Things We Love: Ivy

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From magic spells to princes in disguise, no fairy tale is complete without an enchanted castle. And while bigger isn’t always better when it comes to these dreamy cottages, the more ivy-covered the walls, the more charming the feel. I know the princess is supposed to move to the palace, but, quite honestly, I think I’d rather live in one of these.
my ideal home
What a lovely spot for a garden party on a pretty day.
The Steward
This is how I’ve always pictured Wuthering Heights. Beautiful and enchanted, but aged and with a bit of mystery hanging in the air.
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I love this one because it feels like it could be right down the street, not (for us) an entire country away. Ivy or no, stone is just so charming.
dream a little dream

This is perhaps my favorite. It looks like the perfect little getaway in the English countryside. 

my ideal home

I wish I was having my morning tea at The Cottage Tearooms this morning instead of in my office.

life of polarn per
Now this is a pool house. And a pool. Simply divine.
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This is where I picture Prince William and Kate Middleton living right now, picking vegetables from their organic garden.

Youre left I’m right

Or maybe the scale of this one is more on par. Not a bad place to play house.

The Steward

Croquet is not one of my best sports, but I think if I was going to take it up this would be the place for it.

 Simply love this look!

The Steward
Yes, the ivy is incredible, but have you ever seen anything like those doors? They’re so imposing and glamorous. We hope you all have a very glamorous day! Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. Jealousy! Those homes are truly beautiful!

  2. What a dreamy collection of images, I love all of those houses. Though my favorite is the same as yours. I would always want the cozier, smaller one. I just finished reading “Howards End” by E.M. Forster, and many of these houses remind me of the house at the center of that book.

  3. Gorgeous! The ivy justs ads a little extra romance, I think!

  4. Beautiful. Ivy is so pretty and adds such a special touch. I could live in any of them!

  5. Thank you for posting this. It brought back memories because my mother always had ivy running near the doors and beyond. I have just rooted 6 plants and intend on using it myself.
    Have a great day.

  6. Oh, those are amazing images. I really can’t decide which I love more but enjoyed the tour!

  7. I love it! Growing up we had a neighbor that had ivy growing all over their house and I remember it was so pretty until they decided to take it all off due to “bugs” What a shame. I still can’t help but take pictures of little garages or anything with ivy growing over it. So pretty.

  8. ivy around cottages is so timeless. i love it, but am too afraid to grow it anywhere. maybe if I had a cottage like one of the ones listed above… :)

  9. I could just live forever in any of these photos! So gorgeous. I love the pic of the people lounging in the pool especially! xx

  10. If this doesn’t make a lover out of someone not already in love with ivy climbing the facades of homes then I don’t know what will. Absolutly spectacular! My jaw was dropping…I am like you..the more ivy the better and forget the palace-give up those cold drafty drawing rooms for a quaint charming thatched ivy covered cottage!!
    And that pool house from heaven up there…I have died and gone to poolhouse heaven….OMG!!!! Perfecto! Ivy rules!!

  11. So beautiful…in my next life I want to live in one of these :) Love it! Such a great post!

    I am going to send you your prize you won in my give-away tomorrow, sorry for the delay, but I have been so busy moving to another house these days :)


  12. I think I would love to live in any of those houses…they are gorgeous!

  13. All of those houses are beyond stunning. But that door is to die for.
    Beautiful post.

  14. We had ivy growing up the back of the house where I grew up. I think the charm of it was one of the reasons my mom fell in love with the house.

  15. These are all just amazing!! The pool house and the last picture of doors are my faves!!! Thanks for stopping by RHS.

  16. Beautiful dreamy homes. Love the look of ivy. I have some growing over an old miners cabin in a corner of my back yard…just love it.

  17. LOVE the little stone cottage with the ivy – and I agree, ivy or not, the stone is just charming! Beautiful images.

  18. Ivy always seems to add the right amount of charm! Love all these lovely images!

  19. Wonderful! I’d love those pretty little stone houses too. Somewhat looking like castles but not too big. Have a gorgeous day, Kellie xx

  20. Gorgeous! I love the pool house shot but they are all amazing…I loved the last few also because they were so grand…really like a fairy tale – so beautiful!

  21. Fantastic collection ~ looks like you have had lots of fun putting this together!

    Even though it is SO bad for the house walls, I am very partial to creeping plants on a building.

    And those black and white doors are insanely fabulous!

  22. I was so hoping you were hosting one of these lovely homes as a give-away. 😉 hahaha. I think living in one is everyone’s dream. It is certainly mine. Thanks for posting.

  23. Beautiful. Makes the home blend with the garden…or perhaps the other way around. Love every photo.

  24. So pretty, just like a fairy tale! Thanks for the post!

  25. You’ve chosen such beautiful photos, I love old houses with ivy, it makes them look like they’ve come out of a dream!

    Agree with you on the doors in the last image – my goodness, very imposing!

    Hope you’re having a lovely week!

    Meera xx

  26. recently added your site to my blog roll nice place to visit. I love creeping fig too have it on my steps and stoop at front door and on the fireplace. Fell in love with it in Charleston but because I live in Greenville, South Carolina south of Asheville by and hour and half I was told it would not grow here- ah but it does. Do you have ivy or fig at your homes?

  27. LOVE these! We have ivy on the front of our house. It looks lovely but it is fast growing and virulent and sometimes I find it growing through the windows inside the house!!

  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog – so glad I found yours! I can’t wait to become a daily reader! xoxo

  29. What beautiful shots with the ivy. I live in a big old English, ivy covered house. The one that you wanted to live in is my favourite too and I would enjoy tea all the more in those lovely tearooms :) – Melissa

  30. So pretty, what is it about ivy that just ‘makes’ the exterior?! It almost feels like it’s a big organic hug!!

  31. simply gorgeous these really are out of a fairytail. love that pool & pool huse ( a girl can dream)

  32. Could it possibly get more ‘English’ than this? I doubt it:)! Simply charming and wonderful!!!
    Oh, and the dutch doors were amusing too. Lots of lovely images, think I actuallly enjoyed each and everyone of them all:)!

  33. This may be my favorite post of all you’ve done. I especially like the small and charming cottages. And that pool house! Well, how much more fabulous can you get than that?

  34. Ohhhh simply beautiful! I’m in love with that tea room!

  35. so lovely, i’m working on a structure for ivy to grow in my backyard. thanks for the inspiration!

  36. Large or small….all of these homes scream charm, charm and more charm! Fit for a Prince Charming and his blushing bride!

    xo Elizabeth

  37. These are all so beautiful! I adore the traditional English style homes; you have me dreaming of an escape to the country! xo

  38. So nice of you to stop by today, I hope you enjoy the deviled eggs, they are yummy!

    My favorite is the home with the eyebrow entry! I just love it!

    Please stop by when you have a moment, we love company and new Followers are always welcome! I enjoyed my visit today!

  39. wow, love your images, especially the english cottages and tea rooms.

    so now i am asking myself “where have i been?” after you commented on my england post i just had to come and visit. LOVE your blog and will be back

    nice to meet you both

  40. How happy I am that you found my blog, but above all because you left me a comment:).

    Really like your blog, so beautiful images in my style:). The houses or rather the mansions you show today is just fantastic!

    xo Maria

  41. totally my style. How I love it.Thanks for sharing

  42. Gorgeous!! I love stone houses, they are so charming. And the ivy is the icing on the cake. Only thing I know is a problem with Ivy, is that rats climb in them, and often into the windows (so I’ve heard). But honestly, that wouldn’t stop me from planting ivy if I lived in a stone or brick house =) Could always get a cat!

    xo Linda

  43. Lovely post! I wanted to start growing ivy on our brick house but the’ experts’ told me it would rot the bricks- the houses in your pics look like they’ve been there (and stable!) for decades! I love an ivy wall!

  44. SImply divine! We must be thinking of the same things as I had wild, rambling ivy on the mind on Weds – perhaps you would enjoy that post 😉 Ivy has such an untamed, English moor look about it – it completely gives a building a sense of permanence that can’t be faked. I love the romantic idea of a beautiful abandoned house almost completely overtaken by ivy and rambling roses. And totally agree with you, so very storybook 😉 Really enjoyed this post

  45. i am obsessed with ivy!!!
    i love this post!!!!

  46. Oh my. I just love these homes. I think ivy looks so gorgeous on them!

  47. I am crazy for ivy and roses both clambering up a stone wall. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Loved, loved this post.

  48. Gorgeous homes! I love how the ivy makes them all seem so inviting and cozy.

  49. Oh these are all so beautiful and I so love ivy! These are enchanted indeed!!!! Gorgeous post and thanks for stopping by!
    best wishes

  50. Thank you for cheering my day with all the eye candy! Have a great wknd!

  51. Excellent post. I would love to own a stone house just to cover it in ivy.

    P.S. I can’t believe I was not one of your followers until now.

  52. Love them all! Would love an English country home to escape to (covered in luscious ivy, of course!). xx, Laura

    In Good Taste

  53. Those place are the sweetest place to have a date especially the one with a swimming pool.

  54. Brooksley says:

    Hi there! Beautiful homes! Do you happen to know where the “You’re right, I’m left” home is located? The larger version for William & Kate? England? Georgia? I can’t seem to find a reference. Thanks so much! Brooksley

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