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S-Harlequin - Exterior 5 - Catchfrench Design Architects in Constantine Bay

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 structure. 

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. 

The house 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 level. 

Completed in 2006/7. 


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