funky vintage finds, and extremely intelligent use of space. Downstairs is a compact kitchen, an L-shaped bathroom with tub and wetroom, and a good-sized sitting room, with a pair of 1.5-seater sofas and a dining table with 4 bistro-style chairs. There's more nauticalia: sea urchin lamps, a brass ceiling lantern, a handsome young sailor (in oils, sadly) smiling above the woodburner. Upstairs you get 2 double bedrooms, one with a harbour-facing window and kingsize bed, the other is a small double for use by 1 or 2 kids only - both with top-notch bedding, stacks of pillows and fluffy rolled towels. Outside is a small suntrap garden, which somehow manages to harvest the Cornish sun but not its wind.

Couples wanting a snuggly hideaway will love THE CABIN, tucked in leafy gardens behind the owner's Marine Villa. It's actually two small cabins - one glass-fronted living area with L-shaped sofas, bar-style seating and a diminutive kitchen, and one sleeping cabin with a cosy, yacht-like double berth and a slate-floored shower room - which are linked with a sail-canopied patio for al fresco dining. This, and the very private lawned gardens, make it a gorgeous summer option, though it does come with woodburner, radiators and goosedown duvets for winter stays..

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Features include:

  • Phone
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • iPod dock
  • WiFi Internet
  • Central Heating
  • Fireplace
  • Baby Cots
  • Full Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Hob/Stove
  • Coffee/tea making
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • Hairdryer
  • Digital TV
  • Digital radio
  • Woodburner stove
Save to favouritesPrintMailThe Cottages CharlestownCharlestown is a tiny port with a big reputation; you may recognise its historic harbour from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland or The Eagle has Landed. Tucked in a Georgian terrace 300 yards inland, this diminutive Grade II cottage has a lawned garden out front, a courtyard at the back, and a snug two-up-two-down inside. It's a charming bolthole for a couple (with or without a child), and perfect for a year-round break. Since we first visited, it has spawned 2 gorgeous siblings: Olivia's Cottage (sleeps 4), on the upper harbour-facing row of houses, and the snuggly Cabin (sleeps 2), tucked in secluded gardens behind the owner's [h:UK104:Marine Villa]. All are equally spoiling, with antique furnishings, arty knick knacks and lots of little luxuries. Antonia has cleverly incorporated 21st-century mod cons into a compact 19th-century fabric: Bosch dishwashers hidden in understairs cupboards, power showers in sky-lit bathrooms. Small but superbly equipped kitchens come with underfloor heating, ancient beams, hand-picked local produce, and the very best of gadgets. Living-dining rooms are decked with retro shop signs, restored trestle tables and cosy wood-burning stoves. After a day on the beach, the maritime bedrooms will be just the ticket to coax a child to bed, whilst you enjoy a cosy dinner a deux (Antonia can deliver homemade dishes if you're feeling lazy). Pure English seaside style.

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