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  • Writer's pictureLouisa at Starre Corner

Hingham's Hidden Gem; Bank House Norfolk

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

Interior Styling and photography is one of my greatest pleasures. Thankfully Norfolk and the surrounding counties are blessed with many gorgeous holiday cottages with fabulous interiors. I'm always excited to be invited to spend a day in a new location, doing what I love.

Bank House is a 15th century little gem of a cottage, tucked away down a private locked access. Before arriving at Bank House I anticipated great things as this gorgeous cottage belongs to Sam and Louise Coster, owners of Mongers Architectural Salvage. Sam and Louise sell the most incredible reclaimed and salvage pieces and have an impressive and enviable interiors client list.

Louise contacted me after following my Instagram account for a while. She liked my photography style and recognised that we shared a similar interiors style too. We both have a love of antique, vintage and time worn pieces and although Bank Cottage is a few hundred years older than my own cottage she knew I'd have an understanding of how to best capture an old wonky interior.

Styling Bank House was easy. The house itself has been sympathetically restored with a copious amount of original features remaining on view. This makes the perfect backdrop. Louise has carefully sourced beautiful accessories, including a cupboard full of Emma Bridgewater crockery, to complement the ancient interior and has skilfully made many of the soft furnishings herself.

Photographing Bank Cottage was possibly the trickiest photography job I've ever undertaken; everything is wonky. Louise describes her husband, Sam as a purist; Sam undertook the restoration of Bank House, wanting to retain all of the buildings provenance and integrity - wonky beam and floorboards included. There's not a straight edge in sight which is what makes Bank House so special - not easy for a photographer though.

One thing I notice when I spent my day at Bank House is just how amazingly peaceful and relaxing it felt. As I went about my business, with only the dulcet tones of a Roberts radio for company it was hard to believe that just a minutes walk away were the shops of Hingham. I could really envisage spending a holiday break at Bank House, it was brimming with interior style and home comforts.

Bank Cottage is available as a holiday rental. You can book your stay here:


If you would like to talk to me about my styling and photography services please contact me and request my rate card. My work mostly takes me to Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire but I am available to travel UK wide. Please email


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