Storybook Cottage Designs...
The Fabulous Cottages
of Blaise Hamlet!

The storybook cottage designs featured here are among the finest in the world.    Now more than 200 years old -- and counting -- they are as charming today as the day they were constructed!

storybook cottage designs




storybook cottage designs

When  it comes to storybook cottage designs, few, if any, do it better than the Brits.      Their uncanny ability to blend  a  series  of  architectural  ele-
ments  to  form  a  unified whole that exudes  romance and nostalgic charm
is indisputable.      And nowhere have
they done  it  better  than  at  Blaise Hamlet --  the epitome of romance of
a bygone era!




               Blaise Castle

Blaise Hamlet is like no other. It's a "secret" little hamlet of picture-perfect cottages in northwestern England.  Begun in 1809 and continuing for a few years  beyond  that,  the  cottages  were  built  for  retired  employees of wealthy merchant  and  banker,  John Hartford,  who  owned  Blaise Castle House --  an 18th century mansion house and estate near Henbury in Bris-
tol, England.     The Gothic style "castle," pictured above, left, was built in 1766.     Although referred to as a folly, it was inhabited well into the 20th century with sumptuous interior decoration.

Designed by architects John Nash (1752-1835) & George Repton (d. 1858), the enchanting cottages of Blaise Hamlet (pictured below)  --  now owned by England's National Trust -- are laid out around an open green.   Though, with the  exception  of  one,  they  continue  to  be  occupied,  they  may be viewed from the outside by the general public.    "Rose Cottage" is now a holiday cottage rental.

storybook cottage designs



storybook cottage designs

Pictured at right and below,  left,  is "Circular Cottage." Featuring a love-
ly  thatched roof,  it  is  one  of the
most   photographed   cottages   at
Blaise Hamlet.




The charming cottage to its  right  in the image below is  "Sweetbriar Cot-
tage." It features a stone tile hipped roof.




storybook cottage designs



storybook cottage designs

Pictured at right is "Dial Cottage." It
is   constructed   of  random  rubble
stone and brick,  with stunning brick chimneys in a herringbone pattern.





The  charming  cottage  pictured  be-
low is "Oak Cottage."   It is construc-
ted of random rubble stone with brick chimneys and a thatched hipped roof.




storybook cottage designs



storybook cottage designs

Pictured at right is "Dutch Cottage."
It  is constructed of random rubble stone  with  brick  chimney  stacks
and a thatched gabled roof.



The cottage in the photo below is "Diamond Cottage." It is construc-
ted  of  random  rubble stone with
brick chimney stacks and a stone-
tiled hipped roof.




storybook cottage designs

More Storybook Cottage Designs at Blaise Hamlet

storybook cottage designs

Both  of  the  storybook cottage de-
signs featured here have stone-tiled roofs.    Pictured  at  right  is  "Rose Cottage,"   constructed  of  random  rubble   stone   with  brick  chimney stacks and a hipped roof.    It is cur-
rently available as a holiday cottage rental.


The cottage pictured below is "Vine Cottage."  It is constructed of ran-
dom   rubble  stone  with  beautiful
brick chimney  stacks  and  a  half-
hipped roof.



storybook cottage designs



storybook cottage designs

Pictured at right and below is  "Double Cottage,"  one of the larger storybook cottage designs at Blaise Hamlet.    It
is constructed of random rubble stone with magnificent brick chimney stacks and a stone tile cross-gabled roof.





storybook cottage designs



storybook cottage designs

And last -- but far from least -- is
the  Dairy  House  at Blaise Castle Estate,  pictured below and in the vintage photo at right.


Nearly  as  lovely as the storybook cottage designs  at  Blaise Hamlet,
it also features a thatched roof.




storybook cottage designs

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