I have been here for 10 years now and it truly is the most beautiful place I have ever lived. It is home.
About 5 years ago me and my boyfriend of 6 years separated and I was in desperate need of somewhere to call home. I needed a place that would shelter my broken heart, give me peace and quiet and I wanted to be right by the sea. Where I live the property is insanely expensive and cheap places to rent are rare and you only really get them through word of mouth. I needed to take matters into my own hands.
Between the beaches of Saunton and Croyde, perched above a right-hand point break, was a little old unloved building we call the Old Coastguard Station. It was in need of some TLC. It is tiny, exposed and legend had it that several people/ surfers from the area had tried to rent it, without success.
The little house on the Point didn't (and still doesn't) have any electricity, though lines run up to it (I never re-connected the power), only outside running water and no shower or toilet. I bought a camping toilet from the paper, put it into the lean-to and that was that. I also got a sweet little gas cooker from Ebay, that I used to heat water with for flannel washing myself. I lived in it for 2 years minus the winter months as it gets very, very cold and damp!
Size-wise, without measuring it, I'd say it is tiny- around 3x3 m, not bigger, as my longboard wouldn't fit in!! It is a stone structure with a flat roof and turrets and a bay window that faces the sea. The bay window is supported by oak beams. This is where I placed my bed. I bought a high bed from the paper (one that has empty space underneath for a play area etc.) and cut off the legs to make it the exact height of the windows (about 1.5 m).Underneath I kept my clothes etc. The cooker sat in the old fireplace (which at that point needed re-lining before use).
Underneath the bay windows is an entrance into a cellar, about 1.3 m in height. All my surfboards and bikes lived in there. Later the landlord rebuilt the porch for me, which had fallen down years before. That was my kitchen, with a lovely window looking out onto some beautiful rights breaking.
Well, there is so much more to tell, but I hope this gives you a first taste of how special this place is. I will attach a folder with some images, all low res, for you to see!