The Storybook Cottage...
Happily Ever After!

The storybook cottage designs featured here are what fairy tales are made of . . . . . . .

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        . . . except that these cottages are REAL!


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What  if  we  could  rewrite  our own childhood story? Wouldn't it be great? Well . . . some people have done just that!








Once upon a time, in the early 1920s, a  man named Hugh Comstock built a little cottage for his wife in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California . . . . .

 

                 "Hansel"

It had a steeply pitched roof, plaster mixed with pine needles, and a crook-
ed stone chimney.    He named the cottage "Hansel,"  and  the  fairy  tale
began . . . . . . .

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Soon after he built "Gretel," pictured below.    Gretal had a crooked roof, a half-timbered facade, and shutters on its windows.

Not long after that, the locals began to ask him to build whimsical cottages for them, as well.   Though he was not an architect or builder by trade, he agreed  and  went  on  to  design  and  build  dozens of fairy tale cottages around Carmel.  His magical creations are now so popular that people come from far and wide just to see them. And so the fairy tale lives on . . . . . . . happily ever after!

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Pictured below is a storybook cottage in Beverly Hills, California.      The Spadena House, also known as "The Witch's House," is recognized for its fanciful design that makes it look old and dilapidated. The adobe walls of the house slope precariously,  and its steeply pitched roof is pointed like
a witch's hat.   The saggy, wooden window shutters are hung at odd an-
gles and an eccentric picket fence surrounds the property,  made of wa-
vy, warped wooden pickets.

Designed  by  Hollywood  art  director  Harry Oliver, and built in 1921, the residence appears in movies to this day, including 1995's Clueless.

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Some playhouses for children, such as those shown here, would also be ideal as live-in cottages for adults.

The  little  Tudor Revival  design  with thatched roof, pictured at right,  is in Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island, New York.


The charming stone cottage pictured below is a playhouse at Winterthur, a museum and country estate in Winter-
thur, Delaware.  Once again, it has a beautiful thatched roof.




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The tiny cottage pictured at right and below  is  in  the Catskill Mountains of New York.    Originally  a  9 x 12  foot hunting cabin, the owner turned it in-
to the romantic Victorian cottage she always wanted.



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And finally,  if you're looking for some-
thing a  bit  more  rustic, one  of  the
two cottages pictured here  might  fill the bill.The charming Carpenter Goth-
ic
cottage at right is  located  in  the Blue  Ridge   Mountains   of   western
North Carolina. A vacation rental that overlooks  a  mountain  stream,  it  is operated by Down to Earth Cottages.





The inviting cottage pictured below is located in North Bend, Oregon. A pri-
vate residence,  it is clad with board and batten siding and crowned with a cupola.

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