Cozy and Comforting Sustainable Cottage Holidays

Reader Contribution by Wendy Gregory
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The holidays are different for 2020. By embracing the quiet, less hustle and bustle, and less stress, these YouTube sites will have you calmly choosing earth-friendly gifts, crafting, decorating and savoring their simple, sustainable lifestyles. Make a cup of tea and travel to Cornwall, Ireland, the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest and visit these warm, cozy country cottages with talented and creative women recording and sharing their own philosophies of the simple life.

Madeleine Olivia is renovating a cottage in Cornwall while living a minimalist, sustainable life.

Madeleine Olivia Vegan and Sustainable Gift Guide


Fairyland Cottage with Niamh Traynor living a simple, sustainable cottage life in Ireland. Visit her website and watch her videos on low and zero waste gifts and decorating. Link to a tour of her Irish cottage.


Find a homemade Christmas at Bealtaine Cottage home of Colette O’Neill’s permaculture project. Colette shares her Christmas tree made of a garden trellis and greenery brought in from her woodland sanctuary.

Artist Paola Merrill, lives a simple, rural cottage life of creativity in the Pacific Northwest creating art for her Etsy shop. TheCottageFairy tour of cottage. Winter wreath gathered from nature.

Ohio-based Kaetlyn Kennedy is the ‘girl in calico’ living a slow, simple, faith-led life through the seasons and running an online business and blog Madame Blue. Find her gingerbread baking video here.


Wendy Gregory spent her career working with children as a culinary and gardening teacher in an arts-based summer camp for at-risk children in Nelsonville, Ohio, and as the director of a children’s museum in Lancaster, Ohio. She is a freelance writer exploring the ways seniors can contribute, grow, and reinvent themselves in a new chapter of life.


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