Long long ago my ancestors lived in this cute house. It’s named Bluebell Cottage -although I doubt that was the name in the 1800’s when my family lived there. This time last year my sisters, mother, and I traveled all the way to Freshwater, on the Isle of Wight, to see this cottage. It was my favorite part of that vacation and it was the last thing we did before heading home. My posts about that trip start here. Here is a picture of the island landscape from the top of Carisbrooke Castle:
While in Freshwater we explored Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, and visited family graves. We stayed in this cute bread and breakfast right by the water. It’s called Rockstone Cottage and I highly recommend it if you find yourself on the Isle of Wight and need a place to stay.
Just before we I left on this trip we went under contract for our house in Provo. You may remember that house hunting was difficult and we were just happy to find anything that worked for us but it turned out that we ended up with an English Tudor Revival style house. Then as fate would have it, I was traveling to England just a week or so later. When I saw all these cute English cottages and Tudor homes everywhere I got excited about my new Tudor house and decided that our new house must have a name.
Everyone agreed that this was a great idea and we started to spend time around the dinner table discussing possibilities. I decided that our house should have cottage in the name since I found in England this was considered a “house”
Osborne House- Queen Victoria’s summer home
Our house is a bit smaller so I definitely think it’s on the “cottage” level. I read up a bit on the history of naming homes in the U.K. Turns out most house or cottage names came from nearby geography, flowers, trees, family names, or whatever. So with those ideas in mind here were some of the suggestions for our new home:
Haven Cottage – Snow Cottage – Snowflake Cottage – Bluebell Cottage (after the ancestral home) – Cookie Cottage – Cheese Cottage (this one got a good laugh) – Cottage Cheese Cottage (more laughs) – Out House – Blossom Cottage – Rat House – Haunted House – Cupcake Cottage – Sunshine Cottage – Marvel Cottage (Sam) – Greenleaf Cottage – Cherry Tree Cottage (we have a cherry tree) – Apricot Cottage (one of those too) – Daisy Cottage – Aspen Cottage… and on and on.
Eventually Mike and I decided to name the house Sage Cottage. Right now Sage Cottage isn’t looking so sage but that is about to change- which is why we eventually decided on the name. Here is a picture of the house now:
It needs a little help. It has traditional colors but we wanted to lighted things up. Those Tudor wood beams are in need of paint so we are going to be painting those sage green this summer. The stucco between the beams is a creamy white color which looks dated and also doesn’t match the newer white front door. So the stucco will be painted white as well as the garage door. It doesn’t look like much to paint but there is much more Tudor facade on the sides and back of the house so it will be a big job. We hope it gives an updated look to the house.
Here are some of our inspiration houses I found on Pinterest to give an idea of the look we are going for. There is actually a name for this look- it is called “Tudor Lite.” I’m not making this up.
Eventually we will post a little Sage Cottage sign on the house. We already have this sign with the house number so maybe we will just add to it:
Over time we also plan to give Sage Cottage some other features that might bring out a more storybook cottage look. Those overgrown bushes around the door are getting chopped down. They block two windows behind them. We may replace those windows with Tudor style ones like the one above the garage.
We are excited about Sage Cottage. Every house needs a name- it just adds character. If you want to name your house, I found this website with lots of suggestions.
Coincidentally, I’ve noticed a couple of new Tudor style homes just built here in town. At least one new Tudor is in the Parade of Homes. Maybe Tudors are making (yet another) comeback.