Great escapes: The world’s most beautiful contemporary cottages

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Cottages are getting a modern makeover as more urban dwellers seek respite from the city

The designs are often ecologically friendly and emphasize a connection with nature

CNN  — 

Award-winning architecture probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word “cottage.” More likely, it conjures images of quaint countryside dwellings – rustic abodes in Cape Cod, thatched roofs in England, and modest oceanside retreats in Sweden.