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July 5, 2013 / Linda Hartong


After 20 years in Carmel, I am still enchanted by the architecture.
Hugh Comstock, inspired by the Fairytale Illustrations of Arthur Rackham, is credited with starting the Fairytale Cottage style in Carmel.

Why do we love this style so? It takes us back to the days when we were children and believed in “happily ever after”, “once upon a time”, magic, tiny cottages inhabited by elves, gnomes, fairies and  Fairy Godmothers who can wave a magic wand.

Recently one of you suggested that a slide show format would be fun to see for a change. ( Actually, she requested fewer words). So here goes.

Click on a song , if you would like a soundtrack. Then click on the first photo and let the show begin.

Hope you enjoy it.


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  1. Barbara H. / Jul 5 2013 10:17 pm

    Oh my word, I’m so impressed that you did this. It was quite wonderful. I do have to say, though, that part of the reason why it was so wonderful is BECAUSE of all the words you’ve written giving the background and information about the Carmel cottages. I’ve been reading / lurking for a while and felt it was time to say a heart felt “Thank you” for all these wonderful cottages and gardens.

  2. Stella / Jul 6 2013 5:32 am

    Thank you so much! I love these cottages

  3. Cyndia / Jul 6 2013 5:33 am

    Wow! That was a lot of work, I’m sure! Will have to wait till I get to my computer to view the slide shows, since I can’t see them on my phone.
    I very much appreciate all the “words”; your descriptions bring all the photos to life for me!
    I will be visiting my daughter in Monterey next month, and I will make sure to take an afternoon to walk the streets of Carmel and enjoy the homes in person!
    Thanks so much for all you do.

  4. Marcia Shortt / Jul 6 2013 6:50 pm

    Hi Linda, Wow, this must be something. For some reason when I click on an image (all wonderful!) it gives a Number of the house or project and then it says that my URL is missing so I can’t open it. What the heck does that mean/ Marcia Shortt

    Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2013 21:42:04 +0000 To:

  5. Isabel Dias / Jul 7 2013 1:54 pm

    Thank you Linda for your hard work. This is a treat for everyone who loves these enchanting cottages. It sure is for me. I never had left a comment, but I do have to tell you that I don’t miss a post from you.
    Thank you very much.

  6. Mara Lindstrom / Jul 8 2013 3:27 am

    Has anyone else with MacBook Pro managed to download Adobe Flash? I am not having any luck with this and would so love to see this slideshow!

  7. Mara Lindstrom / Jul 8 2013 6:55 pm

    Wow! What a treat!
    I’ve started my own IPhoto album of Fairytale Houses for inspiration for my own fairytale house some day. Thanks, Linda!

  8. Carol / Jul 21 2013 12:24 am

    Lovely! I so enjoy your blog, and it was a treat to find my own Liberty House among your slide show of homes. However, I do love reading what you write about your “featured” cottages– perfect words with perfect photographs. And I’ve finally learned the names of so many of the flowers that surround me.

  9. Inspired and pretty / Jul 21 2013 4:26 am

    To see them all reunited in one post is amazing ! These cottages are so unique, there’s a lot of details in each one of them. It’s so impressive ! If I’d walk the streets of Carmel I would feel as if I’d enter in a fairytale ! The cottages, the flowers, the trees, everything is so charming and so original !

  10. lynar / Jun 11 2015 5:12 am

    Thank you so much feel like i’ve been there…lucky I am that I’ve found this site these are my dream house seeing in one click even I’m a million miles away from these..the charm and enchantment I felt whenever I turn a click for another picture..can’t stop myself watching over and over again!!!!

  11. Nancy / Oct 14 2015 1:37 am

    Wonderful! And to think of music with it. Brilliant! I visit Carmel once a year to pet/house sit for a relative and feel like the luckiest person in the world.

  12. Nico / Mar 16 2016 4:11 pm


  13. petiteloulou25 / Mar 20 2016 5:21 pm

    Reblogged this on petiteloulouseverydayadventures and commented:
    My dream! 💖

  14. 1944april / Mar 20 2016 7:56 pm

    Fascinating :-o) the music fitted very well as I scrolled through the pictures – thank you.

  15. Tanja / Mar 22 2016 5:39 pm

    beautiful houses!

  16. Elizabeth Odom / Apr 18 2017 9:39 pm

    Love this! Are there other views? What is the floorplan like?
    Thank you for sharing!

  17. Mishel Little / Oct 29 2017 8:45 am

    All my home ideas in one slide show. Wow!. wow! wow! I love them all. I am so pleased also that you gave the reason why they are so much loved by us. Its true, it does take us back to the the time when we were children and even if our lives were not great, we had a dream in those fairy tail cottages and stories. As you said there was nearly always a “Happy ever after”and I think that is what we all dreamed and hoped for as children, so thank you so much for making me feel warm and fuzzy inside again and showing us the amazing slide show.

  18. Judi Hamilton / Dec 18 2019 12:44 pm

    Linda, what a lovely time strolling through the gates and gardens of so many charming cottages/homes. It felt like meandering down the lanes of a picture perfect village in the Cotswolds of England. Oh to have such an enticing garden of my own to enjoy a good book and a cuppa tea.
    Thank you for a splendid respite from a cold winter in Colorado. 🙂 💐

  19. Deena / Mar 15 2022 5:34 pm

    Enchanting from start to finish! I have memories of vacationing in Carmel, and looking at these beautiful works of art that are actually peoples homes!!!! It brings back the smell of the ocean and walking through the most charming town and the unique shops, and the weather-beaten cypress trees bent into knarled woody shapes.And beating sun that never let’s you feel uncomfortable because the breeze from ocean is all around you! Oops I got carried away! I’ll take any one of the cottages and be enternaly in heaven!!!!!!

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