A small space with bags of mid-century style, this is a holiday let with a twist – many items are for sale
For a little place, The Garden House Studio certainly packs a design punch. Inside this 5x6m space, owners Vanessa Barlow and Jethro Marshall have squeezed in an awful lot of fine furniture, with pieces from the likes of Arne Jacobsen and Robin Day. The added bonus is that many of the items are for sale, so you can take home a little piece of your holiday should you wish.
The studio is in the garden of the couple’s 1960s bungalow, which was designed by architect Howard N.Mitchell. It is separate to the house and very private, and though it may not look much from the outside, its interior more than makes up for it. Inside is a kitchen area, dining table, sofa and fold-down bed; cosy, yes (especially if you’ve got the woodburning stove going), but incredibly stylish too, with lots of warm wood tones and graphic patterned textiles. Vanessa says they’ve also got “some local pottery and bits and bobs from car boot sales”, for sale as well, of course – I rather like the idea of being a returning holidaymaker and not quite knowing what you’re going to find when you turn up. Finally, there’s some rather loving attention to detail, such as a breakfast hamper on arrival and REN toiletries.
Lying on the Devon/Dorset border just a mile from Lyme Regis, there’s lots to see and do around here; check out Vanessa’s blog, My Jurassic Coast, for her tips on everything from cafes to crazy golf. Her love of the area really comes through, and will no doubt rub off on you as well.
Nearby: Lyme Regis, ‘the pearl of Dorset’ and the heart of the Jurassic coast, for galleries, cafes, restaurants and fossils. The beautiful and otherworldly 18-mile Chesil Beach starts about half an hour away in Abbotsbury, while Devon fishing villages such as Branscome and Beer are a 20-minute drive away. Foodies will have a fine time here, with Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis, plus River Cottage HQ and Masterchef winner Mat Follas’ The Wild Garlic a short drive away
Photos via The Garden House Suffolk