Wander through this beautiful thatched cottage in Dorset

Surrounded by bluebell woods, this secluded cottage has all the ingredients of a dream country home. Chosen by Country Homes & Interiors. Find more house tours at housetohome.co.uk

This pretty thatched cottage in Dorset is surrounded by woodland, some of which is carpeted with bluebells in the spring. 'It's a hidden treasure - it offers warmth, security and peacefulness,' explain the owners who bought the house in 2006. The property was in a poor state of repair, particularly the grounds. Landscapers were brought on-site for three months to tidy up, renovate the pretty walled garden and create a drive with a turning circle. Attention then turned to the house, where a garden room was built, new windows installed as well as a new bathroom, shower room, cloakroom and kitchen.

1 of 8 Exterior

house with sash window and trees

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Brent Darby)

2 of 8 Kitchen

kitchen with units and letter

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Cream and red, a classic country palette was used in the new kitchen which is accessed through an archway to keep the space open-plan. Sand coloured tiling is subtle and homely, while a treated woodland branch makes a clever utensil rail. Humour is added with quirky letters and vintage wall signs.

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3 of 8 Dining Room

dining room with tea set and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby for CH&I)

Continuing on from the kitchen, the dining area has a charming French feel. Beautiful striped curtains complete with valence dominates the large window, while a well loved dining set is made comfortable with gingham seat pads and cushions. Upcycled picture frames create stylish shelves and the authentic wood burning stove warms the whole room.

Laura Ashley
Tea set
Emma Bridgewater

4 of 8 Garden Room

living room with sofa and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

The green oak framed garden room was built with views of the beautiful grounds on three sides. A pale palette maximises the light while a comfortable modular sofa is chic and inviting. 'Sitting in the garden room and watching the wildlife is just bliss,' explains the owner.

David Phipp Hose Furnisher
Bike cushion

5 of 8 Master Bedroom

bedroom with bed and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

A soft blue and white scheme makes the owners bedroom a tranquil heaven. Soft striped curtains adorn the country cottage window. The low level oak bed keeps the look up to date, while crisp bedding is fresh and breezy. A blue striped rug at the foot of the bed protects the cream carpet.

David Phipp Hose Furnisher
Bed linen
John Lewis

6 of 8 Guest Bedroom

bedroom with bed and cushion

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Classic country furniture is used in the guest bedroom for an authentic cosy look. The all-white decor is livened up with interesting artwork on the walls. Pretty butterfly cushions make the room feminine and an enamel jug filled with wild flowers gives a touch of spring.

John Lewis
The Range

7 of 8 Bathroom

bathroom with towel ladder and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

As like the rest of the house the French country theme is very evident in the main bathroom. An elegant roll top bath looks chic placed underneath the smart white shutters. A reclaimed ladder makes an interesteing towel storage alternative and adds a rustic touch. Dark wood flooring warms the cool scheme.


Heritage Bathrooms
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Grace and Glory

8 of 8 Garden

garden with planters and gate

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

The overgrown garden was cleared for a fabulous water fountain feature to be installed. An enchanting gated archway leads through into the delightful walled courtyard, which has a beautiful old English secret garden feel.

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Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at Idealhome.co.uk to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.