Stories of the Sea

Peace and Panoramas at Angel View

With its stunning glass exteriors providing wrap-around views over countryside and coast, the gorgeous Angel View offers a uniquely luxurious escape. Set within a quiet corner of the picturesque village of Perranuthnoe in West Cornwall, its Huf Haus design boasts a timber and glass frame that is almost completely zero carbon. Light-filled, contemporary and oh-so spacious, it manages to create a space that is both exalting and inviting, simultaneously drawing you in to its luxurious cocoon whilst directing your gaze outside to absorb the far-reaching views.

Needless to say, when the opportunity arose to spend a weekend at Angel View, excitement levels were at an all-time high. Having eagerly crossed off each passing day on the calendar, by the time check-in time on a chilly Friday afternoon rolled around, our bags were already neatly packed and stacked by the door. Wasting no time, my mum and I jumped in the car and set off on our journey west, chatting excitedly as Cornish hamlets flicked past the window and the late November skies darkened as evening approached. 

Easily finding our way to the property, our arrival at Angel View was smooth and relaxed. Eager to get inside, we hopped the spot-lit steps outside, crossed the decking and turned the key in the door. Shedding our boots in the bright, mirror-encased cloak room that separates the entrance from the main living area, we readied ourselves to meet our luxury retreat that would become our home-away-from-home for the weekend.

As far as first impressions go, it would certainly be hard to beat the stunning interiors of Angel View, adjusted with adaptive lighting and encompassed by glass walls. Bathed in a dreamy mood-lit glow, the main living area features a large open-plan dining and living area, adjoined by a separate contemporary kitchen. While we couldn’t wait to explore every corner, we were immediately drawn to the dining area’s island, in the middle of which was a generous hamper filled with local treats. 

Despite the overwhelming temptation to immediately pop the Champagne cork and settle down with some fizz, we continued exploring and ventured up to the first floor to find the bedrooms. Also benefitting from floor-to-ceiling windows that offer privacy with bespoke electric blinds, the upstairs is home to a relaxation area/study and two gorgeous bedrooms with en-suites. A real showpiece, the master bedroom comes with its own balcony and commands incredible views over the sea.

With it being our first night in Angel View, we made ourselves truly at home and decided to get comfortable on the sofa, basking in the warmth of the real fire and watching stars twinkle over the satin sea. Despite there being a number of popular eateries in close proximity, we were completely content with enjoying our luxurious sanctuary, revelling in the moment and making full use of the delicious offerings that had been considerately laid out for us. 

As night rolled into morn, the dawn of Saturday brought with it a new day and a beaming sun cresting over the horizon. With a thick layer of stony clouds hanging atop a bright strip of orange sky, the day’s weather seemed uncertain, but that didn’t seem to matter as we sat tucked up in bed, accompanied by hot cups of tea, watching the sun rise and disappear behind the glowering clouds.

Eventually, lured by the promise of adventure and ne’er deterred by the mercurial Cornish elements, we gathered ourselves and headed out to explore the village of Perranuthnoe. Within a 10-minute walk of the property, several local galleries, eateries and a sprawling beach all await, providing ample to see and do just a stone’s throw from the front door. The first port of call was the Cowhouse Gallery, a brilliant art gallery selling work from a collection of local artists, before a drawn-out walk on the beach beckoned.

A long sandy beach, Perranuthnoe beach is a seasonally dog-friendly beach that extends at low-tide to reveal a soft, golden underbelly peppered with rocky outcrops. On clear days, the views from the beach across Mount’s Bay are truly spectacular, while when the weather fronts roll in, Perranuthnoe’s calm shores transform into one of the most popular surfing spots in the county. Once you’ve walked on the beach, the Cabin Café is a great place to sit, sip a brew and admire the coastal scenes below.

As the weather remained brooding but dry, we continued west and rounded off the day with a long walk around the coastal village and beach of Marazion, overlooked by the iconic St Michael’s Mount. A fairy-tale island castle, St Michael’s Mount has origins dating back to the 12th Century and is still home to a small community today. While the castle makes a stunning backdrop to a windswept walk, it is even more intriguing when viewed up close. Check opening times here

With Sunday, another spectacular sunrise hailed the start of another day – offering the most magical way to awake from slumber. An indulgent lie between sumptuous sheets was followed by a breakfast of local eggs, fresh bread and hot coffee – part of our beautiful arrival hamper – with conversation easily flowing in between hearty mouthfuls. Before long, we were pulling on layers again ready to brace the cold winter air that had arrived with November and branch out to further explore the area. 

This time, our destinations were Praa Sands and Rinsey Cove – two glorious beaches within a 15-minute or so drive from Angel View. At the mile-long Praa Sands, plentiful parking, eateries, facilities, and direct access make for a great family-friendly beach. Meanwhile, the year-round dog-friendly Rinsey Cove offers beauty in isolation, accessed via a walk down a steep cliff path. Both with their own character and charm, you could easily spend as much time as you please on either beach – keeping an eye on the tides. 

To warm up after salt-kissed strolls, the Victoria Inn in Perranuthnoe offers piping hot Sunday roasts served with all the trimmings. Less than half a mile from Angel View, you can easily wander over for a meal or a drink, before leisurely weaving your way back again to relax by the fire or out on the deck of Angel View wrapped in blankets. Be it on a crisp winter or balmy summer evening, nothing will beat sitting here and watching dusk’s last light fade to night over the sea.

With so much to see and do nearby, the possibilities for exploration from Angel View are endless. That said, it’s really the property that is the star of the show, both celebrating the glory of the surrounding landscapes and providing an idyllic sanctuary from which to watch the ever-changing sea and sky. Far removed from the rush of everyday life, this boutique retreat invites you to slip into a new kind of rhythm, where luxury and natural beauty combine to root you firmly in the present. 

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