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16 Quaint Cottage Rentals in the U.S.

A cottage may be a small, simple home, but the best tend to provide a cozy ambiance, often in a tranquil, storybook kind of setting. Whether you’re looking for a magical retreat in the woods, nestled in an enchanting garden, or by the sea, cottage rentals can provide the perfect place to unwind, destress, and perhaps enjoy a bit of romance too. Among these rentals, from the exotic shores of Kauai to the wilds of Maine, you’re sure to find the ideal pick.

The Snug Cottage - South Kingstown, Rhode Island The Snug Cottage
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The Snug Cottage - South Kingstown, Rhode Island

The Snug Cottage offers a charming, romantic space for two. It not only has an adorable name but it’s tucked into a sleepy fishing neighborhood within walking distance to harborside dining and fabulously fresh local seafood that can be purchased straight from the docks. A half-dozen beaches and award-winning eateries can easily be reached by bike too. After a day on the sand, you’ll have an outdoor shower for rinsing off along with plenty of other great amenities like a grill and an HDTV with cable.

Lil Bird Cottage - Cannon Beach, Oregon Lil Bird Cottage
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Lil Bird Cottage - Cannon Beach, Oregon

The Lil Bird Cottage offers an enchanting base for exploring the many delights of Cannon Beach, from the fun shops and galleries in town to the long stretch of sands along the Pacific where iconic Haystack Rock is battered by the waves. It even has a quintessential white picket fence and a porch where you can sip your morning coffee while enjoying the garden view. There’s also a deck with a bistro set and BBQ grill along with a picnic table, providing plenty of space for alfresco dining or just relaxing outdoors. Inside, there are two bedrooms, accommodating up to four, along with a well-stocked galley kitchen, a TV, gas fireplace and a clawfoot tub in one of the two bathrooms.

English Cottage in the Ozarks - Harrison, Arkansas English Cottage in the Ozarks
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English Cottage in the Ozarks - Harrison, Arkansas

Located on the Missouri-Arkansas border in the northwestern region of Arkansas, this English-style stone cottage near the Buffalo River looks like something out of a storybook. It even comes with a lilypad-filled pond and beautifully manicured gardens. A one-bedroom rental for two, you’ll have a full kitchen, a BBQ grill with propane supplied and a fire pit with firewood included too, ideal for snuggling up next to under the stars. All of the usual comforts are included too, like a full kitchen, Wi-Fi and cable TV.

La Jolla Shores Redwood Beach Cottage - San Diego, California La Jolla Shores Redwood Beach Cottage, San Diego
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La Jolla Shores Redwood Beach Cottage - San Diego, California

A one-bedroom cottage sleeping up to three, this La Jolla rental is just three blocks from La Jolla Shores beach, about a 20-minute drive north of downtown San Diego. It’s the perfect place to learn to surf, known for its gentle waves, while the sand stretches far and wide, providing plenty of room for all types of beach fun. The cottage itself includes a serene backyard with an outdoor shower, hot tub, and patio along with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.

Bask in the Tranquil Courtyard of Bywater Guest House - New Orleans, Louisiana Bask in the Tranquil Courtyard of Bywater Guest House
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Bask in the Tranquil Courtyard of Bywater Guest House - New Orleans, Louisiana

This colorful Creole-style cottage for two perfectly complements a New Orleans stay and comes complete with a lovely outdoor garden and patio. The friendly host has provided sound machines and earplugs to ensure a peaceful night’s rest while the wooden shutters can be opened to let in plenty of light or shut to provide a dark cocoon for sleep. It includes a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, TV, and a washer/dryer too.

Romantic Garden Cottage with View & Pool - Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii Romantic Garden Cottage with View & Pool
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Romantic Garden Cottage with View & Pool - Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii

Nestled among a garden paradise on a one-acre property along the Wainiha River in northern Kauai, this romantic cottage provides the ultimate retreat for couples. Set atop a bluff, it offers awe-inspiring views, while some of the island’s best beaches are just a short drive away. After exploring, you can come back and swim in your own private pool and enjoy memorable soaks in the hot tub under a canopy of stars. It includes a full kitchen, washer/dryer, TV, and Wi-Fi too.

1-Bedroom Beach Cottage with Gulf Views - Bradenton Beach, Florida 1-Bedroom Beach Cottage with Gulf Views
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1-Bedroom Beach Cottage with Gulf Views - Bradenton Beach, Florida

Pack your bags and head to this charming beach cottage on Florida’s Anna Maria Island. Located in Bradenton Beach, it is just steps from the beach and features a shared outdoor pool and deck area with a BBQ grill and chaise loungers. Enjoy Gulf views from the cottage, which also includes a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities and is within walking distance of local restaurants. Beach chairs and towels are complimentary.

Cozy Coastal Cottage With Sprawling Sea Views - Yarmouth, Massachusetts Cozy Coastal Cottage With Sprawling Sea Views
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Cozy Coastal Cottage With Sprawling Sea Views - Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Look forward to endless ocean views, kayaking, swimming and biking from this coastal cottage on Cape Cod. It has a lovely large deck with zero gravity chairs where you can sip wine while watching amazing sunsets, while Nantucket Sound and Colonial Acres Beach are just out your door.

Garden Cottage, Heart of Lopez Village - Lopez Island, Wsahington Garden Cottage, Lopez Island, Washington
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Garden Cottage, Heart of Lopez Village - Lopez Island, Wsahington

This postcard-perfect cottage oozes romance, surrounded by gardens in the heart of Lopez Village on Lopez Island, just off Washington’s coast in the San Juan Island archipelago. It’s a magical escape in a tranquil setting where the silence is only broken by the songs of the birds. You’ll have a comfy bed with down pillows, an outdoor deck for relaxing among nature, a BBQ grill and a SmartTV with Netflix and Pandora too.

Barn-Style Cottage - Summerville, South Carolina Barn-Style Cottage in Downtown Historic Summerville
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Barn-Style Cottage - Summerville, South Carolina

Enjoy plenty of southern charm and warm hospitality at this barn-style cottage in Summerville, known for its millions of colorful blossoms in the spring found throughout public and private gardens, leading to its nickname, “The Flower Town in the Pines.” The cottage has many features resembling old eclectic barns, with a fantastic kitchen, a TV with Netflix, a laundry room, a water trough tub with a rainfall showerhead, and enticing outdoor space.

Cactus Jax Cottage - Joshua Tree, California Cactus Jax Cottage – Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Cactus Jax Cottage - Joshua Tree, California

Located just a short walk from the shops and restaurants in the charming village of Joshua Tree near the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, you’ll look forward to returning to this cottage after a day of exploring, with its fabulous outdoor space that includes a hammock, a farm table, and a fire pit. It sleeps up to four in two bedrooms and comes with fast Wi-Fi and a 55″ HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Fire TV, HBO Max, Hulu and Netflix. You’ll have a modern kitchen that makes meal preparation easy and a washer/dryer too.

Cozy Lake Front Cottage on Lake Weir with White Sandy Beach - Ocklawaha, Florida Cozy Lakefront Cottage on Lake Weir with White Sandy Beach
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Cozy Lake Front Cottage on Lake Weir with White Sandy Beach - Ocklawaha, Florida

A spacious four-bedroom lakefront cottage for as many as 11 guests, this rental offers a gorgeous view of East Lake Weir from the covered screen porch along with many extras for outdoor fun. It comes with a kayak and paddleboard, a corn hole toss game for some friendly competition and two hammocks for napping afterward. On the back patio, there’s a gas grill for cookouts while enjoying the colorful sunsets over the lake.

The Bluff, Idyllic Cottage on Mt. Desert Island - Tremont, Maine The Bluff, Idyllic Cottage on Mt. Desert Island
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The Bluff, Idyllic Cottage on Mt. Desert Island - Tremont, Maine

The Bluff is an oceanfront cottage tucked among balsam firs on Mt. Desert Island, the largest island off the coast of Maine. The highlight is the furnished deck which runs the entire length of the cottage, providing fantastic outdoor living space in an ideal spot for watching the local wildlife, from bald eagles and peregrine falcons to deer. With a lack of light pollution, stargazing is incredible after dark too. You’ll have a gas grill for cookouts and if you catch or pick up some of the state’s famously delicious lobster, the kitchen has everything you need to prepare it.

Charming Beachfront, Walk to Restaurants & State Park - Manasota Key, Florida Beachfront Cottage, Manasota Key
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Charming Beachfront, Walk to Restaurants & State Park - Manasota Key, Florida

Located on Manasota Key, an 11-mile barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, just steps from Stump Pass State Park where shark teeth and seashells often wash up, this beachfront cottage provides a cozy escape for two right on the sand. Look forward to breathtaking ocean views and watching the dolphins leap from the surf. It’s a laid-back retreat surrounded by tranquility with no traffic lights or crowds while providing all you need while shops, restaurants and boat rentals are within walking distance.

Stunning Ocean Views, Stairs to Beach - Plymouth, Massachusetts Stunning ocean views, stairs down to the beach
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Stunning Ocean Views, Stairs to Beach - Plymouth, Massachusetts

You can’t get much closer to the beach than with a stay in this oceanfront cottage, offering direct access to White Horse Beach right from the deck, the perfect spot to watch glorious sunrises every morning while enjoying your coffee. With the water just steps away, enjoy swimming in the Atlantic and whale watching in the summer. Evenings can be spent around a bonfire. Up to five can be accommodated in two bedrooms, including one with bunk beds for the kids, and you’ll have all the comforts of home from a full kitchen and a gas grill for cookouts to cable TV, Wi-Fi, and a washer/dryer. Of course, you’ll probably spend a lot of your time outside, but panoramic views can be enjoyed from inside with wrap-around windows.

Secluded Oceanfront Beach Cottage and Private Cove - Gualala, California Secluded Oceanfront Beach Cottage
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Secluded Oceanfront Beach Cottage and Private Cove - Gualala, California

This secluded oceanfront cottage sits on a 10-acre property in one of the most beautiful areas of the Northern California coast. It accommodates up to four and comes with beach access to a private cove and breathtaking ocean views. The bubbling hot tub is a definite highlight too. The host also provides some extra special touches, including a welcome bottle of sparkling wine from Mendocino County, locally roasted coffee, fresh free-range chicken eggs, and cooking basics like organic cooking oils and all of the essential spices. An HDTV with premium cable and multiple streaming options such as Roku, Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime Video are included too.

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