Gone are the days when a holiday home’s success was just about its location. Today’s guests and weekenders are often just as interested in the property’s look and feel, as its sea view or charming village atmosphere. Today, we’re once again welcoming our resident expert Simon Andrews of The Andrews Partnership, to talk us through why Ercol furniture makes a great choice for furnishing a holiday home.
Simon Andrews says:
Great décor, stylish furniture, open plan living and plenty of visual appeal are essential for success, but can be difficult to achieve, particularly in many older and character properties. Similarly, cottages or terraces in city centres or tiny villages often have small rooms, low ceilings and steep stairs to the upper floors. Such features make for wonderful holiday accommodation, but furnishing them for impact and style can present major challenges. A “standard” sofa and armchairs that fits comfortably into a conventional family home or flat can look overly large in a terraced holiday cottage. Similarly, kitchen and dining areas in holiday properties need the visual appeal for those lazy breakfasts and easy suppers.
However, the reality is that holiday kitchens are often small but need to seat families or groups and house multiple kitchen gadgets. Given these competing demands, it can seem a tall order to create a stylish yet functional holiday home that works on multiple levels.
his maybe why we’re increasingly asked to source vintage Ercol furniture for holiday homes. At first glance, it doesn’t seem a particularly obvious route, but many of Ercol’s characteristics lend themselves perfectly to these space and style considerations.
Maximising the available space is vital in any holiday accommodation, particularly when conventional furniture often doesn’t fit. Finding comfortable, stylish chairs and sofas that don’t make small rooms look full of furniture is a real priority. Here, Ercol’s compact design really pays dividends.
With its bent beech frames, the Windsor 203 armchair is just 70cm wide and 78cm tall: occupying far less floor space than a conventional chair. The Windsor two or three seat sofas also offer plenty of seating – without taking up vital space.
Similarly, Ercol’s 355 studio couch (often referred to as a daybed) is the ultimate sofa bed: a stylish sofa during the day, it becomes a full-size single bed at night. It has to be the perfect space saving furniture for any holiday home.
The space saving qualities (and beautiful design) of Ercol’s nest of Pebble tables have long been recognised. These three differently sized tables give plenty of options for drinks, books etc, but store away under the largest table.
The 398 coffee table with its long elegant top and full length magazine rack below is another great space saver, as is the circular 308 occasional table, where one half folds neatly away for storage against a wall.
It’s not only sofas and armchairs: for small kitchens and eating areas, Ercol’s dining tables can be incredibly effective – as well as having that vintage appeal. Super compact, the elm topped 384 oval table seats six comfortably when fully extended, yet folds down to less than 60cm and fit snuggly against a wall. The lightweight, 461 stacking chairs – as their name implies were designed to be stacked, so using little space. Finally, the 363 room divider combines storage cupboards and shelving in a single piece: its versatility is complemented by its vintage style.
Easy Cleaning & Maintenance
Whilst maximising space is a key consideration, it’s also vital that any holiday home can be cleaned quickly and easily for the incoming guests, particularly during busy periods. Here again, Ercol has benefits compared with more traditional furniture.
The design of the iconic armchairs lend itself to quick and easy cleaning: the frames, webbing and cushions are all individual pieces so cleaning is very straightforward: the cushions are not fitted to the frames, so there aren’t any hidden nooks and crannies which harbour dust, pens, paper, peanuts or other bits of debris!
Webbing can be easily wiped with a slightly damp cloth to remove any sticky marks. The wooden frames can also be gently wiped with a slightly damp cloth (not furniture polish!). A quick application of Renaissance wax occasionally ensures the frames stay in tip top condition.
It’s easy to remove and refit the cushions’ covers too: a damaged or dirty cover can be taken off and replaced quickly, unlike traditional chairs and sofas where the whole thing may need cleaning. The frames are light too: one person can easily move them to clean beneath and around them – not always possible with traditional sofas and chairs.
Holiday and weekend guests have always been willing to pay a premium for super stylish accommodation. Increasingly top quality holiday properties are marketed on their midcentury and Scandinavia styling, as much as their locations.
In recent months, we’ve worked with several clients to source Ercol furniture specifically for holiday accommodation. Comfortable and stylish with impeccable retro credentials, vintage Ercol can be as much of an attraction as the property’s outstanding views or proximity to the beach.
Vintage pieces, particularly in chairs and sofas in light wood finish with grey or natural upholstery are the very essence of midcentury chic. Stylish and elegant, it’s difficult to imagine any other furniture that’s more on trend. With visitors increasingly looking for stylish accommodation, it’s clear that properties which combine great design, stylish and vintage furniture (including Ercol) with a superb location will always be well placed to attract lettings at premium rates.
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