Classic Cottages Case Study
Classic Cottages Brand / UX / UI / Website  Case Study
  • Brand identity
  • UX / UI Design
  • Bespoke software

Classic Cottages Brand / UX / UI / Website Case Study

We replicated Classic Cottages' extraordinary approach to customer satisfaction across their website and digital touch points. In order to deliver an exceptional online user journey, our goal was to ensure that every interaction with the brand was executed to the highest level of finesse and exceeded the expectation of the user.

Classic cottages house exterior in cornwall
Classic cottages interior of cottage in cornwall
classic cottages website on ipad device
Classic cottages house by the sea in cornwall

What we did

The Classic team are highly competent and with a little guidance could easily implement our brand/style guidelines. Through the creation of our Digital Style Guide, which is essentially a micro site, the client and all of their team members have a readily available single point of reference to ensure consistency is rolled out across both print and digital.

classic cottages brand refinement logo design

40+ years of refinement

We took on the role as brand managers, getting to know the brand inside out, understanding its core values and what customers expect. Subtle tweaks can make all the difference. We refined the original logo just a touch by selecting an updated font that although very close to the original renders well on screen and brings it inline with the updated primary colour and increasing the weighting to demonstrate the established confidence, which in turn improved it’s legibility.

Mixing the colours

There’s often no need to change a brand’s colours completely - only the need to refine and define them, creating a level of consistency. We established some clear rules around the colour and their use cases, focusing on the new ‘Classic’ brand blue and the ‘call-to-action’ blue.

classic cottages brand refinement colour ways

More cottages, less clutter

Booking a holiday needn’t be challenging. Our goal was to make the search functionality as slick as possible to achieve a seamless and pleasant user journey. Seeking inspiration from booking giants AirBnb, the homepage search tool was drastically enhanced and improved from its previous form, allowing for optimal browsing. User research uncovered that people often search with slightly different intent. You have those who know exactly what they want and need, and those who are browsing a little more freely and seeking inspiration. Our expanded search filter accommodates both eventualities.

A development collaboration

Unlike our typical development projects, in this instance we were only be developing the new Front End code. This was then being passed over to Classic’s inhouse development team who would be ‘plugging it into’ the back end of their original platform. This offered the client a more cost effective solution, utilised the skills and resource available to them already and allowed them to received a level of ‘upskilling’ in the process.

Modern workflow

Using build tools, such as Node.Js, which is an asynchronous event driven JavaScript runtime, and a method known as ‘linting’ to assist with our development, we were able to guarantee absolute code best practice was being followed throughout. Most importantly it meant that there was consistency within code writing styles across all developers working on the project, which overcame previous challenges faced by the client, whereby multiple inhouse developers had worked on their platform. This establishing a greater sense of cohesion moving forwards, as it meant everyone would be able to ‘sing from the same hymn’ sheet so to speak.

let webpack = require('webpack');
let path = require('path');
let glob = require('glob');
let ExtractTextPlugin = require('extract-text-webpack-plugin');
let PurifyCSSPlugin = require('purifycss-webpack');
let CleanWebpackPlugin = require('clean-webpack-plugin');
let StyleLintPlugin = require('stylelint-webpack-plugin');
let autoprefixer = require('autoprefixer');

let isProduction = (process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production');

module.exports = {
    entry: {
        app: [
        html: [
Classic Cottages view of the cornish coastline

Mobile usability

The interface is optimised for mobile. Making it easier for customers to locate their perfect cottage and then book in only a few clicks. Classic Cottages have a fairly even usage split across device types; mobile 36%, desktop 34% and tablet 30%. Our aim was to deliver an exceptional experience across each and every one to please all users.


The original website platform was very ‘heavy’ and carried a lot of technical debt. We drastically improved this by removing unnecessary / duplicate packages that in term optimised the website delivery and increased load speeds.

classic cottages website optimisation

An empowering Digital Style Guide

We created a bespoke online guide, not a conventional pdf, as a single point of reference for the Classic Cottages team. By defining a primary set of fonts and styles, a level of site wide brand refinement was successfully achieved, whilst meeting all accessibility criteria.

“Classic Cottages has grown with an ethos of good design as part of its DNA but we also know when we need a bit of professional help. Dewsign has provided us with the design expertise we need to ensure our communications and brand identity is strong and consistent across all mediums and reflects the true essence of Classic.“

Simon Tregoning, Chairman - Classic Cottages