Get their look: Historic Welsh holiday cottage

Historic Welsh holiday cottagecredit

Have you ever noticed how in January, you begin to see lots of television ads for holiday companies? It’s a time of year when everyone has Christmas fatigue, cold weather fatigue and probably ‘Dry January’ fatigue as well! What better way to get ourselves out of that fug than booking a week away?

We were browsing one of those holiday company websites when we came across this historic Welsh holiday cottage. Located between the remote beaches of Abermawr and Aberbach in Pembrokshire, the cottage once served as a hut for storing cables back in the early days of international telephone communication. You’ll find little nods to its previous life in the cable spool coffee table and other vintage industrial homewares and furniture. Eye-catching, locally-produced, Melin Tregwynt woollen textiles are dotted throughout the cottage bringing flashes of colour and texture, whilst also softening the hard surfaces of the space.

Our finger is hovering over the ‘book’ button!

  1. Customised Welsh signs
  2. Vintage roadworks lamp
  3. Concrete table lamp
  4. Glass storage jar with rope handle
  5. Melin Tregwynt ‘Mondo’ cushion, red
  6. Melin Tregwynt ‘Madison’ cushion, red
  7. Metal basket on wheels
  8. Red & white stripe throw
  9. John Lewis The Basics Alpha bed frame, double, grey

Get their look: Historic Welsh holiday cottage | H is for Home

Tips on how to style your holiday home

Tips on how to style your holiday home

If you own a holiday home or have recently purchased one, you need to know how to prepare for the guests to arrive. You have a blank canvas on which you can truly use your style to give it a unique touch. Thanks to the rise of sites such as Airbnb, you can now rent out your property for days or weeks at a time when you aren’t using it, meaning you can get some welcome additional income to help with your household bills or Christmas presents. However, you don’t want your home to lose those quintessential touches – making it feel more like a hotel than a cosy bolt hole. So, whether you plan to use your holiday home yourself, or are looking to rent it out to holidaymakers, then keep these styling tips in mind.

Large picture window in a holiday home


Believe it or not, flooring can make or break a holiday home. If your property is by the beach, then carpet is a nightmare to clean, while woodland cabins could soon see your dream floorboards become mud stained and damaged. If you are planning on renting out your home for several months of the year, then you need to make sure that you put practicality over style when choosing the right flooring for your property.

If your home is likely to be popular with families, then a non-slip and easy clean option will be a functional ideal to help any little accidents to be removed quickly and easily. If your property is in a more urban setting, or you only rent out to adult guests, then go wild with your dream cream carpets or wooden floors. However, if you want to make sure that you protect your flooring then warn your guests before arriving. Stiletto heels will cause some serious damage to your oak floorboards, so it’s better to set some ground rules before you start welcoming guests.

Open fire in a rustic holiday home

Embrace the surroundings

Remember, that your property is your second home, rather than a hotel or guest house. So, don’t let yourself be too influenced by the latest style trends or colour palettes. If you are fortunate enough to own a log cabin or cottage in Cornwall, then embrace your surroundings and any features that your home already offers. Don’t spoil gorgeous wooden beams with garish paint, or get rid of architectural features – as these add a unique touch to your property. Remember, these are all aspects that you can highlight when marketing your house to potential guests. If visitors wanted to stay in a hotel, then they wouldn’t be choosing your home.

Neutrally decorated sitting room in a holiday home

Be bold

Use colour to give your vacation home a truly unique touch. Remember, that you can use bright and vivid colours in the living areas, although bedrooms should be kept neutral so that your guests can feel a sense of calm when they are resting. Neutral tones can make the house feel modern, open and clean, but the use of dark colours in small, cosy living spaces can make any property feel cramped and oppressive for guests. Always buy sample tins of the paints that you like and test them in natural daylight for a true representation of how it will make your room feel. If you have a room that is for younger guests, then you may even want to consider using paint that is designed for easy cleaning. Tots and little hands will soon wreck any white walls, so make sure that you choose a darker neutral tone to conceal any damage.

Neutrally decorated double bedroom in a holiday home

Add unique touches

If your home is full of quirky or unique furniture, then this could influence whether your guests keep coming back year after year. Especially if you are marketing your home for adult guests, then make sure that you use a few unique pieces and items across your home to give it a personal look and feel. From adding some flea market finds, to leaving family photos on display, there’s no reason why you should make your home a sterile or boring environment. So, let your creative juices flow and be sure to include several items or pieces of art work that celebrate who you are as a family. It’s advisable, however, to refrain from keeping objects of high sentimental value in your holiday home, some things cannot be replaced!

Patio overlooking the Greek coastline

Ample seating

Don’t scrimp on seating! Even if your home is small and perfectly formed, remember that when your guests stay in your property they may invite friends and family members over for meals. Be sure to have ample seating in your living room, with a cosy couch and lazy chairs for your visitors to chill out in after their family meal. If your property has a deck, then be sure to provide some outdoor seating too, as your guests will love the opportunity to spend time eating and sharing time with family outdoors. You could even consider keeping some extra seating in store, if you have a garage, so that any visitors can help themselves and make good use of the space. If you’re looking for advice or help on renting out your holiday home, then sites such as TripleNet Gateway can help. Visitors may be put off returning to your property if they can’t enjoy it to the full, so make sure that you consider all options as you prepare your home to receive paying guests.

As a holiday home-owner, you need to make sure that your property reflects your own tastes and style, while providing a practical and welcoming space for any potential visitors or guests. Make sure that you provide enough seating and consider the type of flooring within your home. Don’t be afraid to include a few unique items or family photos to make guests feel welcome and at home – it’s a holiday home and not a hotel. Finally, have fun with colour to make your property feel stylish and warm. There’s no reason why you can’t inject your holiday home with a few stylish touches and colours, just make sure that whatever you choose suits your space. Once you’ve given your home a makeover, you can sit back and enjoy your stylish efforts.


A birthday week in Malham

Sheep in Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

We’ve just returned from Malham in the Yorkshire Dales – a little getaway to mark Adelle’s birthday!

Tennant Cottage, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

We stayed at Tennant Cottage, a traditional stone house which we found online.

Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

It has a wonderful location, right in the heart of the village, the bubbling beck flowing out front.

Dry stone walls, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

It’s only a short drive from our home in Todmorden to Malham (just over an hour); however, Malham is a magical little place, so you still feel like you’re having a holiday!

Adelle looking through a gap in a dry stone wall, Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

The high, upland moors of the Dales are very similar to our own Pennine moors, but at lower levels the area has a very unique appearance and feel.

Sheep paddocks, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

The pale limestone rock plays a major part. In fact, it has the classic limestone scenery taught in geography & geology lessons in classrooms worldwide. Justin came here on school field trips in his youth – now an old man, he returned to sit on rocks where he had his packed lunch 40 years ago!

Justin in front of Gordale Scar, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

There are lots of craggy outcrops, cliffs, gorges, pavements, streams and caverns – and the famous dry stone walls and farm buildings are all constructed from this local rock.

Solitary tree, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

It’s very pretty in the summer; however, the winter months can be stunning too – it has a stark beauty.

Footpath, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

We enjoyed our many walks with Fudge, especially when the sun shone. There were lots of tempting paths that drew us through the glorious countryside.

Tree beside Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

Weather-wise, we had three nice sunny days and three ‘challenging’ ones. The scenery was still dramatic on the harsh days, but driving wind & rain isn’t great for taking it all in. You find yourselves hood ups, heads down, looking at your walking boots!

Adelle braving the wind, Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

Still, it was late November, so a mixed bag has to be expected.

Limestone pavement, Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

Back in the village, we had a choice of places to relax. Our cottage was warm & cosy so that was one option. We also had a choice of pubs and cafés on the doorstep.

Looking through the window of Tennant Cottage, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

And when we say on the doorstep, we really mean it. You could actually see most of them from the house – and a tempting sight they were too!

Bridge in the evening, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

There are a couple of good pubs – The Buck Inn and the Lister Arms Hotel. We frequented The Lister Arms in particular – we loved its country style and traditional feel.

The Lister Arms Hotel, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

It had a great fire too, where a fair few refreshing pints were supped!

A pint of bitter in front of the fire in the Lister Arms Hotel bar, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

There’s also Beck Hall with it’s lovely wood panelled snug – that’s a must for your Malham shortlist. In addition to its snug and garden room, it has some outside seating areas alongside the river which will no doubt be glorious in the summer.

The lounge in Beck Hall, Malham, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

Everywhere seemed to be dog friendly which made life much easier for us.

Justin and Fudge on a bridge over Malham Beck, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

Despite his advancing years, Fudge was really in his element and loved the long walks.

Fudge drinking from Malham Beck | H is for Home

It’s perfect dog walking territory actually – paths, picnic spots and places to get drinks on the move.

Adelle and Fudge at Janet's Foss, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

In addition to the outdoor activity, he was equally fond of all the attention he got – not only from us, but fellow walkers, pub-goers, business owners and staff.

Ribblehead Viaduct on a wet, wintery day, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

We could happily spend the days in and around the village, but we took a drive through the Dales midway through our stay, getting as far as Hawes in the north of the area. There are endless country lanes, villages and valleys to explore. We’ve always loved the Ribblehead Viaduct when we’ve seen it on photos – what a joy it was when it came into view on our little jaunt out.

Adelle with Malham Cove in the background, Yorkshire Dales | H is for Home

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a special place – Adelle will always remember this birthday in beautiful Malham.