Step inside this idyllic thatched cottage with gorgeous Scandi interior

Be inspired by this Scandi cottage in Cornwall

Living room with fire place and stove
(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

Built in the late 17th century, this thatched cottage has two bedrooms with later additions. The owners, a holiday property company owner and a builder, fell in love as soon as they saw the painted rubble and cob cottage near the north Cornish coast two years ago. 'It was magical,' they say.

The couple had been looking for a holiday home in Cornwall  when they saw the property online. The place had a farmhouse feel with its large kitchen, which was part of the original dairy. 'The cottage felt surprisingly spacious and it had a warmth that we loved.'

The house was in a good state structurally but was rather dated with clashing deep purple and light pink carpets. 'But,' says the owner, 'even though the decor wasn't right, I knew we could transform it into something special.'

Top of the wish list was a warm, rustic look with the kitchen at the heart of the home and a range cooker and farmhouse table taking pride of place. She also wanted the interior to have a fresh Scandi feel, while still being sympathetic to its Cornish roots. 'I wanted as much as possible to be recycled and hand-built - even down to the loos.' The cloakroom loo is a reclaimed piece featuring a wooden frame and seat and reverse water outlet that works surprisingly well.

The owners took out all the standard radiators and replaced them with reclamation ones that, after a light sanding, look amazing.

Restoring the cottage took around three months. The exterior walls were painted marshmallow pink and the dusky pink windows and door are pretty finishing touches. The newer end of the cottage was replastered to blend seamlessly with the older part.

With the help of an interior designer the owner put together a moodboard of the style she wanted to create in her home. The grey and neutral palette creates a calm and stylish feel and keeps the look light.

The garden also got the makeover treatment and was turned from an overgrown thicket into a beautiful rose-filled patch.

'With the combination of the original cottage and the newer extension, we've got the perfect mix,' say the owners. The older building features low ceilings and charming beams, while the newer end has more of a light-filled summer room feel. 'It's really a wonderful place to spend Christmas and that's one of our favourite times to be in Cornwall.'

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1/10 Exterior

house with roof

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

'With the combination of the original cottage and the newer extension, we've got the perfect mix,' say the owners. The older building features low ceilings and charming beams, while the newer end has more of a light-filled summer room feel. 'It's really a wonderful place to spend Christmas and that's one of our favourite times to be in Cornwall.'

2/10 Entrance

Entrance with pinnk front door and Christmas wreath

(Image credit: Future/ Polly Eltes)

The pretty painted rubble and cob cottage with its wheat reed thatched roof was a dairy at one time. The front door has been painted pretty pink to tone with the paler pink plasterwork, while a Christmas wreath and wall lantern are wonderfully festive touches.

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3/10 Living room

Living room with stove and wooden table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

The inglenook fireplace is the perfect spot for a woodburner and the owner has chosen a palette of neutrals and casual linens for a chic look.

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4/10 Open plan kitchen and dining area

open plan kitchen and dining area

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

The owner has kept the low-ceilinged kitchen light and bright. 'The space was given a modern country look by replacing the cabinet doors and sanding back worktops,' she says. Her favourite piece is the range cooker.

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5/10 Dining area

dinning area with wall watch and sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

The dining table originally belonged to the owner's grandmother and she has upcycled it with a smart zinc top. The pale backdrop allows its rich red to stand out. Low-slung pendants help to make a star of the table and provide a very modern update to a traditional piece.

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6/10 Kitchen range cooker

Kitchen range cooker

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The range cooker takes pride of place at the very heart of the home, creating a warm and cosy corner for cooking.

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7/10 Main bedroom

Main bedroom

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

Industrial lights and a bark table add a modern touch. The roof space with its low ceiling and intriguing shape creates a cubby hole around the bedhead that feels cosy and cottagey. Bedside lighting provides a warming glow at night time.

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8/10 Guest bedroom

Guest bedroom

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

Eye-catching wallpaper makes a statement beneath the vaulted ceiling of the guest bedroom. The designer wallpaper has the effect of looking like an extended headboard and makes a stunning backdrop for the bed. Broad-stripe bed linen is an impressive addition.

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9/10 Bedroom sitting area

Bedroom sitting area

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

The owners have created a relaxing space under the eaves in the main bedroom. White painted ceiling, walls and flooring help keep a tight space looking lovely and light-filled.

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10/10 Bathroom

bathroom with bathtub and wooden drawer

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

The bathroom has been renovated using reclaimed items. 'I wanted as much as possible to be recycled and hand-built,' says the owner, 'even down to the loos.'

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. 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.