Posted on October 15, 2021
Image credit: Inkwell Cottage, Unique Home Stays
As you know, we love Cotswolds homes. They are some of the most picturesque in the country and we love seeing how owners take beloved traditional cottages and make a little piece of this storybook wonderland their own. Seeing as we spend a lot of time looking at gorgeous properties, we thought we'd share some stylish Cotswolds homes on Instagram that we’re currently obsessed with…
A favourite when it comes to Cotswolds home inspiration, Bee’s beautiful Cotswold cottage and flawless interiors are what launched her own interiors brand. After being asked frequently where she purchased items in her own home, Bee decided to create and sell some of these items to help others bring her signature style in their own homes.
We love how Bee uses a variety of natural, textures materials and colours to complement the honey stone of her home and the boundless countryside outside her front door. From cosy autumn and winter decorations to playful ways to use her home in summer, Bee is definitely worth a follow!
Before you get too envious, the good news is that all of these cottages are available for stays through Airbnb! In Thatched Cottage Cotswolds, owner Victoria has created a boutique hotel experience within a beautiful 16th Century thatched cottage. Downstairs you’ll find a classic inglenook with a log burner and all the luxuries needed to unwind after a day out exploring.
Victoria also owns Peony Cottage @peonycottagecotswolds and Beverston Castle Cottage @beverstoncastle set in Morton-in-March and Beverston. Peony Cottage boasts a unique romantic hideaway with an ensuite housing side by side slipper baths for the ultimate relaxing experience. Recently renovated, Beaverston Castle Cottage is located at the entrance to the Beaverston Castle Estate and is the perfect location to explore Westonbirt Arboretum, Highgrove and Cirencester.
This stunning Georgian home, built in 1788, is owned and lived in by Lesley along with her family and gorgeous Irish Terrier pups. Large properties from the Georgian era were built to be spacious yet comfortable with grand proportions and a heightened sense of space and light. Lesley recognises the history of her home and that she is the current ‘keeper’ and ponders whether the previous owners enjoyed the views and tranquility as she does.
Lesley’s Instagram chronicles the seasonal changes of her house, garden and surrounding outlooks, from snowy and misty mornings to celebrating pumpkins, crops, flowers and the other spoils from her garden. Photographs taken around her home give a sense of the light that bathes her rooms and the beautiful proportions within.
This quintessential Cotswold cottage is owned by Sophie who confesses to enjoying staying in other people properties and wishing to take pride in a personal and friendly service. The cottage is situated in the village of Great Rollright near Chipping Norton and is 10 minutes from our favourite Daylesford Farm shop, restaurant and spa.
In keeping with the traditional cottage feel, you’ll find a wood burner and plenty of cosy sofas to sink into in the lounge. This property is all about the details, we love the little bay window with seating, the gorgeous roll-top bath and vintage-inspired furnishings. It even comes with its own ‘Sweet Shop’ so you can sample delicious retro sweets, the perfect after dinner treat!
Outside, the stone walls boast beautiful Wisteria, which winds its way up the house with a cosy table underneath to enjoy the end of summer days or the beginning of cosy, autumnal evening.
Set in the market town of Minchinhampton, the charming Bitty Cottage is full of traditional features and with the most gorgeous courtyard surrounded by Cotswold stone.
The cottage owned by Sue is available for holiday lets and has a stone fireplace fitted with a wood-burner, the perfect cosy setting for those long winter evenings. The home also features exposed beams with a latched door, plus window shutters and a vaulted ceiling which take you back to a bygone era. These traditional features are perfectly juxtaposed by the contemporary, airy twists and finishes, making this a truly special cottage to stay in.
We love a browse through Unique Stay’s Instagram for all the stunning and one-of-a-kind private properties available for stays across the UK. Our favourites within The Cotswolds however, have to be Filly Island and Inkwell Cottage, both of which could have been plucked directly from a fairytale film set.
Filly Island began life as a store for the cart that was used by the neighbouring mills horse to pull upstream in the 1700s. Sitting on a tiny island, accessed only by a humpback bridge, this little countryside island oasis is completely yours for your stay.
Inkwell Cottage, near Burford is built from traditional honey stone and features a rose framed door and luxury finishes inside. Possessing the typical charm of its era with stone mullion windows, an inglenook fireplace, wonky staircase and a climbing Virginia creeper ready to display its fiery autumnal colours, Inkwell Cottage is the perfect picturesque Cotswold cottage.
Brooke and Paul completed their purchase of this property in need of renovation during January 2018, the house also came with a barn which was pivotal in the decision to purchase this property with parts dating back to the 1700’s.
Brooke and Paul’s Instagram documents their renovation journey, from the tediousness of removing paint from stone mullion windows to the elation of seeing their dream home slowly come to life. We’ve loved the stories that have emerged throughout the renovation process, for example discovering an old mullion window and window seat that were covered up in 1828 with a message written on the wall to authenticate the date. Their creativity is boundless and ingenious, with old floorboards made of oak and elm repurposed to make windowsills and the use of the small stone nooks in the walls to burn candles. Definitely follow along to see the final results of their renovation!
Alex and Jamie bought their charming cottage in Lechlade next to the infamous River Thames. Follow their page as it chronicles their journey as they renovate the property and make the most of Cotswolds countryside life!
With an array of before and after photos, there is so much to be inspired by Alex and Jamie’s renovation journey, from a restored fireplace and staircase to upcycled items left behind by the previous owners such as a kitchen unit and gorgeous, ornate oak desk. In particular we love their thoughtfully planned garden including a charming wisteria, summer house and pool house renovation that’s currently ongoing. We can’t wait to see the results!