Set in the pretty Georgian port of Charlestown (a well-known filming location for Poldark and Taboo) is the jaw-dropping Harbour Lights holiday home. Charlestown dates all the way back to 1791 and was built to serve as a port for exporting copper and importing coal. Later on it was more predominately used for exporting a material that has become synonymous with Cornwall, china clay.
We first saw Harbour Lights when it featured on the property TV program George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces a few years ago.
When the opportunity arose to purchase these disused and run down public toilets, property developers Charlotte Thomson and her fiancé Joey Auger jumped at the chance. Seeing the potential in the location, they created Harbour Lights, one of the most beautiful homes I have ever stayed in. It certainly doesn’t feel like a loo anymore but the original signage has been given pride of place above the downstairs wet-room door. A nice touch to act as a reminder of this little building’s former purpose.
After gutting the whole place the roof was removed and a first floor added to double the useable floorspace. It may still be small but is packed with superb little features.
When we arrived we instantly felt relaxed. Set over-looking the calm blue sea and without any traffic noise, this place is so serene. The attention to detail in this home was incredible, you can see the amount of love and care that has gone into creating this property. It even has a Sonos sound system throughout the house that was perfect to set the mood.
This corner fireplace was truly beautiful. Very modern but perfect for its location.
Perched on the cliffs above the harbour the views take your breath away. To top it off Harbour Lights is dog friendly meaning your furry friends can enjoy it with you.
Charlotte and Joey really go the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your stay. They even left us some bubbles with a Cornish cream tea for us to enjoy upon our arrival. They didn’t leave out the dogs either. They had their own Harbour lights doggy bag which had a dog ball and thrower, treats and a bed for them (a real special touch).
Harbour lights is a two bedroom property and is the ultimate luxury seaside retreat. The downstairs is open plan with views across the bay and the harbour throughout. The master bedroom upstairs has a designer bath at the foot of the bed, an ensuite toilet and walk-in wardrobe. That evening we enjoyed a romantic bath with bubbles whilst gazing out the window at the sea.
The outside space is just as stunning, with your very own hot tub and outdoor shower area. Across from the house there is a lovely decked garden for making the most of the sunshine. Charlotte and Joey have even transformed an old lookout, which once housed the searchlight used to guide tall ships into the harbour, into a quaint snug.
Being in the heart of Charlestown we had to take a look around. The harbour is home to the tall ships used in the popular TV series Poldark and for a fee it is possible to get up close and look around the vessels but we had the dogs with us and were keen to run them out on the beach.
Nestled in the harbour there is a fantastic restaurant called The Longstore, one we would certainly recommend for you to dine at. From the harbour we walked onto the quiet pebbled beach.
The dogs loved having a swim in the calm waters here, we even found some sea-glass.
After topping up our tans and tiring out the pooches we headed back to harbour lights. We decided to cook a meal and it was so lovely to see there was everything you could of possibly needed in this self catering holiday home. The views from the kitchen were mesmerising.
We finished the night by jumping in the hot tub and watched the sun go down, it really was so romantic. We hopped out and put on the robes that had been provided for us and opened another bottle of bubbles and chilled in front of the fire before bed, the best way to unwind, whilst listening to a calm playlist through the Sonos.
Although the bed was super comfy we woke up around 5am to enjoy the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen, the light glistening on the calm waters of Charlestown bay and the gentle singing of the birds in the background. It was hard to leave harbour lights and we walked away feeling so rejuvenated.
Thank you so much to Charlotte and Joey for inviting us to stay in your beautiful holiday home. It was an experience we will never forget. We can’t wait for your future building ventures.
- we were given a complimentary stay for the purpose of a review, all thoughts are our own.