by Helen Hayes
I recently caught up with Linda Adams, the owner of two spectacular holiday cottages, Junket Studio and Junket Cottage in Noss Mayo in Devon.
As you head south through Devon on the A38 towards Cornwall, about 6 miles before you reach Plymouth, head towards Modbury and then onto Yealmpton. From there you will meander your way through green leafy Devon lanes until you reach Newton Creek, an arm of the River Yealm. Nestled on the hillside on both sides of the creek are two picture-postcard villages; Noss Mayo and Newton Ferris, with the creek creating a safe harbour for small fishing vessels, sports boats and dinghies.
Sitting on the banks of the river, on the Noss Mayo side, is an exceptional new studio, built from scratch by the present owner Linda Adams. Just above it, there is also a pretty little cottage which Linda also lets through Helpful Holidays. Both properties are appropriately named Junket Cottage and Junket Studio, named after Junket Corner; where the properties sit on a narrow lane within walking distance of a great pub, a village church and miles of lovely countryside to explore.
I spoke with Linda, who was walking her new labradoodle puppy Cordie and Cockerpoo Flossy, about how she came to buy the cottage and build the studio.
Linda said; “We have lived in Newton Ferrers for many years and from our house we look out across the creek to Noss Mayo. When Junket Cottage came on the market back in 2014, we thought this would make an ideal holiday cottage so we bought it. It’s in a lovely location overlooking the river, and with the cottage came a piece of land which was the original garden, with steps winding down to a slipway, ideal for dinghy launching which we thought could possibly make an ideal position for another property. Once we had made the purchase, we immediately set about renovation work on the cottage. As the cottage was one hundred years old, I really wanted the interior to reflect its age. I had to be careful choosing the colours. As it’s an old cottage, I didn’t want it to be too dark, but I did want it cosy and inviting, especially as we let the cottage all year round.”
Linda used lovely pastel colours throughout the property with pale blue sofas, complimentary soft furnishings and light wooden floors in the sitting room, creating a good use of the space, and by adding a wood burner, also making it cosy and ideal for those winter evenings.
The kitchen/diner is also light, with good quality, low-fitted wooden cupboards making it feel spacious. A farmhouse style table completes the room. By not using wall cupboards, it opens the room up, making it look larger while allowing plenty of extra space to hang paintings. Upstairs are two sweet bedrooms; both with their own window seats looking out onto the view, a perfect place to curl up and read a book after a day exploring the river banks.
In 2016, after the cottage was finished, Linda then set to work on designing and building Junket Studio and refurbishing the slipway. Junket Studio is very inspiring for anyone with an interest in new builds and interior design. It’s an ingenious way to create something splendid in a small space. The location is superb, overlooking the water with the studio sympathetically and discreetly built into the hillside. Linda explained; “Because the building was sitting right on the banks of the river, we wanted to make the most of every possible view we could. By incorporating the huge floor to ceiling, fully glazed, sliding doors right across the whole front of the studio allowed us to do this. The doors open up onto a large balcony across the full width of the building, which effectively in the summer makes another living space, and achieves the look they were after.
The studio has a very contemporary feel with one large living space, comprising a sleek fully fitted kitchen and a comfortable living/dining area. A separate large, sumptuous bedroom is situated in the middle of the studio with double doors looking out across the room to the view or closed snuggly shut for privacy. A smart shower room completes the property.
I asked Linda what inspired her when putting the inside together. Linda explained; “With the interior design for the studio, I wanted it to look modern and smart, but try to keep away from the normal seaside look,” something she achieved by using shades of grey, blue and splashes of vibrant orange against natural wood tones, complimenting the outside environment.
“When we purchased the cottage and built the studio, the intention was always to let it as holiday accommodation, as this is the perfect location to get away from it all while still having plenty to do on the doorstep.
“When it came to finding a holiday cottage agency, Helpful Holidays was the perfect choice for us. We choose them as they were recommended and they are the leading independent local letting agent. They have quite a few holiday lets in Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo on their books and have a good letting history.”
The Adams’ contacted the Helpful Holidays office and arranged for one of the property managers to visit and give them a free, no-obligation property appraisal, with information on rental charges, health and safety matters, and other valuable advice to get them started in the holiday cottage business.
Both cottages are very popular and it’s easy to see why. With one more question I asked Linda, as a successful holiday homeowner, what advice would she give anyone thinking of letting their property?
“It’s all about location and making sure that what you are supplying is of good quality. People are looking for properties which are done nicely and are comfortable; this is so important. Spend as much on flooring, sanitary ware and kitchens as you can, as quality always shows and will reflect in the overall outcome.”
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