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BD198: Garden Rose Cottage
Shakespeare country in winter has a character of its own – a landscape of briar hedges and churned fields, scattered copses of ancient woodland, frost pockets and ice-edged canals and riverbanks. Coming from north London, Paul Clarke was struck by its wide, starry skies and lack of streetlight, just as much as its redbrick farmhouses, all to the amusement of his wife Alex because for her it was a homecoming. The two of them, a little bruised by missing out on a Sussex house, had put their plans to set up a new lifestyle-led estate agency business on hold and headed to Warwickshire. ‘I grew up round this area so it was a natural thing to do,’ says Alex. ‘We thought we’d come here and take stock.’ Gradually the idea of staying close to her family took hold and they began to look at the local market with increasing interest. And then in the midst of a cluster of farm buildings at the edge of a tiny hamlet, they found their home: it was one half of a brick and tile farmhouse, originally a pair of cottages, with an odd layout and dated interior but a glorious setting.
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