19th Century engine house becomes rough-luxe retreat in Cornwall


Spotted on Unique Home Stays, this heavenly retreat will offer you the opportunity to vacation in an historically preserved 19th century engine house, located in Trelion, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Named “The Stack”, this self-catering retreat offers its guests phenomenal sweeping vistas of Fal Valley. The feeling you will get from staying at this home is one of inspiration, from the beautifully preserved architecture to the rough-luxe interiors. This Cornish engine house gets its roots from a past life in the mining industry. Its sole function was to provide the framework to house a beam engine. It now has a new life, providing a self-catering getaway to those looking for seclusion. Visually stunning from the outside with its stacked stone, the interiors are equally impressive, spread out over five levels. Special features includes a movie room, an outdoor hot tub with a seating area and built-in kitchen for dining al fresco in this tranquil setting.

What you need to know: This home sleeps up to six guests. They offer several indulging extras to help make your stay even more special. For more information on this, click here. Rates for this vacation retreat ranges greatly, anywhere from $1,200 – $4,315 for 3 nights to a weeks stay. This prices also depend on if there are 2 guests or up to 6 guests.


Above: Just off the kitchen is a spacious deck with an integrated hot tub, lounge spaces and nothing but the sound of crickets.


Above: A comfortable seating area on the deck provides its guests sweeping views of the rolling hills of Fal Valley.


Above: The kitchen encompasses the entire ground level, designed in a rough-luxe aesthetic. This walls reveal the home’s storied past, providing an inviting character. A rustic wooden staircase will take you up three flights of stairs, where bedrooms will occupy each level.


Above: This private setting is truly relaxing, a place for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.


What We Love: This repurposed engine house is now a gorgeous luxury vacation rental for those seeking a unique experience. This retreat offers you everything you need to have a comfortable and relaxing vacation, surrounded by a tranquil countryside setting. Outdoor living spaces invites you to take a breath of fresh air and enjoy these spaces at all times of the day. If you really want to relax, you can even have a chef prepare meals for you… now that sounds heavenly! When can we come for a visit?

Readers, would this be your ideal vacation retreat? Tell us in the comments why or why not.




Above: Part of the kitchen, a log burner will help to keep you warm and toasty while you are busy preparing food. A cozy little window nook is the perfect spot to curl up and read a book.





Above: The living room is located on the second level, decorated with artwork by John O´Carroll. A log burning stove helps to provide much needed warmth during the cooler seasons. Love the exposed stone around the fireplace.



Above: This cozy bedroom is set on the second level with its own en-suite bathroom. A velvety textured chaise lounge at the end of the bed provides the perfect spot to relax with a good book.



Above: A close-up view of the sink in the en-suite bathroom. It is a small cattle trough, offering of unique look to this space.


Above: A rustic wood closet is in keeping with the overall aesthetic of this industrial preservation.


Above: The first level features a small, yet cozy bedroom that has a large bathroom across the hall. The Moroccan-inspired aesthetic provides an inviting warmth.



Above: A family bathroom provides an old claw foot bathtub and a glass-enclosed shower. A full length gilded mirror completes the aesthetic.




Above: On the attic level, not only do you have skylights and a pitched room; but you also have the flexibility of two single beds, that when need, can form into a large bed. Its called a zip-and-link bed, perfect for accommodating varying guests needs. This is ideally the star-gazing room with the fantastic skylights.



Above: Here you can see the beds zipped together to provide one super-sized bed for those who require more sleeping space.




Above: A secret getaway below ground, this cozy home theater will give you and your family plenty of evening entertainment.


Above: Who says basements can’t be converted into warm and cozy living spaces?




Above: An al fresco kitchen and dining area can be enjoyed by all during the warmer seasons. There is also a pizza oven to enjoy some real creative fun making homemade pizza together!





Interesting Fact: “Over half an acre of grounds include remains of the old stamp house,” states Unique Home Stays.


Above: This self-catering vacation getaway offers a little something extra for children. A play area to keep them busy during the day.


Photos: Courtesy of Unique Home Stays

Have a look at some additional amazing vacation retreats in Cornwall:

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments