Saturday, May 30, 2015

Living Large In Small Spaces - The Owl's Nest

Thirty-fourth post in the series 
"Living Large in Small Spaces"

Hello Cottage Friends,

Welcome to another edition of Living Large In Small Spaces.

Today's small home is a little converted stone barn near the Forest of Dean in Wales. I'd like to thank Blaentrothy Holiday Cottages for the privilege of sharing this enchanting place.

There's an abundance of outdoor living space to show you, but first we'll tour the interior, entering through the loggia into the kitchen.

This is a clean, streamlined space. A modern home with subtle nods to its humble barn beginnings.

A rustic wood door opens to the bathroom.

The row of raised mirrors make the bathroom appear larger and brighter. I like this idea.

The barn wood siding has a lovely washed out appearance. Dark wood would have overwhelmed this space.

The kitchen is quasi-open to the living space. 

Tucking the table and chairs under the loft creates an intimate dining nook. Painting the wall charcoal defines the space. Charcoal accents are repeated throughout the cottage and tie everything together.

Not only is this cottage an architectural delight, it's decorated beautifully in an eclectic style: contemporary, industrial, with a touch of farmhouse and a smattering of romance.

Natural stone floors and chunky pegged beams that came from the owner's own oak trees lend character to the home.

The overall effect is warm and welcoming.

French doors open to a little patio on the lawn.

With spectacular views.

This just might be my favorite bedroom of all time.

A sanctuary of stone, wood and lots of natural light.

An exterior door takes us to a private raised deck

Stairs lead to additional  outdoor living space on the ground floor.

I'm in love with this outdoor room.

The Ryland sheep that reside here are very tame and "will come and say hello, if invited by the rattle of the feed bag, and rewarded by a handful of sheep nuts in their tray in the stall by the loggia." 

This is country life at its best.

All photos are the property of  Blaentrothy Holiday Cottages and were used with their permission. I received no compensation for featuring The Owl's Nest.

Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series

 Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.

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shared in this series.
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  1. This is beautiful! If only I were planning a trip to Wales... ;-)

  2. What a wonderful place! It would be such a relaxing home and surrounding countryside - a place where I would love to spend time.

  3. Dear Nancy ... this little converted stone barn cottage is quite charming. I hope that you have a lovely weekend. Hugs ♥ Teri

  4. I was going to say that the bathroom was my favorite room in the house...until I saw the bedroom. It's a tie! ;-)

  5. Very nice cottage . . . I loved the warmth of the different woods . . .
    Mirror idea high up, surrounding the bathroom is such a good idea.
    Charm throughout . . . Thanks for sharing Nancy!

  6. Just lovely home! I love that bedroom and the mirrors in the bath!! thanks for sharing...hugs, Julierose

  7. What a charming home! Thanks for the tour - hope your weekend is going fabulously well!


  8. What a fun, fun, fun little place! I really love how streamlined everything is and then love the rustic appeal to it, too. GREAT home! xo Diana

  9. Really nice. Love the simplicity of it.

  10. For this one I especially like the outdoor space. That photo of the visiting sheep is priceless.

  11. Dear Nancy, what a wonderful cottage. Love all the wood, stone and beautiful grounds. Have a wonderful weekend and take good care of yourself. Hugs, Jo

  12. Hi Nancy,
    Another great small space. I love the stone exterior and that exposed wall in the bedroom. How charming is that?!!! Have a wonderful start to the new week ahead.

  13. Oh Nancy, what a retreat!!!!!! Stone, green rolling hills, tile roof, SHEEP, perfectly angled edges to widen the living spaces.....this is splendid. Do you know that this bedroom is very similar to mine in that it's the same shape and with a leaded glass style window right over the bed? Textured plastered walls make our room so cozy, yet our room is very difficult to photograph. Even a professional that was over in April to shoot photos for a magazine we'll be featured in was unable to take photos in there. But your share here reminds me so much of our little loft bedroom.

    GORGEOUS! Country living - what can beat that?

  14. Very unique style....I love the mix of different decorating works! It has a cottage feel but modern and clean and then cozy.

  15. What a great place for a cozy retreat. Love the upper deck and the wood stove. Perfect for a snuggle after a long walk. Debbie

  16. Nancy,
    Excellent example of how modern combined with rustic and wood can be embracing, warm and charming. Love this cottage both the interior and exterior. Beautiful exposed stone in the bedroom, thanks for sharing this amazing cottage.

  17. It's adorable. I once staying in a little stone cottage in Yorkshire, and it was so darn cute. I really loved the vacation we took to the countryside, and although I have not been to this particular place, I think it is a great way to visit Great Britain. Thank you to them for showing us. xoxo Su

  18. I love the location, the fact that it's an old barn, the floor and that bedroom!!!

  19. Wow! It is beautiful. I love sheep, so this would be perfect.

  20. I'm amazed at how you continue to find such unique and special little cottages! This one is no exception - from a barn no less! Just really enjoyed your wonderfully narrated tour, and as always, my favorite place in just about any of these cottages is the outdoor living spaces... really beautiful, and loved the roaming sheep as well! Another wonderful post Nancy :)

  21. Beautiful, love all the lovely warm woods. What could be better than the beams made from the owners Oak trees. I love the name! Very appropriate I think.

  22. Oh my goodness, this house is so gorgeous, it could be my favourite. I love the eclectic mix of furniture and the great outside spaces.


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