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SU­SAN Goss-Cle­ments of York­shire Coastal Cot­tages has this ad­vice:

Fur­nish prop­er­ties with beau­ti­ful, qual­ity items, as if it was a per­ma­nent home, not a short-term stay.

Bed­ding and tow­els should al­ways be white Egyp­tian cot­ton. Use bath sheets rather than bath tow­els.

In­vest in good mat­tresses and com­fort­able so­fas.

It’s of­ten the small things that make the dif­fer­ence – bone china, again in white; good, heavy­weight cut­lery, crys­tal glasses as well as plain glasses.

Good qual­ity ap­pli­ances are im­por­tant.

Ex­tra touches such as book and film li­braries, fresh flow­ers and qual­ity hand soaps, make all the dif­fer­ence.

Hol­i­day­mak­ers don’t want to have to pack half their house so pro­vide house­hold items and beach equip­ment.

Coastal hol­i­day­mak­ers love sea­side as­so­ci­a­tions, for ex­am­ple, a large bowl with a can­dle sur­rounded by shells makes a lovely cen­tre­piece; find orig­i­nal art­works of beach and sea scenes and an­tique model schooners at auc­tion houses.

I’m a great be­liever in neu­tral but beau­ti­ful colours and swear by Far­row and Ball paint, which in­stantly gives a stylish, qual­ity feel

Al­ways have a warm wel­come as first im­pres­sions are im­por­tant. Flow­er­ing plants out­side, a smell of beeswax or flow­ers on en­try, plus a per­son­alised letter and wel­come ham­per on ar­rival – it could just be fresh bread, free-range eggs or a chilled bot­tle of wine, but it will be ap­pre­ci­ated.

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