More than 7 years after the idea was conceived, the first luxury lodge has been installed at a new holiday complex in a disused quarry in West Cornwall. The eco-lodge is the first of 10 glass and timber holiday lodges which will be positioned around the 10-acre clear-water lake forming Charteroak Estates' latest development at Trevassack Quarry on the Lizard Peninsula.
The development now known as 'Serpentine' finally received Planning Consent last year after a local surveyor first spotted the potential for the redundant quarry at Goonhilly Downs in 2005.
One of our Partners, Brian Botting, was asked to appraise the site for a mining conglomerate who owned the quarry. Brian says "My initial thoughts were this was an obvious site for some sort of leisure complex but I knew too that the owners would need to employ Planning Consultants to gain Consent for anything of that nature.
I introduced the owners to Michael Shaw a Director of Charteroak Estates, who develop luxury timber eco-lodges and who had recently gained Consent to put a luxury holiday development on the boundary of the Dartmoor National Park".
What followed was a long and protracted legal matter, to correct the vagaries of historic boundary issues, with the Land Registry and then with Cornwall Council who turned down the initial Planning Application against their own Local Plan policies.
Eventually the Application to place 10 eco-lodges at Trevassack Quarry was granted on Appeal last September, and with the installation of the first eco-lodge this month 'Serpentine' became Charteroak Estates' seventh holiday development in the South West.
Michael Shaw of Chateroak Estates says "I'm extremely pleased to finally see this development underway. This is an environmentally friendly use of a derelict site. We are not disturbing wildlife, but in fact, sensitively enhancing the environment as confirmed by Natural England. The lodges are to be placed on already existing hard surfaces of the former quarry. We have already received a lot of interest from potential buyers of these dedicated holiday homes which will prevent second home buyers from depleting existing local market housing stock exacerbating the struggle that locals have affording homes where they live and work".