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Features > Spring > Architectural Homes > Life on the Beach
RS323: Life on the Beach
Reflecting the colours of sun and sea, Tricia and David Palmer revived the interiors of a sea captain’s house in an idyllic coastal setting. The rhythmic soothing sound of the waves breaking over a sandy beach in Cornwall persuaded Tricia and David Palmer to look for a holiday home overlooking the water. Living in the US at the time and up to that point had spent their holidays in England between two sets of parents and friends. With two children Arabella 3 twelve and Christopher 1 ,they began to feel their need of a holiday place of their own. Tricia from Hampshire had spent some family holidays in Cornwall, so it was the obvious place to look. ‘We found this stone built Grade 11 listed Victorian gem in Portscatho, right next to the beach and it was perfect, ‘ Tricia
recalls their initial excitement. The house, which was once two cottages knocked into one in 1900, had an interesting past. Originally built for a sea captain in1840, it had been occupied by the local vicar and more latterly the writer John Osborne of Look back in Anger fame. As Tricia remembers, ‘we fell in love with the sea view, the pretty façade and a terraced garden behind the house, which soon became one of our favourite places to entertain, barbecue and relax in the sun.’
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