Cliff-top beach chalet in Cornwall goes on market for £850,000

Cliff-top beach chalet goes up for sale for £850,000 following incredible transformation by owners who bought it for just £125,000 five years ago

  • A stunning one bedroom cliff-top beach chalet has gone on the market for a whopping £850,000
  • The diminutive property only sleeps two people and cannot be used as a permanent residence
  • Its stunning location overlooking Whitsand Bay in Cornwall can make up to £3,595 a week as a holiday let 
  • The owners purchased the shed for £125,000 just five years ago and spent £100,000 transforming it 

A couple who bought an abandoned derelict hut on the Cornish coast have made a shed load – and are flogging it for £850,000.

Katherine Wooler, 44, and husband Adam, 52, realised the potential in the unloved ‘shed’ and quickly snapped it up, as searches show they paid £125,000 for the 300 square foot property five years ago.

They fought a vicious battle with the local council to overturn planning regulations and rebuilt the one-bedroom chalet that sits on top of a 300ft cliff.

They installed a hot tub, bespoke kitchen and bi-fold doors on the cabin they named Seaglass, which offers breath-taking views of Whitsand Bay, Cornwall.

The diminutive property, which only sleeps two people and cannot be used as a permanent residence, is the same price as a large four or five-bedroom house elsewhere in the county. 

Its stunning location and the fact it can command up to £3,595 a week as a luxury holiday let, make it worthy of the seemingly steep price tag of £825,000, according to the agents selling it. 

Unique Home Stays say Seaglass is one of its most successful holiday homes. A spokesman said: ‘Seaglass has been a hugely successful holiday home since we welcomed the property to our portfolio’ 

Savvy developers Adam and Katherine Wooler bought the derelict chalet in June 2013 and spent five months replacing the old run-down shed with a new luxury timber-clad one. Pictured: The beach chalet before it was transformed into a holiday let

The diminutive property only sleeps two people and cannot be used as a permanent residence due to its tiny size

But its stunning location and the fact it can command up to £3,595 a week as a luxury holiday let, make it worthy of the seemingly steep price tag, according to the agents selling it

The Woolers bought the derelict chalet in June 2013 and spent five months replacing the old run-down shed with a new luxury timber-clad one.

They already had a chalet further along the cliff, which Mr Wooler bought for £6,500 when he was a university student.

The couple invested £100,000 to transform Seaglass into a luxury bolthole.

They installed a hot tub, bespoke kitchen and bi-fold doors that now offer breath-taking views of Whitsand Bay.  

The savvy couple began renting Seaglass through Unique Home Stays in January 2014, which has proved very popular, generally getting booked up for 44 weeks of the year.

Katherine said: ‘The chalet had to be a similar size to the previous one bedroom chalet, but it was the size of the plot that really attracted us and the sense of isolation from the other chalets dotted along the cliff.

‘It was initially our intention to live there but with the arrival of our baby, Ella-Rose, we decided to turn it into a holiday let.’ 


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A one-bedroom chalet perched on top of a cliff with spectacular sea views has gone on the market for a whopping £850,000

The couple invested £100,000 to transform that into a luxury bolthole and were successfully renting it out as a holiday let when they bought Seaglass. Searches show the couple paid £125,000 for the 300 square foot property 


The hefty price tag of £850,000 is the same price as a large four or five-bedroom house elsewhere in the county

She continued: ‘Having previously converted another chalet on the cliff into a holiday let, we were aware of the potential and growing demand in Whitsand Bay – also locally know as ”Cornwall’s forgotten corner”.

‘We purchased the property in July 2013 and had our first holiday let booking on New Years Eve 2013.  

The beach chalet brought in a gross income of £123,000 in 2017. With deductions for commission and running costs the couple make about £60,000 a year profit from the chalet.

The beach pad has about 370 sq ft of accommodation with a king-size bedroom, a living room with fitted kitchen and a bathroom.

The luxury chalet boasts all the latest interior fittings, including from posh skylights and a natural ‘spa’ complete with a hot tub and heated outdoor shower.

The couple and their daughter Ella-Rose, five, emigrated to New Zealand in 2016. They have now decided to sell Seaglass so they can focus on creating similar boutique holiday lets in New Zealand. 

The chalet brought in a gross income of £123,000 in 2017. With deductions for commission and running costs the couple make about £60,000 a year profit

The luxury chalet boasts all the latest interior fittings, including from posh skylights and a natural ‘spa’ complete with a hot tub and heated outdoor shower


The beach chalet has about 370 sq ft of accommodation with a king-size bedroom, a living room with fitted kitchen and a bathroom

Katherine added: ‘Although the chalet is small, the land is the largest plot on the cliff by far.

‘It’s a sophisticated and elegant beach hut that blends into the surrounding area with its warm timber cladding.

‘We wanted to retain a natural exterior that would blend in and keep it as eco-friendly as possible.

‘There are many chalets and huts on the cliff but Seaglass is unique in that it stands on the largest plot, it’s about 40 per cent glass fronted and has completely uninterrupted views to the west.

‘Location is the key and with a 180-degree sea view that leaves our guests spellbound – the sun sets into the sea – Whitsand Bay is sure to become the next big holiday hotspot in Cornwall but still retaining the charm and rustic appeal of a small Cornish community.’

Outside the property has a spacious deck with plenty of seating, a hot tub and an outdoor heated shower


The couple and their daughter Ella-Rose, five, emigrated to New Zealand in 2016. They have now decided to sell Seaglass so they can focus on creating similar boutique holiday lets in New Zealand

The couple who own the property invested £100,000 to transform that into a luxury bolthole with Unique Home Stays saying Seaglass is one of its most successful holiday homes

Unique Home Stays say Seaglass is one of its most successful holiday homes.

A spokesman said: ‘Seaglass has been a hugely successful holiday home since we welcomed the property to our portfolio.

‘From engagements, honeymoons and babymoons, Seaglass offers guests a truly special place to enjoy.

‘With its unique clifftop setting overlooking Whitsand Bay, a private hot tub and established list of bookings, a sale of this nature is very rare with few homes appearing on the market with similar credentials.

‘Purchasing Seaglass with a view to continue with Unique Home Stays ensures the new buyer receives a healthy investment but also a magical holiday home for themselves to enjoy.’

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