Period Living Beautiful English Cottages

Period Living Beautiful English Cottages

Period Living Beautiful English Cottages is your essential collection of charming period homes. Filled with unique case studies, from rustic former farmworkers’ dwellings to quirky houses with a modern edge, it's a gorgeous and inspirational read.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd



In Period Living Beautiful English Cottages, we showcase some of the most characterful period properties in the country, to help you capture this universally loved style in your own home. The very word ‘cottage’ sums up cosiness and country charm. At its heart it is a look that is humble and the antithesis of ostentation, so avoid showy interiors and keep things simple. Invest in natural materials and handcrafted pieces, and mix newer finds with antiques and vintage for a truly eclectic home. As well as serving as a visual guide, this book contains the full story of how each homeowner created their dream cottage, and all the important contacts to help you with your own project. So, whether you are lucky enough to live in a bijou gem yourself, are planning a…

tapestry of colour

THE STORY Owners Nick Wigg and wife Jenny Larvin live here with dog Gyp. Nick was a social housing consultant and Jenny, a qualified teacher, is now a textile artist and designs and makes quilts Property A three-bedroom former farmworker’s cottage near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, built in around 1896 What they did The couple extended the property to create a spacious kitchen with a door onto the pretty garden. They also reconfigured the existing layout of the home to create a bigger dining room and an upstairs bathroom Together like the pieces of one of Jenny’s exquisite handmade quilts, is in itself a work of art. Although it was, by husband Nick’s admission, not very prepossessing when the couple first saw it. Its setting, in the shadow of a ruined Cistercian abbey, however, couldn’t be…

haven of serenity

THE STORY Owners Charlotte Glynn, an accounts manager, and James Lund, an operations manager, who are intending to set up a business doing renovations and interiors Property Believed to date back from the early 1800s, the two-bedroom cottage is not listed, but is situated in a Conservation Area in West Yorkshire What they did The couple have renovated throughout and added a second bedroom When Charlotte Glynn and James Lund started looking for their first home to buy together, they set their hearts on finding an old property that they could make their own. ‘We saw this cottage online and it looked promising; however, when we first went to view the house we were taken aback by the condition of it,’ recalls James. ‘It had been left unoccupied for a long time and damp…

when two become one

THE STORY Owners Jenny and Mel Dunmow, who are both retired engineers Property Two Grade II-listed, 16th-century timber-frame Essex farmworkers’ cottages, now combined into one home. The house has two staircases and two front doors What they did The timber frame of the whole building was under threat from damp. Rewiring, replastering, replumbing and central heating were all required. An inglenook fireplace was uncovered during the renovations There can’t be many 14-year-olds who can kick down the living room wall and get away with it, but Jenny and Mel Dunmow’s eldest son James did exactly that. ‘He said “This wall, Mum?” Then he just put his foot on it and kicked it, and it was the first time we’d walked through from one cottage to the other without going out of the front door,’…

conserving its integrity

THE STORY Owner Charlie Rayward, who is a theatre technician Property A four bedroom, two-bathroom Grade II-listed cottage in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The oldest parts of the house date back to the 14th century What he did Charlie stripped the house back to its more original state, rewired, replumbed and removed the black paint from the beams Restoring The Knappings was always going to be much more than simply a renovation project for Charlie Rayward – this is the home that he grew up in as a boy, and so has known for most of his life. ‘My parents bought the house in 1973,’ explains Charlie. ‘My dad was very much into self-sufficiency and we had a big vegetable garden and chickens – the grounds were bigger then,’ he reminisces. When Charlie’s mother died, he renovated…

a new chapter

THE STORY Owners Debbie Sarjant, a journalist, and husband Sarj, a chartered surveyor, live here with their cat Betty Boo. Their six grown-up children no longer live at home Property The four-bedroom cottage dates back to the 1600s. Its previous owners added a two-storey extension What they did The couple rewired throughout, repaired the roof, fitted new windows and built a single-storey oak-frame kitchen-diner extension. The original kitchen is now a hall, cloakroom and open-plan study. The stairs were rebuilt and turned to face the new front door Despite being confronted with its overgrown garden and poorly built extension, Debbie and ‘Sarj’ Sarjant felt a growing excitement as they viewed Bookend Cottage. ‘There was no proper front door, one bedroom was bright pink and there was a total lack of wow factor,’ says Debbie. ‘But…