This week I am resting my broken wrist in the Peak District, with Woopy, my parents, and Kieran is joining us later in the week. We’re staying in a beautiful little village called Castleton, in Derbyshire, and honestly it is just like a scene from the Christmas film, The Holiday. I am completely in love and have decided I am never going to leave! At least until we check out Saturday. But I have made sure I’ve taken plenty of pictures to inspire my own home when we get back.
As soon as we pulled up, I loved the little attention to details, from the door wreath to the pumpkins ready for halloween. These look great just positioned in groups of different sizes, without even carving! This continued the minute we stepped through the door, with a greetings table, array of books to read and a wonderfully rustic space to put on muddy boots for walking.
The heart of the house, the kitchen diner, is as charming and shabby chic as every other inch of the house. I love the bench at the dining table with the scatter cushions and the aged painted chairs. What really overwhelmed me were the little touches left for Woopy such as having bowls left out for her, already filled, and a tin of treats to go with the ones left for us.
The homely atmosphere created with the warmth of the decor and little details, make it feel like your own home, ready to move into. Each room is carefully planned, with grey as the backdrop for age-painted furniture, rustic wall signs and country touches. One of my favourite pieces is the coffee table in the lounge. It’s a large woven basket trunk with black letters and numbers painted on the side. I think I will do this myself to some baskets in my living room using a stencil I’ve found in Hobbycraft.
I’m already having such a lovely time, I think we might come again next year! I am so excited to show you more of the cottage, our holiday and our Halloween, but right now I am off to snuggle up by the log burner! If you like what you’ve seen, you can stay here, with plenty of pubs and walking routes, as well as caves and local visitor attractions such as Chatsworth House.