Cottage orné

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An example of the Cottage orné: The Hermitage (Hanwell).

Cottage orné[1] or decorated cottage, dates back to a movement of 'rustic' stylised cottages of the late 18th and early 19th century. English Heritage define the term as "A rustic building of picturesque design."[2]

In the United Kingdom they are often referred to as "chocolate box" due to their frequent depiction on boxes of chocolates. These often feature well-shaped thatch roofs with ornate timberwork. In the United States the style was exemplified by the use of rustic motifs with a picturesque use of lattice/trellis, fancy scrollsaw work, and lightweight porch supports.

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  1. ^ From the masculine French noun le cottage (Larousse French Dictionary) from the English word "Cottage", from the ancient French word cote, "a cabin". Used in modern French to denote "une petite maison de campagne rustique et elegante"
  2. ^ "Thesaurus". English Heritage. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 


  • Lyall, S. (1988), Dream Cottages: From Cottage Ornée to Stockbroker Tudor. 200 years of the Cult of the Vernacular. Hale, London.

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