For the past two day’s you’ve been traveling through North America. Today, let’s hope across the pond to Cornwall, shall we? Katie Treggiden is the editor of confessions of a design geek and author of design book, Interviews. She also writes for LivingEtc, Design Milk, London Design Guide, We Heart and Heart Home Magazine. I think I’d classify Katie as an expert on design. I bet you can’t wait to read about her boutique hotel choice!
I am very honoured to have been asked by Tina to write a guest post about my favourite boutique hotel in my town. I have cheated slightly, because I don’t live in Cornwall anymore, but it’s where I grew up and where my heart remains, so I’ve chosen my favourite hotel in Cornwall instead.
Let me start by telling you one short story that sums up The Scarlet. I was sitting on their gorgeous veranda (overlooking their natural outdoor pool, their hot tubs and the gorgeous view of Mawgan Porth beach and the Atlantic beyond) having lunch with my parents. It was a beautiful day and that spot is a bit of a suntrap, so after an hour or so, I realised my fair English skin was burning. Not having brought my usual pashmina with me, I started trying to hide my shoulders under a napkin. The waitress must have spotted what I was up to, because within a matter of minutes she brought me some (organic) sun cream. Now that’s service!
When sisters Emma, Debbie and Rebecca started to plan Scarlet they wanted to create:
“…somewhere to escape and recharge; somewhere to remind us why we cherish our friends; somewhere to laugh and enjoy simple pleasures.”
And they succeeded; the Scarlet offers a “pause button” on the world. Combine the breathtaking views, an adult only policy that guarantees peace and quiet, locally sourced and very tasty food, a really impressive collection of Cornish art; a spa, architecture and interior design that surprises you at every turn, and of course let’s not forget those cliff-top hot tubs, and you’re guaranteed a treat.
Put all of that together with their ‘cherish our world’ ethos, which includes everything from rainwater harvesting to a sea-thrift roof, and it comes completely guilt-free.
After all, isn’t that what great design is all about; creating something that works; that’s ‘right’ – in its environment, for its users, for the future?
I’m certainly impressed! You can hear more from Katie here: