10 stunning property conversions in Cornwall
Reuse and recycling are all the rage. It is the same in the world of real estate.
There is nothing more satisfying than finding new value in something old and past the best, stripping it to its bare bones and harnessing the raw potential. and romantic.
From the domestication of traditional chapels to glamorous old prisons, Cornwall is home to an array of spectacular and funky property reincarnations.
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An old bank, Newquay
With the help of George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations on Channel 4, Richard and Sarah Balding, of St Columb Major, near Newquay, transformed a former bank branch into a great place to live. The bank was run by Lloyds for almost a century until 2017, when a decision was made to close 54 regional branches due to the adoption of online banking.
Today it is a family home for the couple and their two daughters. The bank’s two-ton safe – once used to hold up to two million pounds in cash at a time – has even been melted down to form a gorgeous bath for the property.
Machine house, Trelion
A converted 19th-century engine room is worlds removed from its mining past, with luxury living amenities including a pizza oven, movie theater, and sunken hot tub. Yet over five floors, the property, which is called The Stack, has exposed stone walls and arched windows that are both comfortable and welcoming, as well as a glimpse into the building’s ancient mining heritage.
Train cars, Hayle
The hallway of a 1950s train has been transformed into a house, named Harvey, in Hayle, with the cars making up four comfortable bedrooms and living spaces. It has retained almost all of its original British Rail features, with the compartments, lampshades and luggage racks, as well as the original mirrors and upholstery, bringing back the charm of the bygone era of steam trains. .
Red rails, Newquay
Red Rails is another work by George Clarke but this time on Channel 4’s Old House New Home. The shabby and worn hotel has been restored to its Art-Deco glory days with character and style that oozes 1920s Hollywood movie stars.
Restaurant Carn Brea, Redruth
Dating from the 14th century, Carn Brea Castle was remodeled in the 18th century for use as a hunting lodge. Nestled in gray stone, it has steep spiral staircases with panoramic views over a turreted roof. It is now a Moroccan restaurant that offers a culinary experience by candlelight in the Gothic castle.
Bodmin Prison Hotel, Bodmin
What was once a disturbing concrete prison – where very few people would choose to spend the night – is now a luxury hotel. Ingeniously woven into the history of the Grade II listed building, the Bodmin Jail Hotel has 70 rooms, a bar and restaurant with plans to add a spa and swimming pool in due course. This, on the contrary, shows that with imaginative design any building can be completely reused and reborn.
Former Signal House, Penlee
The Old Signal House was built in the early 20th century for use as a signal station for the Trinity House Lighthouse Service. The property was originally used to house the families of the staff at Eddystone Lighthouse, located about 10 miles offshore. After that the property was used to house the lighthouse controls, but when Eddystone became fully automated the conversion of the house took place.
Windmill Polgassic, Looe
This old mill has been lovingly converted into a four bedroom family home in the peaceful rural setting of Looe. Beautiful flagstone floors, exposed beams, exposed stones and an impressive fireplace with wood burner. Well-tended gardens surround the property, with a small wooden bridge crossing the old mill stream, with a characteristic waterfall in the corner. Idyllic.
Historic chapel, Gorran Highlanes
This historic building was built in 1816 and is over 200 years old. Conversion began in 1993 with all original features fully restored and the main chapel room still retains the original pulpit, stained glass windows and organ, as well as a full set of British encyclopedias dating from the XIXth century.
For those who are interested, there is a book written by a local lady that recalls the history of the chapel as a child in the early 1900s. In the perfect infusion of old and new, the entire room features a surround sound HIFI system and a 55-inch smart TV.
You can book to stay one night on AirBnb.
Found on the Cornwall Architectural Design Facebook page, this Grade II listed property has received a major facelift, to say the least. Modern meets old in a comfortable yet effortlessly elegant boutique display cabinet.
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