Fig Tree Cottage For Sale (White Picket Fence Included)

by hookedonhouses on May 20, 2012

Over the years I’ve featured a lot of houses I liked, but Fig Tree Cottage is one of my favorites. So I was excited to hear from Alison, the owner of this Cotswold-style cottage, that it’s for sale. If I lived anywhere near Queensland, Australia, I’d be tempted to buy this sweet little place with the white picket fence…


The listing says:

“A rare opportunity to own one of Tamborine Mountain’s icons in the heart of Olde Eagle Heights. This enchanting and captivating Cotswold Cottage was lovingly hand-crafted to replicate all features of Olde Worlde charms.”

“As you enter the cottage walking through the quaint doorways you are instantly transferred back in time.”

“There is a traditional kitchen overlooking your country garden to give you inspiration whilst cooking,” the listing continues.

The 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage comes fully furnished.

“This gem is currently a very popular holiday accommodation, with bookings right through to the end of the year and comes fully furnished. Having said that it would also make a very comfortable home.”

“The lounge is inviting with timber beams and dormer windows. The combustion wood heater for the cooler winter months emphasizes the cosiness of the cottage.”

*2013 Update: Alison just sent me a few new snaps of her cottage.

new chair and fireplace photo Fig Tree

“Jack is all cosy for the day in front of the fire…”

new photo dog Jack by fire

new fireplace photo Fig Tree

new chair Fig Tree

“Fig Tree in Autumn:”

new photo Fig Tree in Autumn

For more photos and information, check the listing. Thanks to Alison for letting me know about it! You can read my original post about the house here.

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Sandra Licher May 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

This IS it! Although I can be fickle about houses….if iwas wealthy I would collect them like others collect dishes and such. But this site is the closest thing to it! Thank you so much! That cottage comes closest to what I would love. I really was looking at farmhouses but recently this “cottage style” of homes and decorating had really grabbed hold of me! BTW, I featured you on my blog today! I can’t imagine anyone not having discovered you yet but just in case I wanted to share the love with my readers which are few compared to you! I LOVE FIG COTTAGE!!!!!

Farmeress May 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

So sweet for the eyes and imagination.

Jane May 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

Love, love, love it! From the diamond paned windows to the funny little angled ceilings to the picket fence. Wonder how much it would cost to relocate?

Cindy May 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I love it! So cozy and so much character!

Joan May 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Jane, houses have been disassembled and shipped here to America. I was just reading about a couple from California who did it-a home from England. He paid $20,000 for the timbers but he did not state the shipping cost. Sorry I do not remember which magazine or website this story was featured in.. Yes it can be done! He numbered all timbers for easy reassembly. About this cottage, I get claustrophobic looking at the pictures- such tiny spaces make me run outside and stay outside. Even very small houses such as mine can feel open and airy with cathedral ceilings. And the fireplace with woodstove – maybe the brick could be removed and replaced with native stone?

Alison May 22, 2012 at 12:58 am

Hi Joan, Fig Tree Cottage feels wonderful and cosy inside. Anybody that has visited say that they never want to leave! The cottage is truly authentic and has been built to the same exacting standards as the listed buildings in England. The builder who built Fig Tree Cottage was an Australian working in the Cotswolds in England and fell in love with the cottages there and decided to build his own dream cottage back in Australia. The fireplace is using materials sourced from England to replicate them exactly. I just thought I would clarify that Fig Tree Cottage is truly Authentic for any potential buyer to be correctly informed. As an English woman living in Australia it has truly been my dream to own Fig Tree Cottage and I am very sad to be having to sell. I am certain the next owner will be embraced by the cottage just as I have been.

Kim May 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I saw the exterior on pinterest and wondered what it looked like in the inside. Now I know. Thanks for sharing this with us Julia. This cottage is very nice and cozy.

Bronwyn May 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I would love to stay in something like this in England, but in hot Queensland??? No mention of cooling….those tiny, low roofed rooms would be like living in an oven! very very cute, but kinda bizarre for anyone who understands the temperature and humidity of the place.

Alison May 22, 2012 at 12:42 am

Hi Bronwyn! The cottage is actually a lovely temperature all yer round due to the thick stone that it is built with also Tamborine Mountain is a good 4 degrees cooler than the bottom of the mountain at the Gold Coast. The mountain actually has a temperate climate and we experience all four beautiful seasons even gorgeous autumn colours. We have never felt the need for an air conditioner. I just thought I would clarify that for any one interested in purchasing beautiful Fig Tree Cottage… It has been my dream come true to own it! The peacefulness of the cottage is really truly wonderful!

Tiffany April 18, 2013 at 8:03 am

Hello Bronwyn,
I work 4 doors down from Fig Tree Cottage, on gallery walk and its my absolute favourite cottage on the mountain, ever time there is an open house i pop in for a sticky beak. Tamborine is a wonderful place to live the weather is completely different to regular Queensland weather, its cooler pretty much always cardigan weather up here! X

Jocelyn Pascall May 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm

So cute. I think I would want to put a few more antiques in there though – wouldn’t be able to help myself!

Luciane at Homebunch.com May 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Wow, this is so interesting! I made a post about cottages (exterior) not too long ago and posted this little cottage, but I haven’t seen the interiors until now. This really surprised me!

You know me, I love cottages and this post put a smile on my face! :-)

Have a wonderful week, Julia!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

D May 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Thanks for the wonderful tour. This cottage IS right out of a fairy tale.
D

Rebecca C. May 21, 2012 at 12:34 am

I love it. It’s cozy. I love the gardens surrounding the house.

lucy May 21, 2012 at 2:06 am

Tambourine Mountain is a lovely area…but it gets so stifling hot and humid in Queensland , I only ever like to go there in winter time….this cottage however restores my faith in finding such quaintness ( is there such a word ???) in Australia… :)

dakky May 21, 2012 at 2:53 am

Ooh, I looked at staying at this house for when we travel up that way later this year. I don’t know if I could live in it but I’d love to stay in a place like that.

Jane May 21, 2012 at 8:07 am

Would love to have booked a vacation stay there. While I like the home very much, it would be too cozy for our family, not enough space.

Carolyn May 21, 2012 at 8:11 am

Adorable. Interesting to see the inside – I remember seeing this on your site before and loved it. I especially love the eating area with the window seat. The kitchen reminds me a bit of the one in the The Holiday. The soft furnishings (upholstery, drapes, bedspreads, etc.) need updating but the interior spaces definitely have that old world cozy feel. I think I’d take an original Cotswold cottage in England, though. Speaking of cottages, have you ever featured the many charming ones found in Carmel, California? Even though I’m on the east coast, I find their appeal irresistible.

Sarah @ housecrazy May 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

it’s very sweet! the kitchen is just perfect and so cottage-y!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com May 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Presh! I want it!

Karen May 22, 2012 at 12:35 am

It’s lovely. I’ve always loved cottages. I would think it would be hard to sell such a place.

Alison May 22, 2012 at 12:48 am

Extremely hard!!! I live Fig Tree Cottage and if my circumstances hadnt changed I would keep it forever! I’m certain the new owner will also feel as truly blessed as I have been! .

Karen May 22, 2012 at 9:01 am

Hi Alison,

I’m glad that you took my comment in the positive way that it was meant. Sometimes I wonder why people sell their homes, especially when I find them beautiful and I know that it would be hard for me to leave. And despite being curious–it would be impolite to ask, so I would never do that. I do know that circumstances change, but I always try to put myself in their shoes. Well, I’m sorry you find yourself in those circumstances, but I do hope for the best for you and I also hope that it will find the right owner too–someone who will feel as blessed as you have been.

Joan May 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Alison, thankyou for explaining the fireplace to us. This is the most intellegent design I have seen. Fireplaces are completely useless for heat forcing one to choose between installing an insert (with fans that make noise) or a freestanding stove (which will put out far better heat than insert) as this builder did. But all the fireplaces I have seen are way too short to put the stove inside so it must sit out in front which looks ridiculous. This fireplace is the best solution. The only thing that concerns me the roof shingles- are they wood?

Alison May 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Hi Joan, The roof tiles are traditional slate, so no fire concern! ???? they do look in photos like the wood shingles I have seen in Nantucket. The fire works great it is so warm and cosy… Perfect place to nap any time of the day. ???? I have a Facebook page for Fig Tree Cottage with 100s of beautiful photos I’m sure you will enjoy. The agent couldn’t use my most recent ones.. Wrong size apparently?!! On the page I have gorgeous photos of the garden in all of the seasons. It’s particularly beautiful when the Wisteria is in full bloom and the hydrangeas!!

hookedonhouses May 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I should have linked to the Fig Tree Cottage Facebook page, too! Here it is if anyone wants to see her additional photos:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fig-Tree-Cottage/162558693798590?ref=pb

Thanks, Alison! :)

Alison May 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Sorry I was typing on my phone and the phone changed a few of my words. It shouldn’t have had the ??? Please ignore any errors, I didn’t see them untill it was already sent!!

Alison May 23, 2012 at 4:41 am

Thanks Julia for the link!! I’m just not computer savvy!!

Joan May 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

Alison, slate shingles! Now that is what I call built to English code- after the Great London fire all wood roofing was permanently banned and all houses had to be built of stone brick or stucco. A very safe house indeed! Thank you for explaining everything.

Household Management May 24, 2012 at 1:27 am

I love the look but I dont think I could bring myself to paint beautiful wood floors!

kati August 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Now I know what to do with the bottom cabinet in my upstairs kitchen….put a skirt on it. I loved the blue check skirt on the cottage cabinets. this way I won’t have to nag the hubs anymore about replacing the two doors the dog chewed the corners off of about 10 years ago….he has promised,,,, lol I have yet to see them repaired. But this curtain idea is perfection. Now, off to the fabric shop….and rev up my Singer!

Victoria December 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I can’t stand the inside – BUT I see major potential! I would love to renovate this house. Plus, the outside is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing!

missgulfsouth June 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

That is just about the sweetest little cottage I’ve ever seen! I imagine it would make a super rental, but I would never want to raise a family there – a bit too cozy for that. ;)

Alison pryce June 26, 2013 at 5:37 am

Hi Julia, could you possibly add the new photos? I would love everyone to see the lounge room with the nice sofas that are mine since I moved in , rather than the holiday rental ones. Thank you. :)

hookedonhouses June 27, 2013 at 8:25 am

Done! :-)

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