Step inside a traditional cottage

Step inside this traditional cottage house tour. Reader's homes and essential decorating inspiration from Ideal Home. Ideas for country style homes and cosy country cottage-style living.

A stunning three-bed Victorian terraced cottage in Lambourn, Berkshire, packed with ideas for creating modern country style.

1/6 Exterior

house with window and plants

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nikki Crisp)

2/6 Living room

living room with chair and table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nikki Crisp)

This cosy country cottage living room is given an extra touch of warmth with sisal flooring and comfy upholstered seating. A cast-iron fire basket is perfect for the country look.

Laura Ashley

3/6 Kitchen

kitchen with sink and dishwasher

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nikki Crisp)

Fitted cupboards, a butler's sink and a dishwasher fit perfectly into the compact space under the stairs in this small kitchen, making the most of every inch of space.


4/6 Master bedroom

master bedroom with bedside lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nikki Crisp)

Create a restful bedroom with pistachio green walls, a deep-pile rug and layers of different bedspreads for comfort. A statement bed will make a big impact against a backdrop of plain walls and flooring.

Feather & Black

5/6 Guest bedroom

guest bedroom with floral bedspread

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nikki Crisp)

Keep the decor simple and feminine to create a welcoming guest bedroom. Use pretty accessories, such as a floral bedspread, and keep the walls and flooring plain, so the room has a calm and restful feel.

Dunelm Mill

6/6 Bathroom

bathroom with basin

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nikki Crisp)

A pretty green floral wallpaper gives this bathroom a fresh and airy feel, while a traditional-style suite gives it a timeless look. Wooden and wicker touches add a rustic country edge that's full of charm.

Morris & Co

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.