A Fairytale English Cottage, Garden, and Labyrinth in Tallahassee

If you think your only chance of taking a glimpse at an English-style inspired cottage is by traveling to England, think again. We have a fairytale English cottage right here, in the Sunshine State!

And you know what makes this fairy tale cottage even more magical? The labyrinth is right next to it! Being the outdoor explorer that I am, finding hidden gems is always on my mind.

labyrinths in Florida

The first time I saw one of these cute labyrinths was actually in Audubon Park in New Orleans. Afterward, I began researching the use of labyrinths.

To my surprise, labyrinths are used as a form of meditation–sorry, but I did not know this! With no right or wrong way of walking through them, they’re really worth experiencing.

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A Fairytale English Cottage, Oak Tree, and Labyrinth, Oh my!

Tallahassee is a dream city! I would say that a great weekend getaway is a spectacular idea to enjoy Florida’s capital. When planning your Tallahassee road trip itinerary, make sure to include this dreamy cottage on Lichgate on High Road.

Personally, I love how there’s something about English cottages that looks like they’ve been taken straight out of a fairytale. Maybe it’s the thatched roofs, or the quaintness of them nestled in the rolling hillsides.

Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that these homes have an undeniable fairy-tale charm. While each cottage is unique, certain features are commonly found among them. Many cottages have low ceilings with exposed beams, small windows, and stone or brick walls.

These features give them a cozy and rustic feel that is further heightened by their rural location. Another defining characteristic I truly love about English cottages is

their gardens.

These are often overflowing with vibrant flowers and lush greenery, creating a picturesque scene worthy of any storybook. The beauty of English cottages lies not only in their appearance but also in their history.

These homes have been around for centuries, and have been passed down through generations of families.

Cottages stand as a testament to the strength and endurance of the human spirit and provide us with a glimpse into a simpler way of life.

Whether you’re looking at them from afar or standing right outside their door, English cottages always seem to evoke a sense of wonderment. 

I guess that’s why this one, in particular, has such stunning beauty and I consider it to be one of the most beautiful outdoor places I’ve visited in Florida. Additionally, it’s been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

English-style fairytale cottage in Tallahassee on lichgate on high road

The Story Behind Lichgate on High Road

This beautiful English-inspired cottage was created by a college literature professor. After a two-year search for land to build her cottage in, Laura Jepsen found the perfect spot. A pasture with a majestic Oak Tree that she fell completely in love with.

oak tree at lichgate on high road

With materials imported from a demolished cottage in Vermont and granite from the state of Georgia, Laura began building her beautiful fairy tale cottage. As a lover of Shakespeare, and in the 16th century, she used Lichgate as a form of transportation to that time she loved so much.

How to Get to This Fairytale English Cottage on Lichgate on High Road

At just 4 hours away from the Orlando area, Lichgate on High Road was the perfect road trip for me. And, very much worth it!

To me, Lichgate is tranquility and eccentric beauty. And at just a short drive from the center of Downtown Tallahassee, it’s a hidden gem that you can’t miss seeing!

front of lichgate on high road fairytale English cottage

The entrance to the property is a bit hidden, so pay attention to a sign that reads ‘Lichgate’. Once you enter this green oasis, the fairy tale cottage and the oak tree will simply take your breath away.

labyrinth and fairytale English cottage florida

From the very first glimpse of the cottage, it will pretty much feel like you’ve time-traveled to a fairy tale setting. Lastly, you can enjoy a walk around the Shakespeare garden.

The path leads you to some quotes from Shakespeare’s books–like those from Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Plan your visit to this Fairytale Engish cottage

Hours: Dawn until dusk, 7 days a week (unless events are going on)

Fees: Free admission

Address: 1401 High Road, Tallahassee, FL, 32304

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A Fairytale English Cottage and Labyrinth in Tallahassee
Yanitza Ninett
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Yanitza is one 1/2 of the Next Stop Adventures dynamic duo with 15+ years of hiking experience and adventure travel. As a PADI-certified Scuba diver, she's also passionate about ocean conservation. When she's not exploring the great outdoors, Yanitza obsesses over The Vampire Diaries and dreams of traveling to Spain.

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