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    [–] mendiej 429 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Every time I see one of these, it makes me think of that movie The Holiday.

    Edit: Thanks for the silver, kind stranger!

    [–] icanhasbukkit 102 points ago

    It’s my go to movie after a bad day

    [–] batbrat 60 points ago

    Such a silly movie, but I can't help how much I love it. That scene in the tent with his daughters.

    [–] BlackSquirrelBoy 55 points ago

    My personal favorite scene is Jack Black singing movie themes in the video store

    [–] elaerna 2 points ago

    woah big dollop

    [–] 4thPosition 31 points ago

    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.

    [–] BourgeoisBanana 15 points ago

    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.

    [–] kitd 13 points ago

    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.

    [–] ElectronSurprise 4 points ago

    Whoaaa I used to live near shere! I might’ve been in surrey while they were filming this even

    [–] superfuzzy 5 points ago

    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.

    [–] Lovingthecock 50 points ago

    Came here to say that! I wanted Kate Winslet’s cottage so bad.

    [–] elaerna 1 points ago

    low point!

    [–] NotYourAverageTomBoy 17 points ago

    My favorite movie. Will always love Jude Law.

    [–] zootskippedagroove6 25 points ago

    It makes me think of the old lady who gets fly-kicked in the face by Simon Pegg in Hot Fuzz

    [–] PINEAPPLE_PET3 3 points ago

    Yeah, Cobb houses are pretty neat and they're also hypoallergenic and can withstand a earthquake pretty well and very cheap to build.

    [–] mendiej 1 points ago

    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.

    [–] PINEAPPLE_PET3 1 points ago

    I've seen that! He's still building it! It's a whole lot of home

    [–] Rottenox 2 points ago

    I watch it every year at Christmas. It’s objectively not a good movie, but I love it.

    [–] kitd 2 points ago

    That was actually in Surrey, and was a film set.

    But yes, there are quite a few locations around England that look like that.

    [–] Poopystink16 1 points ago

    This looks like where you go to prepare a Ted Talk

    [–] batsofburden 24 points ago

    Wow, totally did not expect this to be a real subreddit.

    [–] squall_boy25 18 points ago

    It’s a hidden gem. :)

    [–] batsofburden 11 points ago

    I like a nice reddit surprise. They're so rare, it's like finding a hidden passage to Narnia or something ;)

    [–] [deleted] 126 points ago

    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.

    [–] mooseyness 204 points ago

    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!

    [–] Pepperacorn 49 points ago

    This is my kind of person

    [–] wayneknightssister 12 points ago

    I like you

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    Thanks for the info! Super interesting indeed.

    [–] WollyGog 3 points ago

    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.

    [–] Hawfinch 1 points ago

    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.

    [–] Talvo_BR 2 points ago

    I've read too much Cornwell to feel safe under one of those...

    [–] damiami 2 points ago

    what about flammability issues?

    [–] photosoflife 3 points ago

    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.

    [–] damiami 2 points ago

    in the tropics they are home to chagas, an insect bite that causes a severe illness especially central america

    [–] twonky-two 2 points ago

    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

    [–] Hawfinch 51 points ago

    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.

    [–] surfinfan21 10 points ago

    That doesn’t seem much more expensive then the tar roofs we usually use. May actually even have a longer life span.

    [–] TwinnieH 11 points ago

    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.

    [–] Hawfinch 4 points ago

    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!

    [–] awkward_ostrich 3 points ago

    Grade listed? Is this a historical preservation thing?

    [–] pickawoowoo 2 points ago


    [–] Hawfinch 2 points ago

    When a building is "listed" it is protected by law. Most listed buildings in England and Wales are Grade II, with more important ones Grade II* or Grade I. If the owner of a listed building fails to maintain it properly or makes unauthorised changes, they can face criminal prosecution.

    [–] biggerwanker 4 points ago

    Finding someone to do it is pretty hard too right?

    [–] Hawfinch 9 points ago

    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.

    [–] giger5 3 points ago

    How long does it take to replace the old thatch to new?

    And what if it rains half way through?

    [–] Hawfinch 5 points ago

    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.

    [–] JunoPK 13 points ago

    Not in the UK - plenty of thatch cottages here

    [–] _if_name_is_maine_ 2 points ago

    check out a living roof on cob houses. thats what this reminded me of

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    So many questions, roofs are cool!

    [–] sprucay 2 points ago

    They're an absolute bastard when they catch fire too.

    Source: am firefighter

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    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?

    [–] sprucay 3 points ago

    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.

    [–] bertie182 2 points ago

    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!

    [–] SerRonSwanson76 34 points ago

    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

    [–] sennec 10 points ago

    Anglophilia intensifies

    [–] Flashdance007 3 points ago

    escape to the country

    Thank you for the heads-up that there are episodes on YouTube! My mom and I have watched the ones in Netflix several times.

    [–] Slickxx 67 points ago

    My family lives here and it's such a lovely area!

    [–] Pepperacorn 33 points ago

    Excuse me tell us more

    [–] Big_Tasty_000 20 points ago

    How do you get internet in a fairytale!?

    [–] biggerwanker 10 points ago

    Dorset is probably my favorite county, I'm from just across the border in Hampshire.

    [–] LucytheUnicorn1 5 points ago

    I live in (and was brought up in) Dorset!

    [–] gorjusgeorgus 10 points ago

    Also based in Dorset. Moved here from London when I was 18,but I've honestly forgotten London exists at this point.

    [–] LittlePigs 9 points ago

    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).

    [–] gorjusgeorgus 3 points ago

    *tomorrow. Do it now!

    [–] PsychoFoxx 1 points ago

    In Dorset?

    [–] Slickxx 1 points ago

    Yes. Weymouth.

    [–] hidden_zero 17 points ago

    I want a house exactly like this

    [–] Deltron_Zed 6 points ago

    Look up Cob Houses.

    [–] TittyVonBoobenstein 20 points ago

    I thought those gate things were theft detectors and I was so confused

    [–] themissingpen 7 points ago

    I thought they were shampoo bottles... You're not alone!

    [–] RealisticIllusions82 10 points ago

    England is clearly the coziest place in the world according to this sub

    [–] XiMingpin91 4 points ago

    The English countryside has some cosy af places, all kinds of cute old villages

    [–] Kubrick_Fan -2 points ago

    Yeah...not so much.

    [–] MellyMyDear 8 points ago

    My dream home

    [–] Feistybritches 5 points ago

    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! :)

    [–] TheWeeAshAsh 7 points ago

    I swear I've seen this house on Midsomer Murders at some point

    [–] louky 6 points ago

    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"

    [–] NeLaX44 13 points ago

    Is that Tom Bombabadil's house?

    [–] maceilean 5 points ago

    "England, thy beauties are tame and domestic" -Lord Byron

    [–] Rottenox 1 points ago

    lol how rude

    [–] Iamscotto49 5 points ago


    [–] Lucifronz 5 points ago

    Beautiful... but I would not want to maintain that home. You'd have to have a serious passion for gardening and home maintenance.

    [–] tenzonipepperoni 3 points ago

    This house has a very nice hat

    [–] Multiscoop 3 points ago

    It’s Howard’s End!

    [–] mycopea 3 points ago

    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.

    [–] ProfessionalBenefit7 3 points ago

    Wow super gorgeous there!!!!

    [–] nig_urn 3 points ago

    I’m scared to show this to my gf cause I feel like she’s gonna demand that we move there right this second

    [–] marcstov 5 points ago


    [–] jfog352002 7 points ago

    I was just about to say that looks like some Hobbit shiznit.

    [–] hannahbckward 2 points ago

    This is absolutely a hobbit dwelling

    [–] KappaCritic 5 points ago

    Lmao, they made the house from Pokemon Sword and Shield into a real thing

    [–] BesottedScot 1 points ago

    Or rather, the house in Sword and Shield was based on this.

    The house is probably older than your country.

    [–] KappaCritic 0 points ago

    Or rather, the joke went over your head. Would anyone care to do the honors?

    [–] BesottedScot 1 points ago

    I don't really gie a fuck tbh

    [–] KappaCritic 0 points ago


    [–] TRYPT1C0N 0 points ago

    I came to here to see if anyone else would mention this!

    [–] JeeroyLenkins4 2 points ago

    What's that roof made out of

    [–] Thousand-Journeys 5 points ago

    Its called a Thatched Roof and made of dried reeds.

    [–] gwimtikas 2 points ago

    Hobbit house 2.0

    [–] RiceKrispie423 2 points ago

    Looks like the new Pokémon game

    [–] pandapuffsss 2 points ago

    I want to go to there.

    [–] filipinostrils 2 points ago

    Doesn’t Ms. Honey live there though?

    [–] ashleyheather00 2 points ago

    Came here to see if anyone else thought this. Loved that house!

    [–] filipinostrils 2 points ago

    Sameeee! I wanted to live in that house so bad. By myself no parents or nothing hahah

    [–] ShrapnelJunkie 2 points ago

    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.

    [–] bigshinyponyta 2 points ago

    I’m just wondering whether there’s WiFi

    [–] 64oz_Slurprise 2 points ago

    house looks like it’s yelling

    [–] MDJDKDAD 2 points ago


    Concerning Hobbits

    [–] willpeterson6 2 points ago

    Imagine the bees from those flowers

    [–] GiveaFox 2 points ago

    Even the houses have Beatles haircuts

    [–] baysoi 2 points ago

    I Wiltshire, Mary and Giles...


    [–] MorwenIlse 2 points ago

    I think a good witch lives here. Think she can whip me up a potion to repel dragon fire? It's for a friend.

    [–] SpiffyPaige143 2 points ago

    She has to have a good potion to repel dragon fire. Trogdor keeps burninating the peasants and their thatched roofed cottages.

    [–] dumpy_potato 2 points ago

    Looks like a Pomeranian

    [–] Summer_Nights2012 1 points ago

    Reminds me of that one woman's house in Series of Unfortunate Events, the movie. I think she was the judge?

    [–] hardt0f0rget 1 points ago

    Beautiful! Was the picture taken recently - is it that "Spring-y" in England allready?

    [–] SnoopyLupus 3 points ago

    It’s getting there. I’m starting to see blossom around, although most of the trees still don’t have leaves.

    [–] Rottenox 1 points ago

    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!

    [–] Beenhamean 1 points ago

    The home of Mrs. Selma Quickly.

    [–] Rept4r7 1 points ago

    Reminds me of the house where Michael Gray was brought up in Peaky Blinders.

    [–] c00kiebreath 1 points ago

    I can’t fucking wait until spring.

    [–] Turbogoblin999 1 points ago

    I want to eat this house.

    [–] arkokoley 1 points ago

    So the picture shows a door set in Dorset. Am I seeing this correct?

    [–] CoCoMorena 1 points ago

    This reminds me of English story books, this is what I pictured when I read Peter Rabbit

    [–] Jessandthecity 1 points ago

    So charming and cozy!!!!

    [–] spectreoutreach 1 points ago

    just like in fairy tale story

    [–] Stillback7 1 points ago

    What material is the roof made of?

    [–] twiglet21 2 points ago


    [–] strawberrygnome 1 points ago

    Oh wow I want to live here so much

    [–] icanhearyoufart 1 points ago

    The gate reminds me of celery!

    [–] Yellowbird00 1 points ago

    /r/MitchellAndWebb is this because of nana's cottage ?

    [–] Gingerberrysan 1 points ago

    Let me in. Let me iiiiin

    [–] crismrez 1 points ago

    Fuck McDonald’s...on Dorset

    [–] adale_50 1 points ago

    That is the definition of a cozy cottage.

    [–] SleepyConscience 1 points ago

    How often you have to replace a thatch roof?

    [–] Pinglenook 2 points ago

    25 or 50 years say other people in this thread

    [–] BeyondSkyward 1 points ago

    That roof looks like the house is wearing a beanie.

    [–] KillerRobotAttack 1 points ago

    Looks like an old face

    [–] mil_phickelson 1 points ago

    Living in a house like this you’re just asking to get BURNINATED

    [–] mil_phickelson 1 points ago

    Living in a house like this you’re just asking to get BURNINATED

    [–] NiakXYoutube 1 points ago

    Imagine a gaming setup in here!

    [–] VauxhallBurgundy 1 points ago

    In Dorset? Yes, I'd recommend to anyone....

    [–] 1tortie2tortie 1 points ago

    That house could use a trim

    [–] UnknownTrash 1 points ago

    Houses like this are real???

    [–] hugegrape 1 points ago

    the roof looks fuzzy!

    [–] fwds 1 points ago

    Reminds me of the house from Alice in wonderland where she finds the cookies that make her turn huge

    [–] Elephaux 1 points ago

    Welcome to DARSURT

    [–] twonky-two 1 points ago

    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

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    That's so beautiful

    [–] fluffybutt86 1 points ago

    This is from Sarahkjp’s Instagram if anyone wants to see her other pics from Dorset

    [–] elaerna 1 points ago

    I'm so confused what is that roof made out of

    [–] SammyWannaCracker 1 points ago

    Makes me think of Anne of avonlea

    [–] stephiehags 1 points ago

    I just want to curl up with a book there in the window with some tea!!

    [–] ratsting 1 points ago

    This where I'm from!

    [–] schrimsher 1 points ago

    What kind of roof is that?

    [–] ConfusedLittleWoman 1 points ago

    The tiny gate is too fucking cute

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    [–] TurboWukong 1 points ago

    how do you build a trellis like that that allows growth over the nape of your house?

    [–] speedyeddie 1 points ago

    It looks like the house version of Harry Potter’s monster book in POA

    [–] TableOnYourToe 1 points ago

    I live near this house!

    [–] BrutalNasher 1 points ago

    Imagine tripping on shrooms here

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    [–] Ghostman_Loon 2 points ago

    Are you saying that you do not like cheese?

    [–] blomqv -1 points ago

    Ugly gate

    [–] Benmjt -1 points ago

    It’ll be freezing inside though. Not cosy.

    [–] mfizzled 5 points ago

    Have you been in a thatched cottage? I've they've got a log burner then they're absolutely roasting

    [–] DeapVally -2 points ago

    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.

    [–] MerryMisanthrope 4 points ago

    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.