The Ferry Boat Inn | Basic projects

| 14 : 00 – 3 April 2018 |


Seating below vaults in renovated Ferry Boat Inn


Located in Cornwall’s North Helford passage waterfront the historical ‘Ferry Boat Inn’ got a charming makeover from architectural design firm – Basic Projects.

The 300 years old Inn enclosed by wooded banks and sloping fields is located in one of Cornwall’s most magnificent locations. The place serves good food and pub classics along with a palette of scintillating views of the surroundings from its terrace. Having a ‘farm to table’ philosophy, The Ferry Boat Inn is well known to serving delicious food all time. They also have an open fire place to relax with a drink at the bar during the winters.

Seating around fireplace

Fireplace – © Mae Pate


Wooden benches on terrace

Furniture on the terrace © Mae Pate

The renovation of this old and historical piece of architecture was no ordinary task as handled by designers of Basic Projects design firm. They had to meticulously plan every detail of the renovation to ensure that the inn retained its status as a historic landmark, while still appearing modern, fresh and a cosy place for its visitors. Historic buildings often possess distinctive  elements which set them apart from modern construction.

Hence the designers planned to scrap off the additional layers added on the walls and details since many years. The resultant interior design is an appealing Inn and pub with a memorable and defining sense of place reflecting local culture.

Cosy corner decor

Old photos and painting along the wall – © Mae Pate

From the Architects – 

The Ferryboat Inn dates back 300 years and is situated in the North Helford Passage on the waterfront. Surrounded by wooded banks and sloping fields, this is one of Cornwall’s most breathtaking locations.

Wooden furniture in pub

Wooden furniture – © Mae Pate

The pub’s terrace overlooks some of the best views in the South-West, and offers plenty of beach-side seating for long sunny days and warm evenings. In the winter months, guest can make themselves at home near the open fire or relax with a drink at the bar.

Terrace seating in pub

Open terrace seating – © Mae Pate

With only 4 weeks to redesign and rebuilt the Ferryboat, the pressure was on. Luckily, we had an amazing team of builders and electricians to help the Basic Project team. The structure had years of unnecessary layers, and by striping it back, we were able to uncover some beautiful detail.

Cosy seating in renovated Inn

Wall adornments – © Mae Pate

Much of the pub’s design was inspired by the seaside in the 70s. Antique paintings, seating, and light fixtures give the pub some warmth and character that it needed. In the pub room we added paneling to match the original design.

Mirror on the wall

Another corner seating – © Mae Pate


Renovated interiors of Inn

Old charm – © Mae Pate


Renovation of historic The Ferry Boat Inn

Seating around fireplace – © Mae Pate


Wooden stools and counter for serving drinks

Bar – © Mae Pate


Cosy corner amongst renovated interior of the Inn

A cosy corner – © Mae Pate


The Ferry Boat Inn, Cornwall, England

Old photos – © Mae Pate

Project Details :-


Project Name – The Ferry Boat Inn |

Architect firm – Basic Projects |

Location – Helford Passage, Cornwall, England

Project Type – Cafe, Hospitality, Renovation

Client – The Ferry Boat Inn

Completion year – 2017

Scope of work – Non-structural interior renovation

Project cost  – 110,000 pounds

Photographs – © Mae Pate

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