Thursday, 19 June 2014

Coastal homes and gardens

After our Welsh holiday where we stayed in New Quay, West Wales I am now smitten with seaside houses. We did a fair amount of day tripping during the week from the scenic Ceredigion coast to a trip to St David’s and Tenby on the Pembrokeshire coast. On our travels I saw so many beautiful homes and gardens in the picturesque villages we visited. Here are some delights I saw for a bit of coastal inspiration.
Coast perfect house with bay trees either side of front doorPretty colour-washed houses with flower filled window boxes. Rows of rainbow coloured terraces that remind me of Balamory. I feel the desire to paint my house pink or yellow now but not sure if that would be ok with the neighbours and would look a bit odd in Cheshire. Why do seaside towns tend to have brightly coloured houses? I have read that it was so that sailors could recognise their houses from sea as they came back into the harbour? Maybe? I also read that it was once to cover the cheap local stone that the houses are made from and to weather proof. Probably. 
pastel coloured house exteriors New Quay, Wales New Quay house overlooking the harbour sky blue house
Perhaps a compromise for suburban Cheshire would be a bright pink door like this house which is actually a holiday cottage. You can see their web address in the picture, I had a look and there are so many pictures of the interior too which is superb. I also now want coastal inspired rooms too! I love the box topiary cones in matching pink planters. I would like to try this at home and paint my plastic plant tubs up.
little pink door house in New Quay WalesTraditional cottages with a quaint charm and quietly tucked away homes were found on coastal walks. These gardens were separated from their houses by the Wales Coast Path which is a public right of way. Dragons, gargoyles aplenty and gravel gardens with tall daisies, valerian and bright red geraniums. I also loved the nautical themed gardens with crab pots used as garden decorations with pebbles and shells - an idea I will most certainly steal and I’ve a little collection already of different types of seashells and smooth pebbles. On the lookout for a used crab pot now on my next travels….
coastal path garden overlooking the sea crab pots dragon house decoration daisies coastal cotage
I love the front gardens of these Period properties. Many had benches at the front and I saw plenty of people sat there enjoying a glass of wine in the evening. That would suit me perfectly, not the wine but the community aspect. I’d say hello to passers-by and watch people go about their business. The back gardens were quite often a small yard or patio with a table and chairs and potted plants. Who needs a large garden though when you are all but a walk away from the beach.
period property New Quay Wales Balcony garden
Some grew vegetables in the front gardens. Runner beans grew up canes and there were pots of tomatoes. Decking terrace gardens with dining areas for entertaining with chimineas, bunting and lavender spilling through iron railings – this is all just bliss to me. Palms and spiky cordylines in many gardens as is the norm in UK seaside resorts.
coastal garden terrace with bunting pretty coastal cottage coastal garden coastal front garden Houses nestled into the hillside with amazing sea views. I could easily imagine waking up and looking out of my window at all the fishing boats bobbing about. I’d have a telescope and some binoculars as there are bottlenose dolphins regularly seen in Cardigan Bay. We were fortunate to see some from the elevated view on a coastal walk at Mnwt. Two playful dolphins could be seen having fun by the rocky shore. A magical moment although I was slightly on edge with a firm grip on my son. We were not near the edge but he picked this moment to have a huge tantrum and the height and the crying then made me worry.
hillside houses New Quay Wales Grand villas with gardens on different levels.posh coastal home old seaside terraced house Pots everywhere! A perfect looking hosta - does the salt air keep the slug population down? :)hostas Houses and their gardens in coastal towns are so quirky. I love the bright colours and the wide range of artistic expression. I adore the house names that they all seem to have and even the curved lettering. The orange of the nasturtiums is a great clash with the purple door and I love the rustic gate. Looks very spiritual here.
purple house St DogmaelsBlue paint details and pinky geraniums are perfect. Geraniums are one of my favourites; cheap, don't get eaten and last all summer and beyond. They also withstand the heat well and are tolerant to drought. If I forget to water them, they don't keel over.Blue and white coastal house
The Georgian harbour town of Aberaeron had very smart coloured houses with respectable pots filled with pansies and the like outside. All very symmetrical.
Aberaeron coloured houses pots and benches
I loved this house in Borth, which is north of Aberystwyth. It is a wonderful wood panelled house and I think the painting they have used, purples, whites and blues goes so well. At the side they had a shed and a woodstore painted up in whites and blues so very beach hut like.
beach hut house
This old coast guards cottage certainly has a garden area with a fantastic view. How do you fancy having morning tea overlooking the bay. For sale at the moment!old coast guards house Tenby old coastguards house garden overlooking the sea coastal cottage blue door
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32 comments:

mummyoftwo said...

Such beautiful houses. I love being beside the sea and would love to live somewhere like this.

Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) said...

So many gorgeous homes. We were in Pembrokeshire last week and I know just what you mean, as there were so many pretty frontages.

AnnieMammasaurus said...

I love the colours of all the houses, like an ice-cream pastel coastal colour palette ! I'd liek to live somewhere as colourful as that, you couldn't fail to grin away days walking about could you? Looks like you really enjoyed your holiday - yay!


Loving the blooms in your instagram feed too btw - colour galore with you - always nice to see- thanks for joining in again xx

Bek B said...

Many, many beautiful houses here! I love them all! The houses are so light, especially in the sunshine. Lovely.

lilmuselily said...

what a beautiful and happy place! would love to visit there...

Foz said...

Some beautiful pictures! I am loving the grand villas!

Michelle Ordever said...

lol, it totally does look like Balamory! Without the annoying cast of characters though :P the buildings are just so pretty, and I love your set of photographs - i'd love to live by the coast! x

Helen said...

This looks like a wonderful place to visit. i adore all the pastel colours. Lovely photos.

Jenny Kearney said...

We holiday in Teignmouth every year and it looks quite similar. The cottage we stay in has the sides of a boat around the front door and a bench which is perfect for sitting on and watching the sun set.

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Wow! I need to live in that house overlooking the sea, how amazing x

Katie R said...

I love the idea of those painted plastic pots. I have so many but I never use them.

Globalmouse said...

Love the seasidey pictures! Makes me long to be by the sea. That heart hanging on the door is so sweet!

Cheryl said...

Lovely tour. One of my favourite areas to visit. Love wondering around the sea villages. I could quite happily stay in any of those houses. #HYGG

Michelle Ashmore said...

It would be so wonderful to paint my house one of those lovely colours! Same as you though, I don't think the neighbours would appreciate it!

Merlinda Little said...

So pretty in there! The houses are so cute and quirky looking and they have the loveliest color too =) #hdygg

Zena's Suitcase said...

They are so quaint aren't they! You've got some amazing pictures there too

Rachel Cooper said...

I adore quaint holiday cottages and seaside houses, there is always something so peaceful and cute about them.

Sarah Bailey said...

Wow what a beautiful cottage - I would love to live by the sea. x

spicers1976 said...

Some lovely photos. I love it by the seaside.

Emma Cavill said...

Lovely photo's! I want to go to the beach now. I love the blue tones in everything - it looks a great place to holiday. I must look it up :)

Happy Homebird said...

Thank you, it's a lovely part of Wales to go to.

Happy Homebird said...

Thank you - me too, missing the seaside already especially as the weather is so nice.

Happy Homebird said...

Ah me too. I wish I was rich and had a holiday cottage.

Happy Homebird said...

I really want a holiday home. Must play the lottery more often.

Happy Homebird said...

Thank you. I'd love to look inside some of them.

Happy Homebird said...

Not been to Teignmouth so off to have a read about it now. Sounds gorgeous! I like the idea of a boat style entrance.

Happy Homebird said...

Thank you, it really is a great place.

Happy Homebird said...

Yes Balamory has the most grating characters ever, especially Archie :)

Happy Homebird said...

Thank you. I really want to live there now - only downside is that it's a bit remote. I'd miss the big shops :)

Happy Homebird said...

Ah Pembrokeshire is lovely. We are now going there in September.

dorissander said...

what a darling little community. I can see why you loved it.

fritha strickland said...

I used to live just up the road from New Quay! ( in Aberystwyth ) actually my family are finally moving away from the area so I need a west wales trip before they go! x

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