Winnow is a design-led, dog-friendly self-catering apartment, flooded with light and perfectly positioned on the clifftops, overlooking the winding South West Coast Path and Watergate Bay – bringing the outside in with wow views, it’s one of those places that envelops you from the minute you step inside. The project was a complete renovation, overhauling every room in the property.
The environment sits at the heart of Beach Retreats at Watergate Village and Winnow’s design story represents interior designer, Banjo Beale’s exciting approach to sustainable design. Real plants to improve air quality have been woven throughout the space, along with new interior pieces that incorporate natural materials and innovative textiles, while many of the furnishings have been repurposed or upcycled. Living room chairs are made from Pinatex – a pineapple leather made from discarded pineapple tops, and additional seating is made from recycled plastic bottles.
It’s a gorgeous space, designed to relax and reboot in stylish surrounds where vintage and designer pieces have been perfectly balanced to create a cosy blend of Cornish chic and Montauk seaside cool. Bringing the dreamy coastline into the space, the design has been built on Winnow’s existing architectural features and natural light to create a holiday destination where families and friends, as well as their four-legged companions can take time out, away from their busy lifestyles.
Banjo sought inspiration from the kaleidoscope of natural colours and textures in abundance in the area; a colour palette of Ochre and rich earthy tones, fused
with blues and greens, reflecting the wild Atlantic coast.
Dogs are welcome to join you throughout the property, though are kindly asked to keep off the furniture.
Our stay at Winnow was arranged by Beach Retreats.
The north Cornish coast is home to myriad sandy beaches and coves ready for exploring, making it a dog-walkers delight as well as the ideal spot for a beach retreat, and exhilarating cliff walks.
One of our favourite clifftop walks is the route from Watergate Beach to Mawgan Porth which is four-and-a-half-miles there and back. Walk further around the headland and you will come to Bedruthen Steps, where impressive sculptural rock formations can be found on the beach.
Watergate to Bedruthen is just under four-miles of undulating coastal path, so it’s a good idea to set off in the morning and stop for lunch before heading back. Book a table at Bedruthen Hotel and tuck into tasty plates with elevated sea views. There are a number of dog-friendly beaches on the North Cornwall coastline, including; Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth, Porthkidney Beach, Mother Ivey’s Bay and Prussia Cove beach.
Located just up the hill, a few minutes from Watergate Bay Hotel, there are plenty of options for eating out – Dogs are welcome to join you in The Beach Hut – think great brunches and seafood dishes with a fusion of fresh and sustainable ingredients, influences and styles – and The Living Space, known for its relaxed dining, to a backdrop of sea views. Both restaurants are onsite, serving food all day.
Winnow is also a dream spot to dine in, with a long wooden table and breakfast bar with stools, providing heaps of room to enjoy a delicious meal, with clifftop views.
There’s a £35 per dog fee for your pals to stay with you.
Winnow is a super-luxury space for us four-legs, there’s plenty of room to sprawl out and relax, leading out to a long balcony that overlooks the clifftop that back Watergate Bay – It was great to lounge here and take in the views, just a stick’s throw from some epic coastal walks and brilliant beaches. Huge a-paws for Winnow!
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