Eight fairytale cottages you can stay in
Charlie Souter-Phillips picks some of Britain's most charming and picturesque cottages, from a grass-covered hobbit house to a remote Scottish bolt-hole and a charming converted mill. Cinderella would be proud.
Deep in the Welsh countryside of Carmarthenshire lies a delightful thatched cottage. Built, as traditional Welsh houses were, between sunrise and sunset, remote Ty Unnos feels like something from another time. Inside are lime-washed walls and a log burner to cosy up by, and with no television or internet connection, there's nothing to do but luxuriate in the peace and quiet.
The “Old Black House” may look suitably old-fashioned on the outside, with a thatched roof following the Outer Hebridean tradition of hanging stones to secure it, but inside is bright, modern and cosy. This cute little cottage on the lovely Isle of Skye looks out over the ever-changing water - we dare you to jump in for an early morning dip.
Beckwood Cottage sits within a charming garden complete with apple trees and a babbling stream. This former 17th century silk mill still has chunky wooden beams running through the ceilings as well as a huge farmhouse kitchen. The village of Blockley has a rich history of silk production and makes a great place for a ramble.
Brookside lies within a conservation area in the Quantock hills that is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the surrounding area has a wealth of magnificent walks. Inside an Aga warms up a charming interior but we bet you'll barely be inside - the cottage's charming flower garden is just too tempting.
This cordwood roundhouse truly fits the fairytale title, planted in the middle of an orchard full of apple and pear treees. Pick your own berries and nuts or watch the wildlife doing the same. At night, snuggle under sheepskins and stargaze through the hatch in the grassy roof.
This Grade 2 listed cottage, set in the gorgeous village of Cerne Abbas, is true Dorset chocolate box. The exposed oak beams of this original 1830 cob build make the modern inside feel warm and cosy, and out of doors there's the village to explore - watch out for the Cerne giant, crafted into the chalky hillside.
We reckon Sleeping Beauty would be proud to kip down in this incredible house for a few decades. Nestled at the bottom of a woodland track deep in the centre of the New Forest, this huge eyebrow-thatched cottage on the edge of the water comes complete with its own little rowing boat and fishing rights.
The charming Landmark Trust-owned Ford Cottage dates back to mid-17th century and sits perched on the edge of a stream between two wooded valleys, an ideal place for serving teas to passing travellers, as was the case at one point in history. The orchard and babbling brook make the perfect place to while away sunny afternoons, and some of Cornwall's finest beaches are a quick motor away.