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Upside Down Living

March 24, 2016 No Comments

Why is it that, when the best views are often to be had from the upstairs windows, we continue to have our main living spaces downstairs?

Our bedrooms get all the luck, but then we just go and shut the curtains and close our eyes for eight hours. That’s why some of our Cornish holiday homes have flipped convention upside-down.

Inverted living has lots of benefits and people from Bude to Land’s End have started building houses with all the living space upstairs, giving them an unbridled views. Kitchens and living rooms prosper from the sun, daylight warmth and of course, views that look onto open blue sea, shale beaches and stunning estuaries. While downstairs rooms are cool and secluded by shade. By spending our days upstairs we begin to capitalise on a different perspective of our homes. We maximise our use of the parts of our holiday cottages that we actually paid to use.

Also, shoes, wellies and the debris from days out at the beach stop cluttering up our living space.

We have three holiday properties that make use of this unique way of living.

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The first is Headlands, a three bedroom house with a panoramic view over Falmouth Bay. It’s perfectly situated. Just two minutes walk from the sea front in one direction and a short stroll towards the quaint pubs and restaurants of Falmouth in the other.

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Down in the tiny hamlet of Durgan, there’s Rose Cottage 1. Upstairs there’s a beautifully furnished open plan living space with a giant stone hearth taking centre stage below the cottages beamed ceilings. Beyond that the mouth of the Helford river flows elegantly. Each morning you can gaze out at the beach, 50ft from your front door and ponder what you’re going to do with the day.

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Finally we have the Sail Loft at Calamansac. You enter over a wooden bridge into the wide open upstairs space. Surrounded by woodland and an abundance of light, the best view peers down a tree lined path  towards Polwheveral and  across the river to the famous Frenchman’s Creek. It’s an unparalleled scene.

So whether it’s to savour splendid sea or woodland,  upside-down living can turn your holiday thinking on its head.