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Interior design tips for coastal holiday cottages

A well-designed holiday cottage on the Yorkshire Coast will always be popular. After all, who doesn’t love a family holiday or a romantic getaway to the seaside? Here are our interior design tips for coastal holiday cottages.

1. Play it cool…

Owner tips for coastal holiday cottages

This light room at The Retreat in Sandsend is the epitome of seaside chic.

Light and bright interiors work really well in coastal properties. White clapboard walls and hues of blue and grey can all add to the seaside feel of a holiday cottage on the coast.

The living room at Lilly's Cottage in Robin Hoods Bay combines coastal blues and whites

Lilly’s Cottage in Robin Hoods Bay expertly combines blues and whites for a coastal look and feel.

It is important, however, to avoid going overboard or you could end up with a look that is cliched rather than chic.

The School house is a dog-friendly holiday home in Sandsend

We love the clapboard walls at The School House in Sandsend.

2. Keep it cosy…

While light and bright can really add to the seaside feel, it is important to remember that you’ll need bookings during the winter period too.

Feet in front of woodburning fire

That means making sure people can get cosy and warm inside when the weather is cooler outside.

Cosy lounge setting

Wood burners are always popular - many people will actively search for this when booking a cottage - and throws, blankets and cushions all help to add warmth to a room.

Little Pearl is a romantic holiday cottage in Robin Hoods Bay

Cushions and a roaring log fire keep things cosy at Little Pearl in Robin Hoods Bay.

Fabrics with stripes or a nautical theme will add to the seaside look too.

Lobster cushions in front of window

3. Kids welcome…

The child-friendly Vale View is a holiday home in Robin Hoods Bay

There’s a great nautical theme to this twin bedroom at Vale View.

If you are looking to attract families (kids love a trip to the beach), then having things like twin beds in one of the bedrooms or a zip-and-link that can be made into twins is a big bonus.

Lenwood is a child-friendly holiday cottage in Robin Hoods Bay

We love the fun design of this room and there’s an extra day bed that kids can use.

Adding extras like bucket and spades for little ones will go down a treat and you can have a bit of fun with the décor in a children’s room too!

Book a family-friendly holiday cottage to the Yorkshire Coast

Some of the essentials you need for a seaside holiday!

4. Add some character….

Colourful dining room setting

Who wants to stay in a plain and boring holiday home? It’s certainly unlikely to stick in the minds of guests. Adding quirky touches whether it is artwork or splashes of colour, will make your property stand out.

Tradditional oven next to stairs

We love this original feature at Lilly’s Cottage in Robin Hoods Bay.

Many properties on the Yorkshire Coast have lots of history, so make the most of this too with black and white photos and keeping original features intact where possible.

Millbrook is a characterful holiday cottage in Robin Hoods Bay

Nostalgic pictures on the wall at Millbrook in Robin Hoods Bay.

5. Shop locally

I think it’s a good idea to shop locally for decorative pieces for your holiday cottage and there are some lovely places to try on the Yorkshire Coast.

Local handcrafted items

Whether it’s artwork, antiques or table lamps, where better to find items that embody the coast than at the coast?

Millbrook is a coastal holiday cottage in Robin Hoods Bay

A nautical clock made from driftwood at Millbrook in Robin Hoods Bay.

Places to try include Berties of Bay in Robin Hoods Bay, LillianDaph in Saltburn and Eskdale Antiques in Sleights. There’s also a variety of antique and collectable shops in Whitby old town.

Interesting copper lamp

We love this stylish lamp at Rock Lobster.

6. Dog-friendly or not dog-friendly

Dog sat in the sun outside on a bench

Whether to go dog-friendly is a decision that all cottage owners need to make. On the Yorkshire Coast, in particular, there is a big demand for dog-friendly holiday cottages. Many beaches, cafes and pubs will allow dogs.

Wooden floors at The School House Sandsend are perfect for muddy paws!

Wooden floors at The School House Sandsend are perfect for muddy paws!

If you do decide to go dog-friendly, then wooden or tiled floors make it much easier to clean up sandy paw prints. Whitewashed wooden floors are very seaside chic too!

7. Make the most of outside space…

Enjoy sitting out on your own terrace, elevated to the rear of the cottage.

It’s not always possible to have outside space on the coast – especially in traditional fishing villages like Robin Hoods Bay. However, if you do have a patio or garden, no matter how small it is, you can make the most of it with potted shrubs and seating.

Sit out in the beautiful garden at The Retreat in Sandsend

The large garden at The Retreat in Sandsend has different areas and sections.

Big gardens can be a real selling point for a property so you can make a real feature of this – even dividing it up into different areas.

These tips will help you create a design for your coastal holiday cottage that will really appeal to guests. For even more inspiration, browse our range of Yorkshire Coast holiday cottages.

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