Appletree Cottage, the Thatch House, Romans Halt, names such as these take us to simpler places and times. As architectural gestures, they are thoughtfully composed and organized around the ease of simply living.
Romantic? Aways. Rustic, perhaps, but not countrified. Quaint? In its strictest senses: pleasingly old-fashioned, unusual, marked by skillful design, beauty, or elegance: Never cute, self-conscious or—brace for it!—“twee.”
We present five delightful dwellings in search of picture postcards to call home. Consider a chocolate-box Tudor cottage in Wiltshire, England; a Victorian country cottage in Kildare, Ireland; a lodge-style retreat on the ski slopes of Aspen; a lake house in Ontario’s Malibu of the North; and a Hobbit house (this one on the shores of Lake Michigan).
Seeking a life simpler, slower, calmer, and less complicated? Halt here, weary Roman.