Buttercup Cottage

Their English Country Cottages

I walked into the main bedroom and fell in love – even with its leaky roof, peeling wallpaper and old tatty carpet, my sixth sense told me that this was right.

A welcoming cottage door and pretty garden are on Emily’s cottage necessities list.

The deeds to this whippersnapper of a cottage (1865!) mention numerous single women living in the cottage over the years and given it’s location, it was thought to have been built for single young females teaching at the nearby school

The village is surrounded by working farms with a village church that dates back to 1115 and is mentioned in the doomsday book yet it is only 15 miles from the city centre, with one of the oldest pubs in England and a legendary castle.

Gorgeous new stone flooring laid by Emily and her husband David (with a little help from 11 year old, going on 2 year old Parson Terrier Alfie)

With this glorious provenance and location, it is no wonder that Emily and David fell in love with the cottage online before they had even viewed it! Emily runs Grace and Blossom -an online handmade gifts and soft furnishings business which helped her to see past the state of the cottage which needed almost everything replacing (kitchen extension, new boiler, doors bricked up, new ones made, new floors, new roof, rewire, new bathroom and decorated every room). Emily has used her sewing skills and creative eye to fill each room with feminine touches and flooding the dark old cottage with light and bright yet soft and pretty decoration .

Emily favours an interior with plain and simple walls to which she can then add accents of colour using soft furnishings. She has a penchant for pink (thankfully David doesn’t mind the pink hues and is happy for Emily to accessorise with pretty pinks) and for old pine furniture.

I know when I see a room what it will look like in my mind when finished.

Emily’s decoration is never entirely planned, sometimes the end result is a room that has been created more fluidly: “I like old things,especially Victorian pine furniture. which means that it can be a little pot luck as to what you can find and not always what you had in mind. I have to feel a connections with the old furniture I own, after all they are with us a while”.

The most treasured piece of furniture is the linen press in the sitting room. It was made at about the same time that the cottage was built and although it would have been made for a slightly grander house, the old pine and handcrafted detail work beautifully in this room. Emily refers to it as her “Monica cupboard” but it also cleverly doubles up as a television

The bathroom is the latest room to receive the couple’s careful attentions, both Emily and David like a blend of rustic cottage and modern country style look ‘with a farmhouse twist’. Emily would also add “a bit of faded glamour for good measure. I love the inspiration from Pearl Lowe and I’m a huge fan of Christina Strutt”, this is beautifully illustrated in this gorgeous bathroom which maintains the quiet pine and pink but also brings in a little more glamour with the beautiful lace panel and faded rug.

Emily may think that she doesn’t plan every room but her intuition and love of old pine and plain walls with pink hints brings a beautifully calming and cohesive feel to what was once an old, dark, dank cottage. I suspect to a mortar board that all the previous school mistresses would have skipped with delight on walking up this pretty brick pathway and entering this pared back pretty in pink hideaway.

When forced to describe her dream home, Emily is conflicted: “I love the architecture of the beautiful old Jacobean houses with a stunning estate but then I also love the idea of owning a beautiful old thatch cottage nestled in rolling hills”. This cottage provides the countryside of a sprawling old estate with the cosiness of an old thatched cottage so perhaps, having transformed this cottage into a light drenched haven, this couple have found the best of both dream homes (apart from the 58 bedrooms and boating lake!).

Click here to look at more gorgeous images of Emily’s cottage https://www.instagram.com/bathtubs_and_buttercups/

Click here to view Emily’s beautiful handmade cushions, lampshades and accessories https://graceandblossom.co.uk/


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

February 1, 2021 at 7:42 pm

Absolutely beautiful Emily xxxx

Rebecca Lovattreply
February 1, 2021 at 8:44 pm
– In reply to: Loraine

Thank you so much for reading the blog about Emily’s beautiful home. Best wishes, Rebecca xxx

Jane Mossreply
July 24, 2021 at 8:58 pm

What a lovely name Buttercup cottage and it is Beautiful decorated. Thank you for sharing.

Rebecca Lovattreply
August 10, 2021 at 1:05 pm
– In reply to: Jane Moss

Oh thank you for reading, Emily has created such a beautiful home hasn’t she? Thank you so much, rebecca x

Kathy Freply
July 25, 2021 at 6:18 pm

How absolutely beautiful! How every cottage should look. You inspire me.

Rebecca Lovattreply
August 10, 2021 at 1:02 pm
– In reply to: Kathy F

Oh what a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much, Rebecca x

Rebecca Lovattreply
August 10, 2021 at 1:04 pm
– In reply to: Kathy F

Thank you so much for reading and for such a lovely comment. Best wishes, Rebecca x

November 15, 2021 at 9:14 pm

It’s absolutely gorgeous – I love everything about that cottage. Sigh … I can only dream!!

Rebecca Lovattreply
November 17, 2021 at 10:55 am
– In reply to: Deirdre

Awww – it is such beautiful cottage isn’t it? Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment Rxxxxxx

Cottage Cheesereply
December 5, 2021 at 11:38 am

The dresser andthe cabinet is beautiful, what kind of wood is that?

Rebecca Lovattreply
December 5, 2021 at 1:11 pm
– In reply to: Cottage Cheese

This home belongs to Emily of https://instagram.com/bathtubs_and_buttercups?utm_medium=copy_link on Instagram. If you are on Instagram you could direct message her and ask? Aw thank you so much for reading. Happy Sunday xxxx

March 27, 2022 at 1:34 pm

Hello, love what you’ve done with the place, wanted to find out whether you made the blinds yourself or if you bought them? Really like them so I’m keen to copy!

Rebecca Lovattreply
April 3, 2022 at 9:18 am
– In reply to: Carole

Hi Carole, Emily’s cottage is beautiful isn’t it? She made the blinds herself- she runs https://graceandblossom.co.uk/ have a look at her website and I am sure she would be happy to share how she made them. Rxxxx

June 7, 2022 at 8:20 pm

Absolutely love your cottage & everything you have done, it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca Lovattreply
August 4, 2022 at 4:59 am
– In reply to: Sandra

Oh that’s so kind. Thank you so much x

April 23, 2023 at 5:43 pm

Wow! How beautiful and serene, your taste is impeccable.

Rebecca Lovattreply
May 20, 2023 at 9:17 am
– In reply to: Marilyn

It’s such a gorgeous cottage isn’t it? thank you so much for commenting Rxxxx

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