Built in 1912 for a French sea captain who clearly wanted to feel as close to the sea as he could, Carn Du is an Edwardian villa which comfortably sleeps 12 with free WiFi throughout.
The principal rooms all have panoramic views of the Atlantic from Penzance, Mount’s Bay and the Lizard to the rocky coastline which stretches west towards Lamorna and Land’s End.
There is a large family kitchen with an Aga and smeg range oven, a spacious dining room, a sitting room with a log fire and a sun room which all open into one another creating a wonderful sense of light and space.
On the first floor a light airy landing, typical of a house of this period, leads to five large bedrooms, three with en-suite bathrooms, and an additional family bathroom. The two principal bedrooms open on to a balcony high above the sea, one with a Victorian enamelled bath underneath the window.
The house has a self contained attached annexe with a separate entrance. It also has sea views, and includes a kitchen, bathroom and bedsitting room. Ideal for teenagers or staff.
There is an outdoor, heated infinity pool (7m x 4m) open from the Spring up until the second week in September, located in the garden. Guests are requested to bring pool and beach towels.
The cottage, which sleeps 4 can be rented with the main house or separately. It has a large open-plan sitting room/dining room/kitchen, with a wood-burning stove. Upstairs there is a bathroom and two double bedrooms (one with a balcony). All rooms look over the sea.
Carn Du has a colourful history. It was owned for a period by a film producer and, in its time, has played host to, among others, Charlie Chaplin, Dylan Thomas, Charles Laughton, the artists Gwen and Augustus John and the Guggenheims. With its light and elegance, Carn Du is a house of rare charm in one of the most beautiful parts of old Cornwall.
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