In My Dream Home II : water frontage I tackled another aspect of the dream, both in terms of a beautiful view over the ocean and a healthy beach-based life style.
Now in middle age, I am in a good position to selecting my ideal, for-ever home. It is somewhat ironic that I am LESS picky now than I was years ago; today there would be only four mandated elements:
1. The house must face the beach. This is not negotiable.
2. The side of the house that faces the beach must have ceiling-to-floor glass windows. No blinds or curtains to reduce the impact of a wall of glass will be necessary, thank you.
3. The garden must come right to the front door. Semi wild and green – no concrete drives, hedges clipped within an inch of their lives or quaint cobble stone paths. Terraces are perfectly acceptable, but not on the ground floor. If concrete parking spaces are required, they can be located behind the house.
4. The most important room will be the study, filled with bookshelves, really comfortable chairs and large desks.
I don’t mind if this dream house is Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, Californian bungalow, Vienna Secessionist or Deco. And I don’t want to worry too much about mundane concerns like the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and the laundry.
The wall facing the ocean is entirely glass.
1. direct access to the sea? tick
2. walls of glass in the rooms facing the sea? tick
3. semi wild and green garden, right to the front door? tick
4. a comfortable study, filled with bookshelves? tick
Dartmouth in Devon, above the River Dart
Machan is an imposing example of an Art Moderne style property, in a commanding Cornwall waterfront position overlooking Gillan Creek; it is close to the Helford River with far reaching views across Falmouth Bay. Built in the early 1930’s, Machan was designed and constructed in the Art Moderne style, and has undergone an extensive renovation by the current owners.
Art Moderne house in Cornwall
Note the spacious decks, high above the tree line
Exceptional views over Falmouth Bay