Perched right by the water, No3 is as close to the ocean as you can get without getting wet with stunning, sweeping views across the ocean and window seats perfect for a quiet, contemplative morning cup of tea. Step outside the front door and discover the maze of treasures this arcadian village has to offer.
The views can’t be underestimated – they are quite simply mesmerising, so huge windows beautifully frame the outside seascapes where the sea forever whispers - and the enormity of nature awes, envelops and frees in equal measure. Sun-kissed, windswept days can be expected with any stay at the No3, where both storms and postcard-worthy days are as breath-taking as each other.
The Old school House dates back to the 16th Century when it was actually a pilchard palace. With the huge trade in pilchards driven by Italy and Spain, large “palaces” were built right on the shore to take in the catch and salt them, placing them in round barrels before loading onto more ships. In the 17th century the building was converted into a school and was used as one all the way through to the mid 20th Century – except for a couple of breaks for the World Wars where is was used by the Navy.
Most recently it has become a home. And we are lucky enough to call No3 our home. Facing the beautiful turquoise waters of Cawsand Bay, the views are such from the house that you feel you could almost touch the water.
Sleeping six guests over three bedrooms, everyone is sure of a blissful nights’ sleep after days of adventure and you can of course throw open the windows to welcome the warm, salty breeze along with the sounds of the bay. The first-floor king-size master bedroom has its own balcony, perfect for stargazing with a glass of something chilled once the children are asleep.
The sympathetically restored house is designed to reflect the natural beauty of the views and the area. With sinkable sofas, bedrooms designed for lazy lie-ins, a handmade copper bateau bath, Egyptian cotton sheets, original art works and reclaimed and antique furniture throughout, the house gives off a relaxed and luxurious vibe. Or as one person described it 'Hygge’. With clever lighting to make rooms feel warm and lots of places to sit and relax with cushions and blankets, and even window seats to watch the ever changing views. And of course, with direct private beach access water babies can hit the waves for paddle boarding, diving or simply enjoy an invigorating swim, there's no other feeling like it. After a day at the beach with the little ones, there's no better way to recount the day's adventures than beautiful open plan kitchen with sea views - even the washer-upper gets a seaview above the sink! And being on the actual coastal path – everyone who enjoys walking by the sea will also fall in love with No3.
And the sea itself is very special here at Cawsand as it forms part of one a handful of European marine conservation areas. Here you will find Eelgrass - which was once widespread around Britain - but is now considered rare – so we are lucky that we have an important stronghold. Eelgrass beds provide a rich habitat and shelter for many species, including Britain’s two native types of seahorse, starfish and acts as a nursery for many fish species. It also stabilises sediment and protects against coastal erosion.
The village (twinned with Kingsand) forms the quaint fishing cove within the conservation area which itself is nestled within a stunning Area Of Outstanding Beauty. Sitting pretty on Cornwall’s south coast, this stretch of unspoilt tiny towns is blessed with accompanying peaceful beaches, leafy lanes and boats galore, all of which are perfect for a blissful break away.