British homes...the stuff of dreams for the Anglophile. Whether a manor house in the country, a cozy cottage in a village, or a row house in the city, we love them all! Scroll down this page to see wonderful examples of British real estate. And you may want to click the links I've provided to real-estate agencies. One can dream, right? But remember: They say that "envy" is one of the seven deadly sins! Oh, dear. I'm surely condemned!
The Manor House
So, what's not to love about a manor house? If we watch enough British period drama on PBS, we might well get the impression that many families across England lived, or still live, in such homes--either upstairs, as members of the landed gentry, or downstairs, as servants to the landed gentry. But, of course, we would also be wrong. Many Brits are amused by Americans who think manor homes, upper-crust accents, and leisurely afternoon tea times are the norm. And we Anglophiles understand this. But we also enjoy donning our rose-colored glasses and daydreaming about idyllic Britain...which may include visions of a large manor house...with lovely gardens...
Buy a Manor House
Ready to move to Britain and buy real estate? To own a manor house of your own? Or to daydream about owning a manor house of your own? Either way, Sotheby's deals with some of the finest real estate in the world, and to peruse their listings provides great entertainment for the Anglophile. Just click SOTHEBY'S and commence daydreaming!
The COTTAGE & MEWS HOUSE
So cozy. So quaint. So English. Cottages are frequently found on country estates. (Remember the cottage Mr. Rochester retired to after his demented wife burned down the manor house in Jane Eyre?) Cottages are also found in small villages, by the sea, and even in London.
Build Your Own Cottage
If you plan to build your own house, why not build a cottage! The following link takes you to a website that offers architectural plans for traditional British-style cottages. I've enjoyed perusing its floor plans and designs. We Anglophiles do like to dream, don't we? To see English cottage floor plans, click HERE
In London, one can find a variant of the cottage called a "mews house" or "stable house." (Americans are apt to say "carriage house.") By whatever name the houses are called, they share the same history: They previously housed horses.
One may find stable houses sprinkled across London--in the city's older quarters. The streets they're on may be cobbled or not. But my favorite are mews houses found on cobbled mews. "Mews" can refer to the road that the houses sit on (Americans would call this type of road an "alley") or to the courtyard itself, which would include the cobbled alleyway and all the stable houses that line it.
LOVELY MEWS HOUSES IN NOTTING HILL, LONDON
The TERRACE HOUSE
In America, we say "row house," but the British call attached housing "terraced." Terrace housing is found in cities and suburbs. Most often, terrace housing is made of brick or stone. The architecture of the attached homes is identical and repeats--though facades may differ. (As you undoubtedly know, Jean and Lionel live in a lovely terrace home in London's Holland Park on the BBC sitcom As Time Goes By.)
Rent a London Terrace House
If you're planning a medium- or long-term stay in London and are bringing a family, you may choose to rent a house. It may well be a terrace house because they are so plentiful. To peruse listings of London rental homes, see FOXTONS.
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