Sunday, 5 January 2014

Weekend in the Kentish countryside

One aspect I love about blogging is the glimpses of all different types of people. Sometimes it is their personal life, routines, or surroundings.  
What is au fait for one is completely novel for another.

Late Regency Cottage with various additions in Kent
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 couldashouldawoulda9@gmail.com to claim their prize?
Thank you!

52 comments:

  1. Luff the hounds. Hounds luff warmth. My little woof candy (rip) loved lying right in front of the heater.
    Looks very cosy x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They wouldn't let Millie have a go at all - they were very territorial about that spot. Lots of doggy politics going on! x

      Delete
  2. Those are nice looking dogs. It looks like the house might be drafty. Brrrr.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great weekend ~ I wonder what the fascination is we have with the British?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Perhaps it is cultural from most Anzacs and ancestral?

      @laoch it was super warm due to stoves in every room!

      Delete
  4. stunning! what a lovely cosy home xxx

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful home N. Looks like a wonderful weekend, and a nice contrast to London. I used to love going to Cambridge on weekends to get away from the city. Hearing birds other than pigeons was always a pleasure. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Love the quiet but hate getting there it took us three hours due to traffic!!

      @FF it is super cosy!

      Delete
  6. Oh how wonderful - my was born not far from Sissinghurst and lived there on and off for years - went to school nearby and spent my formative years at our house there!
    Love the dogs and Arga pic!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. 'I' not 'my'. I seem to be on holidays still in the proof reading department!

      Delete
    2. That bit of England is so calm and peaceful isn't it? I didn't have time to go to sisinghursr but will go in spring!

      Delete
  7. Love it all! Dogs, kids, countryside, cold weather!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Very beautiful! I love all the dogs lounging in the kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Sounds like such a fun weekend! Thanks for sharing all the photos!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yep it was relaxing and busy at the same time! Ta @mw and @sdm

      Delete
  10. So close, we were so close. We had diner on Friday evening at the Three Chimneys just outside Sissinghurt and we left Benenden (10 min from Sissinghurst) on Saturday morning... The weather was not great, it has been raining a lot and the wind was quite strong but we had a fantastic time. This house looks fabulous, the big Aga makes it so cosy. The entrance porch is beautiful and the fire places look very nice too...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow soooo close! Sat was awful but got better Sunday but seriously on sat I was ready to immigrate out of here!

      Delete
    2. Yes, the weather has been really terrible... The wind was the worse for me and prevented me from sleeping well during two nights...

      Delete
    3. OMG Steph! The Three Chimneys was my local when I was growing up! We used to go there almost every weekend, and a friend of mine helped to build the extension where the restaurant is housed!! I LOVE that pub so much! Did you enjoy the food? The brown bread ice cream was always one of its specialities!
      My house was not too far away from there. Wow, what nostalgia!

      Delete
  11. The tennis match may have been friendly but it must have been energetic too.....the players are in shorts and T shirts!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Started with more layers and things got heated indeed!

      Delete
  12. I love all the cozy, comfy, hangout places in that house. A walk in the woods with the hounds sounds fantastic and very British. Lovely weekend.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dogs horses and people were all in their element. Nature does that doesn't it?

      Delete
  13. The Aga and the smell of damp dog = my childhood!
    What a lovely house, it looks so cosy and comfy, is it a British thing to have wallpaper run the downstairs loo? I didn't realise that, er yes I do have wallpaper.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Agas are great but wish they made a small version of it! Yes downstairs loos with wallpaper is one of the signs of where I am :)

      Delete
    2. There is a small AGA ! I have seen one in Country Living mag UK!

      Delete
    3. You get small electric ones now N. Have a look on their website...they have several brands, Rangemaster etc. They're marketing themselves heavily at urban women at the moment.

      Delete
    4. Aga's urban campaign has passed me by! I would only get for the bonus heating not so much the cooking because I don't like the hot oven and hotter oven thing!

      Delete
    5. Have a look at the Aga S-Series Four-Two. It doesn't do heating, and has two electric ovens a gas hob and is 60cm wide to fit standard kitchens. It has the classic Aga look, but is essentially just a normal electric oven/gas hob combo.

      Delete
  14. love this peek. I really love that floral couch and the wallpaper and aga are just what I would imagine them to be!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Funny bc not many styles suit a floral sofa and I just felt like reading in front of the fire!

      Delete
  15. One of my fav guilty pleasure tv shows here was a reality show about Brits looking to move to country houses. Their love affair with exposed beams made me laugh so much! There could be the most pokey old cottage with dodgy renovations and additions (nothing like your friend's gorgeous cottage!) and yet the British couple would LOVE it because of the exposed beams

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know!!! I watch those shows too and it cracks me up. Next to a train line, rising damp but oh those beams tempt them ;)

      Delete
  16. So cosy and quaint. Love seeing how others live. Am such a sticky beak.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes sticky beak is the perfect term! I am one too :)

      Delete
  17. My cousins live in Gloucs. and this is a typical weekend at their house! Lots of fun.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. These cottages are just so inviting and restorative.

      Delete
  18. Love a country home and that one has oodles of charm. Looks like a great place to live and the walking must be idyllic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Will look into the small aga - never knew - might be better for the weather over here to heat the home and dry laundry as they do. Walking was great but def needs wellies!

      Delete
  19. So English! Aga..dogs...comfy chairs!
    Gin?
    Xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. funny bc they ran out so it was vodka ;) x

      Delete
  20. They call that a cottage?! Very pretty and love all the land, and the dogs, and the horses…thanks for the peak.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The kitchen was modern so very big but the rest of the house you needed to duck or you could hit your head on a beam!

      Delete
  21. Well I've lived in the UK all my life and never spent time in a 'normal country cottage' so it was nice to have a little peek. Two key things: that view and that Aga; I'm not sure what I'm drooling over most. It does look very cozy and I don't know whether they put up Christmas decorations, but if they did I can imagine it would have felt even more festive than the average house. It does look very calm and tranquil, but I love me the city any day, although a country weekend getaway sounds perfect! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thing is - it was very nice but I couldn't live there either. I told Mr CSW not to get any funny ideas! Agas are great because it really kept the house warm and I hate drafty houses with a passion. I also love the dogs everywhere but I too am a city girl any day! xx

      Delete
  22. I love that picture of the dogs grabbing something off the table! We have two English Springers that are like children .. or perhaps have replaced our (adult) children;) Lots of room in this home for family, friends, FLOWERS, and dogs.. horses, chickens and the like. Beautiful property and I can't imagine the upkeep (staff required!) . Thanks for taking us on the tour!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love this idea for a post. Love the British country side but agree that in 95% of times when visiting it is London...xo Caroline

    ReplyDelete
  24. Aga, damp dog, muddy pony...as English as Bread and Butter pudding, Spotted Dick and custard.

    Have you noticed the trend for one room living, meaning the kitchen does all, has taken us right back to the Medieval great hall, with its high beams, fire and open plan multifunctional space.

    ReplyDelete
  25. @Leslie - dogs are funny but 5 dogs was hilarious and so interesting. All we needed was Attenborough commenting! To maintain the woods properly one does need expertise as it isn't just about mowing lawns etc.

    @Caroline - yes the countryside rarely gets a look in and when it does it is only grand estates!

    @Curator - yes now you bring it up - it is so Tudor! Plus ca change eh?

    ReplyDelete
  26. I loved the interior of the house. The wood beams, and brick walls are so rarely seen here in the States. Looks like you had a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Naomi, Sounds like a true English country getaway cottage. Love the goggles and the Aga! Heaven.
    xo

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for dropping by!