Cottages are such quintessentially British buildings, evoking images of bucolic days spent outdoors before repairing to the cosy interiors when the sun goes down. Most cottages are lucky enough to occupy a plot of land that allows the owners to run wild with the garden, planting all their favourite blooms, introducing new wildlife and plotting a kitchen garden. Our gallery of cottage gardens shows the best design ideas, from vast meadows to compact - but still lovely - front gardens.

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    No rural English garden is complete without a garden path. The stone walkway leading to Gipsy House, the cottage of the late Roald Dahl, was laid by the author himself. He was assisted in his efforts by a gentle giant of a local builder, Wally Saunders, who provided the inspiration for one of Dahl's most popular novels, The BFG.

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    The onion garden bench at Gipsy House alludes to Roald Dahl's fondness for vegetables as well as his appreciation for moments of quiet contemplation. Where better to let your imagination run wild than surrounded by spring blooms?

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    The bird house that sits at the bottom of the garden at Gipsy House was built by Road Dahl and Wally Simpson, the man who provided the inspiration for the BFG. Fitting then, that the window ledges are lined with 'dreamcatchers', the jars used by giants to catch dreams.

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    A former forester's cottage in the Black Mountains in Wales boasts a magical garden. On the other side of the garden from the cottage, a forestry shed is surrounded by purple nepeta and foxgloves, and yellow mimulus.

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    The back door of the cottage at Nant y Bedd is obscured by the blooming garden.

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    The six-and-a-half-acre plot straddles the road up through the valley.

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    The landscape envelopes the house at Nant y Bedd.

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    Garden designer Butter Wakefield was drafted to breatje frest life into an Oxfordshire cottage and she kept a secluded feel with a large lawn and rustic path leading to the house.

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    The kitchen extension of the Oxfordshire property has a traditional thatched roof above large sliding French windows framed with rough-hewn planks. The paved seating area is edged with ferns, nepeta and rosemary, and dotted with erigeron.

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    In his family home located between Ghent and Bruges, Arnaud Zannier has created an English cottage-style garden, with an immaculately kept lawn, in keeping with the thatched roof property.

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    Harriet Anstruther's Sussex farmhouse is set amidst a large lawn, which she has kept natural and not landscaped. Blossom trees are the only thing planted on the green expanse.

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    To the side of the house, there is a pretty plot of plants, which can be looked out onto from some rooms in the house. Having this small section allows the family to keep their interest in gardening without having to maintain the huge expanse that the garden covers.

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    You would be hard pressed to find a more idyllic setting for a bolt-hole than a wildflower meadow in Gloucestershire complete with a babbling brook, grazing sheep and a resident horse, which is precisely where this cottage sits.

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    In the warmer months, the meadow is in full bloom with wildflowers.

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    The courtyard garden at Prince Charles' Welsh home features planted sections on the lawn outside the house.

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    In the Cotswolds, Caroline Holdaway's country cottage has only a front garden, but she has turned it into a beautiful space for sunny days. Simple paving stones lead to the front gate and lavender borders the front door.

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    Low stone walls, post and rail fencing and old roses enclose the front garden.