Lifestyle 10 | Thatched
A cottage was once a poor mans home. It was the estate workers, fishermen, railwaymen or farm labourers that would have to slum it in a rural cottage. Well how things have changed. Over the past couple of months we have be inundated with home buyers who are fleeing the big smoke who are in search of the idyllic country cottage. “We want thatch!” is the new “We want South Kensington!”.
It was the 18th-century artists that created the idealised view of rural life. The once cheap form of roofing has become the must have accessory. For centuries, most cottages and farm buildings in Britain would have been thatched and, until the middle ages, even churches and large houses were too. Thatchers used whatever grew locally: heather in Scotland and moorland England; water reed in Norfolk; combed wheat reed in the West Country and wheat straw in southern England.
Some may be put off by the thought of expensive maintenance. In fact thatch is not as daunting as some think. Check out www.thatchadvicecentre.co.uk for more information
- Spending a few hundred pounds a year to maintan your thatch will save money in the long term
- Thatch looks lovely and for most people, that’s the most important thing
- New thatch lasts about15-35 years and costs approx £75 per sq m
- Lack of upkeep can let in unwelcome visitors such as mice and squirrels
- You need specialist insurance
- It’s essential to keep your chimney clean, properly lined and insulated
- Bonfires need to be positioned well away from the house
- Building inspectors and surveyors don’t always know about thatch
- Fire risk is the same as a normal house but once alight, thatched houses tend to burn to the ground
- Thatch keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer
If you are in the market for a thatched cottage then give Mr & Mrs Clarke a call on 0330 111 9766 or visit www.mrandmrsclarke.com to see all the properties they are advertising.