When it comes to modern-day life, it seems as though just about everything needs to be as big and flashy as possible… But does that mean that big is best?

If you’re currently considering swapping out busy life in the city for something a little more idyllic – then cottage living might just be the lifestyle switch for you, and we’re here to help you decide if it’s the right option for you!

Here at Today’s Cottage Living, we are obviously biased on the advantages of living in a cottage, even if it’s only for part of the year, but is it for you?

advantages of living in a cottage

In order to help you make the most well-informed choice about whether or not the cottage lifestyle will be ideal for you, this article is going to be talking you through some of the main benefits you can expect to experience from making a quaint little cottage your new home.

Plus, besides talking you through all of the main benefits you can expect to get from your new cottage life, we’re also going to be keeping it real and talking you through some of the negatives you might find yourself encountering, too.

So, ready to decide whether or not a life in the cottage will be the best move for you and your family? Let’s jump right in!

7 Advantages of Living in a Cottage

First things first, we’re going to be kicking this article off with all of the amazing benefits that you can expect to experience by moving to live in a cute cottage away from the busy life of the city!

To make things easier, we’ve broken down each benefit below so that you can read through them easily – let’s check them out:

Benefit #1: Encourages Togetherness

One of the biggest benefits you can expect to get from living in a cottage is an increased sense of togetherness and quality time with your loved ones and family.

As cottages are traditionally small, it means that they’re known for being super cozy – and what better time to curl up and enjoy time with your loved ones than in a relaxing and inviting cottage ambiance?

Unlike in large, modern-day homes where most members of the family will have their own spaces to go off to, cottages are typically far smaller, which means that the quaint interior space of a cottage will encourage you and your other family members to congregate in one space and spend time together.

Benefit #2: Makes Life More Simplistic

Believe it or not, deciding to move into a cottage can help to add simplicity to your life that you might never have had before.

By escaping from the crazy hecticness of everyday life (whether you live in a city or even on the outskirts of one) and moving into a cottage, you will be encouraged to engage in a slower, more simplistic lifestyle that will allow you to enjoy the little things rather than get caught up in the stress of everyday life.

Benefit #3: Less Costly to Upkeep

Unlike larger homes which come with the additions of large roofs, big rooms, plenty of flooring, and much more – cottages are great because they often tend to come in a far smaller size than most modern homes!

Thanks to that, it means that when those maintenance bills inevitably come around for one reason or another, you’re likely going to find that they aren’t going to break the bank.

Benefit #4: More Privacy

This one should come as no surprise, but another advantage of opting to move into a cottage is an increased sense of privacy, so it’s a great move for those who are wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of life… as well as prying eyes!

Cottage owners will be able to enjoy a slow-paced lifestyle with the freedom to relax and unwind in their own space without unwanted visitors, loud neighbors, or noisy streets.

Residential Cottage with Couryard
Residential Cottage with Courtyard

Benefit #5: Relaxing

We’re sure that you’ll already be well aware of this one, but deciding to move to the cottage will be able to provide you with a heightened sense of relaxation and well-being that you would likely never be able to achieve by living in a hectic city or busy suburb.

From the spacious countryside that your cottage will be in, to the cozy atmosphere of your cottage’s interior – you will find yourself experiencing a heightened sense of comfort, well-being, and relaxation – so don’t be surprised if you find yourself treating your cottage more like a sanctuary.

You’ll love unwinding in your cottage at the end of a long day!

Benefit #6: Increased Feelings of Security

Due to the smaller sizes of cottages, it is highly likely that you’re going to feel an increased sense of security while you are in your cottage – especially if you are the type of person who finds large spaces (such as a larger home) unsettling to be in.

Benefit #7: Lower Operating Costs

Cottage property taxes are generally lower than a home in the city, although you’re likely not enjoying the same services such as garbage pickup and municipal water/septic services.

But at the end of the day, when I compare the annual cost of taxes and municipal services between my home in the city, my cottage taxes are about half the price of my home, and my water is free (we’re on a well) and our septic system has been maintenance free for over 30-years.

However, if I had to pay a contractor or handyman to do all of the maintenance and upkeep around our cottage, our (newish) home in the city would look like a maintenance bargain. But for me, cottage upkeep/repairs and minor renovations are all part of the experience.

You’ll have to do the math to make an accurate comparison. But at the end of the day, if you and your family find personal satisfaction in rolling up your sleeves to keep your prized possession in good shape, you may find cottage living is going to put money in your pocket – until you buy that new boat!

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Cottage Living: Drawbacks

So, now that we talked you through all of the main benefits that you can expect to get from moving into a cottage, we are now going to be sharing with you some of the main drawbacks that you can expect to experience.

There aren’t too many of these, but we still think it’s a good idea to share them with you so that you can have a clearer understanding of whether or not moving into a cottage is the right choice for you, your family, and your current circumstances:

You might find yourself feeling secluded living in a cottage, which is something to think about. You might be at a distance from emergency services, shops and more.

Depending on the location of your cottage, you might feel lonely.
If you are moving to a traditional-style, old cottage, maintenance bills might be more expensive than expected.

Greg Jones

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