This carefully restored wing of a Georgian house in Cornwall, England, overlooks the tall ships in Charleston, a historic harbor village designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its spare white walls, pale wood floors, and just-so furnishings old and new, it's filled with timeless design ideas. Known as the Quay Road Villa, it's also available for rent through Kid & Coe. Classic British seaside holiday, anyone?
Images via Kid & Coe.
Above: A painting of a boat in turbulent waters sets the seaside theme in the dining room. Note the wide board floors and arched niches that flank the arched fireplace.
Above: The kitchen is stocked with Cornishware, named for the blue sky and white-crested waves of Cornwall. Find out more in Cornishware: The Seaside Classic.
Above: The house has a modern with kitchen with a pleasingly simple materials palette and new equipment. Like the look of the wood counters? See Remodeling 101: Butcher Block.
Above: A series of wood-framed oil paintings and a blue velvet armchair bring seaside colors into a white room.
Above: Traditional furniture looks equally at home against the white walls.
Above: The house has three bedrooms and one bath; it can sleep up to six people.
Above: Vacation reading: Enid Blyton's Famous Five kids' books, first published in the 1940s through the early 1960s.
Above: Romantic detailing—brick fireplace and smoky velvet armchair, included—in a crisp white bedroom.
Above: Above the fireplace mantel, an oil painting of a tall ship is flanked by Staffordshire figures.
Above: In the smallest bedroom, a recess in the wall works as a headboard.
Above: In the lone bathroom, a floor-to-ceiling white shower curtain envelops a cast-iron bathtub.
Above: A gilt mirror presents an interesting contrast to the wood paneling.
Above: Every room has a view. For more details, go to Kid & Cole.
Below: Quay Road in Charlestown, Cornwall, is a 4 1/2-hour drive from London.
Looking for other summer escapes in Cornwall? A Modern Family Home in Cornwall; History Included and A Seaside Loft in Cornwall are both available for rent. And on Gardenista, the quintessential British garden accessory is A Perfect Parasol from Sunbeam Jackie, made in Cornwall.