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Modern luxury self-catering coastal escape | Coverack | Cornwall


Coverack, Cornwall, UK

Urban modernity flirts with the elements at this eco-friendly home in Coverack. A striking structure on the untamed east coast of Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula, this luxury self-catering hideaway is a nod to the modern Scandinavian summerhouse. Inside, a contemporary haven of sculptural furnishings and poured concrete is offset by silvering Siberian larch cladding, which seemingly melts into the shimmering ocean setting.


The term ‘Ukiyo’ derives from Japanese culture and translates to ‘the floating world’, a blissful state of detachment from the bothers of everyday life - a feeling you can find here on the south Cornwall coast. Perched above Coverack Cove, this luxury self-catering bolthole offers a sublime escapism throughout the seasons. In summer the landscape is ablaze with wildflowers while in winter, storms rage and salty winds whip the chimney tops, presenting the perfect excuse to hunker down with a bottle by the fire. Ukiyo strikes an elegant balance between an industrial aesthetic and the natural environment in which it resides; a city-dwellers dream coastal escape.


Concrete evokes an urban feel and unchanging quality, in contrast to the wild coastal views on show through the picture windows that wrap around the front of the house. Sculptural pieces of furniture sit on locally made jute rugs, and linen cushions line deep window sills. A floating staircase leads from the open-plan living area to two double bedrooms. Looking out through a palm tree over the garden, the zip-and-link bedroom comes equipped with walk in-shower en suite. Next, the master has a freestanding ash-clad bath at the foot of the bed, plus an altrock open-plan shower room made from recycled natural stone that continues the sustainable theme; all of which share the panoramic sea views


Partly cleaved from the rest of the county by the Helford River, Cornwall’s soft, southern coast takes a dramatic turn around the Lizard Peninsula. Flower-filled hedgerows and grassy heathland fall away to a melee of black serpentine cliffs and desert island beaches ringed by raging open seas. Coverack’s sheltered cove is perfect for a bracing swim; wild in winter but crystal blue in summer. For those who prefer a splashabout in warmer waters, recline in Ukiyo’s cedar spa hot tub and finish off with a glass of red by the embers of the firepit. If you can tear yourself out of bed early, pad out to the garden and watch the fishermen haul in your lobster supper - ready to collect from the harbour later.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,895 per week, £1,450 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe master bedroom features a super king-size bed, a walk-in shower room (with private WC) and a bath set at the foot of the bed, with central taps so two bathers can recline comfortably and enjoy views over the ocean. A super-king zip-and-link bed offers flexibility in the cosy second bedroom, which has an en suite shower room with WC and views through palm trees over the garden.
  • FeaturesHot tub and fire pit
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome, two on prior request
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome, one travel cot and highchair are available on request.
  • PracticalitiesThe rear parking spot can accommodate one to two small cars via a fairly tight lane and turning circle. For those who feel uncomfortable tackling it, there are a number of other parking options available on the roadside. The owners provide a beach cart for transporting luggage (and little ones)! The open-plan kitchen has been cleverly designed to include all the essentials for a luxury self-catering stay. There is an electric oven with combi-microwave and induction hob, large fridge-freezer, Bosch integrated dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and toaster, plus a Beko washer-dryer in the hallway utility.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper of Cornish produce, bottle of Prosecco, superfast WiFi, luxury towels and bedding from Pure Linen, Land & Water toiletries, scented candles, boogie boards, board games, books, buckets, spades and crab lines...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Eco-friendlyAir source heat pump, underfloor heating and recycled materials
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Poised on a coastal crescent of the wild Lizard Peninsula, the quintessential fishing village of Coverack is located at the southern tip of Cornwall and offers visitors a quieter corner of the county.

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Getting there

  • On the Map This unique modern home sits in a row of coastguard cottages on the sea-front at Coverack Cove on The Lizard in South Cornwall
  • By Car From London, take the M4 towards Bath, the M5 South and the A30 to Cornwall, then follow the directions provided to the property
  • By Train There are frequent train services from London to Penzance (around 40 minutes by car from the property), with a journey time of approximately five hours 
  • By Air Fly from London to Newquay Airport, just over an hour's drive away where car hire and taxis are easily available if booked in advance

From the owner

“Simply put - enjoy the view! From the sofa, the window seat, the bath, the bed, the garden, the hot tub; it´s encapsulating and ever-changing.”

From the owner

The coastguard cottage next to us sold off this piece of land in the 1960s when the house was first built. It was further modernised when we purchased it in 2018. The previous owners lived in it for over 30 years and brought up their family there before moving to a local village.

Being a 'fan' of timber, we were keen from the outset to clad the building in a wood that would silver off over time and blend in with the classic Cornish cottage slate roofs around us. We chose Siberian Larch for it's clean look and knowledge that it is very hardy, and the fin-like design as it added that extra bit of architectural texture that makes it, we like to think, unique.

We incorporated huge windows for panoramic views over the sea from almost every room. With the weather fronts moving through you can enjoy watching gannets diving in the bay, seals and occasionally dolphins bobbing by, sometimes even basking sharks.

Even when there's no wildlife on show, you can watch the fishing boats picking up their lobster and crab pots, or ocean going ships 'waiting for orders' for their next cargo. We've provided binoculars in both the sitting room and the master bedroom to give you the best chance of spotting everything.

The Francis Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Coverack with an insider’s perspective.

Coverack Crab & Lobster
To Eat

Coverack Crab & Lobster

You can´t stay in a Cornish fishing village without sampling the fisherman´s catch of the day, and Coverack delivers some of the best around. Contact Harbour Master John Carey for delicious lobsters and crabs pulled from the Atlantic that morning. Make a creamy bisque or throw on the barbecue with lashings of garlic butter.

Archie´s Loft, Coverack
To Eat

Archie´s Loft, Coverack

A hidden gem in the village, this friendly fishing loft-turned-cafe serves home-cooked pizzas and fresh salads to take away or enjoy within their outdoor seating area overlooking the harbour. The perfect place to stop for a post-swim snack off the beach.

To Do


In two acres of romantic walled gardens, the Trelowarren Estate encompasses a 20-metre outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, gym and spa which uses 100% Cornish organic products. If you want at-home wellbeing, arrange a bespoke yoga session with Falmouth-based Lila Whiting, who´s details will be in your house book.

The South West Coast Path
To See

The South West Coast Path

Head east through the village and make your way to the Helford River Estuary along a peaceful, sheltered walking route. Or, if you want to get the legs pumping, hop on the coast path and turn west towards Chynhalls Point - the views are spectacular. The 10 mile stretch to Lizard Point is a stunning route for serious trail runners.

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