THE STONE COTTAGE...From
Scottish Highlands to Tuscan Hills!

The stone cottage designs featured here are a veritable feast for the eyes. Scattered from the highlands of Scotland to the hills of Tuscany, they draw us in like a butterfly to the sweet nectar of a fragrant flower.

Their centuries' old legacy continues to captivate us with mystery. Allure us with timeless appeal. Mesmerize us with charm. And entice us with enchantment!

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PART 1 OF A 2 PART JOURNEY

The  first  part  of our journey explores some fascinating examples from the British Isles,  where,  in  my  opinion,  the most enchanting cottages in the world can be found.      Our journey continues through the countryside and hamlets of France and culminates in the romantic and  fertile  hills  of  Tus-
cany  --  widely  regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to some of the most brilliant minds in the history of arts and sci-
ence, including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci!


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Let The Journey Begin!

Our journey begins in  the  magnificent splendour  of  the  Scottish  Highlands, pictured at left. It's natural beauty has provided a majestic backdrop for stone cottages  for  centuries.     The  lovely stone cottage pictured below,  though abandoned   and   partially  overgrown with vegetation, is a fitting addition to this beautiful landscape.  All it needs is a caring owner to give it some TLC and bring  it  back  to  the  warm and cozy status as a home or special getaway it undoubtedly once "enjoyed."




Moving to the lowlands of Scotland, near Edinburgh,  brings us to the strik-
ing Victorian-era jewel in the two images that follow.      Fortunately,  this architectural gem has been well maintained  over  the  years  --  complete with beautifully cultivated cottage gardens.

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Crossing the border into England and heading south brings us to the pair of Storybook Style cottages pictured below.     Oozing  with  nostalgic charm, they embody the ideal of a romantic English cottage!

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The picturesque stone dwellings that follow  are  typical  of  those  found throughout the Cotswolds in the hills of west-central England. Looking like something  from  a  children's story book, these enchanting little cottages are protected from the elements by stone roofing tiles, as  well  as  stone walls.

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Crossing the English Channel brings us to coastal Brittany, in northwestern France.  The aptly named "Cottage Between The Rocks" is pictured below.

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Moving  cross  country  in  a  southeasterly direction brings us to the en-
chanting little dwelling that follows.     Located in the Auvergne region of France, it features a steeply pitched hip roof.

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Heading further south/southeast  thru the French countryside  brings  us  to the quaint stone cottages shown here. Anchoring the design pictured at right is a romantic stone tower with  a  red tile roof.









Adding to the romance of the cottage design that follows is its pastoral set-
ting,  including  a  picturesque  stone arch bridge leading to it.



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Continuing our journey to the south-
east  of  France  brings  us  to  the French/Italian border.  Crossing the Italian  Alps  and  proceeding  in   a southeasterly direction brings us to the rolling hills of Tuscany, pictured
at right.




Dotting  the  gorgeous Tuscan land-
scape  and  numerous vineyards are beautiful stone cottages -- some of which are centuries old. A profusion
of wisteria blooms frames the lovely cottage pictured below.




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And finally, the spectacular image that follows features a lovely Tuscan cottage in a lush field of fragrant lavender.    Though the little cottage appears to be abandoned,  it would make a perfect retreat or weekend getaway!

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This concludes Part 1 of our journey. For the second part, we will "cross the pond" to North America to view the profound influence European de-
sign has had on American cottage architecture.


PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO
CONTINUE TO PART 2 OF OUR JOURNEY:

AMERICAN STONE COTTAGES...
The French - AND English - Connection!

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