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Think unique decor, outdoor spaces and seating, a comforting woodburning stove and lots of room to eat together inside. Perhaps there’s a games room, a boot room or a hot tub? This will make your property stand out in addition to opting for the cottage to be dog friendly.
All those little extras that our guests love make a holiday feel like a real luxurious break away. If you can achieve this feeling with your interior design, chances are you’ll get bookings regardless of the location. We all want to feel the WOW factor when we browse through the all-important photos.
Try and consider your surroundings when choosing your interior style. For example, if your cottage is based near a forest, take inspiration from the countryside and keep the country character of the cottage. Lots of guests visiting the Lakes look for the modern country style as they are eager to be in the countryside. Modern fittings do well in towns, as this reflects the surroundings well too.
We recently had a chat with Anoushka Lancaster, Interior Designer and owner of two cottage experiences from our sister company, John Bray Cornish Holidays. Anoushka owns Hillside & Rose Cottage, in Port Isaac North Cornwall. We asked her what she thinks makes a great holiday home.
“We all want to wake up in the morning on our holidays and feel happy. A playfully decorated home can achieve that. It’s all about creating an atmosphere from the moment a guest arrives at the cottage, making them feel welcome and curious about what their holiday will bring. It can be a real escape from normality and our every-day stresses and strains. Its’ all about little touches too, things that make a guest feel you’ve really thought about their stay and how to make it special. My aim is to create a space that is joyous and relaxing, somewhere different from your home environment, perhaps even something that makes you chuckle!
I love quirky and unusual interiors, particularly of colour and design, and I’m a huge believer that a house should show a personality not just creating a show home. I love using playful and vibrant wallcoverings full of zingy colourful coral and sea-life, lively stripy blinds and individual cushions to complete the look.
Hillside, Port Isaac
Recently refurbished by the current owners, this superb property offers a homely retreat in one of the most beautiful settings in the area. The owners’ attention to detail is evident throughout and all the furniture has been carefully chosen to create a wonderful and welcoming setting.
Recently developed by the current owners and finished to a very high standard, Landower offers a welcoming, spacious, bright and airy open plan lounge with log burning stove, kitchen and dining area with patio doors onto the garden and two patios. Complemented by a choice of four en-suite bedrooms all with luxury en-suite facilities there is plenty of space for all.
Hares Breath has been developed by the owner to create a superb holiday retreat that offers first-class accommodation in a superb location. The property oozes luxury, whilst maintating traditional features such as wooden beams and exposed brickwork. The furnishings includes a lot of wood and earth tones, perfect for guests seeking a country yet modern getaway.
However you choose to decorate your holiday home, we hope you’ve been inspired to maybe try something a little bit different!
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