Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wild Atlantic Coast Is a Surfers' Paradise; North Cornwall Offers Fabulous New Family Homes, Good Cuisine and Beaches Galore, Says Cathy Hawker

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wild Atlantic Coast Is a Surfers' Paradise; North Cornwall Offers Fabulous New Family Homes, Good Cuisine and Beaches Galore, Says Cathy Hawker

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Byline: Cathy Hawker

FOR SURFERS, active families or avid foodies, the North Cornwall coast is a destination that delivers. From the bright lights of Newquay to quiet coves, the wild Atlantic coastline with its big-name chefs -- Nathan Outlaw, Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver -- provides homes and holidays that lure families back again and again.

This year has started strongly, says Miles Kevin of Chartsedge estate agents, helped perhaps by the popularity of the BBC's Cornish-based serial, Poldark. After a long, post-recession hiatus, new developments are being built and are selling.

"The market switched on at the start of spring," says Kevin. "We launched Seascape, an off-plan development of 12 units in Newquay priced from PS170,000, and immediately sold 10 homes. Prices are still between five and 15 per cent off their pre-recession peaks, but sensibly priced properties in good locations are selling well."

fractional ownership Bay Retreat, a resort in St Merryn, 10 minutes from Padstow, stalled in the recession, but new owners have refurbished it to offer 28 two-bedroom modern holiday homes for PS145,000. Annual service charges will be about PS1,250.

Also new to the market in New Polzeath, 30 minutes from Newquay Cornwall airport, Atlantic House has nine apartments available through fractional ownership. This was the site of a successful 27-room hotel built about 1900 directly over New Polzeath's impressive, family-friendly beach. Families would return every summer for old-fashioned bucket-andspade holidays. Helen Schofield from Henley had holidayed at Atlantic House since the Sixties. Now married with three adult children, she and her husband, Brian, knew the hotel well. With Brian's brother Christopher, they bought the hotel in 2009 and, after securing some financial backing, last autumn had it demolished to make way for a new building.

On completion next spring Atlantic House will become a 14-room hotel with nine contemporary two- and three-bedroom apartments available on a 999-year lease. These apartments average 1,100sq ft, all with balconies facing the sea, and will be sold fully furnished on a fractional basis priced from PS105,000 to PS145,000. …

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