Turnstones is a house designed around eating, drinking and being merry while enjoying all that Padstow has to offer…
The village of Trevone sits a stone’s throw away from the bustling and ever-popular harbour town of Padstow where top food, shopping and socialising awaits. But tucked away in this quiet community sits Turnstones, one of three individually designed houses hidden up a private road and opening out to incredible views across vibrant verdant fields which give way to the sparkling blue of the ocean.
Outside living is a must in Cornwall, especially in this South West facing garden which offers an outside formal dining space as well as cosy outdoor sofas to curl up in and watch the sun set; like the house itself, the garden makes the most of the available light wherever you sit.
An impressive frontage of wood and glass with a pitched roof pulled snugly down to the ground floor, greets us as we wonder up to the door of Turnstones. Cornwall has many great glass makers and you will find examples of their work throughout Turnstones, including a mosaic wave which greets visitors by the front door.
Inside, a wide hallway and a warm welcome await from owners Jo and Phil Humphreys who bought the house new from their builder-neighbour in August 2015 after moving out of their former home in Padstow. Now 18 months on, the house is furnished and accessorised to an impeccable standard – and Jo, who describes doing up houses as a hobby, is ready to move on to her 15th house renovation project nearby.
No stranger to magazine interest, a previous project featuring a barn conversion in the South East was showcased in 25 Beautiful Homes back in 2007. ‘The house sold within a week of being in the magazine,’ Jo tells me, flicking proudly through her last remaining copy. Looking at the conversion and its trademark exposed beams, high ceilings and lime plaster it couldn’t be more different from the modern clean lines of Turnstones. So which does Jo prefer? ‘That house was really hard to heat,’ she says of the huge barn. Turnstones also boasts incredible light, with each room featuring multiple windows allowing the warm spring sunshine to flood through the house.
The open plan living space is set around an L-shape with the dining space sitting between the kitchen and living space. There is Integrated Sonos throughout the living room and kitchen adding to the open plan living feel.
It is easy to imagine a lazy breakfast perched on the bar stools that sit around the generously-sized kitchen island – which features an unusual solid wood slip cover to indicate the dining space, serving lunch outside on the sun-drenched terrace and enjoying dinner in the dining space, with the triple patio doors open to enjoy the sunset in the south-west facing garden. The view from the house and terrace stretches across green fields towards the sea where Sandy Beach and Rocky Beach await.
The kitchen has two near-invisible ovens facing the island set into cupboards allowing a clean view of the unmarred kitchen from the dining space. A utility room tucked away in the corner hides away all the necessary but unaesthetic equipment a modern house needs to run smoothly. There is also an outdoor shower for washing off a day at the beach.
Everywhere you look in Turnstones there are locally-made craft and art items reminding us we are by the sea that have been painstakingly sourced by Jo. ‘I tend to shop locally – Padstow Christmas Market is a great one for picking things up,’ she explains.
Every wall and surface feature details that demand closer attention: in the kitchen there is a lamp filled with dried red chillies in its glass base. There are sea shells and delicate sand dollars (a species of sea urchin) anchoring the giant storm lanterns which dot the dining area, while the kitchen island features a handmade sculpture of Jo’s making. Created from driftwood collected from the local beaches, it displays wooden fish and seashell decorations bought locally.
‘After a stormy night, there is lots of driftwood to collect. I love sea glass as well,’ she tells me. Driftwood also takes pride of place in the living room where a piece has been drilled to make room for nightlights. It also finds its way into the garden sitting among the picture-perfect pebbled garden that surround the terrace that is dotted with grasses and deep red cordylines and makes the most of the verdant vista of fields beyond the enclosed garden.
The walls are decorated with original paintings of Cornwall by Cornish artists, adding a splash of vibrant colour to the pristine white painted walls. Upstairs, the master bedroom is awash with light thanks to four Velux windows set into its deeply sloping ceiling and one which opens and transforms into a clever Velux Juliet balcony allowing extended glimpses of the nearby coast. Alongside the view, the master bedroom is dominated by a 6ft wide bed where you can lie and watch the blue skies fade into a star-filled night overhead.
A second bedroom features a double bed and ensuite and a third bedroom with ensuite is set up with twin beds to allow maximum flexibility with guests. ‘I’ve had my mum sleeping on the sofa before,’ says Jo.
Since Jo and Phil took on the newly built Turnstones, it has become a home filled with visitors – and now they have extended that welcome to include holidaymakers, turning it over – pretty much as is – to holiday rental company Cornish Horizons while they take on their next housing project down the road. We can’t wait to see it!
Turnstones is available to book now through Cornish Horizons, with prices starting at £924 per week. Cornish Horizons is one of Cornwall’s leading VisitEngland accredited agencies representing some of the best holiday cottages throughout Cornwall. Choose from a collection of more than 450 cottages in popular locations including St Ives, Padstow, Looe, Newquay and Fowey.