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You’ve taken the plunge and bought your holiday home, now starts the fun part where you can channel your inner designer, and use interior design and make it really stand out from the crowd! 

It’s time to make your property somewhere that gives our guests the ‘wow’ factor when they browse through the website and get them clicking on the ‘Book Now’ button. 

Whether they are searching for a romantic, cosy cottage just for two, or a large house for a family reunion, your property 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). Its’ interior design will be important too, as guests continue to look for properties with the ‘wow’ factor.

Our browsing customers will often choose a somewhere just because it looks amazing.  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. As well as decoration, interior design is also 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 transport ourselves on holiday there. 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 Anouska 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 use interior design 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

Whether you choose classic or modern, your interiors should ultimately make your guests feel comfortable, and make them smile with delight.

The Vicarage, Rosthwaite

This beautiful detached holiday home, is in the valley of Borrowdale near Keswick.   A fine Victorian rectory now lovingly restored to a warm, welcoming home with wood burning stoves, classic décor and all the modern conveniences that guests would desire for a comfortable and enjoyable holiday.  The owners chose excellent classic decor, totally in-keeping with the elegance and history of the house offering a stylish and comfortable holiday home.

This architecturally-designed magnificent modern house sits on its own private shoreline on Lake Windermere with incredible views right up the Lake. For such a modern structure, the Owners have definitely gone for the wow-factor, with luxurious bedrooms all ensuite, and the master featuring a wrap-around balcony.

The grey, white and slate kitchen and dining area is all open plan, and totally modern feel, and the cinema style TV room with surround sound system, has sky blue leather sofas a colour that features around the house and of course, outside.

Whatever style you decide as your ‘signature’ interior design for your holiday home, we hope we’ve given you some inspiration!

Browse some of our ‘WOW’ cottages here