There’s Charm Galore in this English Stone Cottage

In my last post on Accessories, I came across this adorably charming English country stone cottage on Country Living’s website. To die for. It also reminded me of Kate Winslet’s country cottage in The Holiday – almost as if one were the inspiration for the other. The house is owned by interior designer Julie Oswald and her husband Colin Caygill, who renovated the building and then scavenged for the right furnishings and finishes to make it feel as if everything had always been there, but still have all the amenities of modern living, such as heated floors and a great shower. As Julie says – “It’s not the dark ages!”

The Bastle Stone Cottage

Tudor stone bastle Northumberland England Photo by Brent Darby Country Living Stone cottage
Photo by Brent Darby, via Country Living

This house, located in Northumberland is what’s known as a bastle. These were fortified farm houses and other structures along border towns during the 16th and 17th centuries which were built to protect their inhabitants from, in this case, Scottish marauders. Thick stone walls abound, which the couple learned to do lime plaster in order to smooth out and warm them up a bit.

Tudor stone bastle Northumberland England Photo by David Webb main room Stone cottage
Photo by David Webb

I love the juxtaposition of the stone floors and walls. They look cold (and I believe it IS cold in the north of England), but they are heated which is nice in winter and must be pleasantly cool in the summer.  The photo above gives a better idea of the layout of the main room – which includes the living and dining areas.

Tudor stone cottage bastle living room photo Brent Darby Country Living stone cottage
Photo by Brent Darby, via Country Living

And in these photos above and below we get to see more of the detail of both spaces. Collections of pewter ware and interesting casegoods abound. I love the painted clock below. The delicate fret work on the bonnet is highlighted so well with the soft paint color.

Tudor stone cottage bastle photography Brent Darby dining room charming stone cottage
Photo by Brent Darby, via Country Living

One thing I’d like to point out is that the dining chair slipcovers above are slightly short. I think this is actually kind of smart. I have very similar chairs and slips in my house which are too the ground, but the front of the chairs inevitably is longer than the back due to pulling (these are if you notice) and then they get very dirty because feet rest on them, they pick up dog hairs and other detritus of living. Whenever I get around to have a new set made for my chairs, I will be having them hemmed a tiny bit off the floor.

Tudor stone cottage bastle photography Brent Darby living room blue chair charming stone cottage
Photo by Brent Darby, via Country Living

It’s difficult to carve out a modern kitchen in an antique home. The electrical and plumbing have to be carefully integrated and sometimes drilling just isn’t possible. BTW – the little stone dog pitcher is making the rounds I notice in these photos. Not a dis – just nice to know other people re-use items on photo shoots. I have a stoneware pitcher that is in three of my photoshoots – shhh…!

But if you want to peruse my portfolio and figure out what I’m talking about, I’ll sent a prize to the first one who does so!

Tudor stone cottage bastle photography Brent Darby kitchen charming stone cottage
Photo by Brent Darby, via Country Living

 

Tudor stone bastle Northumberland England Photo by David Webb Kitchen Stone cottage
Photo by David Webb
Tudor stone cottage bastle photography Brent Darby bathroom charming stone cottage
Photo by Brent Darby, via Country Living

 

Tudor stone cottage bastle photography Brent Darby twin bedroom charming stone cottage
Photo by Brent Darby, via Country Living

 

Tudor stone bastle Northumberland England Photo by David Webb Bastle twin bedroom Stone cottage
Photo by David Webb

This is the photo I used in my accessories post and also on my Instagram – it’s gotten a lot attention because it’s so pretty!

Tudor stone cottage bastle photography Brent Darby bedroom charming stone cottage
Photo by Brent Darby, via Country Living
Tudor stone bastle Northumberland England Photo by David Webb double bedroom Stone cottage
Photo by David Webb

And a final little peak into The Bastle.

Tudor stone bastle Northumberland England Photo by David Webb Bastle sign Stone cottage
Photo by David Webb

The Joiners Shop Stone Cottage

So, the surprise is that after they completed The Bastle stone cottage, they then tackled the detached Joiners shop. And, both properties are available to rent either together or separately!

Joiner's Shop The Bastle stone cottage Photography David Webb Exterior2
Photo by David Webb

The buildings are next to each other, but have separate outdoor spaces.

Joiner's Shop The Bastle stone cottage Photography David Webb exterior
Photo by David Webb

They are designed using the same finishes and style so they feel all of a piece. Each building sleeps 4.

Joiner's Shop The Bastle stone cottage Photography David Webb kitchen
Photo by David Webb

I think the Joiners Shop seems to be a little bit more “humble” than The Bastle stone cottage, but still charming.

Joiner's Shop The Bastle stone cottage Photography David Webb living room
Photo by David Webb

 

Joiner's Shop The Bastle stone cottage Photography David Webb twin bedroom
Photo by David Webb

You can read more about the project over at Country Living and also learn more about renting these charming properties on The Bastle website.

 

I’ve put together a boutique of charming cottage times to get this look! (Please note that this boutique includes affiliate links. A small commission is paid on purchases, at no extra cost to the buyer. This goes to help support this blog. Thank you!).

xoxo Linda Would you like my Favorite Tips for a Well-Decorated Home? Click here!

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