Of course, we’re biased, but we’re pretty proud of each of the holiday cottages we pick – our exclusive collection only features properties we’d be happy to stay in ourselves. However Flackstead has to be near the top of the favourites pile.
We’re not the only ones who think it’s great – along with the plethora of guests who keep coming back for more, HouseBeautiful magazine thought it worthy of an 8 page feature.
After a brief description of the exterior with its fabulous sea views, and interior with New England/seaside style design, they reveal the family story behind the scenes – and it is a story featuring all of the family.
Owner, Phil, bought the plot with visions of creating Flackstead and he and his extended family brought these visions to life. Second cousin Lucy was particularly useful in the end stages as she runs an interior styling company and pulled together this unique, laidback look to produce a quality yet affordable home-from-home. She said, ‘the views are such a huge part of this house that the interiors had to complement rather than distract from them’. And complement them, they do.
The most impressive part of this build story is the strength of its eco credentials. In knocking down the old to make way for the new, they were very careful to repurpose every little bit of what originally existed on the site resulting in very little waste and, astonishingly, not a single skip was required. The site is exposed and close to the sea, so the building had to be very protected from the elements, but the result of three years hard work is one outstanding family home with an extremely efficient biomass boiler and solar panels, that we are lucky to have in our portfolio.
If you didn’t manage to get a copy of the magazine, you can, along with a feature on where to shop the look for yourself.
Otherwise get the grand tour and perhaps book yourself a little luxury time away on the island on ourpage.