Cottage on Avon

Avon English Cottage
Cottage on Avon

ouses of beautiful, warm, mellow limestone (Bath stone) line the steep wooded banks of the River Avon which played an important role in trade of wool and attracting other industries in the early seventeenth century.  The various towns and communities it touches in its winding path in southwest England offer a variety of quaint as well as stately houses that conjure images of the way life once was.  We call our understated 2,000 square foot English cottage featured here, The Cottage on Avon, with its stone facade, tall chimneys and stucco and half-timbered gables. 



This quaint cottage offers surprising space for relaxed living.  The exterior belies what's inside.  Its open floor plan features a great room with vaulted, beamed ceiling and large fireplace two steps down from the entry foyer.  Here large expanses of windows provide plenty of natural light and great views toward the back of the house over a large stone terrace.  A functional kitchen and dining area open to the great room allowing for free flowing circulation...perfect for entertaining.  A laundry, half-bath and kitchen entrance are just steps away from the kitchen and breakfast area. 


The cozy study with fireplace is just off the entry foyer allowing for a very quiet, private place to read or work.  A surprisingly large master suite with fireplace has French doors that open to the terrace and a window seat on the front making for a cozy spot to read.  The ceiling in the master bedroom can be vaulted to give the feeling of even more space.  The adjoining master bath features a large shower, double sink, private toilet and sizable walk-in closet.


An open set of stairs just inside the great room leads to the guest suite above.  A comfortable guest bedroom with walk-in closet has a view toward the back through a wide shed dormer that also allows plentiful light and fresh air.  The adjoining bath with shower enjoys a view to the front with its dormer and casement windows.


This house is really perfect for one or two couples or that small family vacation.  It is ideal for a couple desiring something manageable yet charming and functional for a full time residence.

Our Cottage on Avon (Alternate) plan is a new twist on the original plan (above). Heated and cooled space of 1,841 square feet on the combined first and second floors keeps this house at a very efficient scale while offering some surprisingly open and functional spaces for living and entertaining.


You will notice that we eliminated all but one of the fireplaces for cost effectiveness and reversed the floor plan for variety. several of the rooms have been reconfigured such as the laundry room and the master bedroom and bath.

We added a walk-out basement which could remain unfinished until a later date or be fully or partially finished, heated and cooled to add another cost effective 1,521 square feet of expansion space.

Cottage On Avon (Alternate) Main Floor Plan

The main floor plan of this version of the Cottage on Avon has essentially the same layout as our original, but you will notice some slight variations including reversing the plan. We kept the large, vaulted great room with adjacent dining and kitchen areas open for easy entertaining and spacious feeling. Three fireplaces made for a good look outside and cozy rooms inside, but were not for everyone. So, we reduced the number of fireplaces to just one in the great room. More can be added back in depending on your personal preference.


As this option has a walk out basement, we added a deck off the great room, dining and kitchen. This adds a whole lot of space for entertaining and dining, improving the flow inside and out. This is perfect for a sloped lot with a view! Steps off the deck lead to the lower level terrace.

Stairs overlooking the great room lead to the second floor guest suite with private bath and walk in closet. Slight variations from the original plan offer something different and comfortable.

The basement level can be fully or partially finished and provides great space for more bedrooms, work space, exercise room, media center, or another family room.


Access on grade and windows allow for plenty of natural light. Stairs just outside lead to the deck above. This is truly flexible space!

Plan Details

2 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths

2,004 Sq. Ft.

Three fireplaces



  • This plan is designed to allow for a basement walk-out if desired.






















Ground Floor


1,670 sf

Great Room 18'-6"x19'-8"

Dining/Breakfast 12'x13'

Kitchen 13'X13'

Study 12'X12"

































Upper Level


Guest Suite 12'x14'

Bath Room


























Cottage on Avon (Alternate)


2 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths

1,821 Sq. Ft.(heated and cooled) plus 1,521 SF unfinished basement

one fireplace























Ground Floor


1,477 sf

Great Room 18'x18'

Dining/Breakfast 12'-8"x12'-6"

Kitchen 12'-8"X12'

Study 12'X13'






























Upper Level


Guest Suite 12'-10"x11'-4"

Bath Room

Walk-in closet













Walk-out basement


1,521 SF

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