Hide Out in a Tiny Concrete-and-Shingle Cottage For Rent in Cornwall

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By Michele Koh Morollo
At the end of a winding country lane on the north coast of Cornwall, England, is a quirky vacation rental that combines modern aesthetics with bucolic charm.

Designed by Cornwall-based architecture firm Studio Arc, built by Davey Construction, with interiors by Jess Clark, this 49-square-foot, one-bedroom property—which is available for rent through Unique Home Stays—was named The Hide, thanks to the "bird hide" concept that inspired its form.

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Formerly two annex buildings that were part of an existing heritage thatch cottage, The Hide was fully revamped with concrete and silver-wood shingles to create a simple, streamlined exterior. 

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The aged concrete has a distinctly contemporary feel, while the sections of wood-shingle walls bring a little fairytale magic to the concept.

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A series of small, square-like, peephole windows were cut out from the concrete to simulate the patina of dappled sunlight that shines through the trees outside. 

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Two large and angled overhanging windows draw in plenty of sunlight and are perfect for bird watching in the day and stargazing at night. 

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These suspended windows blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces by introducing views of the garden into the living area and bedroom.

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From the compact, open-plan living and kitchen area, wooden sliding doors open to a bedroom, where the top section of the king-size bed fits snugly into a large overhanging window that overlooks the garden. 

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The en suite concrete bathroom is fitted with a wooden double sink, a cast-concrete bathtub, and a rain shower with garden views. 

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Architect: Studio Arc

Builder: Davey Construction

Structural Engineer: Entos Consulting

Interior Designer: Jess Clark of Unique Home Stays