101 Charming Cottage Names for Your Family Retreat or Vacation Rental

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Wondering what to name your cottage? Here are my favorite cottage names from historic to charming to funny cottage names, and everything in between!


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The Best Cottage Names

I’ve separated these into different types of names for cottages, plus a glossary so you can put together your own. 


Common Cottage Names


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Pineview Lodge


Moss Manor


Rabbit Hill


Moose Tracks Inn


Lavender Haven


Crested View


Hollyhock House


The Hideaway


Moonlight Trail


Eagle Run


The Whiskey Way Inn 



Quirky Cottage Names 10


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Deerfield Bottom


Huckleberry Retreat


Salt Water Way


The Wayfarer


Gray Whale Watch


Hawk Hideout


The Fox Den


The Overlook


Wanderlust Lookout


Wildhorse Gulch



Cute Cottage Names 


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The Bunny Barn


Pony Place


Little Cub Cottage


Chickadee Corner


Scout on the Water



Cottage Name Puns


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Made for the Shade


Shore Thing


Snake Shack


Lucky Farms


Peace A Hut


Son of a Beech


Lochs of Love


The Cleans Lake


Fiddler on the Reef


Wish Upon a Starling



Funny Cottage Names


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Life’s a Hoot


The King of the Hill


The Cottage Cheese


My Last Resort


My Old Man



Creepy Cottage Names


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Hell’s Mouth


Hidden Hedges


Crow Cottage


The Garden at Midnight


Hemlock Manner



Lake Cottage Names


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Lakeview Cottage


The Dockside Inn


Lakehaven House


The Boathouse


Water’s Edge Estate



Beach Cottage Names


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Seaside Cottage




Cliff Haven


Sea Point Place


The Cozy Coastal 


Need more ideas? Check out this list of over one hundred beach house names.



Irish Cottage Names


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Abbey View


Páirc Lodge (Park Lodge)


Aisling House (Dream Vision House)


Drom Aluinn (Beautiful Mountain)


Glen Haven House



Scottish Cottage Names


UK - Scotland - Highlands - Two sheep walking on street in Scotland


An Teallach (The Fireplace)


Monkwood House




Sealladh Loch (Lake View)


Rams Cottage



English Cottage Names


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Woodlands Cottage


The Croft


Yew Tree Cottage


The Orchard House


The Nook



Swedish Cottage Names


Sweden Cottage Names


Attefalls (a small cabin or cottage less than 320 square meters)


Kolonistuga (a summer cottage)


Stuga (a small house)


Hytt (hut)


Kabin (cabin)



French Cottage Names


Valensole lavender fields, Provence, France


A De La Colline (Side of the Hill)


Chez Recoin (Our Nook)


Notre Maison (Our Home)


Haute Vue (High View)


Belle Vue (Beautiful View)



American Cottage Names


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The Lincoln Lodge


Huckleberry Place


The Eagle’s Nest


Pineview Manor


Rockies Road



Canadian Cottage Names


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Slopeside Chalet


Lakeview Cabin


Hawk Hill 


Moose Tracks


Rocky Views



Welsh Cottage Names


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Awel-deg Cottage (Beautiful Breeze)


Gelli Aur Cottage (Golden Grove)


Cuddfan Cottage (The Hiding Place)


Galwad-y-môr Cottage (The Call of the Sea)


Murmur-y-coed Cottage (The Murmur of the Trees)



Yorkshire Cottage Names


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Albion Cottage


Granary Cottage


Waverly Cottage


Marsh Cottage


Dobbin Cottage



Cottage Glossary: How to Make Your Own Cottage Name


Here is a list of nature, oceanic, nautical words plus some good descriptions and architectural terms that you can mix and match. Feel free to suggest more words for this list in the comments at the end of this post!


A: Abode, Adventure, Ahoy, Albacore, Albatross, Algae, Amethyst, Anchor, Anchovie, Angelfish, Apartment, Aqua, Asea, Ash, Ashore, Aspen, Astonish, Astonishing, Atlantic, Atlas, Auk, Auklet, Avenue, Away, Azure


B: Banana, Barefoot, Barn, Barnacle, Barracuda, Bay, Bayfront, Bayside, Bayview, Baywater, Beach, Beachcast, Beachcomber, Beaches, Beachfront, Beachy, Bear, Beaver, Beech, Bend, Bikini, Birch, Bird, Birdie, Blackbird, Blackpool, Blacktop, Bleau de France, Bliss, Blue, Blue Fin, Blue Jay, Boardwalk, Boat, Bobcat, Bottom, Breakwater, Breakwaters, Breeze, Bronze, Brother, Brothers, Buddy, Buddies, Bumblebee, Bungalow, Butte, Butterfly


C: Cabana, Cabin, Call, Calm, Camp, Campfire, Canary, Candle, Canoe, Canteen, Cape, Capricorn, Captain, Cardinal, Catch, Caye, Cedar, Cerulean, Cherry, Chrystal, Chickadee, Chipmunk, Clam, Cliff, Cliffs, Cliffside, Climb, Cloud, Clouds, Cloudy, Coach, Coach House, Coast, Coastal, Cobalt, Coconut, Cod, Compass, Conch, Condo, Coral, Cormorant, Corner, Cot, Cottage, Country, Countryside, Cove, Coyote, Crab, Crest, Crested, Crimson, Croft, Crow, Current, Curve, Cuttlefish, Cyan


D: Daffodil, Dandelion, Deep, Deepend, Deer, Delight, Desert, Destination, Detour, Dip, Discover, Discovery, Dock, Dockside, Dogfish, Dolphin, Dory, Dove, Drift, Driftwood, Duchess, Duck, Dune, Dwell, Dwelling


E: Eastern, Ebb, Eel, Egret, Egyptian Blue, Emerald, Escape, Estate, Evening, Evening Star, Evergreen


F: Fair, Fairview, Family, Fantasy, Fin, Finch, Fire, Firs, Fish, Fisherman, Fishing, Flashlight, Flamingo, Flies, Flip-Flop, Flounder, Flow, Fly, Flying Fish, Flyover, Footprint, Forest, Friend, Friendly, Friendship, Fun


G: Gable, Gables, Garnet, Gather, Geography, Glass, Glassy, Glen, Go, Gold, Golden, Goldfinch, Goose, Gone, Grass, Great, Green, Greenacres, Greenery, Grouper, Grove, Gulf, Gull


H: Hammock, Harbor, Harborside, Harborview, Haven, Hawk, Hearth, Heat, Heather, Heaven, Heavens, Hermit, Heron, Herring, Hide, Hideaway, Hideout, Hiding, High, Highfield, High Tide, Hill, Hillcrest, Hillock, Hills, Hillside, Hilltop, Hike, Holiday, Hollies, Holly, Hollyhock, Home, Honey, Honeysuckle, Hope, Horseshoe Crab, Hotel, Hummingbird, Hurricane, Hut


I: Iguana, Indigo, Island, Isle, Ivory, Ivy


J: Jade, Jellyfish, Jetty, John Dory, Jungle 


K: Kayak, Keen, Keep, Kelly, Kelp, Kindling, King, Kingfisher, Kinglet, Kiss, Kit, Kite, Kites, Kits, Knapsack, Knife, Krill


L: Lagoon, Laguna, Lake, Lakeshore, Lantern, Lattitude, Laurel, Lavender, Lemon, Light, Lighthouse, Lilac, Lily, Lime, Little, Lionfish, Lobster, Lodge, Log, Loggerhead, Lookout, Love


M: Mackerel, Magic, Mahi-Mahi, Mallard, Manor, Manta Ray, Map, Maple, Mapping, Maps, Marine, Maritime, Marshmallows, Mauve, Maverick, Maya Blue, Meadow, Meadows, Migration, Mill, Mint, Mirror, Mockingbird, Mollusc, Monsoon, Moon, Moose, Morning, Morningstar, Moss, Mount, Mountain, Mountains, Murmur, Murmuring, Mussel


N: Nantucket, Narwahl, National, Nature, Natural, Nautical, Nautilus, Navigate, Navigator, Needles, Needle Fish, Nemo, Nest, Night, Nightengale, Nightime, Nook, Northern


O: Oak, Oaklands, Oar, Ocean, Oceanfront, Oceangrass, Oceanside, Oceanview, Oceanward, Octopus, Odyssey, Old, Olive, Open, Orange, Orca, Orchard, Orchid, Otter, Outdoors, Outside, Overlook, Overlooking, Overnight, Oyster


P: Pacific, Paddle, Palm, Panther, Paradise, Park, Passport, Patch, Path, Pave, Peace, Peach, Pearl, Pebble, Pelican, Penguin, Peninsula, Penthouse, Perch, Periwinkle, Petrel, Picture, Picturing, Pier, Pigeon, Pine, Pinecone, Pine Needles, Pinetree, Pinetrees, Pineapple, Pirate, Place, Plankton, Pleasure, Plum, Point, Pointe, Porcupine, Porpoise, Port, Post, Prarie, Prawn, Primrose, Prion, Prince, Princess, Promenade, Pufferfish, Puffin, Purple


Q: Queen, Queenbird, Quest, Quicksilver, Quiet, Quill


R: Raccon, Rain, Ram, Ramshead, Ranger, Ray, Razorbill, Rectory, Red, Reef, Reel, Relax, Remote, Resort, Rest, Retreat, Return, Revelation, Ring Road, Riptide, River, Riverside, Riverview, Riviera, Road, Romantic, Rope, Rose, Route, Ruby, Run, Russian Blue


S: Safe, Safety, Sage, Sail, Salt, Saltwater, Salty, Sand, Sandbank, Sandbar, Sandbox, Sandcastle, Sandollar, Sand Dune, Sander, Sandpiper, Sandshoe, Sandspit, Sandstone, Sandstorm, Sandy, Sangria, Sapphire, Sardine, Scallop, Scarlet, Scenery, School, Scoter, Scooter, Sea, Seabeach, Seaborne, Seadog, Seafloor, Seaglass, Seagrass, Seagull, Seahorse, Seal, Sealion, Seamark, Seascape, Seashell, Seashore, Seaside, Sea Star, Sea Turtle, Sea Urchin, Seaview, Seaward, Seaweed,  Secret, Secrets, Serpent, Seven, Seven Seas, Shack, Shark, Shearwater, Shell, Ship, Shipwreck, Shipwrecked, Shoal, Shore, Shorefront, Shoreline, Shores, Shoreview, Shrimp, Silver, Sister, Sisters, Skim, Skimmer, Snail, Snapper, Solar, Southern, Spanish Blue, Spice, Sponge, Spruce, Squid, Squirrel, Stables, Starboard, Star, Starfish, Starling, Stars, Stingray, Stone, Storm, Submarine, Sugar, Sugarcube, Sugar Maple, Suit, Summer, Sun, Sunbath, Sunbathers, Sundown, Sundowner, Sunfish, Sunflower, Sunny, Sunnyside, Sunscreen, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunshine, Sunglasses, Surf, Surfboard, Sweet, Swell, Swordfish, Sycamore, Sylvan


T: Tan, Tanned, Tarp, Tarpon, Tea, Teal, Tern, Terrain, Tide, Tide Pool, Tiger Shark, Time, Timing, Toes, Townhouse, Trail, Trailer, Trail Mix, Tranquil, Treasure, Tree, Trees, Trek, Trip, Tropic, Tropical, Trunks, Tsunami, Tuna, Turtle, Tuscan


U: Ultramarine, Umbrella, Unicornfish, Unique, Urchin


V: Vacation, Vale, Valley, Velvet Crab, Vicarage, Violet, Vista, Voyage


W: Walk, Walking, Walrus, Wander, Wandering, Washing, Water, Waterfall, Wave, Waverly, Waves, Water, Waters, Water’s Edge, Wayfarer, Wayfaring, Wayside, Weather, Weekend, Weekender, Western, Whale, Wharf, Whelk, Whisper, Whitewater, Wild, Wilderness, Wildfire, Wildlife, Willow, Willows, Wind, Winds, Wine, Wolf, Wolves, Wood, Woodlands, Woodpecker, Woods, Woodside


X: I can’t think of any, can you? If so, leave it in the comments!


Y: Yearly, Yellow, Yellowfin, Yellowtail, Yew Tree, Yule


Z: Zeal, Zoo



Tips for Naming Your Cottage


Here are some things to keep in mind:


Do use wildlife and geographic terms that make sense for the area. For example, it’s lovely to use the word Cape on a cape, but not if there’s isn’t one around. The same goes for using wildlife terms to reflect the nearby wildlife. 


Don’t use offensive words like Gypsy, Sea Gypsy, etc. Especially if you’re using the name to brand a vacation rental.


Don’t use brand names if you’re naming a commercial property or vacation rental. 


Do combine word types. For example, mix a color with an animal, or an animal with an architectural term. 


Do think of more than I’ve put on this list. The sky is the limit! You can take one off here, or use the words to inspire your unique combination!


Don’t name your cottage something too similar to the homes around yours. You are naming the cottage partially to set it apart and make it easier to locate. 


Do consider using your name. A first name combined with another word is a great option, especially if you can turn it into a pun or use alliteration. 


Do consider getting a sign made or making a sign on your own. This can go outside the house or decorate the entryway or main room.


Don’t feel weird naming your cottage! Whether you need to brand a rental cottage or simply want to add a bit of joy to your family vacation home, every cottage deserves a name!


Don’t overestimate your home’s proximity to water. While a house two blocks from the lake is a lot closer than your house back in the city, don’t name it lake view if you don’t have one! This is especially important if you’re marketing the home for renters. 


Do consider naming your cottage after any purpose it used to serve, like a church or post office.


Do make sure you know what the words mean that you choose. Don’t go off of just how the words sound together!


Don’t use a wood type for a name if the house isn’t made from it or if there aren’t any nearby. A cottage with the word “pine” in the name needs to be either made from pine wood or near pine trees.


Don’t forget to pick something you’ll love! Even if you are naming your cottage for future renters, you’re the one who has to live with it!


Don’t be afraid to change it later if you find you don’t love what you picked. You can rebrand between seasons (just make sure any repeat renters know it’s still you).



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