Tuesday, October 19, 2010

For The Love Of Stone

What is it about stone homes and cottages that makes
us love them so much?

They are stone buildings...hard and cold!

Is it the feeling of permanence that we get when we see those beautiful stone walls and chimneys?

How can a building so solid make us feel all warm and cozy?

Maybe its the quaint shapes of some of the structures.

In some cases maybe it's the simple lines with texture that we admire.

Love the roofline of this cottage above and the texture of the stones. Can you imagine how
the ceiling in the upper bedrooms would be!

This beautiful stone house above may be plain but look at the wonderful texture and colors of the walls and the random use of stone size!
Love that fence too.

Una Bhan Tourism Co-operative Society

The curved wall and roof is so different.
I love unique...how about you?

Kingsley Daniels

Look at the texture in those walls...how do the stone masons make the lines level when they use different sizes like that?!

Photo by Feliciano Guimaraes

Now this is one I wouldn't want to live in but I thought I'd throw it in because it was so different. It's in Portugal. Look at that cute little window above the door!


Now I could live here for the rest of my life.
Imagine sitting out on that deck and looking out at the water with a cup of coffee or tea in your hand watching the sunrise in the morning. Or how about a wonderful glass of wine watching the sunset?
I hear the loons already. 

Even if stone houses look a little cold...I wouldn't mind one bit if I could come in and sit in front of something like this....


Or this...


And of course this....

Photo from the movie The Holiday

Oh yes...I could LIVE in front of this warm fire
in this cozy cottage even if it isn't real.

How about you...would you enjoy living in a
stone cottge?

Maura :)

(All photo's taken from the internet. If any of these pictures are yours and you would like me to delete them or add your name please contact me and I will gladly do so.)


A Brit in Tennessee said...

I've lived in a stone cottage, cold they are, but incredibly beautiful !
We have lots of fieldstone homes here in Tennessee, they always remind me of 'home' in England, and want to peek inside, and share tea.

Celestial Charms said...

Such lovely stone cottages, and yes, I would pack my bags right now if the opportunity arose. ;) The feeling of being surrounded by something dug from the ground, makes me feel at home.

Sherri said...

Oh Maura, they were all so lovely (well the one in Portugal was different). I love stone walls, paths, homes, etc. I'm with you I could live in that one house all day long too-I can hear the loons too-LOL!!

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...


Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

why yes I would!

The Bear's Blog said...

Beautiful photos. For me it's something from the past. A time when life wasn't necessarily easier but I believe it was the simple way of life. It wasn't complicated, right was right and wrong was wrong and not acceptable.

That is what I think about when looking at those charming cottages.


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh yummmy! Especially the Storybook Cottage!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh, me too Maura!
I love stone and will never tire of it!
That last home would suit me just fine too!
They are so charming aren't they?

Blondee said...

How beautiful! Lovely post!

Finding Pam said...

I think these stone cottages eludes to the charm and quaintness of these homes. Added by an earthiness and something so solid that will stand the test of time.

Beautiful images...thanks for sharing them with us.

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Absolutely...I love the strength they seem to have. And the beauty. Lovely examples...thanks for sharing them with us.

Sweet Homestead Alabama said...

What gorgeous stone houses! I've always admired them, too. Stone isn't abundant in our area. Such shame. I could live in one of those homes!

Jackie said...

Great buildings, made to last!!, Jackie in UK.

Rural Rambler said...

Yes I would live in a stone cottage. I love stone and stone work and the history behind it. But here in MissouREE I would have to have a big ol fireplace in the family room. Oh, and in the kitchen. And the bedroom. Well, dang! and on the porch for Dec and Jan! And a fireplace in the bathrooms, wow that would be a good thing! You found some beautiful stone homes Maura. My favorite is the second one, love that arch and I would need a teeny bit more space added on AND a PORCH!

from my front porch... said...

There is a beautiful,old stone cottage near us. The couple that live there are in their 90's and the home was built by her grandfather!
Maybe one day I will get to see the interior!
Loved this post!
xo, misha

Brenda Kula said...

Yes, I absolutely could! (And I love your banner, just wanted to add before I forgot.) To me stone houses are like fortresses. And I'm sort of a hermit.

Oz Girl said...

I've always loved the quaint, cozy appearance of stone homes. And that last one... I remember loving the English cottage that Cameron Diaz holiday'd at in The Holiday. I know it was a fluff movie, but I really enjoyed it. :)

Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

I'm with you. I just love stone homes. I admire the house in the movie "The Holiday" anytime I see it come on tv. So warm and so cozy and the perfect place for a cup of hot chocolate.

Dagmar said...

Hi Maura..
Saw your comments on Kim's blog..hello BC girl..I am as well..love your blog..it is so cheerful,and happy..aren't you excited about Kim 's skinny-mini course..I sure am.

CozyComfyCottage said...

oooh! i've ALWAYS loved stone cottages and always wondered what it is about them! fun post!

Verde Farm said...

Oh Maura, yes, yes, yes. I love stone cottages. They remind me of fairy tales and lands of imagination. Little, magical cottages in the woods where ferries live and piglets and people that love animals :)
The one from channel 4 --ok, that is just to die for. Where is that located? Talk about perfect, that is it!!! :) Hugs ~:>-

Catherine said...

What lovely stone cottages, the one i like best is the last one with the pound.I also love the stove, i would like to be there by the fire!it's cold here!Hugs Catherine

Anonymous said...

Hello Maura,

I stumbled onto your blog, and instantly knew I adored it. The stone homes, the animals, and the beautiful outdoor pics, called to me. Then I saw your profile, you are a fellow Kansan!!! No wonder! Thank you for some great images.


Missouri Gal Nicole said...

Yes, I agree!

for the love of a house said...

Oh, I agree... they are absolutely fabulous! Love them all! On one of our drives to the house there is a little cottage and it has a stoned ell and it so makes the house. Turns this very ordinary house into something very special! Everytime I drive by I have do go really slow so I can take it in!!

Garden Faery said...


Like Pat, I stumbled upon your blog while "googling" stone cottages. Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking and I'm so glad to find other people for whom having a stone cottage would be like living a faery tale! Something in each picture helps me to steal away from my current city-bound life and imagine cups of tea or cocoa in front of a wood stove or roaring fireplace. Naturally, stone is pretty cold, but, again, like some of your other posters, it is the constancy and permanence of it that attracts the eye and soul. Thank you.

Lisa E.

Despi said...

Ooooooooh my god!!!! The last one is sooooooooo beautiful!!! I could live all my life in this!!!!
It's so perfect!! Just me and so much music in a place like this!!!! I love it!!! :)))

Vishvas CM said...

Woww really loved the pics they served as a great source of regerence for my woodcarving project. I would love to share the finished work wen its done, thank u for a cool tour through ur collection.


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