Thursday, August 27, 2009

A 13th-Century English Cottage

I know this blog is called Beach Cottage Love, but the truth is that I love all cottages, everywhere! I've been to England a couple of times, and one of the highlights for me was seeing old cottages like this one, which is near Bath in Wiltshire.

The listing states that this 3-bedroom home, and most of the others in its village, date back to the 13th century. Doesn't it look cozy?

It sits on the bank of the River Avon, beside what is described as "the ancient bridge." Does that mean it's been around since the 13th century, too?

All of this history and charm comes with what seems like a very reasonable price tag: £395,000. I'm afraid it won't seem quite as good a deal if we convert that to U.S. dollars, however (so let's not bother).

Want to go in on it with me?

Today it's Hooked on Fridays, a blog party I host at Hooked on Houses to celebrate the things that make us happy. This old English cottage is what I'm hooked on. Head over there to see what everyone else is talking about!

25 comments:

  1. It's hard for me to imagine that somebody could actually buy and live in a place like this.

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  2. I am so there with you! When are we leaving? I love cottages!!

    Thanks for sharing the gorgeous images~
    Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

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  3. And triple that for the Aussie Dollar! Oh well, we can dream can't we?

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  4. Okay. I am seriously in love. : )

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  5. Yes, I want to go in on it with you. Let's up and move to England!

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  6. love your blog! all the beachy pictures provide lots of inspiration...I live in a beach cottage myself..in Central Coast CA. .but I lived in England for awhile and an English Cottage has always had a piece of my heart ..that no one can take!

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  7. Maybe we could work out a timeshare? Love, love, love that cottage! Oh my gosh, it's you, Julia! I just spied your photo. Two great blogs? Wow! It is so nice to know there are others out there who love houses like I do.

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  8. Love the cottage, just wondering how to get the bed up those stairs...

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  9. Oh yes! Let's do go in on it together! We can discuss the details over a cuppa.

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  10. Me too. I'll be happy to take the off season!

    I wonder if the bridge is Roman.

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  11. I am such a sucker for a vine-covered, thatched-roof cottage! Sure. Yes! Let's go! (but when we get there, those televisions have to be put into some kind of cupboard... they're killin the vibe!)

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  12. OHH I love England, I have been a couple times too and hands down it is one of my favorite places to visit!! I went to Bath as well, and I can agree that the little cottages there are simply amazing...so cozy and filled with history and love....all the homes are so different then what I am used to, I am in awe most of the trip! Love their little pubs too! **wink wink

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  13. I absolutely loved the cottage that Kate Winslet lived in in the movie The Holiday (with Cameron Diaz). This adorable cottage looks so similar!! They could be sister houses. Love it!!

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  14. I love all cottages too! Beach cottages are my favorite if the beach is right there but if not I love English cottages. Thay are so charming and quaint and I love how the roofs look!

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  15. Wow that home is so lovely, thank you for sharing!

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  16. What is it about a cottage that is so endearing?! Especially when it is as historical as an english country cottage :)

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  17. 13th century??? I'm completely dumbfounded that it could have been around for so long and wonder what all has happened in that adorable home for more years than the US of A has been in existence. It's hard to imagine yet I'm already daydreaming.....cottage bliss.

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  18. Hello Julia
    I have just discovered your lovely blog. The photos are spo beautiful and inspiring. I am going to catch up with your past posts now.
    Isabelle x

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  19. I can attest this is indeed a lovely part of England. The price tag does seem high, but thatched cottages are not that common even in Britain so that's probably why.

    Great point, AlwaysMe, about getting the bed up the stairs - Ikea furniture is such a blessing because it can be assembled at its destination!

    The only other slight snag is all the spiders which live in a thatched roof. Guess where they like to spend winter - all cozied up inside with the occupants. :)

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  20. We're in! Cut that cottage into several shares, and we could do it. :-)
    It's fabulous -- I love England, too -- one of those places that turns out to be just as wonderful as you hoped.

    Lovely old OLD cottage! I'd even cohabit with those winter spiders if I could spend some time in this place. It's beyond charming.

    Cass

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  21. I adore anything English or beachy! thank you for all of you inspirational blogs and photos!
    Donna, Wilmington,North Carolins

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