A tale of Falmouth’s rich historic past and a setting for new memories to be made, Abbot’s Loft invites guests to stay in one of the most unique waterfront holiday homes in south Cornwall.
Walk down Upton’s Slip, through the hull of an upturned rowing boat, past the pretty terracotta courtyard of the former and famous Wheelhouse eatery, and up the stairs to the door of Abbot’s Loft. Here lies one of the oldest buildings in this part of historic Falmouth.
A home of great substance that has been roused by a life of artists, sailmakers and milliners. Each and every piece of artwork, sculpture, pipe and switch has meaning, depth and soul behind its placement and procurement. Abbot’s Loft has a past as rich as its interior and as captivating as its water views from each and every room.
Inside, the pared-back interiors are a rejection of contemporary refinement, and instead are a celebration of simple, honest craftsmanship, and materials of local provenance. A fusion of bespoke furniture, reclaimed finishes, Cornish artwork and a plethora of plants combine to make this coastal cottage a year-round destination holiday home.
While it is all about the sea vistas, no detail has been spared when it comes to transforming a space into an indulgent abode that is cleverly compact and inspirationally romantic.
In the master bedroom, opalescent light ripples and glimmers against the ceiling during the morning hours. Sumptuous beds and the sound of the lapping shore combine to form the perfect place for sea dreams and lazy lie-ins.
Pad into the heart of the home to craft home-cooked meals in the custom-made kitchen and gather around the rustic wooden dining table. Refuge from the elements in the cosy living space and watch the storms roll by while soaking in the freestanding bath.
Unlock the secrets of the two hidden rooms which, when discovered lead to somewhere entirely unexpected.
At high tide the water laps against the wall, while low tide reveals your very own beach and slice of Cornwall.
With panelled walls, arched windows and wooden flooring, simple yet comfortable Abbot’s Loft is an idyllic hideaway with bohemian soul and historic spirit for up to six guests. If you are seeking buried treasure when coming to Cornwall, here lies a chest with riches new and old.
This is a family-friendly property but unsuitable for children five years old and under due to low opening windows, the entrance steps and close proximity to the water.
Vaulted ceilings and open plan space with seating for up to six, TV, Freeview, electric focal fire, window seats with views that look out over Falmouth harbour. Ambient lighting planted pots and nautical artwork.
Large old pine dining table and benches. Bespoke wooden kitchen with hidden 5-ring induction hob, fridge, freezer, electric oven, microwave, Nespresso machine, sink and charming, hot drink-making station around the corner.
A secret staircase leading to the crow’s nest with views over the open-plan living space and Falmouth harbour. Bespoke desk for writing, reading or creating.
Super-king (6ft) zip and link bed, bedside tables, lamps, wardrobe, dressing table, mirror and chair.
En-suite shower room
Rainshower, WC, wash hand basin and mirror. Cedarwood detailing
WC, freestanding bath with views overlooking the harbour, mirror.
Small double bedroom
Cabin bed 4’6″ standard double, in bespoke wooden housing, innovative cupboard at the footer and pull-down steps up to:
Lookout spot and reading nook with pillow and window that looks out over the harbour.
En-suite shower room
Accessed through a Narnia-style door, or from the hallway. Shower cubicle with porthole, basin and WC.Tall cupboard housing washing machine and tumble dryer.
King-size bed, large wardrobe, sofa, bedside table, stained glass window, and a small window with built-in desk and seat overlooking harbour.
Small outdoor covered seating area with a corner bench at the front door, perfect for a couple of you to sit and enjoy a G&T.
Location and Surrounding Area
With the coastal path and local beaches moments from Abbot’s Loft’s doorstep, throw on your walking boots and explore south Cornwall’s dramatic and idyllic landscape. Take a stroll past the famous docks through the woods to Pendennis Point in time for sunset. Sit on the sands of Gyllyngvase Beach and watch the stars sparkle above the ocean.
Placed in the town centre, Falmouth is at your fingertips and so you will have no difficulty finding fabulous places to dine and drink, with Orgia Wine Bar, IndiDog Eatery and Amanzi all minutes from the front door.
Bustling with life, the creative town of Falmouth has been home to an arts school for over a hundred years, so culture abounds here. Discover the most up-and-coming artists and join creative workshops at the Polytechnic Society which sits above Upton Slip.
For the seafarers, take a day trip to St Mawes via ferry, go in search of wildlife on a sea safari and learn how to sail a tall ship with Simply Sailing.
Falmouth Town’s train station, with the maritime line connecting Truro to Penzance, St Ives and mainline services to London and beyond, is a 15-minute walk away. By car, you can reach most of the best of Cornwall within an hour’s drive. Visit dramatic and picturesque Porthleven and watch the stormy waves break over the harbour walls or travel to St Ives to see the translucent turquoise waters glide over the white sands.
- November 2023
Lovely property, ideally located on the waters edge and to car-parking. There were a few items which might be worthwhile raising however, so these are listed below: 1. Certain window panes are misted. This at times impacts the viewing experience. 2. There seems to be a "knack" to locking the property door. 3. A saucepan and meat tin we intended to use were dirty to begin with. All three points are "minor" and in no way detracted from the experience of staying at Abbotts Loft.
Arrival from 4pm
Departure by 10am
Beds made up for arrival, duvets and pillows are feather free
Tea towels provided
Bath towels provided, please bring your own beach towels
Complimentary Wi-Fi provided
Mobile Signal – good
£200 security deposit – only chargeable for damages (which will be discussed with you in advance of processing the charge).
No children 5 or under due to low opening windows directly onto the beach/water below.
One small, well behaved dog, by arrangement @ £20 per week.
Parking: Church Street Long Stay Car Park is less than a minute’s walk from the property. Long stays can be booked through the Just Park App for less than £50 per week. If you are bringing a non standard car, please note the height restriction of 2.3m (7ft 6in) for the exit from the car park.
Falmouth Week Thursday 27th July – Tuesday 15th August (approx.), Tall Ships Tuesday 15th – Monday 21st August (approx.), Oyster Festival Monday 10th – Tuesday 17th October (approx.) You can enjoy Abbot’s Loft’s incredible position right in the hub of all the fun and the front seat view of the action on the water! Please note though that this will mean that noise levels may be heightened in the evenings and Church Street car park will likely be closed (in favour of food and drink tents), so cars will have to park up near Well Lane car park. on the roadside, which is just a 2-3 minute walk away.
Dog: One small, well-behaved dog welcome – please bring your own dog bed and ensure that he/she is not allowed on the furniture or in the bedrooms. There is some grass above Well Lane car park, or plenty of lamp posts around for night wees! There is an excellent space for dog exercising, ‘Boscowen Fields’, to the right of Gyllyngvase Beach. Gyllyngvase Beach welcomes dogs from October to 14th May at all times, then from 15th May to 30th Sept before 10am and after 6pm. Swanpool and Castle Beach restrict dogs between the same hours but only through July and August.