8 real cottages with beautiful exteriors to inspire you this summer

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Following on from our blog post earlier this year, titled 12 Real Country Homes for Interiors Inspiration in 2019, we wanted to put together more of a summer-inspired version that paid homage to the outside just as much as the inside. We all have a picture of our perfect house. Whether it’s one with roses or wisteria growing up the front, a beautifully painted sage green stable door or a flower-lined garden path leading to its entrance, it’s always nice to feel inspired by real homes too. Houses, both big and small, that we can look at and admire to help inspire our own homes.

To inspire you for the summer months ahead then, we’ve put together a small collection of eight stunning houses – all with a cottage feel and equally beautiful gardens accompanying them – that are real homes you can follow on Instagram.

As always, it’s no easy feat choosing from such an extensive pool filled with truly lovely homes, so if you have any favourites of your own, be sure to tell us below – they may well make it into the next blog post!

My English Country Cottage

Situated on the Suffolk/Essex border, Rebecca’s beautiful thatched farmhouse dates back to the 17th Century. With a sprawling country garden, she explains how you can expect to find lots of “florals, old books, vintage finds, roaring fires & old oak beams” on her feed. Sounds perfect!


Carrie the Cottage

An archetypal country cottage with an inglenook fireplace, farmhouse-style kitchen, a rather impressive bookshelf and elegant neutral interiors throughout, Carrie’s garden is just as beautiful as her home.


Life at Little Well Cottage

With stunning rural views of the Shropshire countryside, Little Well Cottage – complete with picket fence – is a quaint and cosy home with plenty of country-inspired interiors to match.


Our Little Church Cottage

From one little cottage to another. With Dexter the Dalmatian in tow, Church Cottage not only boasts beautiful interiors but a stunning garden with views over the church too.


Reloving my Home

From Worcestershire to Wiltshire. Following Paula’s recent move to this cosy thatched cottage, which dates back to the 18th century, she’s decorated it with plenty of charming country-inspired touches.


My Vintage Wren

A beautiful house and gardens – with colourful flowers aplenty – Lucy shares with us her love for all things vintage, together with snippets inside her picture-postcard home in Yorkshire.


Carriage House Cottage

Renovating their impressive home in the countryside, Jenna mixes contemporary design with lighter touches of modern country charm at Carriage House Cottage.


Willow Dale Cottage

In case you missed it, we featured Kim’s home in our 12 Real Country Homes for Interiors Inspiration in 2019 blog post, and couldn’t resist putting it in this time round too for its equally beautiful garden and rural views.


We hope we’ve helped to fill your boots with interiors (and exteriors!) inspiration for the forthcoming summer months. If you love peeking inside the beautifully styled homes of others, don’t forget to head on over to our Home Tour Series for a range of decors and designs – from country to contemporary and vintage to modern rustic!


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