Tucked away in a woodland clearing in Somerset, England, the Bird House looks like somewhere a family of wrens or robins would happily nest. The one-storey cottage features a small kitchen, combined living/dining area, and a secluded bedroom with a glorious view of the surrounding forest. It’s all rustic on the outside, modern-chic(k) on the inside.
This tiny woodland cottage is a birder’s dream
To get to the Bird House, follow a dark stone path through the forest and up a wooden staircase that weaves around mature trees. The wraparound deck is the perfect place for your morning coffee, afternoons spent bird-watching, or after-dinner cocktails.
Although the L-shaped cottage is small, it feels spacious thanks to vaulted ceilings, high windows, and all-white walls. We love all the Scandinavian style details in this home: the leather sofa with slim wooden legs, the Robin's-egg-blue task light, and the blonde wood flooring.
The kitchen is a mix of new and old. There are stainless steel appliances and chic pendant lights, but the weathered boards are reclaimed from 1930s military huts.
The bedroom is tucked behind a wall opposite the bathroom. The bed—like the kitchen table in the previous image—was handmade from a piece of rough-hewn wood.
Here’s another view of the bedroom, which has a small vanity, a bright yellow side table, and two giant windows that look out onto the woods.
The bathroom has lots of nice touches like a rainfall shower and wall tiles that resemble weathered wood.
Because the property is slanted, the house is built atop wooden stilts. Not only did this mean the builders didn’t have to completely level the land, but the cottage feels even more like a bird house up in the trees.