The romance of thatch
For centuries people throughout the world have lived in buildings with thatched roofs. In fact, in rural England they were very much the norm; every Tom, Dick and Harry had one. But as transportation throughout the country improved, tougher roof coverings such as slate became more easy to obtain and many abandoned thatch. A slate roof can last for a hundred or more years whilst a roof made from water reed a more modest 50-60 years, wheat straw even less. But 'come for a romantic break in my slate roofed cottage' just doesn't have quite the right ring about it!
If you have a thatched cottage you know that maintaining or creating a new quality thatch is not an amateur process. No way will your let the local odd job man near your property. It requires the specialist skills of a trained thatcher. These craftsmen have throughout the centuries displayed their skill and creativity by producing thatches in ever varying styles. Some even added little straw animals like foxes running along the ridges, further adding to the building's charm.
Rent a pretty thatched country cottage for a self-catering break
England has more thatched properties than any other country but still there are not that many. It is therefore, lovely to come across them. They are so picturesque, seeming to retain an atmosphere of 'old England'; a time gone by. Artists have always been smitten with them, including them in their paintings. You don’t need to be particularly creative to readily imagine Constable, or one of his peers, perched on a stool at his easel, painting a masterpiece featuring a property such as The Guildhall, Higham, Colchester.
Thatched cottages are found in may parts of southern England. A few exist further north but the number tends to decrease as one travels northwards. The counties on the south coast of England such as Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall have a large number of thatched cottages scattered across the countryside. Rural Suffolk and Essex are also fond of thatched properties and a good source of thatched cottages to rent for self-catering breaks.
So it is not really surprising to find that a thatched cottage is a natural choice for a romantic rendezvous. Whether your choice is Daisy Cottage in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, (perfect for two) or the larger very picturesque Cobbs Cottage, in Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, you will find that each has it's own irresistible romantic charm and proves to be an excellent venue for an unforgettable romantic holiday.
If it is ideas for romantic breaks that you would like, take a look at some more romantic cottages and see if anything inspires you.
The best UK holiday destination for a family summer holiday in a thatched cottage is the Isle of Wight. Rent a thatched cottage in an Isle of Wight village or in the country for a most relaxing and cosy experience. Thatched cottages tend to be former farmhouses and often have that lovely spacious farmhouse kitchen that people desire. The rooms will be full of character and one could expect exposed beams, inglenooks and a range cooker in the kitchen. A stay on this UK holiday island provides everything that a family with young children may desire; there are numerous fabulous sandy beaches, theme parks, the chance to ride a pony or go mountain biking. It is a highly recommended family friendly summer holiday destination in southern England.