A special welcome to visitors from Post of the Month Club
Who doesn't go weak at the knees at the sight of a cosy English cottage? Those who have been following me for some time will know that I can't resist taking snaps of pretty rural homes I find on my travels across the country. Peering over hedges, peeking through fences - nothing stops me in my quest to bring you pictures of the perfect English cottage!
It's hard to describe what makes the perfect cottage - it's something that pulls at the heart strings, that little sigh when you first spot it.
I couldn't resist the opportunity to show again some of the cottages that tugged at my heart strings this year. Here is my top five contenders for cottage of the year 2011.
Proving that small is beautiful, this tiny fisherman's cottage just a stones throw from the sea at Whitstable caught my eye.
The pretty Cambridgeshire village of Lode was simply groaning with the most beautiful properties. This thatch framed with hollyhocks was just picture perfect.
Still in Lode and another pretty thatch - the paint work was heavenly. It also had the most amazing garden.
The Cotswolds has an abundance of beautiful cottages it's so hard to chose. This simple and unadorned house was just stunning, the architectural detail quite wonderful.
It's back to the village of Lode for my number one cottage of 2011. The little winding path up to this cottage gave tantalising glimpses of this utterly charming home.
Nestled in the prettiest of gardens with hens on the lawn it was irresistable!
So there you have it. My top 5 cottages of 2011.
Do you have a favourite?
I can't wait to discover more beautiful cottages in 2012!