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12 Quaint Cottagecore House Rentals Across the U.S.

by Holly Riddle
Updated June 02, 2022

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Cottagecore is an online aesthetic trend that’s been growing in popularity over the last few years.

Centered around nature and a rural lifestyle theme, cottagecore imagery usually includes things like wildflowers and baby farm animals, picnics and peasant dresses. Of course, a cute rural cottage or farmhouse is also always included. 

However, while many cottagecore enthusiasts can embody this aesthetic in their wardrobes, food and home decor, few can just pick up their lives and move to a cottagecore setting in the woods or some other pastoral scenery.

Luckily, a cottagecore home rental can give you a taste of this budding lifestyle and setting, without giving up your city apartment or suburban home. 

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1. Storybook Cottage

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Why you should stay here: A fairytale setting a short drive from the city.

  • Location: Franklin, Tennessee
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night 
  • Rates from: $225/night

This storybook-esque cottage sits just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, giving you easy access to the city and a major airport, while also delivering that cottagecore vibe. The simple and small stone cottage surrounded by tall trees features a clean, white interior with plush furnishings and cute touches that lend the space a bit of elegance, such as the chandeliers scattered throughout.

When you’re ready to explore, Franklin itself offers a handful of indie boutiques and local dining options that are more than enough to keep you satisfied, but then you can easily take a rideshare service or drive into Nashville for more fun.

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Related Read: 8 Impressive Glamping Spots Near Nashville, Tennessee

2. Oceanfront Cottage

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Why you should stay here: Cottagecore meets mermaidcore.

  • Location: Cayucos, California
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $700/night

This highly-in-demand oceanfront cottage blends clean and classic cottagecore with the adjacent mermaidcore movement that focuses on the same magical, whimsical elements, but with an ocean twist. The lushly landscaped exterior of this cottage leads to a clean, white interior with marine accents throughout (the underwater wallpaper is a nice touch in the kitchen).

The cottage, of course, overlooks the water and steps lead down to the beach. Extra amenities include a hot tub. It’s a great spot to soak up the sun and relax for a while.

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3. The Morrow House

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Why you should stay here: A TV-approved cottage getaway.

  • Location: Waco, Texas
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights 
  • Rates from: $350/night

The Morrow House has been featured on the show Fixer Upper, as well as in Cottage Style Magazine — and for good reason. The property manages to be both adorable and spacious at the same time, with a vintage feel on the white exterior and luxurious touches throughout the interior.

Think chandeliers hanging from the tall ceilings, plush modern furnishings, stainless steel appliances and vintage accents that all come together to create a truly media-worth environment. You’ll have a hard time not sharing every inch of this property on your favorite social channels.

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4. Chauga River Cottage

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Why you should stay here: Remote and rustic.

  • Location: Westminster, South Carolina
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $150/night

The Chauga River Cottage is a little more rustic — which true cottagecore enthusiasts are sure to love. The worn green exterior welcomes you to sit awhile in the hammock as you take in the trees, or walk up the small front porch to explore the large, vintage-style kitchen, colorful living area with its charmingly mismatched furniture or comfy-cozy small spaces upstairs.

A music room provides a record player and plenty of records, plus a few guitars. The back porch features plenty of seating, including a porch swing. Don’t forget to walk down to the waterfront, where more scenic seating awaits.

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5. Roostica Cottage

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Why you should stay here: A upscale cottage with a private dock.

  • Location: Lake Sequoyah, North Carolina
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum Stay: 6 nights
  • Rates from: $575/night

Roostica Cottage has been thoroughly renovated and designed to offer an upscale environment with a bit of a cabin-meets-cottage vibe.

You’ll find a lot of the favorite cottagecore aesthetic pieces (like a lot of white wood and woodland animal illustrations and floral prints), but also some typical cabin features, such as big stone fireplaces and dark wood paneling on the cathedral ceiling in the main living area.

Whatever you call the design style, you’re sure to love the cottage’s direct and private water access.

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Related Read: 13 Best Glamping Destinations in North Carolina

6. Pebble Cottage

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Why you should stay here: New England vibes for days.

  • Location: Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $550/night

This charming Nantucket cottage totally encapsulates New England seaside theme. The front yard is filled with lush landscaping, bright flowers and a fountain, while the interior features lots of white decor, seashells and floral accents.

Be sure to take advantage of the large, claw-foot soaking tub during your stay, as well as the quick and easy beach access.

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Related Read: 10 Best Airbnb Rentals in Massachusetts

7. Railroad Depot Cottage

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Why you should stay here: A cottage with a unique history.

  • Location: Gotham, Wisconsin
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $175/night

This cottage was once-upon-a-time a railroad depot. Now, it’s been transformed into an entirely adorable cottagecore getaway.

While the historic, 19th-century exterior is a little nondescript, the inside is entirely magazine spread-worthy, with painted iron frame beds, white beadboard on the walls and ceilings, floral upholstery and nods to the cottage’s railroad past through various signage and wall decor.

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Related Read: 9 Cozy Cabins in Northern Wisconsin For Your Next Trip Up North

8. Adorable Adirondack Cottage

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Why you should stay here: A cute mountain cottage close to town.

  • Location: Lake Placid, New York
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $239/night

Another cottage that’s received its fair share of time in the media limelight, this 1920s Adirondack cottage has been brought up to modern standards without losing its charm. The interior is minimalistic and neutral in many areas, but the cottagecore vibe really shines in the bathroom and kitchen.

A small, fenced backyard surrounded by pine trees makes for a perfect spot to take in the stars and maybe roast a marshmallow or two. When you’re ready to explore, downtown Lake Placid is within walking distance.

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Related Read: 11 Beautiful Cabin Rentals in the Adirondacks

9. The Stone Cottage Inn

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Why you should stay here: An Amish Country cottage.

  • Location: Winesburg, Ohio
  • Sleeps: 12
  • Minimum Stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $225/night

Want a cute cottage getaway, maybe with a bit of history, but traveling with a group? There’s no need to book a hotel block or large rambling cabin when what you really want is something cute and cozy. This stone cottage in Amish Country delivers enough space for 12, but with all the charm you could want.

The interior has a distinctly Old New England feel, with exposed timber, stone walls and quilt-work throughout. The cottage also sits right in the middle of the small town, so you can easily walk to shops and restaurants.

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Related Read: 8 Relaxing Cabin Rentals in Ohio’s Amish Country

10. Private New Orleans Cottage

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Why you should stay here: A tranquil getaway in the heart of a big city.

  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $130/night

This small and private New Orleans cottage gives you a peaceful and/or romantic getaway (whichever you’re in the mood for), when you’re ready to escape the city’s bustling crowds. The sleek white space includes subtle Southern touches, from the antique furniture in the living room to the porch swing outside.

The luxurious bathroom with its marble walk-in shower and vanity is an especially nice feature. The cottage is situated in the city’s Garden District, so you’ll be surrounded by history and architecture at every turn, but you’re still close to lots of dining, bars and nightlife when you want to explore that side of the city.

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Related Read: The 11 Best Airbnbs in New Orleans, Louisiana

11. Kailua Beach Cottage

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Why you should stay here: Cottagecore vibes on a Hawaiian beach.

  • Location: Kailua, Hawaii
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 30 nights
  • Rates from: $475/night

Dreaming of a long-term, remote working getaway to somewhere tropical? But torn between a beach-y paradise and a cottagecore retreat? This Kailua Beach cottage ticks all the right boxes. A long-term rental, you get this small space all to yourself for a month or more.

It blends simple cottage vibes with the Hawaii beach lifestyle to give you the best of every world. Full WiFi service keeps you connected to work and real life, but when you’re ready to play, you can head to the beach for some fun, and then take advantage of the house’s backyard and outdoor shower afterward.

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Related Read: 9 Cabin & Cottage Rentals in Hawaii For a Perfect Island Escape

12. Magical Modern Cottage

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Why you should stay here: A tiny cottage with big contemporary appeal.

  • Location: Oakland, California 
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $159/night  

This cottage offers lots of classic cottagecore appeal, but with some modern touches that you’re sure to appreciate. Lots of light woodwork compliments greenery and nature-inspired artwork throughout. Large windows allow in natural light, while giving you glimpses of the trees outside.

The backyard space includes lots of lush greenery, a seating area and a patio. Just big enough for two, the cottage makes an excellent space for a couple’s getaway or a private retreat for a solo trip.

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