FAIRYTALE COTTAGES
Once Upon A Time...

The fairytale cottages featured here are "proof positive" that fairy tales ARE real.     Carefully chosen for their irresistible charm from the English countryside, the hamlets of France, and the Pacific seacoast of the United States, a more romantic, picturesque, and quaint cottage collection can-
not be found anywhere!

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We  begin  our  trip  in the Lower Normandy region of northwestern France. The  storybook  structure  pictured  above,  left,  is a mill located in Cour-
seulles-sur-Mer. It features a stone base with stucco and half-timbering on the upper level. Crowning this architectural gem is a thatch roof.


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Heading in a southeasterly direction to Versailles, just outside of Paris,  brings us  to  the  fairytale cottages pictured at left and below.     Built as part of a rustic  retreat  for Marie Antoinette on the  vast  park-like grounds of the Pal-
ace   of   Versailles,  they  are  among twelve cottages erected at  her  Ham-
eau de la Reine
  (The Queen's Hamlet) between 1785 and 1792.




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Heading north, across the Channel to England, brings us to the enchanting English cottage pictured below.  A prominent bay window, multiple decora-
tive  chimneys,  and  a varying roof line covered with thatch contribute to the irresistible charm of this picture book cottage!

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The fairytale cottage that follows is located in Selworthy, a small village in Somerset, England. It features a picturesque "stepped" or "tiered" roof line covered  with  thatch, and light stucco walls.     An oversized front-facing chimney adds to the charm of this exquisite architectural jewel!

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Photo Credit: Dave Law

The charming English cottage  pictured  below  also  features  a  beautiful thatched roof and light stucco walls. Diamond- paned windows and a large, decorative brick chimney further enhance its storybook appeal.

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The tiny fairytale cottages that follow are neatly  tucked  in  the  English countryside.   Each boasts a charming thatched roof and stucco walls -- one of which includes half-timbering (below right).  The cottage pictured below, left, also sports a pair of brick chimneys with elaborate clay chim-
ney pots, as well as Gothic style windows with pointed arches.

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The  romantic cottage that follows is similar in design to some of the fairy-
tale cottages found at Blaise Hamlet in northwest Bristol, England. Peeking out from under a heavy thatch roof and ivy-draped walls are little windows with diamond panes.

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The tiny cottage pictured below looks as if it jumped off  the  page  of  a children's storybook!  Meticulously handcrafted from bricks, tree branches and twigs, this little gem also boasts a thatched roof. Just to the right of the entry is a charming leaded glass window framed by twigs.    Also note the window boxes made of twigs.

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Our  final stop in the English countryside brings us to the enchanting stone cottage in the woods pictured below.  Oozing with charm, this is Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel, AND Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs . . . . . all rolled into one!    In addition to its idyllic wooded setting, everything  from  the  irregular stonework on the walls and chimney, to the varying roof lines with clipped gables, to the  tiny  diamond-pane  windows and clay chimney pots, screams FAIRYTALE COTTAGE!

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Hopping  across  the  pond  to  North America, then heading cross-country to the western United States,  brings us to the charming little architectural jewel pictured at right. Nestled along the  shoreline of the McCloud River in northern California,  it is one of sever-
al storybook structures  designed  by architect Julia Morgan  (1872 - 1957)
for  publishing  magnate,  William Ran-
dolph Hearst (1863 - 1951),  at Wyn-
toon
-- his private rural retreat.  Built in the early 1930s, its picturesque de-
sign  was inspired by the medieval ar-
chitecture  of Bavarian and Alpine vil-
lages in Germany and Austria.





Heading south along California's Pacific coastline brings us to the charming cottage community of Carmel-by-the-Sea, our final destination. Well know for  its  fairytale cottages, Carmel's "cottage industry" began in the 1920s when Hugh Comstock, a local resident, built a tiny cottage  for  his  wife's doll collection. Another storybook cottage soon followed.  They were such
a  hit  that other local residents asked him to design and build a storybook cottage for them, as well . . . and so on . . . and so on.   Today there are 21 of Hugh Comstock's  legendary  cottages  remaining  in  Carmel-by-the-
Sea.

Pictured below is one such cottage.      Needless to say,  it is little wonder
that his work was in such high demand!     This English-inspired design fea-
tures a stucco exterior and a shingled roof with  rolled  eaves  to  simulate thatch,  as  well as wavy or "crooked" ridge lines to simulate age.     Multi-
pane windows and a large stone chimney add to the fairytale charm of this delightful cottage!

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Photo Credit: Linda Yvonne

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