Meet my cottage crush of the moment: a 17th-century thatched-roof home in Wiltshire, England.
The vacation rental listing says:
Thatched with golden wheat straw and sprinkled with magic, Faerie Door Cottage is a dream holiday home plucked straight from the pages of a story book.
Wander down the church path in the charming village of West Overton and discover this little pot of gold at the end of the lane… A fairytale cottage with a grown-up guise, this luxury self-catering cottage is set in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.
Inside, muted pinks and lavender minks soften the heavy oak beams and terracotta stone floors, which glow a warm ginger beneath the two flickering log fires.
The quirky design of this 17th-century cottage is sure to charm. Two spindly staircases lead up to the dreamy first floor; the first arrives in the king-sized master bedroom, whilst the other takes you up to the cosy snug area.
There is a zip-and-link bedroom which leads through from the snug, and through the old faerie door on the other side is the beautiful family bathroom, which shares Jack and Jill access with the master suite.
(Curious about the difference between a faerie and fairy? I found an interesting discussion about the spellings here.)
Wiltshire is a county in South West England notable for its pre-Roman archaeology:
“The Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age people that occupied southern Britain built settlements on the hills and downland that cover Wiltshire. Stonehenge and Avebury are perhaps the most famous Neolithic sites in the UK.”
The Standing Stones of Avebury are only a few miles from the cottage.
It would be nice to feel like Kate Winslet for a day in a cottage like this, wouldn’t it? 🙂
For rental information about Faerie Door Cottage, check the listing.
Thanks to Unique Home Stays for telling us about it!
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Alie B says
Love, love, love!!! This sweet little cottage is absolute perfection. Sigh…
Ricki Jill Treleaven says
Julia, I love this little cottage, and it does remind me of the cottage from The Holiday! I would love to stay there and tour Wiltshire.
I do enjoy your cottage posts!
How perfect. My great-great grandfather was from Malmesbury, Wiltshire. I think I should stay in this cottage and check up on the ancestral home. Thanks for sharing – I’m imagining myself there right now instead of here,in my fluorescent-lit windowless classroom, grabbing a quick lunch in between giving standardized tests!
Oh, what a sweet cottage! I love the subdued interiors. It looks like just the perfect spot for a nice little, relaxing holiday with a roaring fire and a stack of books (and yes, I did this of Iris’s cottage when I saw it)!
All those beautiful old beams! Be still my heart!
I have never been so pissed off about where I live until I saw this charming home. 🙂 Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing!!
If only I could leap into the computer and walk into that cottage….what a treasure!
Thank you so much for sharing. You made my day!
maddie may says
I am totally captivated by this adorable cottage. Truly, truly magical………
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This is the quintessential cottage, charming, full of character with a few quirks. In my travels I always try and stay in such like places instead of hotels. My wife and I live in a tiny cottage….wish ours looked like this one though!
Laura in Sacto says
Be still my heart.
LOVE this cottage, thanks for sharing it with us. I would love to know a little about its history. With the two staircases and two chimneys I wonder it it started life as two workmen’s cottages which were knocked together to make one large (er) cottage at some point.
I think we should rent it for a girls’ trip!!! All those sites to explore . . . (I was an archaeology major.) But I might never want to leave the cottage and garden.
Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues lived in Wiltshire in a house that was the stables for King Henry VIII. It was RIGHT on the road and had a courtyard with the house built around it. I don’t know how he ever left it.
This cottage is adorable.I’m a sucker for English stone cottages. I love the little details such as the window latches shaped like curls in this one.
Love the thatch & the wood door! I just got back from 2 weeks in the UK. Everywhere we went, there were amazing cottages. I spent the whole time with my mouth hanging open thinking “wow oh wow!”.
I am British living in US and this is the stuff homesickness is made of… There is nothing more beautiful than that part of the world.. I love everything about this
Suzanne Melton says
In 2002, I went to a miniature shoe “convention” at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe.
Before it began, I rented a car a drove to Avebury. Great visit, not too many people, and you can walk right up to and around the henge.
Others decided to drive to Stonehenge; you’re not even allowed to get near it.