The picturesque harbour village
Charlestown represents a rich tapestry of historical stories, intermingled with modern day drama. This harbour village is as picturesque as it gets; wherever you are in this World Heritage Site, it packs a pretty punch. Textural and layered, yet quiet and calming, its industrial features are comfortable bedfellows with its dramatic, natural setting.
Conceived in 1792 as a seaport for the copper, clay, and pilchard fishing industries, today’s Charlestown features arresting Tall Ships, candy coloured fishermen’s cottages and time-worn cobblestones. It’s this enigmatic aesthetic that has attracted countless film and TV location scouts, meaning you’re just as likely to glimpse movie stars taking a break as you are to see salty local fisherman reeling in their daily catch.
Beyond the harbour lies a sheltered beach, ready made for wild swimming. A short wander in either direction is enough to immerse yourself in the lush countryside that borders the cove-sprinkled south east Cornish coast.
Charlestown’s countless charms have drawn in passionate entrepreneurs who have carved out trendy restaurants, wine-bars, delis, and coffee shops. The cultural resultant and foodie vibe creates the perfect destination for 21st-century boutique harbour living.
Our newest development, The Nest, is ‘snuggled’ within Charlestown’s natural valley, part of the UNESCO-listed Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and local Conservation Area. Originally developed in the early 20th Century the site was known as Lovering’s Clay Dry, part of the vital china clay industry.
At the Lovering’s Clay Dry site, much of the original building has been lost, over time however The Nest design philosophy reintroduces some of the heritage-based key features, some as they originally were, and others through new interpretations, while safeguarding retained structures, such as the iconic and historic chimney.
Where possible, known and new features and artefacts discovered during the construction works will be revealed and displayed publicly as an opportunity for residents and visitors to experience the vital heritage that is re-found and collected during the build process.
Constructed of classic stone and brick, like the church spire, the chimney formation forms a key landmark within Charlestown and will be a stunning, historical centrepiece for all residents at The Nest. The beautiful landmark chimney will be within a public space, rather than privately owned and can be enjoyed at closer proximity by residents of The Nest and by visitors to the area.
As with all of our developments, we’ve injected a real slice of Cornish life + style to our Charlestown properties. Not only will you experience this delightful boutique harbour village – you’ll experience Cornwall.