You must know by now that I have a holiday cottage in Norfolk (available to rent by the way – here). But I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I plan to move to that lovely county permanently in the not too distant future. And because I spend an inordinate amount of time scouring estate agent sites, I have a very definite idea of what that next home will be like. Rustic simplicity comes first and foremost to mind, but my actual wishlist keeps getting longer and longer! So, when I saw this cottage on the Light Locations website it was so damn close to my ideal cottage I just knew I had to share it here.
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An eat-in kitchen is probably at the top of my list. Somewhere for friends and family to gather around a farmhouse table while I rustle up a Sunday roast. And a place to linger after dinner while enjoying a glass of wine by candlelight. Preferably while someone else loads the dishwasher and tidies up. These are probably similar floor tiles to the ones we have in the holiday cottage and I already know how practical they are when you have a dog who likes muddy walks. And I’m also liking those original beams and that exposed flint wall.
A country kitchen with open shelves is also my ideal. Painted cupboards, a butler sink, brass taps, rustic pottery, a few antiques and a landscape or two. They’re all on that list!
As are soft linens, natural bristle brushes, and old and used things picked up second hand.
The sitting room will have painted floorboards just like these and of course, a lovely open fire or wood burning stove. Farrow and Ball colours on the walls, and comfy armchairs go without saying. And a view onto the country garden would be the icing on the cake.
I think I’ve definitely tired slightly of my wallpaper obsession. It’s still fabulous in the right setting, but a simple country cottage needs nothing more than some painted panelling and a more restrained approach.
And if you’re thinking that a boot room is an indulgence, let me tell you that in the country it’s a necessity. If it doubles up as a utility room, and linen store all the better.
And imagine how lovely it would be to just live with the other necessities of life and let go of all the ‘stuff’ we normally accumulate. What more does a country bedroom need than a comfy bed, a night light and a place to put your book?
And in the bathroom? A deep claw-footed tub, some indulgent bubble bath, a scented candle and a place to put a drink.
Eden Hall Cottage is available for photographic shoots via Light Locations.