Creating your home from home
The Field Kitchen is another open, communal space. We work with chefs who absolutely love telling you about the ingredients they have used and how they are nourishing you. Here you’ll also find our beautiful La Marcoza coffee machine, which creates the most delicious artisan coffees, with beans from Grounded, whose roastery is on the North Coast. I used to love walking to my local coffee shop in London, so when I get the chance, stomping over a few fields to get a beautifully made pick me up makes me very happy.
Our bar Daphne’s was inspired by my love for the author Daphne Du Maurier. Cornwall was her home and in 1936 she describes riding through the ‘dark, diabolical beauty of Bodmin Moor’ – just magical to me that she could see the beautiful wilderness as we do now. Her twisting plots, her wit and treatment of suspense are iconic, as is the incredible capture of female characters within her books. Rebecca was written in 1937 and has never gone out of print, it still sells about 50,000 copies a year. She wrote many of her best sellers in Cornwall, saying of her home “I walked this land with a dreamer’s freedom and a waking man’s perception—places, houses, whispered to me their secrets and shared with me their sorrows and their joys. And in return, I gave them something of myself, a few of my novels passing into the folk-lore of this ancient place.”
As well as her books, I have always loved her eyes, mysterious and haunting in a way. A photograph taken by Cecil Beaton was a big inspiration behind the graphic treatment for Daphnes Bar. You’ll find lots of her books dotted around Cabilla and in your Koyts.