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 nostalgia with a collection of cozy beach cottages I think you’ll love.

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


Palm trees stand at attention near the entrance of this coastal style cottage. Sandy colored shingle shakes pair with light aqua trim, recalling the colors of the sea.

Summer Beach CottagePhoto by Glenn Layton Homes


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

East Beach Cottage CourtPhoto by Allison Ramsey Architects


Here’s summer cottage perfection. Right outside your door is the sand and the sea.

Summer Beach CottagePhoto by Don Duffy Architecture


How fun is this mid-century modern vacation rental? You can’t help but have a good time when staying here.

Summer Cottage on the BeachPhoto by Dulux Paint


Cool blues adorn the façade of this craftsman-style bungalow. A collection of rockers line the porch for enjoying morning coffee or an evening glass of wine.

Ocean Blue Seaside CottagePhoto by The Cottage Building Company


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 Gary Brewer Robert A.M. Stern Architects


Summer cottages require beach cruiser bicycles for exploring the coast line. One thing I loved about Hilton Head Island was all the bike trails winding through the homes and golf courses. This photo takes me back to renting beach bikes and enjoying the live oaks dripping with Spanish moss.

Island Beach CottagePhoto by Michael Allen Media


A simple porch provides a shaded respite from the summer sun at this tiny cottage. You can see the inside of this Australian home.

Beach Cottage PorchPhoto by One Girl Interiors


A skinny door is made to look heftier with shutters painted the same color.

Beach Cottage PorchPhoto by Glenn Layton Homes


This summer beauty looks so enchanting all lit up at night. All that’s missing are the fireflies!

Beach Cottage at NightPhoto by Good Architecture, PC


Cottages emanate a charm all their own. I love the matching French doors on this house.

Seaside cottagePhoto by Timeless Homes


Want to see more summer cottages? You might want to flip through some of these books:


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


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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’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!

  3. 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.


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