English Cottage architecture

October 28, 2012
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With roots in the pastoral Cotswold region of England, the picturesque Tudor Cottage style may remind you of a cozy storybook house.

Other names for the Tudor Cottage style:

  • Cotswold Cottage
  • Storybook Style
  • Hansel and Gretel Cottage
  • English Country Cottage
  • Ann Hathaway Cottage

Tudor Cottage houses have many of these features:

  • Sloping, uneven roof, sometimes made of pseudo-thatch
  • Brick, stone, or stucco siding
  • Prominent brick or stone chimney, often at the front near the door
  • Casement windows with small panes
  • Small dormer windows
  • Asymmetrical design
  • Low doors and arched doors
  • Small, irregularly-shaped rooms
  • Sloping walls in rooms on upper floor

The small, fanciful Tudor Cottage is a popular subtype of the Tudor Revival house style. This quaint English country style resembles cottages built since medieval times in the Cotswold region of southwestern England. A fascination for medieval styles inspired American architects create modern versions of the rustic homes. The Tudor Cottage style became especially popular in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s.

The picturesque Tudor Cottage is usually asymmetrical with a steep, complex roof line. The floor plan tends to include small, irregularly-shaped rooms, and the upper rooms have sloping walls with dormers. The home may have a sloping slate or cedar roof that mimics the look of thatch. A massive chimney often dominates either the front or one side of the house.

Tudor Cottage Photos:

These homes submitted by our readers have features of the Tudor Cottage style:

Read About Tudor Cottages:

  • Buildings of the Cotswolds
    Author Denis Moriarty explores the Cotswold region of England and looks at the cottages, manor homes, and humble farm buildings that inspired America's Cotswold Cottage style. Color and black-and-white photos show architectural details.
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  • Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties
    During the 1920s, architects with a flare for drama tried to capture the flavor of medieval England and Europe. Half timbered and turreted, pinnacled and portcullised, the homes they built combined features from many traditions, including the picturesque Cotswold style.
Source: architecture.about.com
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