A sophisticated design for beautiful barns
Dovecote Barns are multi-award-winning luxury barns near York, the centre of historic and cultural Yorkshire.
The business is a regular winner of accolades for best self-catering accommodation in York, Yorkshire and England, offering an exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service. The barns themselves have been beautifully renovated with great attention to detail. The task was to create a website to match this standard and do them justice.
Visually rich in design
We felt the style had to be elegant with fairly muted tones to allow the images of the barns do much of the talking.
We thoroughly enjoyed this project, being so spoilt with fantastic images to work with. The hardest challenge was almost one of holding back! It would be easy to flood every page with images.
A classic and contemporary country colour palette was used, along with subtle patterns and textures. We shot and chose a lot of images with exaggerated depth-of-field to soften them up and highlight fine details. This adds a sense of calmness to what could easily have turned out to be over-complex layouts.
Online booking integration
Each individual barn is booked online via a simple booking portal. Supercontrol booking management was integrated and used for this.
With several different ways of integrating online booking, it’s important to make the right choice in terms of scalability, flexibility, overall compatibility and security.
One early stage of the project was to visit for a photographic shoot. The challenge was to capture what makes the barns so special.
It was a pleasure to visit the barns and be given the creative freedom to capture them and all of their many details. While it can be difficult to make an attractive subject look bad, it’s not entirely easy to really convey its quality, personality and ‘feel’ in images. This is achieved with a combination of wide-angle spreads and more ‘lifestyle’ shots of the smaller things, using the right lenses, props and post-processing to set the tone.