When I first visited England as a teenager, I was awestruck by the thatched-roof cottages. I had never seen anything like them outside of storybooks and Disney movies, so I couldn’t stop snapping pictures of them with my camera.
I still get excited when I see chocolate-box cottages like Polyanna Cottage, a vacation rental that the listing describes as an “Idyllic Grade-II listed cottage set in an old-world village in the Cotswolds.”
Keep scrolling to take the tour!
Pollyanna Cottage in the Cotswolds
The listing for this holiday rental says, “Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what Pollyanna is made of! Traditional Victoriana fuses with classic country-cottage style interiors, and flourishes of whimsical charm.”
I love the name of the cottage. Pollyanna was one of my favorite movies as a girl. I can still remember watching it for the first time in the 2nd grade from the floor of our school’s gymnasium. While all my friends talked and played around me, I was riveted to the big screen.
Another favorite of mine when I was growing up was The Secret Garden. I dreamed of having an English garden filled with bright pink foxglove flowers and hollyhocks someday.
The listing says:
Ever dreamed of gleefully shrugging off your grown-up guise and skipping into the realms of a childhood fairy-tale without a care in the world? Welcome to Pollyanna where you can bask in halcyon nostalgia until the cows come home. This whimsical luxury thatched self-catering cottage in the Cotswold’s is plucked straight from the pages of a storybook and exudes beauty and charm in bountiful measure.
“Pollyanna is cute-as-pie and bursting with wonder; think antique furniture, traditional beamed ceilings, delightfully uneven floors, and the most luxurious linens all skilfully fused with a little magic and spice.
“This idyllic Grade-II listed luxury cottage is set in an olde-worlde village of Birlingham in the Cotswolds complete with village hall, friendly local pub and time-honoured cricket ground which plays host to various events throughout the year.”
“With two luxury king-size double bedrooms and a pretty twin room sitting beneath the eaves, Pollyanna is equally as perfect for families as it is for couples looking for a romantic break away.”
“The master double with en suite shower room sits on the ground floor in the thatched annexe, whilst the golden-themed double and the quaint twin room (with views over the shared courtyard) are on the first floor, and sitting alongside the family bathroom.”
“After a day’s exploration of the surrounding Cotswolds countryside, return ruddy-cheeked before laying your head upon cloudburst pillows and sinking into a blissful uninterrupted sleep.”
The cottage kitchen has a Belfast sink on one side…
…and an AGA on the other.
“The kitchen is well-equipped with microwave, range cooker, American fridge freezer, dishwasher, Miele coffee machine and washing machine. The owner lives adjacent to Pollyanna and is on hand should you require anything.”
For little visitors, there’s an adorable little pink and green playhouse in the yard:
The homeowner Kirsten describes the house as “romantic, quaint and oh so peaceful. One of our favourite places to sit is under the blossom tree sipping chilled wine and watching the children play — perfect long summer evenings! Pollyanna is an idyllic chocolate box cottage which we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do…”
“In season take your pick (literally!) from the cottage orchard which boasts the tastiest apples and pears, as well as cooking apples for creating your very own homemade pie.”
“With a candy-coloured Wendy house, prettily thatched wishing well, swathes of pink lupins, hollyhocks and foxgloves, and plenty of hidden nooks in which to sit and watch the butterflies, the gardens at Pollyanna are a faerie’s delight.
“Little ones will be able to expend their limitless energy on the swings and trampoline in the large side garden, whilst adults will enjoy the opportunity to sit with a glass of something cold and enjoy the verdant surroundings.
There’s even a thatched-roof wishing well in the back:
“Take your ease under the magnolia tree and watch the blossoms fall around you like icing sugar, or stroll across to the village pub and enjoy the warm welcome and delicious home-cooked food on offer. Ramblers will take delight in the walking opportunities available in the nearby Malverns and Bredon Hills.”
If you’re lucky enough to take a vacation in the U.K. (or to live there!) and want to stay at the cottage, check Unique Home Stays for all the photos and rental information.