So we’re finally live! With great relief our website was completed a couple of weeks ago now. It’s been a long time coming, but we are delighted with how Hudson Cottage is looking and overwhelmed by the level of support, interest and positive comments we have received. It certainly makes it all worth while.
It occurred to me when reading the lovely comments, that whilst people are seeing and appreciating how it looks now, we’ve not shared with you the ‘before’, so you can see exactly how far we’ve come. So here it is below – some of the ‘before’, followed by the ‘afters’. It’s been quite a journey….
The fireplace was quite a discovery:
The fire place as it was
The original fireplace revealed
A much more modern, extended kitchen was in order:
The kitchen before…
A much lighter, bigger and modern result.
The bathroom was in need of a more sympathetic overhaul:
The Bathroom needed a face lift
A classic style for a period cottage
Floors stripped back to their original state:
Pine used to be the focus
Original floor boards revealed
A slightly unusual cupboard, turned out to be a much larger space, perfect for a log store and book shelf:
The old cupboard
We always knew that renovating a cottage some 300 miles from where we live was not going to be easy. And we were right. After initial expectations put the renovation at 5 weeks to completion we were confident – and excited – about hitting our ideal deadline of Easter to welcome in our first guests. We’re now on week 12, with a further week to go… still we can’t complain. Work has revealed some beautiful results – original wooden floorboards, our fabulous fireplace and with our modern, yet, sympathetic additions it really is looking lovely.
Our Cornish relatives have been a fantastic support, giving us regular progress updates and getting out their paint brushes on so many occasions we can hardly thank them enough. They’ll be sending us some photo updates very soon, so at long last we may well be able to share our (nearly) finished results with you. And I for one, can’t wait.
As the renovations begin to draw to a close, we can really start to see the finished result taking shape. And so far so good! Today our new fireplace went in…
Tomorrow it’s the turn of the bathroom. It’s so exciting to see your vision becoming reality – and know the end is finally insight!
We have finally got round to setting and publishing our rates for the year ahead! Please visit the ‘Rates’ page of our blog for full details. We’ll be running various special offers throughout the year so check back regularly to ensure you don’t miss out!
We were delighted to receive this image from our builder last night. A bit of investigation (and hammering out of bricks) has revealed the cottage’s original fireplace! Considering its age (nearly 125 years old), we knew there may be an interesting surprise or two waiting for us within the cottage’s walls – and we couldn’t be happier with this discovery.
Today’s task is to select a new kitchen for the cottage. I’m trying not get swayed by the huge amount of choice on offer and focus on the country feel we want to create. Cosy, stylish and practical is becoming my renovation mantra!
There’s also a bathroom suite to choose – my heart yearns for a roll top, but my head (not to mention husband!) knows a more standard bath with shower over is the practical choice for a holiday let. Still I could just see a double ended roll top with ball and claw feet….
It’s frustrating that we’re not able to share any pictures with you as yet, but with a trip to Cornwall planned for early next month, we’ve not too long to wait now.
Right, back to those kitchen brochures….
So work has begun on getting our cottage picture perfect and ready for its first visitors.
At 125 years old, we’ve got a fabulous base to be working with. Thick stone walls, an open fire and a nook or cranny here and there will enable us to create the idyllic, cosy feel we want to offer.
We hope to achieve an authentic vintage look combined with the modern day comforts you (and we) would expect from a holiday home.
Its very exciting to see everything start to take shape. We know there’s a long way to go yet and there’s a lot to get sorted, but we look forward to sharing the journey and all of its ups and downs with you!
Just two minutes drive from Hudson Cottage you will find Siblyback Lake Country Park.