Six Cottagecore Homes for Sale to live the rural lifestyle of your dreams


If you haven’t heard of the term cottagecore, you probably haven’t spent enough time on Instagram or Pinterest.

Cottagecore is an aesthetic that celebrates the rural lifestyle with activities like farming, baking, pottery, and gardening.

The trend, often referred to as some form of escapism, came alive in 2020 when edible gardens and sourdough starter kits became staples for lockdown life.

If you are looking for a cozy homestead, Australia is the place for you.

Richmond, TAS

23a Franklin Street, Richmond TAS 7025

About 20 minutes north of Hobart, the terracotta Mulberry Cottage has stood since about 1830 with a sandstone wall that reuses the old stone from Hobart’s former prison.

Under the canopy of a mulberry tree, three separate apartments are hidden on the single title. The main house has two wings connected by an atrium and there are two other detached cottages: Reid’s Cottage and Valley View Cottage.

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The house was used as a bed and breakfast and breakfast is served at Reid’s Cottage.

There is an option to continue business or to close the store and keep the serenity to yourself.

Trentham, VIC

14 Park Street, Trentham VIC 3458

14 Park Street, Trentham VIC 3458

The wisteria-wrapped Morris Cottage and the smaller Garden Guest Cottage are located between Ballarat and Melbourne and offer the perfect country retreat without sacrificing comfort.

Built in 1896 by William and Lucy Morris, the property consists of two detached Victorian cottages, one of which was previously a mining tool shed. Now it can be used as a separate accommodation and comfortably fits two people.

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An artistic renovation has enhanced the rural charm. A spacious porch, wood burning stove, wood burning stove, and mud room add to the coveted cottage core aesthetic.

Outside there is a flower shed, boxed vegetable garden, berries, apple trees and a chicken coop.

Goolwa, SA

12 Brooking Street, Goolwa SA 5214

12 Brooking Street, Goolwa SA 5214

Steeped in history, Captain Ritchie’s Cottage south of Adelaide is a delightful Australian twist on traditional cottages.

It was built in 1865 by river boat captain Adam Johnston using the wood from the hull of a ship that was later clad in limestone.

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The hallways are lined with British oak pulled from the lining of a 19th-century shipwreck, and there are six original fireplaces with working chimneys.

Separated from the main residence there is an outdoor kitchen with 1865 fittings and a hay barn. You will also find apple, lemon, orange, cherry, peach and pear fruit trees as well as a 100 year old olive tree.

Cygnet, TAS

5 Smith Street, Cygnet TAS 7112

5 Smith Street, Cygnet TAS 7112

Tasmania is ripe for cottage hunting, and this house in the Huon Valley south of Hobart is no exception.

This stone house is surrounded by lush, well-tended gardens and offers garden views from every room. Those who are obsessed with plants will love the heated greenhouse, an array of storage sheds, and carefully considered garden seating.

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The house itself is a small, cozy three bedroom home that is soaked in sunlight. A bright lemon-yellow front door, a red back door and a red kitchen rear wall give an already characterful house more charm.

Exeter, NSW

9 Middle Road, Exeter NSW 2579

9 Middle Road, Exeter NSW 2579

If you are a fan of a rural lifestyle but are not ready to forego modern comforts, this house in the southern highlands could meet the criteria.

The Poppy Cottage weather board has been artistically upgraded and expanded without affecting the original apartment.

Charming features include pressed metal ceilings, polished wood floors, and a vine-covered pergola.

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An elegant, modern kitchen and renovated bathrooms with travertine floors add a contemporary touch. For the real cottage core experience, there is an outdoor open fireplace near the pergola.

Northmead, NSW

64 Windsor Road, Northmead NSW 2152

64 Windsor Road, Northmead NSW 2152

Once home to the manager of Darling Grain Mill, this cottage in west Sydney was built in 1850.

Since then, a spacious addition has taken the house to another level with new carpeting, paint, and freshly polished floors.

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There is a large garden with a cedar studio, three garden houses and a wraparound porch. A teeming garden with jacarandas, hydrangeas, roses, fruit trees and an established kitchen herb garden seals the deal.