Their English Country Cottages
This is one of those beautiful cottages where I could simply show you a gazillion photos of the just the outside, it is so very beautiful but the inside is also ridiculously gorgeous. Be warned, you will want to move in!
I fell in love with the cottage from the sales brochure. I pictured our lives there and my furniture inside and how I could transform the garden.
Sarah and Darren Cann simply couldn’t believe that this cottage could actually be in their price range: “A thatched cottage was the dream and a countryside view was an even bigger dream. Rectory Cottage had almost everything that we had ever dreamed of within our budget and the only compromise was the lack of a fourth bedroom“. Undaunted and with hopes of extending once the children were older, they went to view the property, although it was their dream on paper, the couple struggled with the low ceilings and smaller square footage but when they took their 3 young boys to view the cottage for a second time and fell head over heels in love with it. “It felt like home. I noticed more of the view, more of the character. The boys were the happiest that I had ever seen them running around in the garden and that was it for us, we had to have it.”
Rectory Cottage is a Grade II listed Stone cottage in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The oldest part of the house dates back to the 16th Century. The cottage has a wealth of walks right on the doorstep and gives a sense of being fully immersed in the countryside which was what Sarah and Darren wanted that for their boys.
Internally the house was only in need of updating and cosmetic touches. It has a beautifully large dining room which backs on to a galley kitchen where worktop space and storage is very limited. planning permission to remove the wall between these two rooms to create an open plan kitchen/diner with an island in the middle and Sarah’s long awaited light blue Aga was granted in March so this will be the family’s next project.
Sarah didn’t plan the decoration but allowed the house to evolve organically over the two years that they have lived there. The sitting room was a blank canvas with neutral decor, Sarah had no intention of adding touches of pink until she fell in love with a particular armchair that then dictated the rest of the room. “I don’t have a set style it’s always developing but I’d say it’s mostly Modern Country with some quintessentially English cottage patterns and textiles. I will never steer too far away from my favourite pastel colours.”
Sarah’s Country Cottage necessities include lots of scented candles, large fluffy throws, different sized cushions layered on beds and sofas and a crackling fire.
This is such a beautifully decorated cottage, it feels full of light and beauty and a whole world of pretty yet it is obviously a gorgeous family home filled with laughter and love. Modern Country really suits this old cottage and the same love and attention has been paid to the garden to create something really rather magical.
To ogle more of Sarah’s beautiful cottage, click here to go to her instagram page https://www.instagram.com/cannscottage/
Happy New Year everyone, here’s to a happier, healthier 2021 xxxx