Rubble stone Cottage Near Bristol, England
This beautiful home is a rubble stone lime mortar reed thatched cottage in Blaise Hamlet near Bristol, England. It was designed by John Nash, a master of the picturesque architectural style and designer of Buckingham Palace. The cottage, along with the rest of the hamlet, is owned by the UK’s National Trust. In the past people would ‘patch up’ thatch over the years, but the affluent new owners of thatched houses can afford to completely overhaul the roof. Sadly this practice, without thought to the environment, is killing off the now rare thatch moss. The beautiful National Trust tearoom (below), called Periwinkle, in Selworthy, England has more than 3,000 plants on its thatched roof, which represents the largest known population of thatch moss anywhere in the world.