Faerie Door Cottage: A Real Storybook Fairytale Cottage

I’m beginning to think that England has a monopoly on all the fairytale cottages. lol Okay, maybe not a monopoly but they definitely have a some of the most magical, storybook homes to be found anywhere!

One such cottage is Faerie Door Cottage, located in the village of West Overton in the English county of Wiltshire. Is this not about the cutest cottage ever? The stone exterior and thatched roof immediately say storybook.Β As if that’s not enough, Faerie Door Cottage is surrounded by a beautiful wooded landscape and what looks like a castle in the background.

Faerie Door Cottage


Actually, the tower in the background belongs to theΒ Church of St. Michael and All Angels. Oh, how I would love to visit this area and see all these beautiful places in person!

Church of St. Michael and All Angels in West Overton

Source: Wiltshire.gov.uk


The inside of Faerie Door Cottage is just as enchanting as the exterior. Let’s go inside and take the tour.

Faerie Door Cottage


The interior is light and bright. There’s a wood-burning stove in the living room to keep things cozy and warm on chilly evenings. That velvet chair looks so sumptuous, doesn’t it?

Faerie Door Cottage Living Room with Wood Stove


This adorable cottage is available to rent and when I saw this corner, I thought it would be the perfect spot for writing postcards to friends and loved ones back home.

“Dear ____, I’m writing to you whilst sitting inside a fairytale cottage. Today, on a visit to a nearby castle, we came across a troll hiding under a bridge. Fortunately, we escaped unnoticed since he was napping at the time. More adventures to follow!”

Inside Faerie Door Cottage


A sweet window seat provides a sunny spot for enjoying beautiful views of the meadows and countryside surrounding this storybook home.

Window Seat in Faerie Door Cottage


The beamed ceiling in the kitchen adds to the storybook feel of this adorable cottage.

Cozy Faerie Door Cottage Kitchen
It feels as if a hobbit will poke his head through the door at any moment.Β What do you think that tallish thing is over on the left?

See the winding staircase on the right? The cottage has two of those and they take you upstairs to the bedroom areas of the cottage. Let’s go upstairs and check them out!

Faerie Door Cottage Kitchen


I think this may be the Master Bedroom with its own cozy fireplace.

Faerie Door Cottage Master Bedroom


There’s room for two in the other bedroom. Don’t you love all the wood/beam accents! They really add to the fairytale feel of the cottage.

Faerie Door Cottage Bedroom 2


A bathroom is located between the two bedrooms.

Faerie Door Cottage Interior


Stepping through that tiny little door into the bathroom would feel otherworldly and magical. It would be easy to imagine you’re inside a faerie house that’s been carved out inside of a tree.

Faerie Door Cottage Bedroom and Bath


There’s a spot for soaking tired feet after narrowly escaping sleeping trolls. πŸ˜‰

Faerie Door Cottage Bathroom


Faerie Door Cottage has a lovely garden, perfect for dining and enjoying the views.

Faerie Door Cottage Garden


Or, spread a blanket for a picnic on the grounds.

Faerie Door Cottage Picnic Garden


You can see more of this storybook home where these pictures were found: Faerie Door Cottage

Faerie Door Cottage


Love a storybook home? Tour the home of Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs, the makers of the whimsical black and white check dishware known as “Courtly Check.” Take the tour here: MacKenzie-Childs Estate

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  1. I’m all over that window seat and sunshine. Something about several of the photos–I could believe were really in a doll house.

  2. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Susan, I agree. The English seem to own the trademark on Cozy Cottages and Storybook Homes. I was sad to read that their lifestyle is quickly changing and more than 900 pubs a year are being closed! The local pub is the backbone of Great Britain. And they too are sooo cozy and quaint. Oh! That could be another feature – pub tours! Haha, I’m always thinking of things to keep you busy.

    This is indeed a cozy cottage in a gorgeous setting. As soon as I saw that tower, I knew it was a church (only because I’ve watched so much British programming. The churches and vicarages are also works of art. Oh! Church and Vicarage tours! Erm, I better stop now. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the tour.

    • I didn’t know that…that is sad to hear. I wonder why all the pubs are closing, I guess their business is down.

      • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

        Well, from what I understand they are being muscled out by the big guys. Lots of pubs apparently brewed their own beer or maybe purchased it from a small or local brewer. There is the term, “free house,” that you sometimes see associated with a pub. Apparently that meant they did their own — they weren’t connected to or beholding to the big guys. Now a few large breweries are taking over. That’s terrible, because some of the coziest places I have seen are pubs. Some of them hundreds of years old.

  3. that is seriously the cutest cottage ever. Agreed, straight out of a fairytale. England seems to be full of cute cottages. Loved this tour!

  4. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    I looked at the pictures at the site. The cottage has my exact style Aga, except a different color! Haha. That was fun. Also, did you notice how they referred to the “first floor Jack & Jill” bathroom? Their first floor is our second floor. I wonder how many people might be fooled by that. And the tiny little doors remind me of that episode of Lovejoy I mentioned the other day. You’d have to have a good back to maneuver, lol.

  5. It is indeed a pretty cottage in a lovely area, but did you go check the prices to rent? As it is in British Pounds it works out approx. to $2,500 for a week in Canadian dollars!! Yikes!!!

  6. Pat Schwartz says

    The picture of the cottage reminds me of a Thomas Kincaid painting! If you ever need a traveling companion I AM AVAILABLE!

  7. That cottage does look like a lovely place to stay. My favorite spot to sit would be the window seat.

  8. Dear Susan,

    I am all packed – can’t wait till we go check this dreamy cottage out for ourselves.



  9. Judy Lincicum says

    Susan, I’m curious; why are you going to Italy instead of England when you so obviously love cottages? Seems you would be in your own dream that way.


    p.s. if you need someone to go with you to England, I’m available (LOL)

    • Oh, I definitely want to see England, but unfortunately none of the tours I’ve found go to the places I want to go. I want to see Beatrix Potter’s home/farm and Jane Austen’s home. I want to see wonderful places like this, places off the beaten path. I will get there eventually. πŸ™‚
      I’ve always wanted to see Italy, especially after watching the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, many years ago. So, when I found this amazing 17 day tour that included 32 meals (including one in a real home in Italy) and all gratuities, etc… for around $2,800, I couldn’t pass that up. You can read more about it here: https://betweennapsontheporch.net/great-travel-deal-for-italy-and-the-amalfi-coast/
      Judy, have you been to England before?

  10. Susan,

    If you want to go to the UK, you really don’t need to use a tour. We used public transportation in London, then rented a car to go out into the country. Driving on the other side of the road was a little challenging, but the car had GPS that was very accurate, so we only had a few minor detours. They drive slower in general over there, and there aren’t massive highways. You can book your lodging online, and even hire local guides in the areas you want to visit. Some drive you around so you can enjoy the scenery. We started our trip in Switzerland, and visited France, Germany, and the Netherlands before going to Britain. It was my favorite part. Plus, they speak English, so you can feel right at home. We totally loved our river cruise and the tours they offered, but I really preferred the time on our own in Britain after the cruise was over. There is so much information online that can help you plan a great trip. There’s so much we didn’t have time to see. I would go back there in a heartbeat!

    • Not sure where you went in England Anna, but there are motorways all over the place and that is why we chose the country lanes to get to a destination. They drive very fast over there on those motorways.

      • Megan, we travelled from London to Windsor castle, then out through the Costwolds north of Oxford. We then went south through Swindon and on to Bath. We finished up heading back to London, via Stonehenge. We thought that they drove a little faster than prudent on some of the country roads, but slower than we were used to on the motorways. But we’re used to the freeways around Los Angeles, so maybe it’s a matter of what you’re familiar with. The motorways may be different in other areas we didn’t go, or maybe it was just the particular days we travelled.

    • Thanks, Anna! Since I’ll usually be traveling alone, I need to go via a tour company. I would be willing to go without using a tour company if I was traveling with someone who was super organized and REALLY knew England, where to go and the best way to get there. It’s just too far to travel to waste a second on navigation or getting lost, which is what I’d be spending all my time on if I went alone. lol I want to be seeing or doing something awesome every minute I’m there, or at least out seeing the gorgeous country side en route to the next awesome adventure! After reading Susan Branch’s harrowing experience in her book, A Fine Romance, about what it was like being a passenger in the car while her husband was driving on the “wrong” side of the road, I don’t think I’d trust myself to drive over there. πŸ™‚

      • Susan, travelling alone I can see where you would probably want to stick with a tour, and the half of our vacation with the cruise was very nice. I would probably choose that option if travelling alone also. We had a party of 4, which worked out well. We shared the tasks of booking the hotels, figuring out the transportation, the itinerary, etc. Planning and figuring things out were half the fun for us. We were also able to plan to do something of special interest for everyone in our party.

        The best part is that you’re getting to travel, and there’s nothing bad about that. Your Italian tour sounds like it will be lots of fun. I hope you get a chance to visit England someday. It truly was beautiful.

        • Anna, you went the *pretty way* which we choose over the motorways.
          I am from England not far from the Cotswolds, one of my favourite places. As you say, it depends where you are going or coming from. We were visiting a friend in Cornwall en route from Birmingham and took the motorways…..oh my, hemmed in by huge trucks was not a delight.
          We have been in Canada for a number of years and live in a quiet part now, so the traffic over there drove me insane, especially around the many islands. We were last there two years ago.
          Susan, I would not recommend you driving alone, roads are mainly by name not by blocks and you could easily get lost, but even if you do, there are so many interesting villages you could end up in!! πŸ™‚

          • It was a “pretty way” alright, Megan. I would not want to drive alone, but with someone else along to help would be OK. The GPS really was amazingly correct, even to the exits on the roundabouts. To keep this a little on topic, we did spend several days in an old cottage in the country. We stayed with an acquaintance who lives there who works for the same company as I do. I had met her when she visited the US last year. It was not quite as pretty as the Faerie Door Cottage, but very charming. Over 200 years old, thick walls, vines growing on the stone outside, stone and painted wood floors, cute kitchen, and twisty staircases and fireplaces. There were pastures, and woods right outside the yard, and all the other buildings in the area were similar. It was a memorable visit.

            • So pleased you enjoyed your trip and stayed in a cottage. My friend has an old stone house right on the beach in Cornwall. We spent a week there on our own, as they were in Spain.
              I see you have to contend with L.A. traffic. Have done that a few times…crazy, crazy. In fact, we are going to Palm Springs for a couple of months, Nov/Dec and hope to go across to the coast to San Diego, another of my favourite places.
              Did you go to any of the Castles or Stately Homes? I always drag hubby there. On our last trip we went to Provence for two weeks, then to England to family and friends. I love Canada, but my heart is tucked in those little villages in England.
              Nice to speak to you.

    • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

      only a few minor detours, lol. That was cute.

      • Pam, they really were minor, just a few minutes due to construction the GPS did not know about. πŸ™‚

        • pam ~ crumpety cottage says

          Well, next time you and Megan visit, I’ll tag along. I can’t believe I’ve still never been. At this point, I’m almost afraid to go, I’ve built it up so much in my head!

  11. bobbi duncan says

    Susan, This cottage is a little charmer. I loved your pretend postcard lol! I would retire to England in a heartbeat if it weren’t for so much rain and chill-you-to-the-bone dampness much of the year. It is my very favorite of places. Perhaps that is why I love setting up our Dicken’s Village every year—kind of transports me there for a little while. I have some David Winter pieces as well. I’ve always been drawn to the quaintness that England evokes. Switzerland is beautiful as well, but a different kind of charming.

  12. Marlene Stephenson says

    This is a great place to set and dream,or read. I love books about cottages and rock fences and fairies and such,oh and let me not forget old castles. I dream of going to Ireland,walking down lanes and going into neighborhood pubs,seeing the ocean and all of it,staying in a cottage.lol Someday!

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