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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Living Large In Small Spaces - Cissy's Cottage

Located in the Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh, Cissy's Cottage is this week's charming feature.




Welcome to the seventy-second post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".


This delightful 17th century miller's cottage has been carefully and lovingly restored. Everything about it speaks to an earlier time, starting with an original hand water pump in the front courtyard which is still in working order.



Entering through the wisteria-shaded glazed stable door we encounter a petite kitchen where modern conveniences mingle happily with quaint painted cabinetry, exposed beams and a butler sink sitting atop white bricks. 



I picture a little kitchen garden just outside the door from which I'd harvest ingredients for a simple meal cooked in this sweet kitchen.



Antiques like the grandfather's clock and the dining set make us feel like we're stepping back in time.



The perfect atmosphere to enjoy tea served from this beautiful transferware.






A working 1700's antique range warms the cozy sitting room and invites us to linger.


The panelled walls are extraordinary.  A TV is hidden inside the cupboarded bread oven that's built into the chimney of the room.




The flooring under the large antique rug is original Suffolk white bricks.


I'm quite in love with this stunning woodwork.



Everything about this lovely room says "unwind".




A view of the inviting courtyard



A Victorian roll top bath on ball and claw feet suggests a luxurious soak.





Upstairs two bedrooms are tucked under the eaves. The first is casually dressed in blue and white.


Antiques toys create a whimsical mood.




In typical old-world cottage style, we walk through the first bedroom into the romantic master bedroom. The breathtaking canopy is so perfect for the architecture.



This is the quintessential English cottage bedroom.





The grounds of Cissy's Cottage are every bit as welcoming as the interior. 

Garden at the Front of Cissy's Cottage


A beautiful spot to chat with friends, or sit alone and dream.



Cissy's Cottage is situated on a private nature reserve.



A walk through the reserve takes you to the seaside.







I feel relaxed just looking at this photo of the beach.



Anything about Cissy's Cottage make you swoon?



Cissy's Cottage featured courtesy of GroveCottages - Romantic Holiday Cottages
Tel:01787 211115 


All images are the property of Grove Cottages and were used with their permission.  





Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series


 Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours and small living ideas in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.

50 comments:

  1. it's just my size.. and i love it.
    every little inch of it. i love. ♥

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  2. I think that every care would melt away after a day or two. The master bedroom is a dream!

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  3. Wow. It is so cozy and beautiful. xoox Su

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  4. The BEST part is the garden! To be able to walk from your garden through the nature reserve to the beach? Perfect!

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    1. I'd be happy just to be within an hour's drive of a beach. ;)

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  5. It looks like an English fairytale!

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  6. This cottage is totally adorable. The views out the windows are so charming. I would love a place like this. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  7. I would never want to leave that home. I love the yellow dining room and the clock is so beautiful.

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  8. It reminds me of the movie "The Holiday" and yes it is a lovely cottage. Just the fact that one can just walk to the sea makes a very agreeable place for vacations. I like it!!!

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  9. I'm so, so in love with this cottage, I love everything in it ... I've saved the link of this post of yours to be able and watch it still so many times, I'm truly fascinated by it, and I have no words, my sweetest Nancy, for thanking you enough !
    You gave such a joy to me with these lovely images of the coziest home I've ever seen !

    May your weekend be blessed with the deepest joy
    with so much thankfulness I'm sending love to you

    Dany

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  10. Very quaint its feels like it would quickly calm modern day stresses with a stay here. Nice pick Nancy.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  11. How I'd love to rent this cottage for the summer and explore the surrounding area.

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  12. Oh my, such a charming and quaint little cottage. The kitchen is so cute. The dining set is sweet and old fashioned. The bedrooms are so warm and cosy. I love the inside and the outside. Thank you for sharing. Weekend Blessings ♥ Teri

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  13. very swoonworthy! Lovely setting too. Sigh... English cottages are the best!

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  14. I'm in love with the lovely courtyard and outdoor surrounds of this very sweet cottage!
    Mary Alice

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  15. I especially like the sitting room, the views of the courtyard from inside, and the outside in general!

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  16. The bedrooms and the sea are charming.

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  17. This is such a quaint cottage. I love the walls and floors. And that beach is beautiful, too. I could certainly get used to this type of living, Nancy :)

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    1. Like being on vacation every day. I'm ready to pack my bags and go, Julie!

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  18. I am in love with this one Nancy!! I love the walls. The fireplace, oh my! This is a favorite of mine.
    I like what you said about making a meal in the kitchen. :-) Using the harvest from your kitchen garden. Perfect. :-))
    My other favorite, is how they hid the T.V.
    Love this one!
    Carla

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  19. Another great choice Nancy. How cute and charming. The grounds are beautiful.
    Kris

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  20. Oh, oh, oh. What a delightful cottage with a wonderful garden. I could live there that is for sure. These photos really inspire me.

    Have a lovely Sunday ~ FlowerLady

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  21. GOod morning Nancy, and a happy day it is as it is my 34th wedding anniversary. As I look upon this cottage, I have to admit that my life with my beloved has been one tucked away in a metaphorical cottage of friendship, coziness and friendship. A place as this is a symbol of the life we've led together. Every room of our union is one of relaxation, rest, a place we both want to go to.

    This is a REAL cottage. I am often very impressed by modern architecture that tries to capture the intimacy and charm of these dwellings, but when you see a REAL cottage, there is nothing to compare with it. The fine details of the wood and stone work, the boldness and joy of living in a truly small space, and giving full attention to the necessities along with enhancing each corner with a special item is TRUE cottage living. No fear here of low ceilings; this cottage should be kept as it is and celebrates a simpler time.

    WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Ooops....I should have edited before I hit publish!

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  23. Hi dear Nancy ,, ese cottage es una maravillo , adore los exteriores con ese impresionante Jardin ,,que tenga un óptimo domingo
    Catiños

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  24. You knew . . .
    didn't you . . .
    That I would love Cissy's Cottage . . .
    "You had me" at the Wisteria entrance . . .
    The clock
    Table
    Intimate
    Stoneware vase of wild flowers . . .
    Sitting room
    Wall woods, trims, borders . . .
    Master bedroom canopy . . .
    Gardens
    Sea views . . .
    The setting was "crown jewel" . . .
    I would love to spend "two months, or three, . . . there, . . . during our Michigan winters . . .
    "Cissy's Cottage" . . . oh my . . .

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  25. Delightful....

    Again I notice, the English hang their pictures higher on the walls, than we do. Have you noticed that?

    Tessa

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    1. I suspect the low ceilings in these old cottages may have something to do with that.

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  26. Storybook look!
    In every room there is something a little quirky, like the range in the sitting room or the toilet. I like it all.

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  27. I'm swooning over all of it. Such a beauty!
    xoxo,
    Lin

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  28. Living there would be pretty close to dying and going to heaven, wouldn't it? The wisteria entry is beautiful and I love the way they created a headboard using drapes and the architecture of the bedroom ceiling. I was awestruck by the size of that old tree in the photo just before the bench . . . I wonder how old it is . . . and what stories it could tell. I agree with Lin, above, it is more definitely a cottage to swoon over :)

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  29. It's absolutely charming. I love each room, especially the under-the-eaves bedrooms.

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  30. You just can't assemble that look from scratch today, can you? It takes years and years and such an eye. It's like a set for a delicious movie. You know how in pictures of most houses you can love it except for one or two things that you wish you could take out? Not in this house, this garden. Wonderful!

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  31. It is just so quaint! I am swooning over every room! You have found another wonderful cottage to feature....the stuff my dreams are made of!

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  32. Lovely. Gathered, mismatched, layered, comfortable, lived in, a little bit untamed and completely charming!

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  33. Another great small space, Nancy! Love the little courtyard/garden area. You always share such sweet spaces. Blessings, Cindy xo

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  34. I love this cottage. It looks like the beginning of every fairy tale ever told.
    Amalia
    xo

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  35. Drooling!
    So much to admire..I could comment on each photo, but the sink is what caught my attention. Can you believe when I was a younger twenty-something, we had one of those in our cottage, but all I wanted back then was something more modern so we gave it away!
    God bless!~ Lisa

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  36. This is a charming adorable English Cottage, love the black fire insert, everything in this cottage is B&B romantic, it's like a quaint holiday hideaway, and to be located in a seaside town could it get any better??

    Always enjoy your cottage tours.
    Xx

    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore. It's always nice when you visit. :)

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  37. What an adorably cozy cottage. I, like you, love the millwork in the sitting room and the beautiful bedrooms under the eaves. The garden and outdoor areas though, are absolutely gorgeous. Love!

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  38. Good morning dearest Nancy! Thank you for coming to visit my post. It was the Lord that gave me the real meaning of an anniversary celebration; I was cleaning house on our anniversary which seemed to be just another ordinary day, then that is when it came to me. I would rather have many more ordinary days than just one celebration that isn't attached to anything, you know? God is GOOD!

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  39. When can I move in?!
    I adore this place. I love Aldeburgh too, been there many a time. You've just reminded me I must go back soon. And I'm going to look up Cissy's Cottage.
    I just need to stare at the pictures some more and imagine it is my house. Sigh.

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    1. Aldeburgh looks like a place I would enjoy very much. How nice that you live so close. Thanks for stopping by.

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  40. Dear Nancy, I have been a big fan of the Grove Cottages since I visited Rose Cottage in 2012, and having read your post I feel like we are kindred spirits. Something is tugging at my heartstrings, whispering in my ear, 'Cissy next'.

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  41. Once again you have found a picturesque cottage and yes, it is very relaxing, isn't it. I love it!

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  42. Adorable Nancy! Sweet details inside and out... love the fabric arch over the bed, and cozy romantic feel throughout the home. The wood paneling is indeed quite unique, and lovely! I could just stay outside in the lovely nature preserve and little sitting area for quite a while! A real special feature this week Nancy! :)

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  43. What isn't there to love?! Every single nook and cranny is perfect. Even the colors ;)

    xo

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  44. We stayed here for our 1st wedding anniversary it was beautiful and we will never forget our time in Cissys cottage

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