Step inside this cosy country cottage in Hertfordshire

Take a tour around this modern country cottage in Hertfordshire, chosen by Country Homes & Interiors. For more house tours and decorating ideas, go to

The semi-detached Edwardian cottage is on the edge of a pretty market town and has views over open fields at the back.

1/10 Exterior

white house exterior

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

2/10 Living room

living room with wooden flooring and fireplace

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

An elegant palette of greys and charcoals combines with vintage finds to create a French stately home feel in the living room. A patterned wallpaper creates a striking feature wall, while stripped wooden floors and a sisal rug add a natural touch and bring extra warmth.

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3/10 Sofa living room

living room with wooden flooring and grey sofa and black printed armchair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

In the living room, painted walls and a plain sofa complement the patterns of the curtains, armchair fabric and cushions, and bring a sense of calm. Period style lighting adds extra character.

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4/10 Snug

living area with white wall and sofa with cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Vintage finds and new buys create a mix and match look. A pretty wrought iron daybed, distressed coffee table and charcoal toned cushions enhance the elegant scheme.

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5/10 Dining room

dining room with wooden flooring and wooden dining set

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Splashes of red and warm wood create a festive feel in the dining room. Metal floorlamps add an industrial edge to the country scheme.

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6/10 Kitchen/dining room seating area

kitchen dining room seating area with wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

A wicker sofa, layered up with festive red and white cushions, offers a
handy place to relax in the open plan kitchen/dining area. The large
painted dresser is a key country ingredient and provides plenty of storage.

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7/10 Kitchen

kitchen with wooden cabinets

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Rustic wooden and painted units are combined in the kitchen and, along with the butler’s sink and a framed French poster, create a cosy period feel.

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8/10 Main bedroom

bedroom with pink printed wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Ornate wallpaper, an iron bedstead and toile de Jouy quilt play to the French theme in the main bedroom, while the palette of soft colours adds to the relaxing, boudoir feel.

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9/10 Guest bedroom

bedroom with double bed with cushion and bedside table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

A prairie-style scheme is created in the guest bedroom with cool green shades, distressed furniture and accent patchwork and gingham fabrics.

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10/10 Bathroom

bathroom with wooden flooring and white bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

black-and-white tile splashback adds wow factor behind the roll-top bath and is teamed with a painted chest of drawers and vintage-style accessories to create an individual look.

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