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Cottagecore could quite possibly be the biggest trend of 2020 that you have never heard of. But don’t worry, our guide to cottagecore will tell you all you need to know about how to achieve the aesthetic that has taken over the internet.

The terms ‘cottagecore’ and ‘cottagecore aesthetic’ have been trending over the internet and have been spotted in women’s lifestyle magazines for many years. However, more recently, with the growing popularity of Instagram and TikTok, cottagecore has been pushed to the forefront of growing trends.

But if you, like so many others, have never heard of it, we have put together a guide to explain all things cottagecore.

Continue reading to discover the complete guide to cottagecore…

What is Cottagecore?

 flowers in fields

Quite simply, cottagecore celebrates the return of a simple and wholesome life as an escape from the dangers of the modern world.

Picture living in a cottage tucked away in endearing woods, spending your days foraging for foodie treats, baking cakes in a traditional oven and relaxing in front of an open fire, all without a care in the world. Cottagecore is the romanticised interpretation of western agricultural life and those following a cottagecore aesthetic are emphasising the soft peacefulness of rural life.

The cottagecore trend relates to similar aesthetics such as grandmacore, honeycore, goblincore and faeriecore, each one evoking a sense of nostalgia and celebrating aspects of nature that most would not.

The Cottagecore Aesthetic

cottagecore exterior

To achieve the cute cottagecore aesthetic, think of what you would wear for farming and gardening, but make it fashion. So head to the nearest charity shop and pick up some frilly dresses, a grandma-style knitted cardigan and floral blouse to be paired with vintage mom jeans.

Your Instagram feed may be filled with charming pictures of forest animals, your kitchen may be filled with vintage tea sets and your Grade II listed cottage garden may be growing pretty flowers, fruits and veggies.

More simply, reach back to a time when technology did not exist to find calmness somewhere away from the fast pace life of the 21st century, and you have got it!

UK Cottagecore Locations

Intrigued? If you are seeking a sense of escapism and wanting nothing more than to unwind amidst rolling hills and endearing forests, even if it’s just for a week or two, take a look at some of our favourite UK cottagecore locations and places to stay to help satisfy the aspirational form of nostalgia.

Cotswolds, South West England

cotswolds cottages

What could be more cottagecore than the chocolate box cottages, rolling hills and winding lanes of the Cotswolds? This picture-postcard English county is considered to be one of the most enchanting places within the UK, promising to evoke that sense of nostalgia that you have been seeking.

The county’s rustic charm, 800 square miles of unspoilt countryside and the pretty villages with equally pretty tearooms will delight cottagecore lovers from all over the globe.

Enjoy a Cottagecore stay at: Fountain View Cottage (Ref. 1005428)

Fountain View Cottage

Discover this captivating Grade II listed thatched property, Fountain View in the pretty village of Upper Heyford. This is a wonderful, cosy cottage to use as an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, boasting an interior epitomising the cottagecore aesthetic. Your days here can be spent curled up in front of the open fire, baking sweet treats within the traditional Rangemaster cooker and exploring the unspoilt countryside landscape.

The wisteria-covered cottage is within close reach of a plethora of pretty attractions, including the Blenheim Palace and Estate and the city of Oxford, making great spots for those charmingly faded Instagram shots, in keeping with cottagecore aesthetic.

Yorkshire Dales, Northern England


For a true taste of agricultural life, how about an escape to the moorland setting of the Yorkshire Dales National Park? Here, you will find plenty of character in its rustic dry stone barns, wild heather moorland and the endearing Forest of Bowland AONB.

This is perfect landscape for taking a step back in time, as if you living the simple life of the Bronte sisters, who drew inspiration from the romantic aesthetics of the moorlands to create their iconic novels, such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Enjoy a Cottagecore stay at: Shepherds Hut (Ref. 1022026)

Shepherds Hut

As we mentioned earlier, to achieve the cottagecore aesthetic think of farming, but make it vogue. So it really does not get more cottagecore than staying in a shepherd hut, right? Surrounded by the captivating countryside of Durham, this cosy retreat has everything you need for a taste of the wholesome life and calming escapism that you have been seeking.

Look forward to curling up in bed with the woodburning stove crackling in the background, creating a truly tranquil spot to unwind and offering a glimpse into a wholesome existence.

Devon, South West England

Countryside in Devon

Typically, cottagecore followers focus on the outdoors and the romanticised version of being out in nature, so Devon is a perfect location for just that. With its diverse landscape of coast and countryside, cottagecore lovers can look forward to spotting wild Dartmoor ponies on the National Park and strolling along the award-winning beaches, boasting breath-taking scenery.

Whilst visiting here, the quaint cafés are sure to tempt you to some lavish cream teas served with homemade jam and local cream, a cottagecore treat written all over!

Enjoy a Cottagecore stay at: Thorn Cottage, (Ref. 967324)

Thorn Cottage

After a day of exploring the countryside setting of Devon, look forward to coming back to this thatched cottage with a colourful garden, a true cottagecore lover’s dream. Head inside to be find many original features, such as an attractive granite fireplace in the cosy lounge and exposed beams throughout.

Light up the woodburning stove of an evening and get cosy in the armchair, whilst trying your hand at cross-stitch, a classic cottagecore hobby. Alternatively, spend your time within the garden, which is littered with pretty flowers and opens up onto a large paddock, awaiting to be explored.

So if the cottagecore holiday sounds like the dream, secure a stay in a cute holiday cottage with us today or if you are seeking a secluded spot to escape reality, take a look at our most Remote Holiday Cottages in the UK. Please be sure to share your cottagecore aesthetic photos with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

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