With a keen eye, bounce in step, and camera in hand, members of our staff set out yesterday with talented local photographer, Mike Searle, ready to capture the essence of some of the beautiful holiday homes on offer at Classic Cottages.
The day started at Lavethan Mill (2865), a stunning renovation which combines mill and cottage in a beautifully traditional style, infused with a modern twist.
The shoot initially focused on the master bedroom; a wide, open space situated at the top of the cottage, with a huge arched, gothic window, framed with beautiful lattice leadwork. The window allowed for a wonderful pool of light to filter into the room onto a sumptuous chaise-longue, whilst allowing for breath-taking woodland views.
The gorgeous bronze-framed bed which took pride of place in the centre of the room looked divinely comfortable, but unfortunately we couldn’t get in it.
After we were sure we’d taken enough shots to really do the room justice, we moved onto the kitchen. Here, we immediately picked up on how inviting the room was with a long, wooden table running down the middle of the adjoining dining room. We could just imagine the whole family sat around soaking in the atmosphere and generally having a giggle!
Having spent the morning working hard to get the perfect shot, and with temperatures plummeting to Arctic conditions outside, we reconvened at the Blisland Inn for lunch. The broccoli and stilton soup of the day, served with fresh bread and butter went down an absolute treat, and having revived our enthusiasm and thawed our extremities, we were ready to get to our next destination!
In the afternoon we went to One Puddle (2740), a magical house situated in a picturesque valley, surrounded by wildflower meadows, with a stream tracing its way through the gardens.
If the house was enchanting during the day (and it certainly was!), it was even more so in the evening as we watched the sun fade into darkness and light from the conservatory come flooding out over the grounds. The traditional stone, exterior of the cottage complemented the stylish, modern conservatory really well, and the charm of the cottage really came through. We wanted to stay there ourselves.
All in all the day was a great success and we thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to photograph these magnificent houses. Looking forward to presenting the results...