How to Obsess About English Country Cottages After Watching THE HOLIDAY: Part 2

Did you catch part one which was inspired by my obsessing about all things Cotswold cottage after watching THE HOLIDAY again? This continues the fun with more peeks from Character Cottages and VRBO. Maybe you’ll find a cottage for vacation, and maybe you’ll score timeless English country inspired design ideas for your own home. English Country cottages inspiration is coming at ya.

English Country Cottages: Design Inspiration

The obsession started with the fictional dreamy Rosehill Cottage (owned by Kate Winslet/Iris Simpkins in THE HOLIDAY) here:

The cottage in THE HOLIDAY known as Rosehill Cottage where Kate Winslet's character Iris lives. #theholiday #rosehillcottage
Rosehill Cottage set from “The Holiday” (Columbia Pictures, 2006); production design: Jon Hutman; set decoration: Cindy Carr and David Smith

All that honey-toned limestone, the country setting, and the small charming rooms inside appeal to so many fans of cozy interiors. Remember the kitchen inside this adorable cottage!?!

Kitchen in the English cottage in THE HOLIDAY where Kate Winslet's character lives. #theholiday #rosehillcottage
Kitchen in “The Holiday” (Columbia Pictures, 2006); production design: Jon Hutman; set decoration: Cindy Carr and David Smith

It’s quite different from Amanda’s kitchen in Hollywood:

Luxurious kitchen with classic style in the California mansion in THE HOLIDAY where Cameron Diaz's character Amanda lives. #theholiday
Cameron Diaz/Amanda’s kitchen in THE HOLIDAY movie.

Getting the Cozy Look of an English Country Cottage

No matter what style your own home is, if you’re after English country flavor, these peeks from authentic historic homes in the Cotswold region may help. (I’m not suggesting you copy these interiors or exteriors; rather, study: what makes them cozy, the color story, and natural materials to which you may be drawn.

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For example, I am a big fan of how gold tones and blue-greys harmonize. Look at the magic the combo brings to this Cotswold cottage:

Exterior of Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages
Abbots Cottage – warm sunny toned limestone with cool grey trim…yum!

Here’s a closer look at the grey/gold combination:

Exterior of Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

An additional example is here, and isn’t the mailbox charming!?!

Front door to No. 3 Blockley - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds.
No. 3 (Blockley)

So while we may not be able to easily add limestone to our design plans, maybe there is an opportunity to introduce warm neutrals with cool greys and blues.

You can also see how varying textures from stone, wood, and metal add considerable character and interest:

Exterior of Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

Let’s look at a few pretty places to holiday in England!

The Cheese Room

Find it HERE. I’m loving the deep blue door with the red brick! We just painted our own front doors on our red brick house, but we went with dark charcoal.

Charming exterior of The Cheese Room (Chipping Campden) - a Cotswolds cottage. #cotswoldscottage #englishcountry #vacationcottage

Here’s what the listing reveals about this property:

“Settled amongst the countryside of Warwickshire rests this charming market town of Shipston-on-Stour. Home to a wealth of local amenities, including shops, pubs and restaurants, along with a network of riverside walks and cycle trails, Shipston-on-Stour is a lovely base for a staycation.

Brass rabbit door knocker on a Cotswolds cottage.

The famed town of Stratford-upon-Avon is easily accessible, home to the Shakespeare Royal Theatre and Ann Hatahway’s Cottage, whilst Royal Leamington Spa rests slightly further afield.”

Charming arched front door and dog statues at a Cotswolds cottage. #cotswoldscottage #englishcountry #vacationcottage

Love that door knocker and the guard dogs!

Chapel Cottage

Find it HERE, and you can see clearly see (below) why it is known as Chapel Cottage!

Chapel Cottage - a stone Cotswolds vacation rental. #cotswold #cottageexteriors

The owners of Chapel Cottage carefully preserved the traditional character of this lovely property!

Chapel Cottage - a stone Cotswolds vacation rental. #cotswold #cottageexteriors

Butterrow Gate

You can find more info about Butterrow Gate right HERE.

Cotswold cottage stone walls and wood beams - Butterrow Gate. #cotswoldcottage

A few of its key character features? Stone mullion windows, exposed oak beams and Cotswold stone walls. Also, don’t miss the flagstone flooring as well as large inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove.

Cotswold cottage stone exterior - Butterrow Gate. #cotswoldcottage

Here’s what the description of this property states:

Butterrow Gate Cotswold cottage.

“Butterrow Gate is located on the outskirts of the bustling market town of Stroud, famed for its independent shops, galleries and cafes. Stroud hosts an award-winning Farmers’ Market every Saturday, and there is an organic farm shop just a short drive from the property.

Cotswold cottage stone walls and wood beams - Butterrow Gate. #cotswoldcottage

The town has a wide range of restaurants and pubs, the closest to Butterrow Gate being The Prince Albert Inn which is dog friendly and often has live music nights.

Abbot’s Cottage

Find the cottage’s full description HERE.

Kitchen with stone and beams in Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

This particular vacation rental dates back to the 17th-century!

Exterior of Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

With a traditional façade, a few charming features include a lovely inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove in the living room.

Living room with fireplace in Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

Abbots Cottage is in the market town of Winchcombe, an ancient Saxon village dubbed the walking capital of the Cotswolds.

Bathroom with clawfoot tub and bead board in Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

Within the town, enjoy shops, bars, and eateries as well as festivals and fundraisers, open gardens and tea dances.

Bedroom in Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

Winchcombe is also home to the old Sudeley Castle and the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Exterior of Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

The train stops in Winchcombe to pick up passengers on its 28-mile round trip.

Kitchen with stone and beams in Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

Isn’t the architecture charmingly preserved in spite of the modern amenities added?

Kitchen with stone and beams in Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

Small Rooms Updated for Modern Living

You have to love how these small cottages utilize every square inch, however I love how this kitchen also remains airy since wall cabinets were not crammed on either side of the modern range hood.

Bedroom in Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

These cottage bedrooms are so soothing and calm.

Bedroom in Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

And stone walls are hard to beat as far as adding cozy factor. See more in part one!

Kitchen with stone and beams in Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

What a charming view!

Exterior of Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages

I hope this English country cottage design inspiration inspired or felt like a sweet virtual trip to the countryside!

If you happen to love Nancy Meyers movies like THE HOLIDAY, HOME AGAIN, IT’S COMPLICATED, and SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, see these stories.

Exterior of Abbots Cottage - a charming vacation rental in the Cotswolds. #cotswoldscottages
English Country Cottages to inspire or visit!

Even though I don’t live in an English country cottage, we did add a very charming Tudor-style vintage detail to our renovation that I’ll be sharing with you soon. I’m also still obsessing about these Cotswold details and will share a house on the market not far from me! 🙂

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
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Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Tray Side Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
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Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
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Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
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