Stephens + Stephens’ 10 Stunning Coastal Homes, Southshore in Seaton, win best Residential Development UK Award

November 2023: Cornish leading Luxury property developer, Stephens + Stephens, in collaboration with multi-award-winning interior design agency Absolute, has won the Best Residential Development (10-19 units) in the UK at the UK Property Awards for its Miami-inspired Southshore in Seaton, Cornwall. Stephens + Stephens was competing against the best property professionals across the UK to be recognised in the Residential Development category and Southshore will now be entered into the European Property Awards representing the UK.

Stephens + Stephens is well-known for its team’s skills, vision and new-wave approach to creating luxury properties in awe-inspiring locations. Southshore, which features a truly unique collection of 10 detached four-bedroom houses, in Cornwall’s ‘forgotten corner’ is no different.

The United Kingdom Property Awards are judged by an independent panel of over 80 industry experts. Judging focuses on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability. The judging panel is chaired by Lord Best and Lord Waverley, members of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament. The United Kingdom Property Awards are the largest, most prestigious, and widely recognised programme throughout the regions.

Just a short walk from the beach and with mesmerising views of the surrounding countryside, the Southshore homes are perfect for those seeking a more tranquil lifestyle with the number of people leaving cities has reached a four year high[1].

Research released this week has also shown that Cornwall is one of the strongest property markets in the UK.  Whilst Edinburgh and Buckinghamshire led the UK charge of biggest value of property deals in the last year, Cornwall came in at number 7 with £2.5billion in deals followed by Belfast (£2.4billion), Birmingham (£2.35billion), and Wiltshire (£2.3billion) all ranking amongst the UK’s richest housing markets.

Helen Stephens, Creative Director of Stephens + Stephens and Absolute, comments: “Our team has genuinely loved creating our new collection of 10 Southshore properties at Southshore in Seaton, and that shines through in every aspect – from the design to the finishing touches. We have drawn inspiration from both our immediate surroundings, as well as looking further afield and embracing elements such as the art-deco chic of Miami’s stunning coastal properties. In addition to, of course, bringing it all into the 21st century and ensuring the luxury people have come to expect from a Stephens + Stephens property is woven throughout.”

Helen continues, “To now have Southshore recognised by our peers and the UK’s leading property specialists as the Best Residential Development of its size in the UK is much-welcomed validation for our dedicated design and build process.  We’re obviously hopeful now for the Best UK award and both European accolades too.  But more than anything, bringing our signature Stephens + Stephens style to our future home owners in this relatively unknown part of Cornwall, is what drives us to do what we do every day and with continual validation of the quality of the market, and Cornwall being top of the most-desired places to live surveys, we’re happy to welcome those looking for their perfect Cornish home to our hidden corner of Seaton.”

Still available Southshore four-bedroom properties start from £995,000. For more information, please visit:

The 10 Southshore homes feel as though they have been carved into the hillsides themselves, connected by a sloping, curved driveway. Striking square, clean lined architecture gives the buildings a second phase art deco feel known as the streamline modern.

Crafted using a modern, sustainable timer frame method, the properties feature the best-quality insulation within the walls and roofs. The external cladding is a mixture of aesthetic timber from accredited sustainable forests, and traditional natural stone in order to allow the houses to blend in seamlessly with the biodiverse surroundings.

The vast floor to ceiling windows allow occupants to take full advantage of the breathtaking views, as well as enabling natural light to stream into the vast, open plan living spaces. All are aluminum double glazed, offering low u values. What’s more, each of the houses incorporates green sedum roofs which come with their own biodiversity benefits, including capturing airborne pollutants and CO2, as well as acting as an additional layer of insulation for the home.

Each Southshore house has a unique gargantuan balcony to offer, what feels like, endless space for alfresco socialising, as well as the best seat in the house to view those famous south coast sunrises.

Inside, each property has a carefully designed interior scheme, featuring a palette of clean neutral shades. The deliberate décor will intertwine modern coastal abode with countryside chic. Soft down lighting adds a soft glow throughout, with the minimal, light and a bright base.  

Environmental Credentials

The Stephens + Stephens team have looked at every element of the Southshore properties and endeavored to ensure they are not only the most efficient systems for the new owners, but that they have the least environmental impact too.

  • The heating system, the Mitsubishi Ecodan Full Coastal Units, is the industry leader in low carbon heating
  • Underfloor heating run by air sourced heat pump units ensures a low carbon footprint and low maintenance operation
  • Internally the appliances are all be low rating electrical, and the houses are fully controlled using a Smart system for economy and efficiency

Surrounding the properties are trees and scrubs, including traditional Cornish hedge, as well as wildflower meadow planting which consists of a conservation seed mix for coastal habitats, containing 26 UK native wildflowers and 9 grasses. Even the ornamental planting has been designed with the wildlife in mind – including fruits and flowers.

The Location – Seaton

The Southshore homes have been built on the lesser-known, quieter south coast of Cornwall in the hidden-gem village of Seaton. Surrounded by the perfect balance of rolling countryside and pristine shoreline, Seaton is just three miles away from the popular and historic harborside town of Looe, and a stone’s throw away from the bright lights of Plymouth. Thanks to its tucked away position, Seaton’s calmer waters are most-favoured by sailors, wild swimmers, and paddle boarders.