Interior inspiration can come from a host of unexpected places as well as those obvious ones, such as other people’s houses and hotels. Holiday homes and cottages are a fabulous resource for getting a fresh take on interiors, and often show a different style to your usual tastes. We’ve put together our top five favourite styles from holidaycottages.co.uk, with over 2,000 cottages to choose from across the UK they have so many to choose from, all with well thought out and unique decors…
One Hope Cottage, Moreton-in-Marsh
Found in one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, One Hope Cottage is a perfect example of where period features combine with contemporary style. Every room in this one bed cottage has been decorated to give a fresh, clean and modern feel, from the delicate soft furnishings to the cabinets in the kitchen. Subtle colour has been splashed around the cottage using smart green pot plants to break up the white. If there’s one feature you can’t miss and one which makes this a particularly memorable cottage, it’s the stunning clock which takes pride of place above the fireplace!
Decorating a property can be the perfect opportunity to bring a little of the location inside. Here, a subtle nautical decor reflects its coastal setting, and the bright and open-plan living space add to its cool and relaxing feel. A large refectory-style table takes centre stage in the dining area alongside the breakfast bar and industrial tall stalls, while stylish blue sofas complement the smart wood-effect floor in the living area. The lighting in this property is particularly interesting, with a use of oversized freestanding lamps as well as lots of industrial-style downlights through the kitchen-diner.
The Tower, Selkirk
With a name like that, you would expect to feel like a King or Queen in this property and with the intriguing decor and architecture of this 16th century tower, you definitely will. Retaining many original features such as a spiral staircase, exposed beams, wooden floors and grand fire places, along with towering book cases, wing back chairs and impressive paintings, this magnificent property really does feel like a real castle. Some of the soft furnishings offer a slightly unusual decor, such as the sofas and rugs in the Great Hall. The interior takes a super modern turn in the sitting room, with white-washed wood floors, a feature glass table and animal skin rug.
The Old Bakehouse, Leominster
This lovingly restored bakehouse is bursting with beautiful features. One thing that really stands out is the absolutely stunning roll top slipper bath in one of the en-suite bathrooms. Reflecting the Victorian style with elegant feet but offering a sleek modern design this bath also brings a dash of colour to a simple bathroom, instantly adding character and life. In the lounge area, as it is popular to do, the decor has been kept very neutral. In a holiday cottage especially, neutral is a popular choice to appeal to all tastes. That character and charm comes from the stunning stone floor and the rose pink cushions added to accessorise the sofas.
Trevalgas Manor, Bude
Trevalgas manor is a very elegant Georgian Manor which has been beautifully brought up to date while retaining many of its original features. A chic decor has been introduced to ensure the ancient building is easy on the eye. Each of the five bedrooms has been finished to reflect an individual style. In one room, a stunning carved wooden bed takes pride of place showing off its intriguing carved characters. In another, an elegant brass bed sits alongside a fireplace where uncovered brickwork adds a hint of character to the room.