Creating inspiration with small places

Jan 18, 2022Interior design, smart marketing, Still photography, Websites

If you ever doubted that small is beautiful, here’s the proof. We are seeing more and more holiday accommodation owners adding quality self-catering units to maximise space and attract more guests. It can help broaden your target market – and done right, can attract Instagram influencers who love to share the dream lifestyle. Just look at the photo above. This romantic, cosy little shepherd’s hut is one of two available at Greenhill Glamping in the Kent Downs.

From magical huts to mystical yurts and luxurious log cabins, these make the ideal couples retreat. Often in a remote location, the sometimes quirky and often bespoke design offers a very special guest experience. And there’s often a story to tell. The team of skilled photographers at ACT Studios has been capturing just that in stand out photography and 3D tours. When you invest in a professional photo shoot, you’ll get a portfolio of impact images to use in your marketing that wouldn’t look out of place in a glossy lifestyle magazine. Below are images from Sweet Donside Cabins, Duffus Estate and Trevase Cottages.

Sweet Donside Cabins, photography by ACT Studios Trevase Cottages, photography by ACT Studios

Sweet success

Lizzy McNeill owns Sweet Donside Cabins, idyllically located in the Cairngorms National Park. She has a beautiful hand-crafted collection of cabins that has attracted an impressive social media following. When Lizzy first came to ACT Studios in 2020 to book a professional photo shoot and build her a website, she had two cabins – The Wee Love Nest and The Wee Beehive, as well as Sweetheart Cottage. She advertised the accommodation on Airbnb. Since then, along with her partner Brent, their business has gone from strength to strength. The Wee Bear’s Den opened in 2021 and The Wee Fae Hideaway is almost ready for guests now.

“We wanted to create a unique quirky space that would instantly put a smile on our guests’ face. As soon as they walk through the door, they’re embraced in a wee magical world. An escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. With the help of Jo and the team at ACT Studios we have managed to capture the same magical feeling in our photos. This has helped attract so many people to our growing social media platforms and website. And it’s resulted in lots of direct bookings – and now returning guests!” Lizzy McNeill, Sweet Donside Cabins.

We just love the attention to detail and all the little touches at Sweet Donside (see the photos below). The collection has been featured in magazines, online blogs, lots of Instagram reels and more. Their unique accommodation has many admirers, near and far. Not just guests either. Lizzy has been approached three times now by other holiday rental owners asking if they will build a bespoke hut for them too. The rewards don’t get much better than that!

Instagram image of Sweet Donside Cabins. Professional photography by ACT Studios

More info

If you’d like to have a chat about getting a new website or booking a professional photo shoot for your holiday accommodation, call us on 0333 3446897.