In one of our recent posts, we recommended 10 villages to visit this year. While there’s something romantically English about the rural village, even more quintessentially beautiful are the cottages which dot the village greens and narrow lanes of the country’s settlements. We’ve been lucky to stumble across some stunning cottages in our travels and here are some of our favourites for you to add to your 2020 bucket list.
1 – Chimney Cottage, Amersham
Chimney Cottage is a listed timber-framed building with an old tiled roof and two gabled dormers in the heart of Amersham in Buckinghamshire area of the Chiltern Hills.
2 – Dutch Cottage, Blaise Hamlet
Dutch Cottage is one of nine idyllic cottages (all of the cottages are different and worth a visiting to see all their different styles) in Blaise Hamlet in the suburbs of Bristol. The cottage was designed by John Nash who was a major architect of the picturesque movement which, in many cases, aimed to bring village idyll to the big city.
Click on the cover below to read about the history of Blaise Hamlet:
3 – Rose Cottage, Bretforton
Rose Cottage in Bretforton dates from around the 17th century although the boxing hares on top are a relatively new addition to the cottage. When you visit the cottage, why not head to the opposite end of the green and try out the medieval National Trust-owned pub, The Fleece Inn?
4 – Rose Cottage, Chipping Campden
Chipping Campden’s Rose Cottage is a picturesque delight in thatch and Cotswold stone. We often wonder who gets to live in these amazing homes when we are out taking photographs and we sometimes get comments to that effect too but happily this cottage (and its twin next door) are both holiday cottages so we can all try out some charming country living in this Instafamous cottage!
5 – Redaways Cottage, Cookham Dean Bottom
This is our kind of ‘plant problem’! Late summer/early autumn is a great time to explore Berkshire and of the countryside highlights in the county is Cookham Dean Bottom. At this time, the village and particularly Redaways Cottage (late 16th century) are awash with the colour of roses and berries and the leaves in the surrounding trees are just beginning to turn too.
6 – Corner Cottage, Fernham
We particularly liked Corner Cottage, which we spotted on the way to Ruth’s Aunt’s house in Uffington from Burford over the summer because of its striking and intricate timber frame! The cottage dates back to the 17th century.
7 – Little Fosse Farm & Little Fosse Cottage, Nettleton Shrub
It’s two for the price of one here because we couldn’t decide which cottage was more lovely! The two are next door to each other in the hamlet of Nettleton Shrub, near Castle Combe in the Cotswolds and are definitely worth a photo shoot if you’re in the area.
Little Fosse Farm
Little Fosse Farm is slightly mismatched with a thatched cottage on one side and a Cotswold stone-tiled cottage on the other but we think this only adds to its charm! You can also stay here if you so wish, as the farm is a Bed & Breakfast.
Little Fosse Cottage
Little Fosse Cottage is just down the road from the B&B and makes for wonderful pictures in the summer with its rose-framed front door. The names of the cottages make reference to the major Roman road – The Fosse Way – which (rather suprisingly, we thought) runs through Nettleton Shrub in order to link the towns of Exeter and Lincoln.
8 – Style Cottage, Uffington
Style Cottage is located in the beautiful village of Uffington in Oxfordshire. The entire village is a treasure trove of thatched cottages but this one is our favourite because of its lovely yellow colour. It is one of the stops on the Uffington history trail too. It is a historic farm workers’ cottage and would have been used to house at least two large families.
Uffington is also one of our 10 Villages to Visit in 2020. To find out more, click on the cover below:
9 – The Old Post Office, Weekley
Weekley Village is home to many thatched cottages but The Old Post Office is arguably the most picturesque of them all. Until recently, the cottage was still a post office. Happily, though, it is now the popular Lavender Bee Tearoom which opened at the end of 2019. The exterior still has a gorgeous vintage sign and a bright red postbox which give interest to the cottage even when the climbers aren’t in bloom!
10 – The Old Post Office, West Kington Wick
The Old Post Office in the hamlet of West Kington Wick near Castle Combe is made from a gorgeous stone which makes the red of the post box stand out beautifully!
We hope you agree that there are some absolutely gorgeous cottages on this list! Do let us know in the comments if there are any cottages that you think we should put on our own bucket list for this year.