The designers that make up Newquay’s Camelia Interiors share more than a passion for stunning design – they also all made the move to Cornwall from all corners of the UK
Marketing manager and Lesley Sterling moved from Wales in the summer of 2012, quoting ‘the lifestyle and lack of snow and ice,’ as a major factor.
Her advice to anyone thinking of moving? ‘Why wait?’
Lesley’s Quick Kernow
Favourite beach: Rock
Favourite walk: any National Trust subtropical gardens
Favourite place to eat: The Old Ale House, central Truro
Favourite flavour of Cornwall: fresh fish and Cornish salt
Interior designer Jo Ellis moved to Cornwall 11 years ago from Coventry – she came to study in Falmouth – and like many students never went home
‘Cornwall is a beautiful place to live,’ she says.
Jo’s Quick Kernow
Favourite beach: Perranporth
Favourite walk: Poldice valley, Crofthandy
Favourite place to eat: Phillps Bakery, Hayle
Favourite flavour of Cornwall: Cornish Pasty!
Showroom manager Cara Moores is the only one to live in Cornwall all her life – although she has only been at Camelia for two weeks.
‘My advice to anyone else thinking of moving to Cornwall is be prepared for a lifestyle change. One that involves a more relaxed approach to everything!’
Cara’s Quick Kernow
Favourite beach: Gwenver
Favourite walk: Anywhere around the coast
Favourite place to eat: Clay Quay Porthleven
Favourite flavour of Cornwall: Jam, clotted cream and scones
Interior Designer Sarah Scully moved to Cornwall in 2010 from Leighton Buzzard (Nr Milton Keynes) to go to university.
‘Cornwall is an inspirational place to study and live,’ she says. She had an internship at Camellia which turned into a full-time job last year. ‘If you want a relaxed lifestyle and access to beautiful countryside and beaches then Cornwall is the place for you,’ she says.
Sarah’s Quick Kernow
Favourite beach: Durgan – Helford Passage
Favourite walk: Coastal path Falmouth to Maenporth
Favourite place to eat: Potager green house cafe and garden – (Vegan food) Great for tea and cake
Favourite flavour of Cornwall: Local honey (Tregothan)
PA Helen Piper returned to Cornwall after a stint in London in 2001, ‘to get back to the South West and surf’, she says. ‘If you are thinking of moving to Cornwall? Do it! The lifestyle is great and the scenery/landscape is fabulous.’
Camellia’s managing director Elaine Skinner started it all. She moved from Dorset in 1994 after falling in love with Cornwall and started the company.
‘Just do it and don’t look back!’ she says to anyone thinking of making the move.
Helen’s Quick Kernow
Favourite beach: Sennen
Favourite walk: Pentire Headland
Favourite place to eat: Porthminster Café
Favourite flavour of Cornwall: Oysters and ‘Penny Come Quick’ by Skinners of course!
Marketing assistant Sophie Brough-Ortonmoved to Cornwall just six months ago from Staffordshire, West Midlands
She was attracted by the job opportunities – she applied online for her job and ‘the active lifestyle’.
Her advice to anyone thinking of making the move? ‘Bring a wetsuit!’
Sophie’s Quick Kernow
Favourite beach: Crantock (had my best surf there so far!)
Favourite walk: Trelissick Gardens
Favourite place to eat: The Red Lion (it’s my local!)
Favourite flavour of Cornwall: Mussels
Design support manager Lottie Miller studied at Falmouth University and stayed on.
‘I wanted to be in the design industry so walked in off the street and asked for work experience,’ she says of her role at Camellia.
Lottie’s Quick Kernow
Favourite beach: Polly Joke
Favourite walk: Mullion to Porth LevenFavourite place to eat: The wheel house in Falmouth
Favourite flavour: shellfish