Monday, February 28, 2011
Beachhouse Cornwall – From Hotel To Home
As you may know, Port Isaac has been welcoming visitors for over 100 years. But what you might not realise is that our beloved Beach House has been a part of the Cornish tourist trade from the very beginning. In fact our holiday home started life in the 1890s as St Andrews Hotel, where a fully inclusive room would set you back a mere 8 shillings. Once popular with honeymooners, the hotel gradually became an ageing relic of a bygone era, and it fell further and further into disrepair.
With no central heating, plaster flaking from the walls, and a sea of net curtains to contend with, Colin admits the renovation job was no mean feat. “Taking on the hotel was a huge challenge,” he says, “it needed a lot of vision and belief.” With the help of a team of local workmen and a gruelling 12 month refurbishment project, the faded grandeur of St Andrews Hotel was finally transformed into a cosy home oozing contemporary beach-side chic. “It was a mammoth task, but I am thrilled with it,” says Colin. And, it seems, so are the locals. Commenting on the radical overhaul, one Port Isaac resident remarked: “what was a run down hotel has become a fabulous house.”
Now with seven en-suite bedrooms, a 40ft conservatory, games room and leisure suite complete with spa pool and sauna, the property is once again being used to its full potential. “The refurbishment ended up being a real journey of discovery,” says Colin. “I just wish I could be a fly on the wall, able to see people enjoying themselves in the place I made home.”