Boutique dogs welcome luxury historic beach house in Cawsand & Kingsand, with 3 stunning double bedrooms + 4 bathrooms
No. 3, The Old School House
Ideal for families or groups
The generously proportioned house is positioned right on the water with 3 wonderful bedrooms, and equipped to a very high standard. The dramatic views are complemented by the interior designs – bringing luxury and reclaimed materials together to make for the perfect beach side getaway.
FEATURES & FACILITIES
Sleeping & Bathing
Sleeping six guests in 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 deep mattresses are all covered in the best Egyptian linen and the fluffiest white towels will be waiting for you.
Cook, drink, and relax
The house is perfect for families and groups of friends to enjoy - whatever the weather. Spread over 4 floors there is plenty of room for everyone. On the beach level – with stunning views across the bay is a cook’s dream kitchen with an open plan living space cum dining area and a fabulously large you-want-to sink-in-it sofa.
The fully equipped kitchen boasts a granite topped island, electric oven, grill and hob, fridge, freezer, and dishwasher. From sandwich toaster to coffee milk frother, your every need has been catered for.
The dining area has a large Oka wooden table, wooden antique cushioned bench and chairs and is the perfect place to recount the fun of the day. There is a cushioned window seat for that cosy place to sit and watch the water from. There is also direct access from this level by private passageway to the beach one way and the garden the other way.
Here you will also find a utility/laundry room – and if wet suits are your thing here is a great place to hang them. Washing machine and dryer along with an extra drinks fridge (you are on holiday after all!) is all to be found here. It is also home to the beach shower room - perfect for a post beach washdown!
On the Ground floor a huge sitting area with large sinkable Loaf sofas, flat screen smart TV with Netflix, Now TV and Amazon, can be found – along with more stunning sea views - with a cushioned window seat to enjoy them from. Antiques and lots of books, games and puzzles make relaxation pretty much guaranteed. There is even a chess set hidden in the coffee table so you don’t have to rush your game.
Get into the water!
The huge advantage of No 3 is that you have direct access to the beach. So its perfect for anyone who wants to swim, stare into rock pools, build sandcastles, snorkelling, paddle or anything else!
You can access the beach from the passage outside the kitchen. You can also access the water via the garden, going through the private gate to the sea steps. Depending on tides - this is often where you will find deeper water so its good for just jumping straight in! or maybe fishing for mackerel? Or even just sitting on the steps and having a coffee.
You will also have available for you and your guests a double sit-on kayak. Very stable but with life jackets provided (in adult and child size) it allows you to explore all the little nooks and crannies of the bay and is actually a very relaxing way to spend a few hours. More kayaks can be rented along with paddleboards from Cawsand Beach. The bay is very sheltered so frequently hardly any waves – so all levels of water explorers can enjoy it. It is also a marine conservation zone – as it is home to the beautiful eel grass – a type of underwater grass (not seaweed surprisingly) which nurtures baby seahorses and other rare marine wildlife including a wonderful seal, frequently found sunbathing close to the house on the beach!
A warm welcome...
On arrival - we will have waiting for you a basket of locally sourced goodies including the most delicious sourdough bread, butter and milk. And a couple of bottles of local beer along with a bottle of something to get dinner going! Clipper Organic Tea, coffee and sugar all help to make sure your holiday starts straight away. We also provide in all the bedrooms Noble Isle toiletries including some from the Summer Rising Collection gathered from Cornish Hedgerows – they smell amazing and vegan and cruelty free made from sustainable British extracts.
History of No3 and the Village
Amazingly, Cawsand and the adjoining village of Kingsand were once officially in different counties; one in Devon and one in Cornwall before the boundary was moved along the Tamar. There is in fact one house near the Post Office that still marks where the boundary lay – appropriately named DevCorn. Nowadays the villages are firmly in Cornwall, nestled into what is affectionally called "the forgotten corner of Cornwall".
The Old School House itself like much of the village dates back to the 17th Century when it was actually a pilchard palace. With the huge trade in pilchards driven by big demand from 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 18th century, once the pilchards trade had declined, the building was converted into the village 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.
The whole stretch of coast here has been heavily fortified over the centuries since Napoleonic times and very much seen as a strategic defence post to protect Plymouth and beyond. So when you are walking you will come across many olds forts and parts of our history.
Turner the artist also made the area famous by spending time here painting – and from the windows you do in fact have a great view of the MewStone – an island made famous by a painting by Turner of the same name. The recent film about his life was partially filmed here in the village including a scene by our very own garden steps!
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 within the Mount Edgecumbe country park. 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.