With lovely Lisa still feeling under the weather, we’re handing over her usual end-of-the-week slot to Rock My Wedding Editor, Fern. Today we’re off to The Stack in Trelion where Fern and her family were recently invited to stay. The interior is to die for! Behold the bathroom of dreams.
A couple of weeks ago, Matt, Elle and I hopped ten miles down the road to stay at The Stack, a higgledy piggledy rustic luxe Cornish Engine House, which is available for holiday lets, weddings and events. We were expecting great things, as we’ve stayed with Unique Home Stays on previous occasions and their properties are always really interesting. The locations are idyllic and they have THE BEST interiors of any self-catering properties we’ve ever stayed in. As soon as I stepped through the door, I knew I had to share it with the RMS readers – so today I’m talking interiors, rather than weddings (it feels odd, so bear with me)! Although if you want to hear more about holding your wedding at The Stack, pop over to Rock My Wedding this afternoon where you can read more about the events side of things.
Anyway, back to interiors… The lovely Jess who worked on styling of The Stack talked me through the design process and where they sourced things from. The interiors at The Stack are rustic and charming, a collection of vintage finds, textural soft furnishings and unashamed industrial materials – thick slabs of wood, iron rivets, and salvaged engine parts which really makes the property feel authentic. But there are lots of high street finds thrown in there too, H&M home linens, M&S mugs, bits and bobs from Ikea. It’s all about the combination.
Set over five floors with a narrow wooden staircase, each floor of the house is lovely to spend time in and each living area has a log burner, which is such a treat. The layout is really clever – a cinema room in the basement floor (a very sensible use of a room with limited light, the kitchen and dining area are on the ground floor, leading out on to the terrace (with hot tub and pizza oven). The next floor boasts a relaxing Moroccan inspired bedroom next to THAT bathroom where Elle enjoyed a Princess bath each evening. The next floor is where we hung out for most of our stay – a cosy living room, with the sweetest little WC and the loveliest bedroom. On the top floor is another bedroom, complete with star gazing apparatus. Despite the building’s long and narrow stature, the rooms feel open and light, but still maintain the sense of being in a tower with really thick walls.
The current owners purchased the house for £400K and spent around £100K on the build and interiors. Luckily the previous owners left the house in a good condition and were creative people, so the bones of the house were perfect, requiring just a little rejig of one of the floor’s layout. While each room has its own vibe – the styling of the property is very cohesive, as you can see from the images. I’m a sucker for deep navy and greys, especially with a dash of mustard thrown in, so I felt right at home. When it comes to soft furnishings I always think more is more, and they’ve really embraced that principle here – you’re never far from a heavy throw or a fluffy cushion.
The property utilises reclaimed and recycled pieces SO well, which Jess sources from reclamation yards, car boot sales and some secret Cornish gems I’m not sure I’m ready to disclose until I’ve ransacked them myself…but the basic premise is embrace the industrial, use things that are being thrown away, a lick of paint, a new life as a bathroom cabinet, a hook for the kitchen – we loved how inventive and resourceful they’ve been here.
The grey sofa in the central living room is from Loaf, if anyone is thinking about ordering a sofa from them – DO IT. This sofa was a total dream and when we move into a bigger house, we’ll certainly be using them. It was possibly the most comfortable sofa I’ve ever had the pleasure of sitting on.
Jess used Kitchenalia, eBay, Nkuku and Etsy to source interior details online and the bedlinen and towels come from Soak & Sleep. Paints were colour matched by Dulux from Farrow and Ball’s Downpipe, Bone and Strong White. Lots of the walls are clad with reclaimed wood too which adds a lovely layer of texture and warmth – as well as an amazing smell!
The Stack is a beautiful styled home as well as being a holiday property and I found myself filled with ideas and inspiration for our own home while I was there. If anyone fancies a trip down to do some Cornwall interiors shopping, do let me know! I know a great place we can stay…;)
Images by Unique Home Stays