Art in Holiday Cottages

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Every time a guest walks into your holiday cottage you want them to think, “wow”. Carefully furnished, cleaned and polished, a lot of effort is put into creating the perfect self-catering accommodation. But what else could add that final je ne sais quoi?


The Pool House, Marazion


Seeing interesting artwork line the walls of a property is always a treat, and it’s even more special when pieces have local significance. Displaying figurative artwork presents an opportunity to show off what’s special about an area and bring the outside in. If your guests love the surrounding landscape, why not bring it inside and make the most of the South West’s unrivaled aesthetics like this fantastic piece at Lavethan Mill, near Bodmin?


Lavethan Mill


Authentic artwork makes your property unique, creating a focal point and something to talk about. It’s not all so literal though. Abstract art is equally as popular, and creates a fantastic feature for any room. Woodend Farm near Honiton is set in an idyllic rural setting, and is home to a contemporary interior with striking abstract paintings, bringing the walls of the farmhouse alive.


Woodend Farmhouse, Honiton


Some cottages ooze with history, so why not incorporate a story into your space? The Pool House in Marazion was once, you guessed it, a pool house. These days, it has been creatively and cleverly renovated into a holiday home with floor to ceiling windows, vibrant, colourful paintings, prints and sculptures, including sculptors of swimmers, a humorous nod to the property’s past life.


Sculpture, The Pool House


Having chosen a theme for your cottage, using artwork to support your style can be very effective too. Lark Rise in the Quantock Hills embodies a Japanese theme, complete with a Japanese-style summer house and pond.


Lark Rise, Quantock Hills


Whether you’re an artist yourself, commission a piece from a local artist or simply purchase artwork from a gallery or shop, using art can add taste to your cottage and also support local people.

Get in touch with local galleries; you may be able to purchase unusual works directly from them or local artists may be willing to display their work for potential sale, whilst you can savour their beautiful creations on your walls. If you’re local to Penzance, for example, there are often selling exhibitions in The Picture Room at Newlyn Art Gallery, where you can purchase affordable works to take home with you.

However you choose to feature it and through whichever medium, art can add a flare to your property that nothing else can. Whether you want to celebrate your surroundings or history or simply want to liven things up, a bit of artistic inspiration can go a long way in letting success.

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