Life on The Edge: Ramshackle shed in remote Cornish bay transformed into stunning cliff-top retreat (although it did take 25 years…)

It's the DIY makeover that dreams are made of: man buys a rickety shack for next-to-nothing, does it up and transforms it into money-spinning coastal bolthole. Jealous... much?

While the rest of us were propping up the student union bar with a Diamond White (or was that just me?), enterprising student, Adam Wooler was busy getting his foot on the (rickety) property ladder.

As a student at Plymouth university, Adam scrimped and saved £6,500 to bag himself a windswept, ramshackle timber shed in a remote corner of Cornwall.

Fast-forward 25 years and a significant makeover later – and his unlikey investment has been transformed into a £100,000-a-year luxury rental retreat.

Wish you were here? It took 25 years, but the former ramshackle shed has now been transformed into a luxury retreat  Bournemouth News / Rex Features

The once decrepit shack has now boasts floor-to-ceiling patio doors, decking with outdoor dining facilities and a crisp coastal-style decorating scheme. Jealous, us?

Perched on the edge of a 300ft cliff, the renovated des res enjoys uninterrupted views of Cornwall’s Whitsand Bay and has already paid for itself in rental earnings.

Forty-seven-year-old Adam bought the hut that originally stood on the land in 1988.

Over the years he made few changes, but it was only after marrying wife, Katherine, that they decided to give it a £100,000 overhaul.

What a difference 25 years can make: Adam Wooler bought the original shack for just £6,500 in 1988  Bournemouth News / Rex Features

The way we were: Adam lived in the orignal building for 18 months but it took he and wife, Katherine 25 years to renovate it  Bournemouth News / Rex Features

The finished chalet, which is called The Edge, features a kitchen, living room, bedroom, shower room and sun terrace.

The couple now rent out the retreat all year round for between £1,500 and £2,900 a week.

Adam says: ‘It was nothing more than a wooden shack on a cliff with one room and an outside loo when I bought it.

Cliff-top retreat: The stunning property is now tastefully decorated in coastal-themed blue and turquoise and brings in around £100,000 a year in rent for Adam and his wife  Bournemouth News / Rex Features

‘I lived in it for 18 months and nearly got blown away with it a few times. I left it as it was for 25 years and couldn’t really afford to do anything with it. It has only been the last 18 months that we managed to get the funding and planning permission in place that we could really do something with it.

‘We are delighted with how it has turned out. It has been designed to make the most of the views and is now a really romantic getaway’.

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