Friday, May 4, 2012

A Tour of Three Welsh Cottages

Johnson Cottage in Brockweir

Welcome to A Joyful Cottage. 

I've got a special treat for you today. We're going to take a tour of three cottages in Wales. And when I say a tour, I mean of both the exteriors AND interiors. If you've been reading this blog regularly, you know how much I like to search the internet for cottages to share with you. A few weeks ago I struck gold when I came across Blaentrothy Cottages at www.cottage-holiday-wales.co.uk.  Since I'm a fanatic about respecting copyrights, I contacted Caroline at Blaentrothy Welsh Holiday Cottages and asked if I could feature photos of her agency's cottages on this blog. Caroline replied with a very sweet email giving me permission to feature the cottages (with the appropriate link to the agency website), which just confirms what my mother always told me: "It never hurts to ask." So, here's a huge "thank you" to Caroline for allowing me this grand privilege. 

I'm so excited to give you this tour. We'll start with the interior of the Johnson Cottage (photo of the exterior above).

The living room is so cozy. I love the exposed rough beam against the white finished beams of the ceiling, and the natural stone. 



Dinner is ready. The dining room is soft and warm. Lovely. Isn't that door fabulous?


The modernized kitchen still retains much of the cottage charm. Great color choice for the walls. It looks like a garden view from the sink. In my opinion, a cottage should always have a window over the kitchen sink. Preferably with a garden view.


Speaking of views, how about that incredible scene through the second bedroom's window? Imagine waking up to that. The write up indicates there's a fireplace in this room. Nice.

On to the master bedroom.

Ok, for the record, I'm crazy about that bed. 

What a wonderful bathroom. The floor, the wainscoting. And that gorgeous roll top tub. Pure relaxation. The website description reads: "When you get out, fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers await you!" (sigh)


A leisurely stroll after dinner, perhaps?


Shall we move on to Monk's Hall?






Monk's Hall dates back to the 12th century. "A truly historic building, which once belonged to the monks of Tintern Abbey, and which is believed to be the oldest house in the Wye Valley."


This is a large "cottage" that has received a major renovation. The result is stunning.




Beautiful rooms.




The architectural details are impressive.




There are so many things right about this room.




Charming.








A completely different bath from the first cottage. Beautiful tile work.



I appreciate the fact that this building has been saved.

And finally, Nanternis Cottage on the Welsh coast.



Gorgeous entry.





Love the gate with the cottage name.





An updated kitchen with a cottage look. Lovely exposed white stone.









Very eclectic room. Not exactly my style, but the architecture is wonderful. I would like to snatch the table.





Nice touch here.







Great ceiling detail, and the door is great.


This is my favorite part of the cottage. The garden.










Breathtaking scenery along the Ceredigion Coastal path.

I hope you enjoyed the Welsh cottage tour. Again, I want to thank Caroline* for allowing me the privilege of sharing these wonderful cottages. You can see more cottages on the Blaentrothy Holiday Cottages website.


Have a lovely weekend.

Blessings,




*Blaentrothy 'Holiday Cottages Wales', Blaentrothy Farm, Grosmont, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 8HN
Caroline@blackmountains.biz 




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8 comments:

  1. Oh so charming Nancy . . . these were wonderful to see. Very similar interior of the first cottage is the cottage we stay in, in Ireland. The window wells, whitewash plaster like walls and garden views of plenty were the standard I guess. Stone is prevalent for sure. Great post . . .

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  2. Thank you, Lynne. How is your finger coming along?

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  3. I am so impressed with these photos!

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    1. Me too. The photographer did a wonderful job.

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  4. Nancy,they are all so pretty.xx

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  5. hi,
    You have a nice blog,thanks for the follow, I would love following back :)

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  6. Wow, those cottages are amazing...and a treat to see! I love old cottages too, there's nothing built these days that even compares. Thanks for sharing this!

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  7. wow so pretty and your wards touch my heart

    Asia

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