The front door opens into a low-ceilinged, panelled room with a large fireplace in an older part of the house.
By contrast, the living room in a newer wing of the house has a very high ceiling.
Behind the house are two grass, terraced gardens. On either side of the stone walk on the upper level is newly planted lavender, replacing the original that had outgrown its position.
On the lower level is a walled garden laid out like a parterre with four beds, but less formal as the paths between the beds are grass not gravel.
An entrance to the walled garden.
Pink and purple are the dominant flower colors.
Clematis climbs obelisks centered in the beds.
Below the terraced gardens at the back of the house is a rolling lawn.
The view from the living room - a walk of fragrant, indigo Agastache.
To the right is a rose garden.
Setting out for a walk - my cousin Olivia and my daughter Sophie on the left and me on the right with Olivia's five children.
With the energy and temperment perfect for the mother of a big family, Olivia is creating an idyllic childhood for her brood.
Olivia's husband has recently partnered with a local farmer to cultivate the land around the house which had laid fallow for several years. The fields are now planted with oats.
The property is dotted with farm buildings and this exquisite cottage.
I could happily live out the rest of my days here.
The cottage garden.