Finding Your Blue Mind in Cornwall


Cornwall continues to be a UK holiday favourite – from the tried and tested to the hidden gems and forgotten corners, it is clear to see why it remains top of holiday-makers’ list.

According to the Blue Mind theory by Wallace J Nichols, being near water helps creates a ‘Blue Mind’ state – the perfect antidote to the anxious, over-connected and over-stimulated modern-day life. In summary, spending time near water is essential to achieving elevated and sustained happiness.

This is likely to be just one of the reasons people have been flocking to Cornwall – both in the past and in more recent years – for holidays and for a more permanent change in lifestyle. In fact, Cornwall took the second spot in Rightmove’s list of the top searched-for locations in 2022.

Life by the Sea

Life by the sea comes with a number of benefits – from fully embracing the Blue Mind state to breathing the sea air, to encouraging a more active lifestyle. For those of us who are not able to relocate full-time, it’s no surprise the latest data from Mintel shows 53% of holidaymakers specifically search for rental properties located near a beach[1].

15 years ago, Helen and Paul Stephens founded Stephens + Stephens Group. The cohesive collaboration brought together their unique combination of architectural building and multi-award-winning interior design capabilities. Today, Stephens + Stephens is well-known for creating a unique Cornish Life + Style – a new-wave approach to design-led, luxury and quality properties in awe-inspiring locations.

Stephens + Stephens currently have four locations situated next to the sea – each with their own unique character.

For those who want to be in the heart of one of Cornwall’s most desirable locations, Newquay, look no further than One Pentire. In a sought-after destination for holidaymakers year-round, One Pentire is conveniently close to some of Cornwall’s iconic landmarks, amenities and coastal landscapes. All making it a lucrative option for investors and a perfect lifestyle location for relocators.

A landmark building for Stephens + Stephens, One Pentire is a collection of 74 spacious apartments including 9 penthouses which combine incredible views with unique architectural features and complete luxury.

Touches of elevated luxury are clear. Timeless neutral hues and earthy undertones run throughout, seamlessly bringing the outside in – evocative of Californian beach houses with woody accents and light, bright and airy aesthetics. The icing on the cake is the striking sea views for the ultimate coastal experience.

Tucked away in the hidden gem of Seaton, just a short walk from the beach and with mesmerising views of the surrounding countryside sits Southshore – 10 four-bedroom homes perfect for those seeking a more tranquil lifestyle. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, the Southshore properties will feel as though they have been carved into the hillsides themselves.

Each home is unique, but tying them together is striking square, clean-lined architecture which gives the buildings a second phase art deco feel known as streamlined modern. Vast floor-to-ceiling windows allow for breathtaking views, as well as enabling natural light to stream into the open-plan living spaces. Carefully designed interior schemes feature a palette of clean neutral shades, intertwining modern coastal abode with countryside chic.

For Mykonos-inspired interiors coupled with views over the majestic Atlantic Ocean, Cliff Edge sits on the East Edge of Newquay, atop the stylish Tolcarne beach. Ideal for surfers, wild swimmers, bodyboarders, or someone who wants to simply stroll over the seven beaches within walking distance, Cliff Edge brings beautiful, stylish, high-end apartments to this lifestyle destination.

The 39 Cliff Edge apartments and spacious penthouses take inspiration from the classic whitewashed Cycladic interiors typical of contemporary Mediterranean homes – each providing an elevated level of luxury for holidaymakers and residents alike.

Finally, snuggled within Charlestown’s natural valley, UNESCO-listed Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and local conservation area is The Nest. A collection of homes ideal for those who want to encapsulate themselves within Cornish history, traditions and scenery – whilst at the same time still living within a design-driven, cutting-edge home.

Creating a natural flow of life, light and energy, The Nest uses elemental materials – including Cornish stone bound with traditional pointing techniques – interspersed with modern touches such as huge sections of contemporary glass windows. Interiors are spacious, stylish, and bright for social entertaining, while lengthy landscaped gardens make space for alfresco family fun.

Helen Stephens, Creative Director of Stephens + Stephens and sister graphics & interior studio Absolute, comments: “Cornwall – where Paul and I call home – is full of beautiful, elemental, multi-faceted landscapes. Water – whether rivers, streams or the sea – is hugely important, which is why so many of the properties we create have water close by. We are true believers in the ‘Blue Mind’ state – we have just finished creating our own home right on the river just outside of Truro – and if anyone spends even a day or two by the waters here, we know they will be too.”

For those who want to enquire about a Stephens + Stephens property, pre-register, or find out more information, please visit: https://stephensandstephens.com/

[1] UK Holiday Rental Property Market Report 2022

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