Linda Carter’s Hastings retreat has provided her and her family with a convenient coastal bolt hole, not too far from their main home in Kilndown. Filled with finds that she has tracked down at French brocantes over the years, Linda has transformed this former run-down fisherman’s cottage into a simple, yet chic, holiday rental for visitors to the town to enjoy.

TEST The downstairs space is now a living room and kitchen with a small bathroom off the kitchen

The downstairs space is now a living room and kitchen with a small bathroom off the kitchen

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TEST A neat expanding table that seats four tucks conveniently under the stairs

A neat expanding table that seats four tucks conveniently under the stairs

TEST On the wall is a clever French find that has allowed Linda to indulge in her passion of displaying every-day objects: an old pair of cupboard doors backed with chicken wire

On the wall is a clever French find that has allowed Linda to indulge in her passion of displaying every-day objects: an old pair of cupboard doors backed with chicken wire

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TEST In the kitchen, Linda took out all the high units which opened out the room dramatically. “We were only going to use the cottage as a holiday home so we really didn’t need all the kitchen storage of a home kitchen,” she says. Cost was a consideration and so the old pine surfaces were given a new lease of life with a coat or two of Farrow & Ball black floor paint

In the kitchen, Linda took out all the high units which opened out the room dramatically. “We were only going to use the cottage as a holiday home so we really didn’t need all the kitchen storage of a home kitchen,” she says. Cost was a consideration and so the old pine surfaces were given a new lease of life with a coat or two of Farrow & Ball black floor paint

TEST For the bathroom, off the kitchen, Linda has sourced a dinky little bath which does the job perfectly, fitting neatly into the space available

For the bathroom, off the kitchen, Linda has sourced a dinky little bath which does the job perfectly, fitting neatly into the space available

TEST The staircase in the centre of the living room leads to the two upstairs bedrooms

The staircase in the centre of the living room leads to the two upstairs bedrooms

TEST The two bedrooms are two more cool white and bright spaces, colour and warmth added by Linda’s choice of lovely bedspreads

The two bedrooms are two more cool white and bright spaces, colour and warmth added by Linda’s choice of lovely bedspreads

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TEST Both bedrooms feature welcoming Victorian-style ‘iron’ bedsteads. In the larger room there is even space for a modestly sized dressing room

Both bedrooms feature welcoming Victorian-style ‘iron’ bedsteads. In the larger room there is even space for a modestly sized dressing room

TEST The living room is clean, crisp, comfortable and welcoming, the white walls set off with a grey sofa and red armchairs. There is no fireplace and so Linda has given the room a focal point with a large and elegant mirror

The living room is clean, crisp, comfortable and welcoming, the white walls set off with a grey sofa and red armchairs. There is no fireplace and so Linda has given the room a focal point with a large and elegant mirror

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TEST Linda’s husband has transformed the small pebble garden at the front of the house into a lovely outdoor seating area which capitalises on the morning sunshine

Linda’s husband has transformed the small pebble garden at the front of the house into a lovely outdoor seating area which capitalises on the morning sunshine

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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