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Interior Styling and Photography - Thistlewood Cottage, Brancaster, Norfolk

Updated: Jul 13, 2022

I've visited lots of holiday cottages and I've realised that I have a set of criteria which would make me want to stay. It's all in the detail - beautiful bed linens, soft furnishings, interesting artwork. a social dining table to sit at and a comfortable mattress to sink in to at the end of a tiring fresh air kind of day. Thistlewood Cottage in Brancaster ticked all of these boxes and more.

Norfolk is blessed with many popular coastal villages and Brancaster is another one of my favourite places to hangout and unwind. It's a great location for coastal activities such as walking, birdwatching, sailing and cycling with a popular pub, The Ship to head to for a hearty meal and sociable drink. Brancaster is known for it's fabulous beach and RSPB nature reserve and is very much on the North Norfolk tourist map.

The minute I walked into Thistlewood Cottage I was struck by space and light. It's approached down a little side track, off the beaten track and looks quite modest from the outside but internally the large open plan living area is flooded with natural light and ample of space to spread out and relax. It's a perfect sized cottage for friends and family gatherings. It's a cottage designed for all seasons with a sturdy log burner and stylish throws for cosy night in and a large garden for alfresco living on sunnier, warmer days. During my day at Thistlewood I really began to imagine myself on holidaying here with friends - lazy mornings. long beach walks and cosy sociable evening. I don't think I'd use my car until the day I left. With beaches, a good pub and a village shop, what more do you need.

I styled and photographed Thistlewood Cottage, Brancaster on a cold day in January but what most struck me was the light, especially in the afternoon when shards of sunlight acted like spotlights in the living area, highlighting all the beautiful things within.

When I style interiors on site in preparation for a photo shoot I always use the props and accessories around me. It’s important to keep it authentic, especially if I’m photographing holiday accommodation. At Thistlewood there was no shortage of beautiful soft furnishings, simple contemporary crockery and great interior books.

If you’re looking for a large open plan modern cottage to stay in, in one of the nicest coastal villages which North Norfolk has to offer then Thistlewood Cottage is the one for you. It’s spacious with a comfortable relaxed style and beautifully equipped.

You can book your stay at Thistlewood Cottage Blakeney here -

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