Introducing Coral Interiors, Bournemouth
Since 2014, Coral Interiors has specialised in interiors for period homes and holiday cottages. One of our favourite projects has been ‘Furlongs’, a stunning barn conversion holiday cottage in the beautiful setting of Abbotsbury, Dorset. The client had identified a barn on their estate which could be converted and extended to provide a substantial holiday cottage over two floors. The client and their build team created a stunning building with stacks of charm including original oak beams and exposed stone walls. We partnered with them to create a welcoming, harmonious scheme to reflect the coastal countryside setting.
It’s really important with holiday cottages not to cram as many beds in as possible. Think about ‘optimising not maximising’; if you have beds for six people, you need to be able to comfortably seat six people around the dining table, and have relaxed seating for that many people in reception rooms and the garden.
With three reception areas and a vast open-plan kitchen/ dining space, there is room at Furlongs for family members to do their own thing, whether that be playing board games, reading, watching TV or relaxing after dinner.
The five bedrooms each have their own personality and features and can comfortably accommodate ten guests. With zip-and-link beds, we added flexibility for some rooms to be configured as luxurious doubles or useful twins.
We also try to think about multiple generations and the ages/needs of guests. For example, we use chairs with high backs and firm seats alongside slouchy corner sofas where possible. It’s also important to factor in accessibility early on, with low or no thresholds, wide doorways, and wet rooms rather than shower cubicles, especially in ground floor en-suites.
Technology is also key; a decent broadband service is essential to allow all guests to stay connected or even be able to work remotely. Large TVs with sound bars, bluetooth speakers, and USB wall sockets all make the guests feel welcomed and make their stay as convenient as possible. And don’t forget an electric car-charging point on the driveway.
Our key recommendation is to think about your target market from the outset. Why are they likely to book your property? Are they likely to be large family groups with children and grandparents, or is it a cosy cottage for two? If walking is a key activity, then consider a boot room and allowing a well-behaved dog or two. Is a hot tub an option, or a pizza oven, Shepherd’s hut, or outdoor games room? Always aim for that wow factor, so you can command a better nightly rate and attract more bookings.
To find out more about Coral Interiors, visit coralinteriors.co.uk
With a Visit England Gold 5-star rating, Furlongs can be booked through Luxury Dorset Cottages at luxurydorsetcottages.co.uk