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

 

Beachcomber 

 

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

 

 Hollyhaven

 

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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Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!

 

Before you leave for your vacation home make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I pay for World Nomads, and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance if you’ll be away for more than a few days. 

 

I have been a paying customer of World Nomads for travel insurance for two years, and I happily recommend them.  If you get sick, injured, or have your stuff stolen, you’ll be happy to have the ability to pay for your medical bills or replace what’s stolen or broken.

 

 

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