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Reviving 200-year-old English cottage by the beach

Not enough has been said about the beauty of the English countryside, and even less so about its quaint towns and secret beaches. The town of Croyde – situated in England’s coveted Devon district

The Mountain Ash House in Croyde Bay, Devon, England

Not enough has been said about the beauty of the English countryside, and even less so about its quaint towns and secret beaches. The town of Croyde – situated in England’s coveted Devon district – offers holiday goers three secluded beaches to frolic in, the most popular of which is Croyde Bay, a large golden crescent of sand carved between two headlands of rolling green hills.

Renowned British designer Katharine Pooley – who has decorated the interiors of ancient castles in Scotland as well as sprawling mansions in some of the world’s most prestigious addresses – has just unveiled her latest project, a historical, 200-year-old cottage that’s been revived through her meticulous eye for design.

Mountain Ash House Croyde Beach
Mountain Ash House Croyde Beach

Mountain Ash House
Mountain Ash House

Mountain Ash House Living Room
Mountain Ash House Living Room

The Mountain Ash House, located a stone’s throw away from Croyde Bay, is replete with cool coastal colours and a timeless palette of white, taupe and grey. To call the residence a cottage is an understatement: with four bedrooms – each with their own private en-suite bathrooms – the house can easily fit 12 guests and have leftover room for visitors. Each aspect of the house, from its sumptuous upholstery to its lustrous limestone fittings, were carefully chosen and sourced from around the world to fit Pooley’s unwavering vision of a modern-day seaside cottage.

Pooley, who wanted the cottage to be a seamless blend of both modern and traditional sensibilities, personally selected the accoutrements that fill the Mountain Ash House through her many travels around the globe. Antique fairs and artisan markets all served as inspiration for the British designer.

Mountain Ash House
Mountain Ash House

Mountain Ash House Children Bedroom
Mountain Ash House Children Bedroom

Mountain Ash House Dining Area
Mountain Ash House Dining Area

Under the hood, the house was also given several updates to ensure maximum comfort for guests, especially in the chilly winter months. Underfloor heating was installed throughout the cottage’s varnished floors, and the entire roof was replaced as well, to give guests a sense of how cavernous the property truly is.

The nearby town also has a quaint, lovely atmosphere: guests can spend a peaceful afternoon strolling through the meandering streets lined with pubs, delicatessen stores, traditional ice cream stands, surf shops, and the local park. mountainashhouse.co.uk

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© This article was first published online in Nov 2018 – World Travel Magazine.
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