Cozy Summer Cottages to Love

Do you have memories of vacationing in cozy summer cottages? I have vague memories of a lakeside cottage vacation in Canada when I was just a little girl. A few years later I remember taking a trip to Arkansas to vacation in a woodsy cottage with my grandparents. Both trips are fond summer memories from my youth. When my own children were little we took regular vacations to one of the cozy summer cottages on Hilton Head Island. Today I’m sharing a bit of that summer nostalgia with a collection of cozy beach cottages I think you’ll love.

Beach Style Summer CottagePhoto by Laura Hay DECOR & DESIGN Inc.

A cheery little cottage with yellow shutters boasts a small portico at its entry.


Summer Beach CottagePhoto by Glenn Layton Homes

Palm trees stand at attention near the entrance of this coastal style cottage.


East Beach Cottage CourtPhoto by Allison Ramsey Architects

A community of summer cottages enjoys a common gathering space with Adirondack chairs and fire pit.


Summer Beach CottagePhoto by Don Duffy Architecture

This two-story seaside cottage would be a perfect vacation destination. One day I’d like to vacation in a peace of paradise like this with my children and their families.  I think it’d be fun to stay in the same vacation home where we can take turns making breakfast for one another before heading out to the beach for the day.


Summer Cottage on the BeachPhoto by Dulux Paint

How fun is this quaint little cottage by the sea? I love the palm tree in a pot!


Ocean Blue Seaside CottagePhoto by The Cottage Building Company

The color of the ocean paints this craftsman style beach cottage with its sunny yellow mums out front.


Island Beach CottagePhoto by Gary Brewer Robert A.M. Stern Architects

You can almost smell the ocean air and imagine the views of the beach and shoreline from the second story deck of this fabulous home.


Island Beach CottagePhoto by Michael Allen Media

Summer cottages require beach cruiser bicycles for exploring the coast line.


Beach Cottage PorchPhoto by One Girl Interiors

A simple porch provides a shaded respite from the summer sun.


Beach Cottage PorchPhoto by Glenn Layton Homes

Blue is often used on summer cottages to replicate the cool hue of the sea.


Beach Cottage at NightPhoto by Good Architecture, PC

At the end of a vacation day, an island resort looks dreamy lit up at night.

Where are some of your favorite vacation spots where you’ve enjoyed a cozy stay in summer cottages?

Summer Cottage Retreats

Want to see more summer cottages? You might enjoy the book, The Summer Cottage, filled with inspiring photographs of beautiful home decor.

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  1. These are all wonderful – wouldn’t you love to take a tour of the inside of each one? We go on vacation to a small beach town every year with my husband’s family and it is a lot of fun. I hope you get a chance to do that with your family.

  2. I haven’t stayed in a beach cottage since I was a kid. It was fun, but definitely not as pretty as the ones in this post. I may have give it another try!

  3. I’ve done a rustic cabin on Lake of the Ozarks as a kid, to a rustic cabin on Kentucky Lake with our own kids, to a cottage in the South of France wine country with friends. All fantastic summer get-aways. Can’t beat a good summer cottage!

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    Thank you for all of those lovely pictures. We are trying to decide on a colour scheme for our cottage/home and these will be so helpful in making our decision. The best part about living here is that we are at the beach all year long. Have a great day.


  5. All pretty. My favorite is the second one and is what I followed when I remained my house, including the brick, last year.

  6. This put a smile on my face this morning! Lovely inspiration!

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