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 sea. Here are our interior design tips for coastal holiday cottages.
#01 Play it cool…
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.
It is important however to avoid going overboard or you could end up with a look that is cliched rather than chic.
#02 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.
That means making sure people can get cosy and warm inside when the weather is cooler outside.
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.
Fabrics with stripes or a nautical theme can all help add to the seaside look too!
#03 Kids welcome…
If you are looking to attract families (and after all 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.
Adding extras like bucket and spades for kids will go down a treat and you can have a bit of fun with the décor in a children’s room too!
#04 Add some character….
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.
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 feature intact where possible.
#05 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.
Where it’s artwork, antiques or table lamps where better to find items that embody the coast than at the coast.
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.
#06 Dog-friendly or not dog-friendly
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.
If you do decide to go dog-friendly then wooden or tiled floors make it much easier to clean up sandy paw prints. White-washed wooden floors are very seaside chic too!
#07 Make the most of outside space…
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.
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.
Gorgeous Cottages are a booking agent for luxury holiday cottages throughout Yorkshire. If you own a holiday home (or are thinking of purchasing one) give us a call on 01642 263 249.