Testimonials

I recently purchased a holiday let cottage in Hawes. It needed a lot of work and luckily Julie was available to offer her expertise. She braved the stained carpet in the shower room, never once complained when the builders changed the spec and didn't throttle me when I changed my mind about the fabric ... I love my wool blinds, they add warmth and character to my little bolt hole. I cannot recommend Julie and her team highly enough.


Charlie

We are really pleased with our kitchen. Lottie was great – she went the extra mile to find and match what we already had in place. The kitchen fitter’s work was to a very high standard, against irregular walls and surfaces!




Geoff & Alison
We stumbled onto Bear Cottage Interiors by pure accident while on a weekend away in Hawes.  We had only then recently moved into a converted chapel property in West Yorkshire and was struggling to find the ideal curtains and blinds to suit our unique property.  Once entering the shop we found instantly the vast range of perfect fabrics of all price ranges. All fantastic quality  and a superb service from Julie and her team, this was continuous throughout completing 3 rooms with curtains and blinds. We still have many rooms to complete and shall continue to meet with Julie for her inspirational ideas. You certainly won't leave Bear Cottage Interiors without being inspired by other beautiful items that she has on offer in her shop.  Thank you again Julie and team.


Della & Michael
Julie guided us through a revamp of four rooms in our cottage. In three of the rooms, including the kitchen and a bedroom, this involved repainting existing units and woodwork and supplying new soft furnishings. More extensive changes were made in the living room where Julie sourced some lovely items of furniture and gave us the confidence to paint a dark oak fireplace and some other items of furniture. We are delighted with the results and with the colour schemes in all rooms. Julie was mindful throughout of cost and the potential to reuse existing units and furniture. We think that she has helped us achieve a great impact overall reasonably cost effectively. We would certainly recommend her.


Philip & Ruth
Every aspect of my experience with Bear Cottage Interiors has been exceptional, from their super friendly service to their high quality products. I was particularly impressed with the huge range of fabrics they offer, from elegant country house style to (my) more flamboyant tastes. Their communication with me was always timely, efficient and relaxed. I have had curtains and blinds made to measure from bear cottage. Appointments were made to fit around my schedule and always kept. The finished product is of amazingly high quality. I have also had cushions made for which the fabric was carefully cut to make the most of the wonderful design. Throughout the process, Julie provided me with insightful suggestions regarding colours, pattern, trims and finishing touches, all invaluable to me as an indecisive client. I also enjoyed our meetings in the shop itself where I was always offered a coffee and a great space to look through the enormous sample books. Once in the shop it is impossible to leave without buying some of the beautiful home accessories they offer. Lottie is a great host in-store and online and always keeps me up to date with all the special offers and reward scheme discounts.


Emma Guy
I have recently had four pairs of curtains, cushions and a blind made for my home. It was a new experience for me and it was made so easy and enjoyable by the professional and friendly way in which I was helped. The kindness and patience of Julie in making sure everything was perfect was brilliant. My home looks lovely and I am so glad I used Bear Cottage Interiors. I would wholly recommend their services to anyone.


Annie Bland
We thought decorating a new house top to bottom would be extremely difficult until we spoke to Julie and Charlotte at Bear Cottage!

We had just converted a barn and needed everything from paint and curtains to carpets, we wanted to keep the character of a barn whilst still making it a family home, Julie and Charlotte were fab, discussing what we liked and forming colour charts and swatches for each individual room whilst still having a continuous theme throughout, with recommendations for furniture to complement each room.

Julie helped us with every aspect of the decoration and furnishings for our home and we are thrilled with the results, my little girl loves her floral and pink bedroom as much as we love the cosiness and comfort of our county/relaxed living room and kitchen.

She understood exactly what we wanted to achieve and managed to bring it to life with ease.

It was second to none customer service and would highly recommend using Bear Cottage for any project, small or large.

From a very happy Bell family.




The Bell Family
Times have definitely changed here at Stone House Hotel. In the modern era of Tripadvisor, google reviews and social media, bad news travels very fast! Over a period of 30 years we have managed to secure an excellent reputation for quality and service. Our rooms were beginning to look a little dated and as many guests had suddenly transformed into hotel inspectors, poised with laptops to write their next scathing online review, we knew it was time for action! At the same time, the recession was beginning to bite and all around us were slashing rack rates and jumping on the Groupon band wagon, we decided to follow a different path - improve the overall quality of the hotel and as a result maintain our tariff and profits. It was this ideology that lead us to the door of Bear Cottage Interiors in Hawes. Our only brief to Julie was that we wanted to keep the country house feel and hopefully return the wow factor to the hotel. She did not disappoint! Together with her team, Julie showed us several different themes using the finest quality materials. Each theme reflected perfectly the style, size, location and feel of the guest bedrooms and hotel lounges. As we worked our way through each room, Julie and Lottie were always on hand to offer help and add the all important finishing touches. Bear Cottage also liaised closely with the curtain makers - Juniper Tree and the decorating team, to ensure accuracy to the original brief. The results were stunning! Once again we now have 24 bedrooms to be very proud of and as we have used classical themes, the styles should stand the test of time. Our guests love the new look and keep coming back for more! So if you are considering an upgrade to your home or business then look no further than Bear Cottage Interiors!




Chris Taplin.
Director Stone House Hotel
Bear cottage can not come more highly recommended. Julie and Lottie were superb from start to finish on our house from heap of rubble to luxurious home, they are always there with expert help and advice on decorating and furnishing our beautiful home and continue to be a source of inspiration for new additions to it. As local people we expected the highest craftsmanship from a local business and that's exactly what we got working seamlessly with our builders and our needs.




Toni Dinwoodie
We have been delighted at every stage of our experience whilst working with Julie and Bear Cottage Interiors.

We commissioned Julie to project manage the extensive renovation and subsequent interior design of our holiday home - originally a tired looking, mid-terrace, stone cottage in Wensleydale.

She was responsible for specifying our requirements to building contractors, managing the bid process, commissioning their service, and then managing the complete renovation.

Julie showed tremendous diligence and attention to detail here, which meant there were no nasty surprises in terms of cost. We were kept informed regularly of developments, so although we live very far away, we always felt in control. She provided tried and tested contractors who were true to their word and superb in their achievements. Julie fielded all queries throughout, which meant the project flowed smoothly with very little fuss. Julie definitely took the hard work out of 'having the builders in'.

We are thrilled with the interior design outcome that Julie has delivered. She quickly understood our taste and translated that into delightful mood boards for each room, then made them a reality with painters and curtain makers. She managed the selection, ordering and delivery of furniture, working closely with us to sidestep any disappointment. Julie managed the design and delivery of our bespoke kitchen and cabinetry, working effectively on our behalf with specialists. The final touch was to accessorise the whole house with the most beautiful pieces from her shop, which Julie selected for us with her excellent taste.

When the project was complete, and we arrived for our 'reveal', we were both turned to a tear. We are absolutely thrilled with the result and wouldn't change a thing. Our expectations were high, but Julie has surpassed them. Our heart's desire has been achieved, without angst, fuss or surprise. We whole-heartedly recommend Julie, and we will definitely be using her services again in the future.




Jeanette