When you find a location with stunning views you might be willing to do anything to be able to enjoy it, and that’s exactly what happened to a British couple who decided to renovate a 1960s chalet and turn it into a little modern jewel right on the cliffside of Cornwall’s Whitsand Bay.

A picture of Orlagh's roof peeking out from the cliff, with the sea in the background
Orlagh cabin is located in a breathtaking location halfway up (or down) a clifftop in Cornwall's Whitsand Bay © Unique Homestays / David Curran

Whitsand Bay is located halfway between Plymouth and Fowey and it’s the breathtaking location of the Orlagh cabin, a place that “fuses back-to-the-elements cabin appeal with luxe living”. The owners of Orlagh are Peter and Tracey Burridge, who fell in love with the view and the scenery and decided that they had to have that plot of land.

A picture of Orlagh's patio, with a hot tub, and the beautiful view
The first cabins in Whitsand Bay appeared during World War II when people fleeing air raids in Plymouth built their shelters outside of the city © Unique Homestays / David Curran

Of course, the cabin was much different when the Burridges acquired it. The original building was all wood and dated back to the 1960s, and it had “no insulation and draughty windows and doors,” Tracey Burridge told Lonely Planet. “We had to have hot water bottles in winter and Pete often went to bed with a hat on”. So even though they spent some “lovely” weekends in the original cabin, they eventually decided to tear it down and start over.

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Renovation work lasted almost the entirety of 2019 - with some technical difficulties since it’s not that easy to carry materials and furniture to a cabin that’s halfway up a cliff. Peter and Tracey designed their new interior with the help of an architecture firm and the aim of having the new cabin blend into its surroundings as much as the old cabin did.

A picture of Orlagh's living room with its modern furniture
Time seems to have stopped at Orlagh, as its owner Tracey says - she has had people say that they stayed at the cabin in the 1970s and that they found that little had changed when they returned later © Unique Homestays / David Curran

Now that Orlagh is finished it can sleep two guests and offer them an incredible retreat from the world with clear skies to stargaze and an open, unblocked view of the bay from sunrise to sunset - where you might catch a glimpse of dolphins if you’re lucky. Rent for Orlagh starts at about £1200 (€1416) for a weekend stay and you can find additional information about it here.

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