The village of Portwrinkle in south east Cornwall lies at the western end of Whitsand Bay. Once sheltering a small fishing fleet, the village is now a hidden tourist gem, home to the imposing Victorian gothic Whitsand Bay Hotel, and a charming independent beach café. Our client’s property which comprises a timber beach chalet and the large house below, overlooks Finnygook Beach.
Having been commissioned to replace the main house with a contemporary design in 2005, McCaren Architecture were subsequently invited to produce a modern interpretation of the holiday chalet above it. Our design for a new small dwelling plays on the drama of the location with a cantilevered bedroom suite overhanging the edge of the cliff.
An open plan kitchen, dining and living room complete the internal accommodation in this modest chalet, with an enclosed terrace creating inside / outside living space in summer. A wood burner offers comfort when winter storms add further drama to the coastal backdrop.
External materials such as weathered timber and natural slate reference the colours and textures of the landscape. A sedum roof provides a living micro habitat, and ensures that the building blends in with its surroundings when viewed from above.