Stone Cottages

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I think when you picture Ireland in your head the image is one of rolling green hills dotted with sheep and stone walls and white-washed cottages with cheerfully bright doors and windows. Very Quiet Man, with a fiery Maureen O'Hara walking through that idyllic scene. Ireland in reality is much more diverse and in certain parts there's a real dearth of stone walls and cottages! The region I live in is known as "Apple Orchard County" so while we still have the occasional field with sheep, our hills are more likely to be covered in apple orchards, which makes for a gorgeous May time when the apple blossoms are out. I'm obviously biased, but I think it's one of the best areas to live in (although I wouldn't mind living along the coast one day either...), still even as much as I love our orchards and woodlands of wild garlic and bluebells, I also admire the more open rolling hills of other areas and the classic stone cottages they still hold. Wandering down a grassy path with these cheerful cottages ahead of you feels timeless.whitecottages-16 whitecottages-17

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  1. Gorgeous! ❤️ I love how you always coordinate your outfit with the shoot locations. ❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  2. Ah! I have always wondered where exactly your gatehouse is! It is adorable! It looks like there are two of them there at the manor gates? Does anyone else live in the other one? What a beautiful property! Would love to hear the story of how you got to rent it! I love the stone wall you have as well!

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    1. Yes, I mean I try not to tell where I live too exactly b/c it would be far to easy for someone to find my house then and that wouldn't be safe. So yes, like a traditional set of gatehouses there are two on either side of the main gates leading up to the manor house; the manor house is also still in tact but it has been converted to offices and the grounds are a park, so not in the possession of the original family. As for renting, my husband just saw they were working on it one day and inquired and they said it was available to rent and shortly after that we signed the papers. The other isn't available for rent right now and it's empty. Honestly a large part of the reason we rented the gatehouse was its very affordable (b/c it is so tiny); it was very easy to rent and there was no competition--it had been available for years without anyone looking at it.

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    2. Oh, fun! That must have been so nice to walk in, ask about it, and then have it work out and have it be affordable! It definitely works out well for all your beautiful blog posts featuring it!

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  3. I love getting to see a different side of Ireland through your blog; I think there's definitely a popular trend going on that it's all hills and countryside, but I'm so in love with all of it that I see here; the villages and stone buildings and the trees and orchards, you just capture it so beautifully!

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    Kristina
    eyreeffect.com

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  4. such wonderful photos, i love stone cottages they have a certain charm to them
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  5. all your posts are really making me want to visit ireland! these photos and your outfit are beautiful! xx

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  6. this is so cute, I love your gingham skirt and beret
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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