Chirping birds, wild rabbits, and sneaky foxes – that’s right, it’s the Sims 4 Cottage Living! Welcome to the world of Henford-on-Bagley (one of the best worlds so far, in our opinion), where your farming dreams come true.
Now you can raise livestock such as chickens, cows, and, of course, llamas. In addition, you can grow oversized crops and enter them into the Fenwick Fair for a chance to win the competition. Here’s everything we know about Sims 4 Cottage Living, from raising animals to cottage-core country living!
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Raise or Befriend Animals
The Sims 4 Cottage Living allows you to raise and befriend farm animals! You may already have cats and dogs, but do you own a cow or a llama? How about an evil chicken? The Cottage Living expansion packs also allow you to chat with wild rabbits, foxes and even birds. Time to channel your inner Snow White.
Cows and Llamas
To own a cow or llama, you’ll need to buy an animal shed from Build/Buy mode. They cost 500 Simoleons and can house one animal each. In addition, cows cost 400 Simoleons and llamas cost 400 Simoleons each. There are two variants of each: a brown or spotted cow and a beige or white llama; the choice is yours.
Cows will prove your Sim with milk bottles, and llamas will produce wool for crafting. The colour of your llama will change the colour of the wool, and the treats you feed cows will affect the milk they produce. We’ll talk more about treats in a second.
First, let’s talk about chickens. To own chickens, you’ll need to buy a chicken coup from Build/Buy mode. They cost 320 Simoleons, and chickens/roosters cost between 75 and 200 Simoleons each. Chickens will lay eggs that your Sims can collect and cook with. In addition, you can hatch chicks and watch them grow as you raise your chicken army. Treats also affect the type of eggs a hen will lay, so don’t forget to experiment with those! However, watch out for sneaky foxes as they can steal eggs and even attach chickens!
Feeding farm animals will give them extra boosts and affect their produce. For example, you can feed a chicken a chocolate treat, and it’ll lay a chocolate egg! Treats can be bought from the market in town or made when you’ve collected the ingredients.
Here’s the complete list of animal treats you get in the Sims 4 Cottage Living:
- Animal party treat
- Chocolate treat
- Fishy protein treat
- Flirty treat
- Friendly treat
- Fruity treat
- Golden treat
- Healthy treat
- Midnight treat
- pumpkin treat
Live Off the Land
I’ll never take the fridge for granted again after playing on a Simple Living lot in the Sims 4 Cottage Living. The lot challenge requires fresh ingredients for each and every meal. No more cooking fancy food and simply paying the price. Instead, you now need ingredients to cook in your inventory or fridge to cook meals.
You can either grow and collect the fresh ingredients or buy them from a store. While ordering a grocery delivery is easy, the real challenge is growing the crops yourself.
Whether you’re tackling the above lot trait or just love gardening, oversized crops are for you! The Sims 4 Cottage Living adds new crop variants and plant collectables to the game – of which five are oversized crops. These are:
The plant collectables include:
- Charming Mushroom
- Lovely Mushroom
- Mysterious Mushroom
- Nightly Mushroom
- Spicy Mushroom
- Verdant Mushroom
- Wild Mushroom
Oversized plants can be grown in garden patches that hold one type of oversized crop each. Make sure to fertilise your crops daily and tend to your garden when necessary. With some luck and skill, you’ll grow an oversized crop that can win the Finchwick Fair competition!
Embrace Village Life
Leave the city life behind in The Sims 4 Cottage Living and head for the countryside. Henford-on-Bagley is a cozy village where everyone knows everyone (and no secret is left unshared). You can head down to the local pub for a drink with your neighbours or enjoy a countryside picnic. Best of all, enjoy the slow life!
The Finchwick Fair
Believe it or not, you can make a good amount of money as a farmer. Collect as many eggs and crops as you can during the week and sell them over the weekend. In addition, the Finchwick Fair takes place every Saturday, allowing you to head into town and make a decent buck.
You can either enter one of the competitions with a beautiful chicken or oversized crop or sell goods at the market. You can buy items at the fair for a discounted rate or sell crops for a 10% markup. While it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme, it’s honest money for honest work.
The Town Lore
The last aspect of the game is learning the town’s lore. There’s a history to Henford-on-Bagley, and there’s only one way to uncover it: running errands. Your neighbours around town will give you an option to run errands for them. By doing so, you’ll learn about their character and a little more about the village.
As an added bonus, you get rewarded for completing the tasks. These rewards include ingredients, gifts, and even clothing for your animals. So uncover the secrets of this quaint village and see what’s hiding beneath its charm.
What would an expansion pack be without adding new aspirations and activities to the game? The Sims 4 Cottage Living adds a new aspiration called the Country Caretaker, which has a unique reward. It gives your sims improved relationships with animals, allowing their animals to live longer, happier lives.
Other activities include canning food, shearing, crafting with wool, and collecting eggs. All the activities are cottage related and fill our cottage-core desires.
One of the best activities in The Sims 4 Cottage Living is Cross-Stitching. You can purchase a cross-stitch kit from Build/Buy mode to get a cross-stitch hoop. Alternatively, you can buy one from the gardening shop in town. They cost between 30 and 50 Simoleons depending on the size – small to big.
Once you have a cross-stitch hoop, you can start a pattern. As you increase your cross-stitch skill, the more patterns you’ll be able to make. The best part? You’ll be able to hang your cross-stitch artwork on your cottage walls. Alternatively, there are multiple ways to sell them. You can follow this helpful guide on the Sims Community page.
Overall, The Sims 4 Cottage Living was worth the price! We love this expansion pack, and it’s probably one of our favourites. There’s so much to do, from growing crops to looking after farm animals.
We also found the available lots beautiful to live in and easy to renovate into something modern. Henford-on-Bagley is stunning, and it’s our current go-to world.
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