Ultimate socialite Ticky Hedley-Dent reviews The Blue House, Portloe
The Blue House in Portloe is a winner - it’s a perfect little house in one humdinger of a location. This tastefully decorated two double bedroomed fisherman’s cottage enjoys a prime position overlooking the outrageously beautiful cove of Portloe, which was described by John Betjeman as “One of the least spoiled and most impressive of Cornish fishing villages.”
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"This old fisherman's cottage has been given one hell of a makeover and is now ripe and ready for the discerning urbanite."
The Blue House
It holds as much appeal now as it did then and it’s easy to see why David Cameron and Morrissey have both chosen to stay in the village, not that you would ever know it as it is so sleepy and discreet.
This bijoux residence is both super chic and homely – a hard thing to achieve in a holiday cottage. The owners have flipped the traditional layout so that the living area and kitchen are upstairs and the two double bedrooms and wet room are downstairs. This works as it means the kitchen leads straight out on to the slate sun terrace which comes complete with table and chairs, tasteful teak sun loungers and pots stuffed with sweet smelling herbs.
Start the day eating your breakfast in this suntrap whilst watching the waves of the hypnotic blue sea. If you’re really lucky you’ll see one of the three fishing boats that work the harbour bring in their lobster catch. You’re also in prime position to people watch the guests arriving at the nearby Lugger Hotel, a petit 5 star hotel, where the Camerons stayed and rather conveniently has a delicious restaurant for those evenings that you can’t be bothered to cook. Although those won’t be many as the oak paneled kitchen is well stocked with le creuset pans and plenty of utensils and with the wonderful local fish and farm produce it is a cook’s paradise.
The Blue House has been designed so you can constantly enjoy the sea view whether you are having a lazy morning in bed or are snuggled on the plump cream sofa by the wood burning stove. The colour palette of the interior is tasteful muted Farrow and Ball creams and greys. The living room has exposed beams, stripped wooden floorboards, a painted eating table and an inviting painting of a sundrenched cove. Every little detail has been thought out from the battered trunk coffee table, to the asymmetrical arrangement of tasteful plates on the wall to the antique books which line the shelves. It also has an Ipod docking station, flat screen TV, DVD, landline and wifi so you are not cut off from civilization. The two bedrooms have comfy double beds and plush pillows- although fashionistas should note there is not much storage space for clothes. The bathroom is a New York style wet room with a rainforest shower which is perfect for blasting off the sand from the nearby picturesque Carne beach.
This old fisherman’s cottage has been given one hell of a makeover and is now ripe and ready for the discerning urbanite. Whether you’re going to Cornwall to walk the coastal path, surf the local beaches, visit the Eden project or sample the excellent restaurants and galleries of St Mawes and Fowey this is the perfect place to call home.