Quintessentially thatched

There is something so

Quintessentially English about old thatched cottages.

Magnolia and cottage

Most of the buildings with thatch

Pre-date the 1800s and a good thatched roof

Can last up to fifty years.

Looks as if this cottage needs a new roof though!

Old thatch

The new Globe Theatre

(A modern reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe)

Is the only building in London with a thatched roof.

The Globe

However, I prefer my thatchedΒ buildings

Slumbering among wildflowers, don’t you?

Thatched roof copy

For more quaintness, please visit: Our World.

78 responses

  1. Lovely photos. My sister-in-law lives in a really old thatched cottage in rural England. It’s so charming, but I don’t know if I could live with such low ceilings and doorways. πŸ™‚

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    July 20, 2015 at 14:55

  2. I think the first and last house with thatched roof look cute! Especially so with a beautiful garden.

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    July 20, 2015 at 15:02

  3. Yes to that last photo… πŸ™‚

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    July 20, 2015 at 15:04

  4. Mac

    cool looking…but just don’t look that practical. Imagine the bugs. (Have you seen a Florida roach?)

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    July 20, 2015 at 15:21

  5. I’ve always adored quintessentially thatched buildings – quirky and quaint to American eyes.

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    July 20, 2015 at 15:48

  6. Ron

    “There is something so

    Quintessentially English about old thatched cottages.”

    Yes, there most certainly is, Fiona. They almost look as though the house is wearing a hat! πŸ™‚ Fabulous photographs! I love the magnolia tree in the first image. And the roof in the final photograph is so perfectly structured.

    Have a lovey Monday, my friend!
    X

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    July 20, 2015 at 15:59

  7. Pretty thatched cottages, and I am with you, countryside cottage surrounded with lovely flower.

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    July 20, 2015 at 16:08

  8. These roofs are lovely but I wonder how they fair when the heat surges and everything dries up. They remind me a little of straw houses.

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    July 20, 2015 at 17:05

    • Well, apparently they keep cool in the summer and snug and cozy in the winter…

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      July 21, 2015 at 16:33

  9. I do love thatch, esp. with the requisite cottage garden to go with it! I have several photo books of English cottage gardens and can spend hours poring over them.

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    July 20, 2015 at 17:22

  10. They look charming, but I believe they are very effective insulation, as well, both in hot and cold weather.

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    July 20, 2015 at 17:55

  11. Oh my gosh…oh my gosh!!!
    I am a huge fan of anything Shakespeare.

    Today, I feel green with envy!
    Such a wonderful wonderful post…the Globe Theater…oh ::::sigh::::

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    July 20, 2015 at 17:55

  12. such wonderful building
    and yes
    thatched is wonderful
    it was a joy to see your images and dream of this sort of building

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    July 20, 2015 at 19:16

  13. Bill Dodd

    Great to see these. I could see lots more detail than I’ve seen before. Well done!

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    July 20, 2015 at 20:07

  14. I would agree – cottages among the fields with thatched roofs – so very English for sure!

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    July 20, 2015 at 20:44

  15. you’re right – i love to live in one
    gorgeous shots πŸ™‚

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    July 20, 2015 at 22:45

  16. How beautiful! Great collection… πŸ™‚

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    July 20, 2015 at 23:02

  17. I love these pictures so much. They are steeped in the magical history of my favourite place in all the world.

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    July 20, 2015 at 23:49

  18. Lovely Fiona! It take me back to when we lived in a thatched cottage in Herts.They are very special πŸ™‚

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    July 20, 2015 at 23:54

  19. Great photos of beautiful thatched buildings.

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    July 21, 2015 at 02:30

  20. I can’t imagine the effort it takes to thatch a roof. Good they last so long. There is a house with a thatched roof in Vail. They must provine good insulation from the cold.

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    July 21, 2015 at 02:46

  21. thatched roofs’ amaze me. and i agree with you about the last image.

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    July 21, 2015 at 03:18

  22. how neat!

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    July 21, 2015 at 03:19

  23. A house with a thatched roof looks so “organic” Your cottage among the flowers is beautiful!

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    July 21, 2015 at 04:52

  24. So lovely to see the thatched cottages and I love the first one with the magnolia in bloom and the lattice windows!

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    July 21, 2015 at 05:34

  25. You are right. They need a garden. I expect it is hard to find someone with the skill and experience to rethatch them now…

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    July 21, 2015 at 05:45

  26. Thatched roofs are almost a lost art and fast disappearing form modern day–glad you captured photos of soem beautiful ones.

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    July 21, 2015 at 05:52

  27. sylviakirk

    Oh, these are beautiful!! I do love the thatched roofs and with terrific shots, Fiona!! Thanks so much for sharing these and, as always, thank you for hosting Our World!! You are the best!! Have a wonderful week!!

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    July 21, 2015 at 06:32

  28. Oh what lovely photos. I have to admit – I would definitely prefer to slumber among the wild flowers!

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    July 21, 2015 at 08:29

  29. pretty unique buildings….out here in India we too have thatched roofs…but only in rural areas especially on agricultural farms. mostly these small huts are made using mud. But to find such buildings in cities is difficult!

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    July 21, 2015 at 09:01

  30. Very dear to my heart these thatched cottages. You have shown them beautifully.

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    July 21, 2015 at 12:10

  31. Hello, the thatched cottages are just adorable and I do love the last shot with the wildflowers. Lovely images, have a happy week!

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    July 21, 2015 at 13:12

  32. Beautiful! Story-like. My grandmother lived in a little thatched house w/ a red door in Ireland. Lovely.

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    July 21, 2015 at 13:26

  33. Seeing these in the Cotswolds is on my bucket list, I should move them to the top of my list after seeing your photos!

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    July 21, 2015 at 13:49

    • These are all in Sussex and I understand that the ones in the Cotswolds are far more stunning!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      July 21, 2015 at 16:15

  34. Lovely. Always a fairy tale quality. πŸ™‚

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    July 21, 2015 at 14:11

  35. Amazed by the ability of these thatched roofs! The thatch gives natural and fresh look to these building. Love to own one

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    July 21, 2015 at 15:53

  36. There is something quite amazing about thatched roofs. They look terrific.

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    July 21, 2015 at 16:04

  37. Beautiful cottages. Each one is different.

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    July 21, 2015 at 16:13

  38. don

    The thatched roofs are so unusual to me. I like this series very much. I too like the ones with garden around them.

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    July 21, 2015 at 17:05

  39. Lovely captures. The last one so perfect as greeting card.

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    July 21, 2015 at 17:46

  40. The last image looks like it is taken from a fairy tale.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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    July 21, 2015 at 19:03

  41. Beautiful! These are great photos!

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    July 21, 2015 at 19:56

  42. Thatched cottages are so lovely!

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    July 21, 2015 at 21:07

  43. These are so pretty!

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    July 21, 2015 at 21:07

  44. You have captured some real beauties there.

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    July 21, 2015 at 22:48

  45. Beautiful old building. So cosy. So inviting.

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    July 21, 2015 at 22:56

  46. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES

    I was surprised while in Ireland to find that they are not common. I miss your jolt of fuchsia (or was it perriwinkle?) background color.

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    July 21, 2015 at 23:20

  47. Lovely photography of the wonderful thatched cottages ~ Loved Ireland!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    July 22, 2015 at 00:36

  48. the cottage looks beautifully preserved.

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    July 22, 2015 at 01:15

  49. Beautifully captured!!

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    July 22, 2015 at 04:45

  50. We don’t see thatched roofs here except in some historical recreations, like Jamestown Settlement.

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    July 22, 2015 at 05:11

  51. Lovely thatched cottages, really charming πŸ™‚

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    July 22, 2015 at 06:12

  52. Unique houses, they are truly charming πŸ™‚ You captured them very well πŸ™‚

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    July 22, 2015 at 07:52

  53. there’s a house with a thatched roof in a village close to us, a new construction house, and we fall in love with it each time we see it… it’s amazing and i’m sure it protects better than classic roofs. beautiful shots!

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    July 22, 2015 at 08:32

  54. The thatched roof are look so neat and cute !
    Extremely love it.. reminded me of my visit to this village in Japan πŸ™‚
    http://travelpostcard.blogspot.com/2011/01/shirakawa-go-japan.html

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    July 22, 2015 at 08:57

  55. lovely houses. I would love to them from the inside.

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    July 22, 2015 at 09:20

  56. I think I read that they (whoever they are) recommend that you put 1000 pounds (no symbol!) in the bank a year to cover the cost of getting a new roof on a thatched house! Pretty, but expensive!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    July 22, 2015 at 11:21

  57. Thatched buildings were banned from most British towns and cities as the fire risk was too great. The reconstructed Globe obviously is an exceptional case. In rural areas many old buildings still have their thatch.

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    July 22, 2015 at 12:42

  58. gillinthestudio

    Love those roofs. I definitely agree with you and that last picture is splendid.

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    July 22, 2015 at 17:26

  59. I’ve never seen a thatched roof in person. They look perfectly charming!

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    July 22, 2015 at 18:37

  60. Fairy tales come true! I want to stay in that last one. Maybe I want to live there forever!

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    July 22, 2015 at 21:12

  61. Meadows, fairy tales, romance, daisies, sweethearts. That’s what comes to my mind when I think of thatched roofs. πŸ™‚
    Take 25 to Hollister

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    July 22, 2015 at 22:47

  62. It’s hard to figure out how they make the edges so perfect! Thanks for the tour. I was in England about 20 years ago, but these pics brought it all back immediately!

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    July 22, 2015 at 23:03

  63. Kim

    So charming…they always remind me of fairy tales!

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    July 23, 2015 at 00:26

  64. Al

    Yes – that’s very English. Beautiful photos, especially the one with the wildflowers!

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    July 23, 2015 at 03:13

  65. dNambiar

    Looks like buildings out of a story book. Nice to see a multi-storeyed building with a thatched roof. And do I see netting on it?
    Thank you for the sights, Lady Fi. πŸ™‚

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    July 23, 2015 at 03:54

  66. Such beautiful blue skies!!! Such perfect setting for a lovely thatched cottage photo!!!

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    July 23, 2015 at 07:10

  67. wow! that is so cool πŸ™‚

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    July 23, 2015 at 08:30

  68. Beautiful series, very nice photos

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    July 23, 2015 at 09:05

  69. Hi Lady Fi, Love that last one … “Slumbering among wildflowers” … sweet!

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    July 23, 2015 at 14:40

  70. oh how lovely! i would love to see one in person one day

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    July 24, 2015 at 04:01

  71. Amazing πŸ™‚

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    July 24, 2015 at 21:44

  72. daryledelstein

    i have such a love of thatched rooftops .. these are lovely

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    July 25, 2015 at 13:25

  73. Inger

    Awesome! I love this architecture – the more rustic the better:)

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    July 25, 2015 at 20:12

  74. always wonder if rats make nest in the thatch.

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    July 27, 2015 at 04:20

  75. We have quite a few thatched houses here in Hampshire and I love them. I didn’t know the Globe was Londin’s only one but I’ve been there for a performance of Hamlet. The last thatch is beautiful.

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    July 27, 2015 at 09:18

  76. A refinement in arhictecture !! I adore the thatched roofs

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    August 24, 2015 at 14:20

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