$386 per night

House11 guests4bd
Praa Sands, England, United Kingdom
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Stay at the Cornwall beach home of renowned London architect Alex Michaelis on your next vacation.

Available to rent through Beachspoke, Little Cottage is really much larger than its name suggests. With four rooms set over two floors, the house sleeps up to 11 people and faces Praa Sands beach, near Penzance on the South Coast of Cornwall.

When Michaelis first discovered the cottage, it was an old crumbling stonewall structure that was in bad condition. So, he demolished the old building and replaced it with this geometric modern house with white-washed walls, plenty of large windows, and a grass roof.

The most important thing for him was to take full advantage of the panoramic ocean views. He did this by installing multiple skylights that frame the often starlit night sky.

The open-plan living area with a wood-burning fireplace includes glazing on the front and back, allowing guests to gaze right out to the ocean and walk straight to it for a swim.

A double-height slot next to a winding staircase draws in sunlight and presents yet another perspective of the sky.

A simple neutral-toned color scheme and Scandinavian-inspired furnishings imbue the Little Cottage with a timeless charm.

Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, and Grass. Photo  of Little Cottage
Modern home with Side Yard, Outdoor, Trees, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, and Walkways. Photo 2 of Little Cottage
Modern home with Grass, Trees, Back Yard, Living Room, Chair, Coffee Tables, Wood Burning Fireplace, Light Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, Sofa, and Rug Floor. Photo 3 of Little Cottage
Modern home with Trees, Wood Burning Fireplace, Grass, Back Yard, Sofa, Chair, Coffee Tables, Living Room, Light Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, and Rug Floor. Photo 4 of Little Cottage
Modern home with Trees, Grass, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Wood Burning Fireplace, Back Yard, Ceiling Lighting, and Staircase. Photo 5 of Little Cottage
Modern home with Trees, Sofa, Grass, Back Yard, Wood Burning Fireplace, Coffee Tables, Concrete Tread, Metal Railing, Kitchen, White Cabinet, Recessed Lighting, Wall Oven, Undermount Sink, Refrigerator, Light Hardwood Floor, and Cooktops. Photo 6 of Little Cottage
Modern home with Grass, Sofa, Trees, Back Yard, Wood Burning Fireplace, Coffee Tables, Concrete Tread, Metal Railing, Refrigerator, Wall Oven, Cooktops, Drop In Sink, and Windows. Photo 7 of Little Cottage
Modern home with Bath Room, Wall Lighting, Wall Mount Sink, Light Hardwood Floor, and Open Shower. Photo 8 of Little Cottage
Modern home with Trees, Coffee Tables, Grass, Back Yard, Wood Burning Fireplace, Sofa, Concrete Tread, Metal Railing, Refrigerator, Wall Oven, Cooktops, Light Hardwood Floor, Wall Mount Sink, Corner Shower, Wall Lighting, Bedroom, Night Stands, and Bed. Photo 9 of Little Cottage
Modern home with Trees, Coffee Tables, Grass, Back Yard, Wood Burning Fireplace, Sofa, Concrete Tread, Metal Railing, Refrigerator, Wall Oven, Cooktops, Light Hardwood Floor, Wall Mount Sink, Corner Shower, Wall Lighting, Kids Room, Rug Floor, Bedroom Room Type, Neutral Gender, and Pre-Teen Age. Photo 10 of Little Cottage
Modern home with Trees, Coffee Tables, Wood Burning Fireplace, Grass, Back Yard, Concrete Tread, Metal Railing, Refrigerator, Wall Oven, Sofa, Cooktops, Wall Mount Sink, Corner Shower, Wall Lighting, Bed, Bedroom Room Type, Exterior, House Building Type, and Stucco Siding Material. Photo 11 of Little Cottage

Credits

Posted By
Architect
  • Alex Michaelis
Photographer
  • Nick Guttridge
  • Beachspoke
Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Press

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