Every time I see one of these, it makes me think of that movie The Holiday.
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It’s my go to movie after a bad day
Such a silly movie, but I can't help how much I love it. That scene in the tent with his daughters.
My personal favorite scene is Jack Black singing movie themes in the video store
woah big dollop
Came here to say that! I wanted Kate Winslet’s cottage so bad.
A bit late, but an interesting footnote is that Kate Winslet's cottage was entirely fabricated both inside and out. It was based heavily on a real home, but I still have a hard time watching this movie without believing it's a real place.
Whoa, the exterior was a set? That's amazing, it really looked so authentic.
To be honest I can believe the interior was fabricated, I'm from the UK and I've never seen a cottage interior like that one.
The article isn't quite right on one thing. The town scenes were shot in Godalming, not Shere. Only the pub scenes were in Shere. IIRC, the house itself was just outside Shere.
Was Godalming resident at the time. For night town scenes (which I'm not sure they used), they hung the biggest arc lamps you've ever seen from a crane 150ft above the town centre.
Whoaaa I used to live near shere! I might’ve been in surrey while they were filming this even
Yup. I used to go hiking in Shere, I walked right past where her "house" was supposed to be. Called bullshit right there in the theatre. Not out loud but in my head.
It makes me think of the old lady who gets fly-kicked in the face by Simon Pegg in Hot Fuzz
My favorite movie. Will always love Jude Law.
I watch it every year at Christmas. It’s objectively not a good movie, but I love it.
That was actually in Surrey, and was a film set.
But yes, there are quite a few locations around England that look like that.
Yeah, Cobb houses are pretty neat and they're also hypoallergenic and can withstand a earthquake pretty well and very cheap to build.
Slightly more obscure TV reference...:), but there’s an episode of Grand Design (not sure it’s still on Netflix) about a guy building the world’s largest cob house.
I've seen that! He's still building it! It's a whole lot of home
This looks like where you go to prepare a Ted Talk
Houses like these always fascinate me. Does anyone know if this is a thatched roof? I’m wondering what the material is exactly and if it requires much upkeep.
It is a thatched roof yes! It’s made from natural reed/grass (I think a variation of dry vegetation can be used) and they’re super hard wearing, 50 years it about the average. The roof ridge has to be replaced about every 8-10 years. This page has everything you could ever want to know about thatched roofs, they’re so interesting!
This is my kind of person
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Thanks for the info! Super interesting indeed.
I thought it was 25 years?
There's one in a village just outside my town that's just had theirs re-thatched, so I've had the pleasure of being able to watch the process in its phases.
The lifespan depends on the type of thatch. Long straw is about 25 years, water reed is about double that. Unfortunately, because most thatched buildings in England are listed and protected by law, you can't switch from one type to the other to reduce your thatching bills.
I've read too much Cornwell to feel safe under one of those...
what about flammability issues?
Yes, this is compounded by the fact they make an ideal home for spiders.
Thatched rooves are for foreigners and wealthy people. The rest of us know better.
in the tropics they are home to chagas, an insect bite that causes a severe illness especially central america
There’s a village near me called Evershot. Nearly the entire village is thatched, makes for interesting times around bonfire night. People go mad about fireworks lol
I grew up in a cottage very like this. Long straw thatch has a lifespan of about 25 years, after which it starts rotting and leaking and has to be completely replaced. The cost can be tens of thousands of pounds. There’s also the replacement of the ridge (the fancy bit along the top) which is done about halfway through the life cycle, as well as interim patch repairs.
That doesn’t seem much more expensive then the tar roofs we usually use. May actually even have a longer life span.
Insurance is expensive on a thatched cottage. Not to mention they’re grade listed which means you’re not even allowed to change it to a normal roof if you wanted. If you don’t want it anymore your only choice is to move house and then you’ve got to find someone who wants to buy it. I’m sure for the right kind of person they’re great but most people should steer clear of them.
My insurance when I lived in a thatched house was about double what I'm paying now for the same sized house with a slate roof. Plus there were strict conditions on maintaining the chimney and flue, and not having any barbecues or bonfires within a certain distance of the house.
I've sold 2 grade II listed 17th century thatched cottages - my former family home, and a smaller house that I owned in the same village. I can confirm it can be hard to find the right buyer. One house took over 3 years to sell, the other took almost 2 years.
Buyers were drawn by the "chocolate box" appearance but put off by the practical considerations of maintaining a thatch and an old building in general, and the many restrictions placed on listed buildings (e.g. no double glazing). The buyers I eventually found, though, were delighted with their new homes!
Grade listed? Is this a historical preservation thing?
Finding someone to do it is pretty hard too right?
Not in the UK - plenty of thatch cottages here
Most reputable thatchers have a waiting list for major work. Mine was booked 2 years ahead for thatch replacements. He did, however, come out fairly promptly for patching repairs, usually within a week.
How long does it take to replace the old thatch to new?
And what if it rains half way through?
On our 4-bedroom house, I think it took about 2 months (I can't remember exactly). The work is usually booked in for the drier seasons, and they can work through light rain, or put a plastic sheet over if there's really bad weather.
check out a living roof on cob houses. thats what this reminded me of
So many questions, roofs are cool!
They're an absolute bastard when they catch fire too.
Source: am firefighter
I was reading there are ways to fireproof them like using reflective materials. Are these ever effective or do roofs like this just light up like a book of matches no matter what?
I've never seen reflective material used but I can't see it would make a difference. Thatch fires normally start from a chimney, often due to cracks in the chimney breast. They also start from electrics in the thatch. What this means is you have deep fire in something designed to be waterproof. Couple that with the buildings being built in a time where the words "fire proof compartment" would have you burnt at the stake and being in remote villages, thatch fires can be devastating.
You do get modern thatch houses where they put fireproof board between the thatch and the house. They're generally ok.
They don’t require a huge amount, more a hefty bill when it needs new thatch, which is about every 15-20 years or so. It’s a dying trade! But plenty of houses around me in south west England have it!
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My family lives here and it's such a lovely area!
Excuse me tell us more
How do you get internet in a fairytale!?
Dorset is probably my favorite county, I'm from just across the border in Hampshire.
I live in (and was brought up in) Dorset!
Also based in Dorset. Moved here from London when I was 18,but I've honestly forgotten London exists at this point.
Shoutout to the Dorset locals. I moved the other way though (but will definitely be moving back 'home' from London in the next few years).
*tomorrow. Do it now!
It's a fairytale fucking town, isn't it?
Everyone here go watch escape to the country if you want to feel warm inside again for a brief moment. Several episodes on Netflix and tons on YouTube just loaded with old people touring homes like this
Grand Designs, also.
escape to the country
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Thank you for the heads-up that there are episodes on YouTube! My mom and I have watched the ones in Netflix several times.
I thought those gate things were theft detectors and I was so confused
I thought they were shampoo bottles... You're not alone!
I want a house exactly like this
Look up Cob Houses.
Is that Tom Bombabadil's house?
My dream home
This looks just like the white rabbit’s cottage in Alice in Wonderland... just before she grows and her legs pop pout of the front! :)
England is clearly the coziest place in the world according to this sub
The English countryside has some cosy af places, all kinds of cute old villages
Yeah...not so much.
I swear I've seen this house on Midsomer Murders at some point
That's always the first thing I think of when I see these posts.
"Oh, that's the house where all the inkpens were killed"
"England, thy beauties are tame and domestic" -Lord Byron
lol how rude
I was just about to say that looks like some Hobbit shiznit.
This is absolutely a hobbit dwelling
This looks like the set of Peter cotton tail
Lmao, they made the house from Pokemon Sword and Shield into a real thing
I came to here to see if anyone else would mention this!
Or rather, the house in Sword and Shield was based on this.
The house is probably older than your country.
Or rather, the joke went over your head. Would anyone care to do the honors?
I don't really gie a fuck tbh
Also Dorset, England
This house has a very nice hat
It’s Howard’s End!
Thomas Hardy was from Dorset and it’s the location of nearly all of the fictional towns he wrote about. He lived in a thatched roofed home a bit bigger than this one for nearly his whole life. If you’ve ever read Tess of the D’Urbervilles or Return of the Native or the Mayor of Casterbridge, you’ll be familiar with Dorset because the land itself is a character in every TH novel.
P.S. I love Howard’s End too.
Beautiful... but I would not want to maintain that home. You'd have to have a serious passion for gardening and home maintenance.
Wow super gorgeous there!!!!
I think a good witch lives here. Think she can whip me up a potion to repel dragon fire? It's for a friend.
She has to have a good potion to repel dragon fire. Trogdor keeps burninating the peasants and their thatched roofed cottages.
What's that roof made out of
Its called a Thatched Roof and made of dried reeds.
Hobbit house 2.0
Looks like the new Pokémon game
I want to go to there.
Doesn’t Ms. Honey live there though?
Came here to see if anyone else thought this. Loved that house!
Sameeee! I wanted to live in that house so bad. By myself no parents or nothing hahah
Looking at this image feels like I'm being bludgeoned to death by a bloodlusted Easter Bunny who has somehow discovered how to wield the very concept of Spring as a cudgel.
I’m just wondering whether there’s WiFi
house looks like it’s yelling
I’m scared to show this to my gf cause I feel like she’s gonna demand that we move there right this second
Imagine the bees from those flowers
Even the houses have Beatles haircuts
Reminds me of that one woman's house in Series of Unfortunate Events, the movie. I think she was the judge?
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Looks like a Pomeranian
Beautiful! Was the picture taken recently - is it that "Spring-y" in England allready?
It’s getting there. I’m starting to see blossom around, although most of the trees still don’t have leaves.
I thought it was. I stopped wearing my scarf after a few days of slightly warmer weather but now it’s right back to being rainy and cold. Sick of it!
The home of Mrs. Selma Quickly.
Reminds me of the house where Michael Gray was brought up in Peaky Blinders.
I can’t fucking wait until spring.
I want to eat this house.
So the picture shows a door set in Dorset. Am I seeing this correct?
This reminds me of English story books, this is what I pictured when I read Peter Rabbit
So charming and cozy!!!!
just like in fairy tale story
What material is the roof made of?
Oh wow I want to live here so much
Desafinada... canto meu amor... tu es fixe... es muito bom...
The gate reminds me of celery!
/r/MitchellAndWebb is this because of nana's cottage ?
Let me in. Let me iiiiin
Fuck McDonald’s...on Dorset
That is the definition of a cozy cottage.
How often you have to replace a thatch roof?
25 or 50 years say other people in this thread
That roof looks like the house is wearing a beanie.
Looks like an old face
Does anyone know what that big ass flowery bush is? Is that a rhodondendron?
Living in a house like this you’re just asking to get BURNINATED
Imagine a gaming setup in here!
In Dorset? Yes, I'd recommend to anyone....
That house could use a trim
Houses like this are real???
the roof looks fuzzy!
Reminds me of the house from Alice in wonderland where she finds the cookies that make her turn huge
Welcome to DARSURT
I live in Dorset and while that house and many others are very pretty, it’s just a rainy shit hole 80% of the time lol
That's so beautiful
This is from Sarahkjp’s Instagram if anyone wants to see her other pics from Dorset
I'm so confused what is that roof made out of
Makes me think of Anne of avonlea
I just want to curl up with a book there in the window with some tea!!
This where I'm from!
I Wiltshire, Mary and Giles...
What kind of roof is that?
The tiny gate is too fucking cute
THATCHED. ROOF. COTTAGES.
how do you build a trellis like that that allows growth over the nape of your house?
It looks like the house version of Harry Potter’s monster book in POA
I live near this house!
It’ll be freezing inside though. Not cosy.
Have you been in a thatched cottage? I've they've got a log burner then they're absolutely roasting
Bad news Americans. These cottages really aren't very cosy at all. Spend a winter in one and you'll know! Also they're common as muck. Any village in England will have numerous thatched cottages. If anything this one is pretty dull tbh.
Don't most of the places here depend on the season? The beautiful, snowy Winter shots will be swarming with mosquitoes in summer. The early Spring shots, with bright green, are going to be sweltering in summer.
"Cozy" seems situational.
The British landscape looks so much better than their food.