Jason Momoa and Chris Martin may love it, but they don’t impress the locals.
It’s all kicking off in Mawgan Porth! Just four miles north of Newquay, this quiet seaside village is now a hotspot for Jason Moma and other Hollywood elites, upsetting the locals.
A surge of million-pound luxury mansions has transformed the tranquil bay. With this change, the Daily Mail reported tourists complain about the countryside’s natural smells, even though they chose to live there. The village’s latest high-profile resident? None other than Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa. Cate Blanchett, with her £2 million abode, and Chris Martin have also cast their anchors nearby.
But the silver lining of star-studded neighbours comes at a price. Susan Schofield, 65, who’s been farming here since 1973, is up in arms over posh newcomers turning up their noses. “They don’t have a scooby about countryside living,” she vented, frustrated over complaints about her cows and demands from tourists to traipse across her land freely.
For Margaret Behr, 64, the influx of these holiday homeowners spells loneliness during the winter months. “The moment a ‘For Sale’ sign goes up, developers are on the scene quicker than you can say ‘action’, offering big bucks out of reach for locals,” she lamented.
Cornwall, according to the latest census, is the hottest spot in the UK for a second home. It boasts 6,080 holiday retreats that cater to 14,230 people. Yet, not all are sold on modern designs. Anthony Fuller, 93, staunchly believes the new square homes stick out like a sore thumb, deeming them unsuitable for the charming area.
Celebs continue to descend on the village. Jamie Dornan was recently spotted filling up at a local petrol station, and rumours are rife about Stanley Tucci setting up shop with his wife, Felicity Blunt. And then there is Gordon Ramsay who owns a flash house not too far away.
Yet, amid the glitz and glamour, there’s a sombre underbelly. A tale of a local pushed to live in a van due to the unchecked expansion of second-home ownership and seaside towns standing their ground against the tidal wave of holiday homeowners. The balance between stardom and serenity hangs by a thread in Mawgan Porth. Will it maintain its old-world charm or bow to the demands of its glitzy newcomers? Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure, Jason Moma and co are not going anywhere anytime soon.