11 charming cottages

Discover Britain's variety of cottage styles, from cosy workmen's homes to idyllic thatched properties

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1. Cob longhouse

Above: Constructed from cob, this 16th century longhouse in West Devon has four bedrooms. Offering idyllic village living, the thatched building has a Grade II listing.

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2. Cowman’s cottage

Below: Originally a cowman’s cottage, part of the country estate of Ditchley in Oxfordshire, this double-fronted Cotswold cottage has four bedrooms. Inside, there is a striking wall of exposed stone with a traditional inglenook fireplace, adding to the building’s charm.

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mud-and-stud cottage with a thatched roof

3. Pretty rural home

An early 19th-century two-bedroom home is built from stone. The house is located at the end of the Wicklow Way, a 127-kilometre trail across the Irish mountains in County Carlow, and finishes in Clonegal. The pretty cottage backs onto a river.

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19th century rural cottage stone ireland

4. Victorian worker’s home

Built in the 1890s, this Victorian worker’s cottage has two bedrooms and two reception rooms. The house has a mix of bay and sash windows, in the typical a-symmetrical style of this period.

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Victorian worker's cottage

5. Cosy Irish cottage

This cosy 18th century Irish cottage is built with thick stone walls, and is attached to a cow barn which has been converted to accommodation. 

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Cosy irish cottage 18th century stone

6. Cotswold stone home

Set in the countryside of north-east Oxfordshire, this Grade-II listed house was built in 1806, and was extended in 1902. The five-bedroom cottage is built in Cotswold stone, and the interior contains period features including ornate pasterwork.

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Cotswold stone cottage Oxfordshire grade II listed

7. Combining two buildings

The three-bedroom home was built in the early 1800s, and was originally two farmworker’s cottages, which were later, made into one. It is in a Conservation Area in Worcestershire, and required approval during renovation work.

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two cottages combined conservation area worcestershire

8. Mud-and-stud home

This mud-and-stud cottage with a thatched roof has a later yellow-brick addition added in the Victorian period. The interior features wooden beams and an unusual ‘witch’s hat’ fireplace in the dining room.

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mud-and-stud cottage with yellow-brick addition and thatched roof

9. Peak District property

This Peak District property dates back to 1550, with a stone-built extension. The exterior has a white render, while the interior features wood-panelling and exposed beams.

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peak district cottage 1550 stone built extension

10. 14th century home

This Gloucestershire house has a Grade-II listing as the oldest parts of the house date back to the 14th century. Inside there is a wealth of original features, including beams, flooring, and an original fireplace.

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14th century cottage gloucestershire grade II listed

11. Listed property

Situated on the Knebworth Estate in Hertfordshire, this historic home is built from a timber frame and thatch. It has a Grade-II listing, and the oldest part of the property was built 400 years ago as a woodman’s cottage. It was extended in the Victorian era to become a folly.

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Listed woodman's cottage Hertfordshire