Cotswold stone cottages have an iconic look, coming in various colours depending on which region of the Cotswolds the stone was mined. In the north, the stone has a shade similar to honey, while in the south there is more yellow and gold running through it. Using these simple rules, you can identify almost exactly where the stone a Cotswold home was built from originated.
Take a look at these beautiful homes, all built from this traditional material. From a historic thatched cottage, to listed Georgian houses and converted barns, see how this beautiful stone has been shaped into the most coveted homes.
Extended Cotswold home
Gleaming gold and nestled in the Warwickshire countryside, this Grade II-listed home is a real Cotswold gem. In 2001 the house was sympathetically extended using Cotswold stone to add a kitchen and a living room, as well as an exterior loggia.
Although its facade is a vision of classic country charm, inside the interiors are bright and fresh, with bursts of colour courtesy of homeowner and artist Annabel Playfair’s beautiful paintings and her passion for print.
1. Remodelled Cotswold farmhouse
With its quintessential Cotswold stone facade, anyone would think this farmhouse had remained untouched for centuries, yet its exterior has in fact be extensively remodelled.
The loft, garage and stable block of the property were converted to create extra living space and a two-bedroom annexe which resulted in changes to the facade, including two new dormer windows. In addition an extension was built on to the property's North side to provide a ground floor utility room and to create a layout more suited to modern family living. The project was managed by homeowner Leiset Kemink who ensured that only original cotswold stone was used for the work, sourced from Winchcombe Reclamation.
2. A renovated 17th-century cottage
Built in the 1640s, this traditional Cotswold stone cottage has been sympathetically restored by owner Simon Fenwick. Soon after buying the property, Simon discovered that there was a wealth of skilled master craftsmen in the Cotswolds that would be able to help with his restoration.
3. Cotswold barn conversion
Set in a tranquil farming hamlet, this Grade II-listed home was once used as a humble cowshed. The barn was built around 1850, but was sensitively converted in the 1990s preserving many period features including its exposed Cotswold stone interior walls. The characterful home is now owned by the Gerrish family who have stamped their own romantic style on the space with French antiques and rustic flea market finds and floral fabrics.
4. An elegant Oxfordshire cottage
Dating back to 1806, this charming Grade II-listedCotswold cottage is set on a plot of just under one acre with its own secluded garden backing onto rolling farmland. Built in Cotswold stone, it has high ceilings, big windows and is filled with period features.
5. A Victorian cowman’s cottage
Very little work needed doing on this gorgeous cowman’s cottage in the Cotswolds. The previous owners had replaced the electrics and the plumbing, and had even converted the loft. All that was left to do was for the new owner, Bethan Lewis-Powell, to put her own stamp on the interior.
6. A renovated Oxfordshire cottage
This Cotswold stone cottage was built in Oxfordshire in 1860. The house looks idyllic in its countryside setting and has a large, beautiful garden.
7. A 17th-century thatch
Built as part of a row of seven farmworker’s dwellings, this mid-17th-century cottage hadn’t been lived in since the 1980s, and the main section had almost completely collapsed. The owners had to almost completely rebuild this central section, whereas the other part of the cottage, comprising the living room, third bedroom and a bathroom, required a simpler renovation.
8. A conserved Cotswold cottage
Charlie Rayward, owner of this beautiful home, has respectfully preserved the very best elements of his Grade II-listed, 14th-century Cotswold cottage. The exposed walls inside the home showcase the original Cotswold limestone, unchanged since its construction.