Serephina sits in the hamlet of Treworthal and dates back five centuries – and its latest owners have brought it bang up to date for 21st century living to create a cosy comfy Cornish cottage
Cornwall is filled with tiny twisting pathways and steep winding lanes leading to magical places – follow them and discover a secret world of empty beaches, unspoilt harbours and landmark buildings. And nowhere is this more true than the Roseland Peninsula where a Celtic kingdom of turquoise bays and sandy coves awaits the intrepid explorer.
In the hidden hamlet of Treworthal down a quiet lane is one of the fairest cottages in the land. Serephina is a Grade-II listed thatched cottage that is as quintessentially Cornish on the outside, as its interiors are eclectic and earthy with beautiful embroidery, copper accents and flourishes of folk style all chosen with care by its new owners.
Serephina dates back to the 1500s when she was built by the local farmer from Penhallow Farm for his daughter, Sophie. He also built cottages for his two other daughters, Harriet and Martha – and these are all still in evidence today. Built using the classic Cornish cob and stone method, the cottage boasts a cosy interior set in around 72 square metres and set in large gardens surrounded by quaint countryside. ‘The high point of the renovation was being able to watch lambs being born from the kitchen window and then watching their antics as they grew,’ says owner Jane Cunningham.
Her current owners Jane and husband Stuart bought the house in March 2016 and the kitchen and bathroom underwent a total renovation, as well as updating the interiors around the house to become a luxury self-catering cottage oozing whimsicality.
“‘Having previously owned a cottage that we rented out – and which we subsequently moved in to, we were looking for a property that we could renovate to a high standard to be used for holidays,’ explains Jane. ‘Stuart had just retired from his building company in London so he needed a project to keep him busy! We love the Roseland Peninsula, so we focused our property search there.’
And their search efforts were rewarded with a cottage that boasted everything they were looking for: something old in the perfect location.
The downstairs is home to a sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and dining room which showcases artworks curated by a local painter. Far from minimalism, the cottage is awash with colour – there’s a peppering of hot pink and mustard hues which sit against the cottage’s white-washed backdrop, with the addition of Moroccan-inspired fabrics giving an eclectic – but warm and homely – finish.
Head upstairs and immerse yourself in an exotically restful room: dressed with a Moroccan-style headboard, the super king-size bed is home to a huge Anthropologie quilt and tasselled cushions.
We were hoping to achieve a comfortable and cosy but contemporary look. The inspiration for the bedroom came from a bedcover bought from Anthropologie,’ continues Jane. ‘We were looking for a subtle ethnic style. We used a local artist to paint furniture and original artwork to complete the look. Inspiration for the living room originally came from a painting we bought in the Tregony Gallery (tregonygallery.co.uk). It evolved from there, including the use of copper and brass as highlights. ‘We started in April 2016, enjoying the fact that we were refurbishing a property for ourselves and not for a client. The slight worry was that before we had the garden made completely secure, our Labrador puppy, Molly, would escape and cause havoc in the field of new lambs.’
Four months later and the transformation is complete. And the finished home is a delight, reflecting the personality of this glorious area of Cornwall – as well as its owners. ‘We just love the Roseland, it’s one of Cornwall’s prettiest pockets that never fails to impress. The area has a lush, almost tropical feel, with plenty of outdoor and on-the-water activities to get involved in all year.’
Serephina is available to let through uniquehomestays.com