A Cornish lime kiln with a fascinating history has been brought back to life and is being let out for holidays after an extensive renovation.

The Old Kiln, in Port Navas, was formerly a 19th Century working lime kiln, accessed by boat via passage up and down the Helford River on the southern coast of Cornwall.

Emily Boriosi, director of Cornish Holiday Cottages, the agency managing the property, said: “The Old Kiln has long garnered curiosity for everyone living in and around Port Navas, so to be able to offer it to our guests as a modern retreat is very exciting.

South facing and right on the water, it's the perfect place for contemplation."

The quay that the property sits upon, in the tiny hamlet of Port Navas, near Falmouth, is of international significance due to the part it played in the construction of some of the world's most iconic buildings.

The wall between The Old Kiln and Port Navas Yacht Club was once part of the gantry used to load granite into the holds of waiting ships. Cut granite from Port Navas and local quarries in the area made up the base for Nelson's Column and large parts of London's Embankment.

The unique property has recently been transformed into a holiday home in a tranquil setting on the banks of the Helford River.

The light-filled house has colourful, contemporary interiors, with large windows and a wooden balcony overlooking the creek.

The lime kiln first became a home in 1968, when a female architect was commissioned, by letter, to create something unique in a post-modernist style rarely seen in Cornwall.

At the time it was constructed, the unique wave-form roof was unlike anything else seen along the Helford River.

The owner at the time was a Mrs Shaw, a missionary working in Angola who possessed eccentric tastes.

A Cornish bard and one of the few remaining Cornish speakers, Mrs Shaw lived largely in solitude in the house on the creek, up until she passed away in her 90's. During this time the sole access was unbelievably via a very steep, ladder-like staircase.

Falmouth architect Michael Hormann, who oversaw the latest round of renovations to the building, sought to retain elements of its fascinating past, honouring it's unique and textured history, while bringing it up-to-date to modern holiday home standards.

To see more images and read more information about this fascinating Cornish property visit the Cornish Holiday Cottages website at www.cornishholidaycottages.net/