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Features > Autumn Homes > Country Homes > Imperfect Perfection
BD202: Imperfect Perfection
Photos: Brent Darby / Narratives
Text: Ali Heath / Narratives

Within the heart of a pretty Cotswold village, edged by rolling hills and open countryside on the outskirts of Winchcombe, this pretty 17th century thatch with views across to an ancient Saxon tower looks from street view to be a quintessentially English, timber framed thatched cottage. Venture to the back of the property and
quaint is cleverly juxtaposed with a contemporary glass and stone extension that has given the space a new vitality. ‘The cottage was run down and had not been touched for years, but we knew it had the potential to be brought back to life and modernised for 21st century living. We were immediately drawn to the beauty of its thick stone walls, irregular textured surfaces and endless quirks,’ says Karen. They have preserved the marks of time and ensured that the alchemy was carried out sympathetically, with authentic materials and respect for the original structure.
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