A matched pair of cozy stone cottages
Defining the border between Devon and Cornwall, the River Tamar flows through lands that were once part of a vast estate owned by the Duke of Bedford. Perched above the river are two near-identical cottages built in the mid-19th century to house families of workers employed by the estate.
Both cottages had fallen into a state of complete disrepair until they were purchased by the current owners, who saw the potential to use them as vacation rentals. Local craftsmen rebuilt the original stone walls, installed new slate roofs, and created modern living spaces inside. The reborn cottages were named Little Gillyflower and Little Otterling.
Each cottage has a footprint of 55 m2 (590 ft2), though the thickness of the stone walls reduces the inside living space considerably. They share the same floor plan: The staircase and a woodstove divide the open ground floor in two, with the entry and kitchen at one end and a combination living/dining room at the other. A bedroom and bathroom were created in the attic space, with new skylights added for light and air.
Despite having the same layout and being virtually identical on the outside, the two cottages are quite different inside. The owners gave Little Otterling a very contemporary black and white treatment while Little Gillyflower has a somewhat more traditional cottage look with cozy window seats, a farmhouse sink and pastel and floral decor.
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