Step inside this cosy country cottage in rustic Derbyshire

This house is actually two terraced cottages knocked together, dating from the mid-19th century. Set in a lovely village in the Derbyshire countryside, it's been converted into the perfect, cosy family home.

Cottages rarely come up for sale in the nicest parts of Derbyshire, so the owners were thrilled when not one, but two came up next to each other, not long after they started their search.

While living in one cottage, they began major renovations on the other, stripping it right back to the bare bones. Then the switched over, only to discover the other cottage needed even more intense structural work. The whole conversion took several years.

When it came to the decor, the look was uncluttered, modern and neutral, with accessories bringing colour and interest to the rooms. Mellow wooden furniture, accents of rich colour and tactile fabrics give a welcoming feel and the cosy house is made all the more snug in winter when the log burning is fired up.

1/8 Exterior

stone wall house with green doors

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

Originally two cottages, the owners knocked through the create the perfect-sized family home.

2/8 Hallway

hallway with table and lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Poly Eltes)

A console table and mirror add elegance to the entrance, with reclaimed flooring enhancing the rustic feel. This provides the perfect introduction to the style in the cottage - uncluttered, light and charming.

Table, mirror, lamps
Mazzaro Home
Door paint
Little Greene

3/8 Dresser

wooden dresser with fruit basket

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

This antique wooden dresser is a key piece in a country scheme, kept neat and tidy but still will plenty of opportunities to show off treasures.

Cottage Antiques
'Love' letters
Lily & Lime

4/8 Dining room

kitchen dining room with chairs and table

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

A family heirloom, this farmhouse table is well-loved for entertaining. The chairs keep the paired-back wood theme, along with the reclaimed wooden floors. And for an added country touch, the Emma Bridgewater crockery set is perfect for a homely feel.

Nash at Home
Polka Dot bowls
Emma Bridgewater

5/8 Kitchen

kitchen cream cabinets with wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

This kitchen won't date, with its classic rustic look, neutral design and sturdy cabinet. Soft plum makes the island the focal point against the neutral units, while wood and metal bar stools lend an industrial edge.

Bar stools
Newark Antiques Fair

6/8 Living room

living room with fireplace and sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

Cosy fabrics, exposed brickwork and a woodburning stove all add to the country feel in the living room. Antiques and family heirlooms mix with modern design-led touches such as the mirror to create a truly unique space.

Clearview from Robeys
Mazzaro Home

7/8 Bedroom

bedroom with faux fur blanket

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

Sumptuous velvet and faux fur bring opulence to the main bedroom scheme. The neutral walls and carpet allow the paining and other accessories to stand out.

Soak & Sleep
Chair cushion
The White Company

8/8 Bathroom

bathroom with green and white interiors

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes)

Use up all available space where you can - even in the bathroom. This corner cupboar din warm wood is a handy display cabinet. Further country style comes from the tongue-and-groove panelling and plantation shutters.

Wall paint
Farrow & Ball
Boyd's Blinds

This house originally appeared in Country Homes & Interiors, November 2016.

Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.