Living Large In Small Spaces - Chapel Cottage

Forty-second post in the series 
"Living Large in Small Spaces"

Happy August and welcome to another edition of Living Large In Small Spaces.

I guess it's no surprise to regular visitors of A Joyful Cottage that I love the traditional cottages of Wales. I try not to crowd this series with them, but their charm speaks so much to this cottage girl's heart that I can't hold back for very long.

This week's featured cottage is located in the Black Mountains of Wales and is listed as a vacation rental with Blaentrothy Holiday Cottages

Named Chapel Cottage, the quaint stone cottage has been completely remodeled by the artist owners.

A wood burner warms the cozy sitting room. Rough hewn beams throughout the cottage maintain its classic style.

To the right of the fireplace a simple painting and pottery rest in a sweet alcove.

A corner of the room creates intimate dining.

The galley kitchen is small, but well-appointed. A skylight along with traditional cottage windows provides ample natural light.

The kitchen's black and white checkerboard floor is repeated in the bathroom.

A wonderful antique velvet-covered French bed is showcased in the second floor master bedroom.

The ground floor second bedroom hosts twin iron beds that are described as "zip-and-link" beds.  The beds can be zipped together to create a king-size bed. Brilliant.

I like the formal blue and white toile drapes paired with the rustic green chest.  

French doors open onto the garden.

This is al fresco dining at its best.

An entrance porch at the rear of the cottage provides a place to store boots and coats.

Every cottage needs a garden gate.

Especially one that leads to an enchanting meadow.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of Chapel Cottage as much as I did. 

Chapel Cottage was brought to you courtesy of Blaentrothy Holiday Cottages. I received no compensation for sharing it. 

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.

From the comments I've received, many
people have been encouraged by the homes and lives 
shared in this series.
If you live in or have designed a small space 
(approx. 1200 square feet or less),
 I'd love to feature your story, too.
Send me an email and let's collaborate.
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  1. It is so beautiful. I cannot wait til we buy our next house. I want a smaller home so bad.

  2. So very charming . . . wonderful series Nancy . . .

  3. Hello Sweet Nancy,
    Taking your cottage tours has become one of my favorite blogging adventures. This is such a charming cottage . . . this is my style, much more than the larger more modern homes. That and the fact that it is located among fields of wildflowers . . . what could be more lovely than that :)
    Have a happy weekend.
    Your blogging sister,
    Connie :)

  4. Oh how charming. Looks like a blissful place to spend a few days and it's close enough for me to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This looks like something straight out of a movie! It is so romantic. I would love to have a glass of wine out at that sweet table!

  6. Now THIS I would live in! How gorgeous! Love everything about this cottage. Sigh. Dreamy place...

  7. How charming Nancy. This is a great cottage. So romantic, charming and ohhhhhh I want to stay there.
    Happy Saturday.

  8. I love this cottage. From entry to back gate it is perfect. Debbie

  9. Nancy this is such a wonderful cottage. How wonderful to live around that kind of history. Thank you! XO Jo

  10. Now that is what I mean when I tell my husband I want to stay in a cottage on vacation!! Actually I want to live there!

  11. Dearest Nancy, this was again, a magical tour of an authentic European cottage with all the style I strive for! The exposed beams, the humble matched with a touch of elegance, working with small spaces; it is ALL so enchanting and thank you for always sharing the most beautiful inspirations! I hope you are enjoying your new cottage! MORE MORE MORE on your new place, please! Anita

  12. I love the gate to the unbelievably charming. It's straight out of a fairy tale!

  13. simply put ... i want to live there.

  14. Lovely Nancy! HELLO! Many thanks for coming to visit my blog post! How I love the many desires that God puts in our heart to walk in His footsteps. I am always amazed that we are created in His image, the image of the creator. We then turn to the life around us and run and have FUN with the many possibilities to express what we experience.

    Enjoy the day in your cottage, making it just right! Anita

  15. Nancy, this is magazine stuff! Perfect in every detail. And what a lovely garden they have.

  16. Fun tour as always. I love the garden gate. :-))

  17. I'm pretty sure I could live here and be happy forever Nancy! What a lovely cottage you have taken us through.

  18. This is an adorable Cottage! So many decorating ideas here, but also so many great ideas for small spaces... I noticed the clothes rod behind a beam in the master bedroom!


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