I just got back from a weekend at Mr CSW's mucca's house
so I thought I would share and give you a tour of a late Regency cottage in Kent. Some people may have been to the U.K. but not spent time in a normal country cottage. There are so many styles of country living other than grand estates like Downton Abbey.
|Back of the cottage - they did two additions on either side of the original structure.|
Mr CSW's friend lives on a cottage with all
the country living accouterments.
This is one of the outbuildings they converted where a couple help them manage all aspects of maintaining the grounds.
The view over the gentle hills of Kent - very near Sissinghurst.
Don't know about you but I love looking into people's houses.
They don't even have to be fancy but I am weird like that...
Wanna come and have a look inside?
This is the entry hall that used to be the kitchen before the work.
The original den / living room.
I love a cosy English snug room with fireplace.
This is the addition where they have a larger sitting room
and downstairs loo.
The wallpaper in the loo - there is nothing more British to me that a wallpapered downstairs loo.
Well there are things just as British but...
The main sitting area for after dinner drinks and lazy afternoons
by the fire.
The kitchen was an addition that had to be built to accomodate their three children plus the modern needs of open plan kitchen space.
I like beams but sometimes I have to quietly giggle to myself because the Brits seem to have a pathological love affair with them.
Another very British thing -
dogs ruling the roost and lying in front of the Aga.
Oh...that and getting whatever leftovers
they can get on chipped plates.
We all upheld the country tradition of going on a walk
and got the dogs ready.
Two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, two Jack Russells and my brother's cockapoo puppy Millie, who I brought to her birth county.
Doesn't she look dapper with her red coat?
We met the children at the stables after they had done their hacks.
Watched a match of "friendly" tennis.
Never a dull moment in a mad English country house
full of dogs and children.
Not a soul in sight but wasn't dull in the woods either.
P.S. Could readers Gracie and Tonkath kindly email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to claim their prize?