English country cottage

Rezoned and Repurposed: The Pigsty

image from: http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk

image from: http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk

Welcome to The Pigsty.

The first thing you need to know about this structure is that it actually was a pigsty – as in, a place where pigs were housed and bred.

The second thing you need to know about this structure is that it is now used as a hotel – for humans.

image from: http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk

image from: http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk

Located in the North Yorkshire region of the United Kingdom, The Pigsty is set on a hill overlooking the infamous Robin Hood’s Bay.

The pigsty was built in the 1880′s by an eccentric country squire by the name of Squire Barry of Fyling Hall. He was apparently inspired by the classical architecture of the Mediterranean which he encountered during his sojourns. So he infused his pig house with classical elements such as timber columns and pediment at the entry.

image from: http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk

image from: http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk

The Pigsty was restored in recent years and is maintained as a vacation rental by The Landmark Trust.

“…we feel it is fit for a higher breed of inhabitant.”

The vacation rental has one bedroom and one bathroom along with a living area and kitchen:

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An English country farmhouse

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

This 18th century farmstead is located in the English county of Essex. Owners Georgina and Benjamin Finn bought the home when it was in a sorry state – almost too far gone to be salvaged.

The old staircase and chimney were actually condemned and many parts of the house had to be rebuilt.

Still, the couple kept the home as folksy and charming as possible – going to great lengths to keep it feeling like the old country farmhouse they came across in the woods.

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

The exterior is finished with “weatherboarding” – common in the Essex countryside. The long side porch (visible above) was built by the current owners.

Have a look inside:

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

Fresh-cut flowers, antique teacups, and needlework – can it get any quainter?

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

The country cottage feeling is conveyed in the dining with wood plank floors and horizontal painted planks on the walls.

Every nook and corner is decorated with colorful trinkets and hand-painted / hand-made pieces…

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1927 yellow country English cottage in California

image from: http://soulfulabode.com

This is another fabulously charming L.A. Eastside cottage featured by real estate agent Vanessa over at Soulful Abode. I just love the stuff she posts from her neighborhood. So much character!

This yellow 1927 English cottage-style home is currently listed on the market for $499,000.

Have a look inside…

image from: http://soulfulabode.com

The barrel vaulted ceiling…the fireplace… the arched and multi-paned windows – you can tell already it’s going to be a goodie!

This quaint home features 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, PLUS a detached guest cottage, all on a tiny 4800 square foot lot.

But it is so well put together…

image from: http://soulfulabode.com

The galley kitchen is exceedingly tight but what it lacks in space it makes up for in charm…

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