We’re back from a lovely week in Cardigan Bay, Wales with Sykes Cottages. So many lovely things to share about this striking Georgian style Grade II listed seaside home. It was painted blue, many properties in the area are brightly painted – there was something wonderful about coming home to this wonderful hue!
Let’s start in the kitchen, which has two lovely gingham chairs by an old fireplace, a lovely place to sit and chat with an old friend who popped in the first weekend, and my Dad who came to say hello at the other end of the week.
I love the stones from the beach in jars, and the shelf of lovely embroidery pictures which had Welsh sayings sewn across them, and the view of the pretty little garden. Gingham and floral cushions is a hard combination not to love.
The objects in the cottage sparked my interest – they brought splashes of colour and flashes of history. Dad visited and enjoyed telling me stories of using a toasting fork as a child and of relatives baking in an oven by the fire like this one. Look at that iron!
The original fireplaces in all the rooms are spectacular and a real feature. Our dog Max soon felt at home on his new bed. The art work, much of it with Welsh language, was a strong feature and was complemented by old photographs of the area which had me fascinated.
I loved the modern colour scheme in the living room, yellow and grey and green, with leaves, birds and insects reflecting the nature the area is well known for.
The dining room was a lovely place to gather as a family to eat and play board games. There was even a big red arm chair to escape to. The house had plenty of space to be together – the living room seats 5 easily, and to be apart.
The use of gingham continued upstairs, with lovely blue curtains overlooking the garden.
Pretty touches and a lovely view.
The staircase is dramatic and has to be seen to be believed, there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom coming off the split level first floor, and a small office.
I loved the views into each room, so inviting!
The gold and teal in the main bedroom provides a dramatic but cosy look. The modern white furniture is practical and comfortable and also allows the fireplace to really stand out. All the bedding was really cosy.
There is a twin bedroom with a fabulous blue chest of drawers (matches the front of the house). The decoupage birds were very sweet and bring the outdoors in.
The bunk bedroom was cosy and had lovely cushions and blankets.
I loved how the driftwood became a puzzle, we all wanted to work out what the story behind each piece was. Dad guessed what domestic object this used to be, and his prize was to add a worn down chair leg he found on the beach.
The little study was a joy to discover, as I had a little bit of work to do while I was away, what better place to do it than overlooking the sea? I loved browsing the books and DVDs too. Oh to have this view every day!
Come back tomorrow and see how Barbara House inspired my ‘I do like to be beside the sea’ mood board, full of ideas for a seaside bedroom, and home.
Eight inspirations I will take with me from this seaside home:
Cosy reading corners are wonderful – cushions, lighting and throws
Choose objects and pictures that spark conversation and provoke thought.
Modern furniture can really make period features stand out.
Bring the outside in through nature themed patterns.
Baskets are a brilliant way to keep clutter in check.
Jars are a lovely way to display small objects like shells and pebbles.
Moroccan kitchenware – time to invest in some larger pieces too!
Gold and Teal – what a gorgeous combination.
Need to know
We were guests of Sykes Cottages, at Barbara House. There is so much to explore locally, including the beautiful multicoloured harbour homes in Aberaeron, also a foodies paradise; the stunning National Trust sandy beach at Mwnt, the jolly unspoilt seaside town New Quay, where Dylan Thomas lived and gathered inspiration, and where you can take dolphin watching boat trips from April to October. Aberyswyth is just up the coast for shopping and you can explore Devil’s Bridge and other settings from the BBC series Hinterland, the scenery inland is quite remarkable and other worldly. Llannon is a peaceful and friendly small town, and it is a short walk to the rocky beach, or a two mile walk to a sandy beach (when the tide is out).