Living Large In Small Spaces - The Stack

The Stack, a 19th century historically preserved engine house in mid-Cornwall is this week's featured small space.

Welcome to the eighty-seventh post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".

Located in over half an acre of natural beauty, the stacked stone structure -- named "The Castle" by the locals in the twentieth century -- once housed a beam engine necessary to the mining industry.

Now it serves as a 1,200 sq ft rough luxe retreat, spread over five floors.

The stunning dine-in kitchen comprises the whole of the ground floor.

A pet-approved wood burner keeps the kitchen warm and cozy in winter. Imagine relaxing in that lovely window seat with a good book and a cuppa.

The deck, accessed from the kitchen,  boasts a hot tub, cushy seating and al fresco dining.

Not to mention breathtaking views of Fal Valley.

A wood-fired pizza oven is a nice culinary touch.

Back in the kitchen, a staircase leads to three more levels.

On the first level the grand bathroom steals the show. The floor-length mirror was sourced from a 1920's London parlour. The clawfoot tub was reclaimed.

Beautiful crown molding and a big arched window make my pulse race.

Across the hall a double bedroom gives off a Moroccan vibe with its shutter headboard and distressed walls. 

Interior walls were stripped to reveal layers of history.

Each bedroom has its own personality. The second level bedroom speaks to the home's industrial past.

The velvet covered chaise is a lovely surprise against all the rustic wood.

Exposed beams, deep well window with shutters -- everything we love in historic Cornish structures.

An old cattle trough is recycled as a sink in the en suite bath.

The eclectic living room is located on the same floor. I love the log burner nestled in the exposed stone.

The third bedroom on the top floor is dedicated to star gazing. Skylights bring in loads of daylight, and a view of the night sky.

The zip and link twin beds can be made up into a king size.

The lower level (basement) houses a cinema room and den.

Another very cozy spot.

Tranquil gardens surround The Stack.

Remains of the old stamp house and a play area add visual interest and invite exploration.

The Stack is a vacation home available for rent from Unique Home Stays, +44(0) 1637 881183.
Images © Unique Home Stays +44 (0) 1637 881183
All images are owned by Unique Home Stays and were used with their permission.

What do you think of this unique home?

Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series

 Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.


  1. Except for the fact that stairs have lost their charm for me (sad but true) everything else suits me fine! I am a huge fan of natural woods, etc. The furnishings look comfortable and inviting. ♥

  2. Wow! This would be a wonderful place to stay. I imagine it's much too expensive, but definitely loved viewing it. Whoever did the decor, it's perfect for the setting. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. I love love this!!! So beautiful, warm, cozy, modern bathroom, big modern farmhouse sink in kitchen with all it's rustic aspects present. They did a great job!!

  4. Wow! Is that amazing!!! Just look at the depth of those walls. They are unbelievable. That lives large for a small space, I think. We had those old cattle waterers between every other stanchion in the barn so the cows could drink all winter long. Love they made it into a sink basin. Hope you have a great weekend. xo Diana

  5. I absolutely adore this mouth was wide open. However, I was not just gasping at the sight of the cottage, I was also shocked at the fact that this is the 87th in the series?? Did I read that right? Wow...that went fast. I think I'm going to have to go back a revisit some of those pretties...87?? My how time flies!

  6. Beautiful, but all the stairs would be the end of me, lol!

    1. Looks like several others agree with you. However, I have heard older people who live with stairs say that it's kept them in good health. :)

  7. Amazing! I love unique living spaces and this one tops the charm chart with an 11+
    Happy Weekend!
    Connie :)

  8. Hi Nancy,
    This one is fabulous. Ahhhh the history and the stone in the walls and natural wood. Just so beautiful. That deck with the hot tub and view is gorgeous too. What a charming place to rent for a vacation. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This is Amaaazing...I love it! Think of the exercise you'd get just going up and down those stairs.
    Mary Alice

  10. Hi Nancy, I have been away for awhile with health problems. I'm up and running and was so happy to see your post in my inbox this evening. All I can say is WOW! I want to stay there! The Cornwall area is one of my favorite parts of England. I just love that these old lovely buildings are being restored with many of their natural state intact. Love it.
    Have a wonderful week! xx Jo

  11. YES YES YES, I love this. I am always tickled by the creative forces that people put to use to renovate an old building into a home. But then again, I am always happy to see what the average person can do in their own house to transform it into a home. That stack; what is it about cylindrical structures that makes my heart skip a beat? And the wooden interiors, SO CHARMING! And the setting. Another winner, Nancy!

  12. I love the rustic look everywhere mixed with gorgeous pieces like that mirror next to the tub. I am encouraged by the walls left bare and aged, and the chippy stairs....that's how my house looks!

  13. Love the bathroom with the deep tub but the large mirror would have to go. At my age I definitely do not want to see my naked body. LOL This was an unusual find. Have a blessed Sunday.

  14. From the beautiful vistas to the cinema in the lower level, there's something for everybody! I love all the reclaimed lumber they've used throughout, and the exposed stone is stunning. So much to look at, I've got to go back and look again! Thanks for sharing Nancy!

  15. What a glorious setting! The home is really beautiful and would be such a fun vacation spot.

    Have a wonderful week Nancy!

  16. What a beautiful home. I had fun thinking about staying there. I love seeing the different homes you show, they are always so lovely. Thank you. Hugs,

  17. I love the building, and the rustic decor. But all I could think about was how difficult it would be to clean with all the levels, and how I would hate having to climb up and down the stairs all the time. And hauling wood for the stoves.

  18. I like the building and the last photo is so pretty at dusk.

  19. No words to express the beauty of the building:)

  20. I could live here, yét i question all the levels of stair climbing on a daily basis. The walls aged In Cream and green and the steps all chippy with wear. The stone work and all the rusticness that calls out to me. This is a fun home stay, and the exterior is just so cool with the walls that scape and sculp the grounds.

    I can see you my dear changing one of the levels for your rug weaving couldn't you?
    This is a great inspiring post.... Now I want to cry and say why do I not live in a stone cottage :)

    See you soon dear,
    I am going back to see all that I have missed out on here.


    1. Dore, yes. I'd like to have one level for rug weaving. The top floor would work nicely. :)

  21. This place has so much character. And the setting! I can see myself in the hot tub with a glass of something and nibbles. Or pizza! Definitely pizza.
    Happy 2017, dear Nancy, hope it's a good one!

  22. What an adorable place to stay! I love those old walls. I once stayed in a stone cottage in English countryside, but much more modest than this. It really was fun and a beautiful adventure. xoxo Su

  23. I love this home, except for the Marrocan bedroom, which seemed a little out of place... But the view does make up for it!

  24. Wow. I really liked this place. I wouldn't want to live in a 3-story home, but I really loved the unique features from the basement movie room to the skylight top bedroom. That's what I love about these posts you share. Such unique places.

  25. Ok,, That's it. When can I move in? LOVE it..

    1. This is one of my favorites. Thanks for joining in the conversation, Tonita. xo


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