Cornwall Life visits stunning architect designed property in Polzeath

PUBLISHED: 12:56 22 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:46 20 February 2013

What a picture!

What a picture!

The Dome House in Polzeath is a striking property offering top-class holiday accommodation

Cornwall Life visits stunning architect designed property in Polzeath


The Dome House in Polzeath is a striking property offering top-class holiday accommodation

The Dome House stands proudly on the 18th hole at The Point complex at Polzeath. Built in 2007, the property enjoys panoramic views over the Cornish headland and Pentire Point with the invigorating surf of Polzeath Beach just a 15-minute stroll away.

Polzeath is a small seaside resort of Cornwall a couple of miles away from the famous beach resort of Rock. Home to some of the best Atlantic rollers, its very popular in the world of surfing. Princes William and Harry travelled down for a weekend trip in July and were spotted surfing and body boarding with friends on Polzeath Beach, while the area was the setting for one of Enid Blytons Famous Five novels, where the children were upset when their holiday would not be spent in Polzeath as usual. Polzeath and Daymer were also favourite haunts of the late poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman, who is buried nearby at St Enodoc Church.


The architects wanted to take full advantage of the uninterrupted views from this plot and so incorporated a second sitting room within a glass dome.

St Enodoc Church is situated in sand dunes east of Daymer Bay and Brea Hill on the River Camel estuary. Wind-driven sand has formed banks that are almost level with the roof on two sides. From the 16th century to the middle of the 19th century, the church was virtually buried by the dunes and was known locally as Sinking Neddy or Sinkininny Church. Surrounded by the fairways of St Enodoc Golf Course, it still remains a mystery as to why this charming chapel is here. Without doubt it is an ancient place of worship, with some of the architecture being traced back to the 12th century. Renovations took place in 1864 and since then, this mystical chapel has captured the affections of both visitors and residents.

The architects Catchfrench Design who designed the complex wanted to take full advantage of the uninterrupted views from this plot and so a decision was made to incorporate a second sitting room within a glass dome. This structure enables unrestricted views across to Newlands Island, the Pentires, the Atlantic Ocean and miles of countryside.

Double glass doors lead out from the dome to a private upper decked area, where sunbathing and sunset viewing is a must. The dome also offers the perfect space for star gazing something the owners encourage as they have even provided a telescope.

The interior dcor has been selected to reflect a relaxing yet high-end feel. Offering an open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area on the ground floor, entertaining as a group or family could not be easier. Doors lead off the circular lounge to the outdoor space that is ideal for al fresco dining and barbeques. Granite work surfaces line the kitchen, with all modern appliances such as a ceramic hob, dishwasher and washer/dryer on offer.

"Offering an open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area on the ground floor, entertaining as a group could not be easier."

The downstairs lounge is furnished with a cream leather suite, creating a bright and airy feel to this area, and with a spiral staircase leading up to the dome, you are enticed to go up and explore. The bedrooms are found off the downstairs corridors laid out as one double en suite, one twin and one single with extra stowaway bed.

Being based at The Point, Dome House visitors are able to use the attractions of the on-site leisure facilities such as the brassiere, swimming pool, sauna, gym, tennis courts and golf for a small fee.

The golf course at The Point is surrounded by the beauty of the north Cornish countryside, providing championship golf designed by Ryder Cup golfer, David Feherty, set against the backdrop of Polzeath Beach. The course has attracted a host of famous name players, including film star Hugh Grant and of course, nearby Rock is no stranger to celebrity visitors. It was the sea walk between Polzeath and Rock where David and Samantha Cameron were snapped on their annual holiday in Cornwall.

From Rock there is a charming ten-minute ferry ride across the Camel Estuary to Padstow. Food lovers are spoilt for choice in this area as the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock is where the award-winning Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is found, while Padstow, of course, is home to the culinary delights of Rick Steins various eateries, as well as Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 Restaurant, along with many other enticing shopping outlets.

The Dome House is available to rent on a self-catering basis through Cornish Horizons. There are some weeks left available for this year, but be quick as it is proving very popular. Cornish Horizons opens for 2013 bookings in October. n

For further information: 01841 533331, cornishhorizons.co.uk

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