For all of us who live in urban areas, we dream about living in a cozy country cottage surrounded by flowers and grape vines. Even though I can’t live in one of these beautiful cottages, in my travels I have found a few of them that look very idyllic. Read on to see my favorite cute and quaint country cottages from all over the world.
1. Fairy Tale Country Cottage
Beautiful fairy tale country cottage in Houghton, Cambridgeshire
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This house is my favorite of all the country cottages in England. It is located in Houghton, a small old village in Cambridgeshire on a quiet street out of the way. We loved it the minute we saw it. The best way for exploring small villages is to rent a budget car in England and plan a trip through quaint villages.
Best Things to Do in Houghton and 15 Best Day Trips from Cambridge
2. Large Stone Country Cottage
Upper Slaughter, England – Large stone country cottage in the Cotswolds
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The Cotswolds are one of the most popular tourist region in England. This area is made from many small villages spread over rolling hills that are bright green. During the summers, the region is filled with tourists from all over the world. Once you visit the Cotswolds, you will immediately see why the region is so popular. All these villages seem to be taken out from a fairy tale book and their country cottages are just too pretty.
The Slaughters (upper and lower) are among the most idyllic villages in England. In Upper Slaughter we found this large stone cottage right next to a shallow stream. Simply gorgeous.
3. Small Stone Country Cottage
Stanton, England – Small stone cottage on the hill.
See my photos from the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are dotted with small villages and country churches. Stanton is one of the larger villages but just like other villages, abounds in small country cottages made of the special yellowish Cotswolds rock. This area is just beautiful to drive through and to actually stop, sit on a bench in front of the church and take a look around.
If you’re planning a trip to this area of England you can read my tourist guides for great nearby cities like Oxford, Bath and Stratford-upon-Avon. As you drive through the Cotswolds and the surrounding area be on the lookout for beautiful old English mansions that are scattered throughout the countryside.
4. Medieval Stone Cottage
Perouges, France – Beautiful stone country cottage with small windows and wooden doors
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Perouges is a medieval village in France close to the border with Switzerland. Here in Perouges, I found many old stone building hidden inside the old fortress walls.
5. Flowery California Country Cottage
Small country cottage covered in flowers in Avalon, California
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Avalon is the only town on Catalina Island in California. When you visit Catalina Island however, you get the feeling that you are in the Italian Riviera, with Avalon being spread over beautiful hills. This particular country cottage in Avalon was not in a very popular area but it was just beautiful being covered with flowers.
Best Things to do on Catalina Island
6. Mysterious Country Cottage
Corbii din Piatra, Romania – Small country cottage in a mysterious village
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Corbii din Piatra is a small village nestled among rolling hills in Arges County in Romania. This one cottage belonged to an old woman who was very kind to take us into her backyard and show us some of the really mysterious rock formations right in her backyard. The house needed some repair, but it just looked so pretty and colorful.
Visit Mysterious Corbii din Piatra
7. Ivy Covered Country House
Yvoire, France – Ivy covered country house overlooking Lake Geneva.
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Yvoire is located on the border between Switzerland and France. Yvoire is over 700 years old and it retains many of its original buildings. This small medieval village is located on the shore of Lake Geneva right across from the large city of Geneva. The beautiful lake settings makes Yvoire a very idyllic place to visit.
Travel Guide for Visiting Yvoire
8. Old Stone House
Stone country house on a narrow cobbled stone street in Saint Paul de Vance
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Saint Paul de Vence is an old village with perfectly preserved walls and cobbled stone streets. Located on the French Riviera in the hills overlooking the sea, Saint Paul de Vence is an obvious tourist attraction.
9. Grape Vine Covered Stone House
Beautiful stone cottage covered with grape vines in Monteriggioni
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Located in the heart of Tuscany, close to the highway from Siena to Florence, Monterrigioni is a gem of a medieval fortress village. Monteriggioni sits on the top of the hill overlooking the gorgeous Tuscany landscape all around.
10. Mountain Cottage
Corbett, Oregon – Chic country cottage on the Historic Columbia River Highway
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We found this beautiful cottage as we were exploring the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, Oregon in a small village on the edge of the gorge itself. This was a small lavender and flower farm that we simply had to stop and see, and of course take some pictures.
11. Lavender Beach Mansion
Sequim, Washington – Lavender fields at the George Washington Inn
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Yes I know, this is not a cottage, it’s a mansion! Even though it’s large and imposing, compared to the other cottages in this article the George Washington Inn is absolutely gorgeous. In the month of July, when we came to visit, the building is surrounded by blooming lavender and poppy flowers. It’s absolutely beautiful!
Driving around the lavender fields of Sequim was one of the highlights of our day trips from Seattle, Washington. Even the kids liked all the many colors and perfumes at these farms.
How to Find Country Cottages When Traveling
First, you have to travel to the country side. I have found quaint country cottages both in popular tourist places and off the beaten path. Most of the times however, even in a very popular tourist spot, you have to go away from crowds of tourists in order to find country cottages. This means that you have to take your time and explore your destination. Do you have a favorite country cottage?