Nestled in a valley in the heart of the Cornish countryside you’ll find One Puddle, an eclectic family holiday home bursting with period charm, high quality finishings and interiors accessories to swoon over. From the idyllic village location near to the pretty towns of Lostwithiel and Fowey, to it’s picture postcard doorstep scenery, discovering this place feels like stumbling across a well kept secret.
So what makes great for a family? Well it’s partially down to the effortless blending of the old and new, alongside the layout of the house and the way it’s been renovated to easily work for a large group of people.
The house has two living rooms, for example, meaning there’s plenty of space for younger kids to play and be noisy while older guests can retreat to the relative peace of the living room at the end of the building. The kitchen is large and open-plan, perfectly suited to sociable cooking and dining together, while the separate utility area offers plenty of room for laundry and a place to store boots and coats. There’s also a conservatory off the main living room, along with various outdoor seating areas. And we haven’t even got to the bedrooms yet.
If you like your interiors classic, with a touch of vintage, then you’ll love the decor at One Puddle. The creation of Bristol businesswoman Jennie Bashforth (formerly of hugely popular Bristol cafe instition Tart on the city’s Gloucester Road), the style is an effortless blending of old with new. Eclectic retro accessories teamed with expertly picked new buys. From the contemporary subway tiles in the kitchen paired with an Art Deco dresser, to the 1930s glassware in the bedrooms contrasted with the high end bathroom appliances and walk-in wet room, everything about this place screams five star hotel, but with the comfort and ease of a family home.
Upstairs (past the gorgeous stone flag flooring in the hallway and the calming conservatory off the main living room) you’ll find five bedrooms, all decorated to a different theme giving each room its own sense of identity. Again, the order of the day is vintage accessories and furniture teamed with new buys, alongside Egyptian cotton sheets and stunning views through the elegant windows.
One Puddle is a great example of stylish family living, because it shows us you can have a place that’s baby and child-friendly, without having to resort to wipe clean surfaces or cheap fixtures. There’s a comfort to this place and a real sense of gentle homely style, gained through vintage prints on the walls, lots of textured cushions and textiles, tastefully clashing prints and soothing colour palettes.
The attention to detail is breathtaking in every room. And it’s not just about the accessories and finishing touches either. In the kitchen, for example, you’ll find a full cupboard devoted to baking utensils, with another cupboard full of high end John Lewis kitchenware. Even the knives are top notch – something you don’t always get in holiday homes which can feel like they’ve been stocked with cheaper items or cast-offs from the owners.
At the end of the house, overlooking the pretty orchard and steep hill up to a glorious picnic spot, is the master bedroom. This is the piece de resistence of the house, with it’s ensuite bathroom and small balcony. A place to retreat to with a cup of tea on a sunny morning.
And outside, back to those views. The house has it’s own mini orchard, various picnic areas and a neighbouring field full of cows. The kind of stuff that wild and free childhood dreams are made of.
Find out more and book a stay on the One Puddle website.