A personal dream of mine is to one day own one or two holiday homes. Maybe one in the UK and one abroad. I mean this is a fairly big dream but I just think it would be so lovely to have a home from home that we could use whenever we wanted and then could rent out the rest of the time. I often find myself imagining how I would decorate it and thinking about all the little personal touches I would do to really make it special for the people staying there.
I think the hardest decision for me would be WHERE to buy a holiday home. There are just so many beautiful places in the world. A little cottage by the sea would be total bliss. A place where you can hear the waves from your bedroom and when you open the window, there’s the unique fresh and salty smell of the water that comes to tickle your nostrils.
But I also love the idea of a quirky townhouse or apartment in a city. To be surrounded by the buzz of cabs, buses, and the incessant chatter of voices. Something which is so very different to what we’re used to at home. There would be no need to cook at home with hundreds of restaurants in town. And you’d never get bored; as there is always something to see or to do right on the doorstep!
Picking the right location is definitely the most important factor for me. For a UK holiday home I think most people are more likely to enjoy a quiet spot of paradise, such as a remote location. As most people would travel by car, there wouldn’t be any issues with transport if you’ve already got your own vehicle with you. However, if I picked a foreign location, I’d be more inclined to go for a condo for sale in town that is served by public transport.
I think interiors wise I would go for a very minimalist scandi look. As I would want to rent it out when we weren’t using it ourselves, I think keeping personal bits and bobs to a minimum would work best. I would try to create a welcoming and liberating space by using only a few key pieces of furniture. I’d then add lots of different textures with things like cushions, rugs and throws to cosy down with in the evenings. A few nice prints and some faux plants would finish the space off perfectly and give it a more homely feel.
One of my main priorities would be to ensure it felt like a home from home. I would want my guests to feel welcome from the moment they step inside. A welcome hamper basket can do wonders. An unexpected gift that invites guests to relax. Packing a few essentials for them in a basket like some bits for a nice breakfast and some other little treats on the side will made a huge difference to peoples stay.
Most people book their stays via a website, and therefore, they rely on the pictures you publish to make their choice. I’d either opt to have my own website or work with a partner such as Airbnb. People book holiday homes to relax. So for me it’s all about finding a place that brings me joy and happiness! I’d hope that if I’ve fallen in love with the place, my guests will too! Hopefully at some point in the next ten years or so maybe I could make my holiday home dreams a reality!!
*Collaborative Post but all opinions are of course my own*