A replacement family home on the north coast of Cornwall.
Our client Mr Cavendish is a descendant of Mrs Dawson Scott who owned much of Constantine Bay prior to it becoming
developed. She separated the land into strips and divided them up with
service lanes. The strips originally had one dwelling each, but
eventually became separated into more, generally two or three. This manner of development has brought about the
present loose but linear arrangement of Constantine Bay which has provided generally quite good houses set in
fairly large plots (see Ursula’s Garden).
Harlequin was built as a summer home for Mrs
Dawson Scott’s daughter, as were Holt and Lynx for her two sons. Two storey Wastehills, the neighbouring property
to Harlequin, was built by Mrs Dawson Scott building and is a more substantial
Looking at the wider area the most exciting
house in Constantine Bay at the time was Trethias Cottage at Treyarnon Bay designed by Charles Voysey and
commissioned by Mr Cavendish’s great aunt.
Given the close
ties between the family and the locality, and the brief to provide an appropriate replacement family house for
Harlequin, a design has been developed which follows the principles of Voysey’s treatment of simple rectangular
buildings with fragmented elevation treatment, particularly good chimney stacks and all covered by a well pitched
natural slate roof. The design of new Harlequin reflects this concept
whilst not in any way being a pastiche of other designs of Mr Voysey.
comprises a vestibule, kitchen, cloakroom, utility room, w.c. and cloaks, dining, living room and study on the
ground floor and master bedroom, en suite and closet, 3 guests bedrooms, bathroom and landing at first floor