Acquiring a country house or cottage is an enduring and romantic dream for many people. A house in a forest, a converted barn or an old stable block – the setting and original purpose of the property doesn’t seem to matter as long as it is in the countryside, but such a home is difficult to find in many countries.
The owner of this two-hundred-year-old north German cottage is well aware of its ranity value. Found through word of mouth and previously owned by a couple who had the same decorative sympathies, little work was required to create exactly what the new owner wanted from her weekend and holiday retreat.
The roof was re-chatted, a shower-room added and the whole place painted in the pale colours that reflect its location near the Danish border. Paint has transformed not only the interior but also most of the furniture: bought for shape and function, regardless of condition, it is all painted in the Scandinavian colours so beloved of its artistic chatelaine.
This cottage has it all: a quiet agricultural location, sweeping views, a large pond and a garden that is developing into a cottage classic.