Taste of the Cotswolds: Part 3
|This might be the most beautiful private garden I’ve ever seen. The house behind it is roofed in Cotswold limestone.|
Thatched roofs are definitely a status symbol. I’ve read that they’re incredibly expensive to maintain, which is ironic considering that thatched roofs were once a mark of poverty. Even today, straw and reeds are the only roofing material available for many people in developing countries.
It’s like wholemeal bread: at one time the mark of the peasant, today the mark of the health-conscious yuppie.
Contrary to what you might believe, the Cotswolds are not littered with thatched houses. In fact, they’re relatively rare. The most common roofs are of limestone tiles, which are certainly beautiful (especially when covered with moss), but not as special as that sought-after thatch.
Perhaps it’s the artistry that draws us so, or maybe it’s because they look so cozy. Just the right sort of place to snuggle up in front of a roaring fire with a good book.
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