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Once you have your holiday cottage, how can you make it stand out from the crowd? There are thousands of holiday properties right across the UK, from castles to cottages, and as an Owner, you want to get your share of those holiday bookings!

Whether our guests want a romantic, cosy cottage just for two, or a huge house for a family reunion, your cottage will be sure to be in demand in the Lakes – as this is the number one location for holiday homes in the UK. (Visit Britain)

Our browsing customers will often choose a cottage or home just because of its gorgeousness! First impressions are so important, and all the little extras that our guests love and make a holiday feel like a real luxury break away. Think about outdoor spaces, places to sit and eat together, a woodburning stove,  coffee machines, and music systems, perhaps making it dog friendly or adding a hot tub?

We all want to feel the WOW factor when we browse through the all-important photos and imagine ourselves on holiday in the space. Some home-owners choose to work with an interior designer for that professionally designed look.

Make Your Property Stand Out

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.

It’s 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.

Rose Cottage, Port Isaac

Anouska’s Top Design Tips

  1. My main tip would be fall in love with something – a piece of art, a photograph, a wallpaper, or a piece of fabric, then use it as the main feature and work backward from there. For example, you find a floral wallpaper you love, then perhaps bring out 3 different colours from the wallpaper into blinds, cushions and lamps.
  2. Be brave and go for the impact – even consider colours that would be seen as clashing (like pink and orange).
  3. Let each piece breathe and stand-alone – try and move away from wanting a match of cushions, and curtains, you’re looking for a complementary feel and if you’re very daring, a clash here and there.
  4. Consider mixing patterns. Perhaps a floral pattern with a geometric one, perhaps 2 wallpapers or a wallpaper and a fabric. The effect can be stunning.
  5. Scour the local flea markets and antique shops, finding something quirky and authentic can be a real focus for your room. It really brings with it its own history, has a story to tell and is so much more interesting than having everything brand new.
  6. Upcycling old pieces of furniture perhaps by painting them with vibrant colours that complement your scheme is another great way of being original and different.
  7. Your room should tell a story about you, your personality, where you’ve travelled and what you love in life.
  8. My trinity is Art, Fabrics, Wallpaper. They give me that initial inspiration, and everything else follows.

Great Interior Design in the Lake District

Gillside, Newlands Valley

This is a 1920s detached house that has been architecturally redesigned with a stylish practical interior design with some top-of-the-range designer furniture to provide a bespoke holiday home from home accommodating 8 people.


No. 7 , Ambleside

The focus of No7 is on luxury and comfort with a mixture of colour, patterns and prints against a neutral backdrop. To keep everyone entertained on wet days, the garage has been converted into a games room with a pool table and also has a bike stand for stowing bicycles.


High Cunsey Farm, Far Sawrey

This property has been designed with an emphasis on quality, style, character and comfort and provides everything you could need for your self-catering holiday and more. High Cunsey was shortlisted for self-catering property of the year by Cumbria Tourism 2018 and has also been featured in Cumbria Life.


Whatever style you decide to decorate your holiday home in, we hope we’ve given you some inspiration!

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