Ambience ~ Come Right In, Make Yourself At Home

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We don’t know a great deal about the history of our cottage. It seems it was built around the 1830s, and this room, with its large fireplace may have been some kind of workshop. The window was added in the 1980s after the place had been condemned, and then pretty much rebuilt. Originally, the back of the house was butted against the field bank – without footings or a proper floor. The privy was at the top of the bank beside the field, and to reach it you had go out of the front door, round the house and up the garden.

Back then, too, the house was basically a barn, the upstairs subdivided into two rooms with thin boards, and downstairs probably one open space. The owners who did the restoration work turned it into a two up, two down, and added a small upstairs bathroom. The next owners built on another room up and down, and installed the spiral staircase which featured in an earlier post. When we moved in ten years ago, we turned the new downstairs room, which hadn’t been used for any particular purpose, into the kitchen. The heart of the home of course. Which reminds me – I’d better scoot back there. I left some stock cooking on the stove about an hour ago.



65 thoughts on “Ambience ~ Come Right In, Make Yourself At Home

    1. What a nice idea! 🙂 We are late, very late, but we’re coming too. If you don’t mind, Tish. 😉 It looks so cozy and inviting.

      Warm greetings,
      💃🏼 Dina-Hanne
      👭Siri & Selma

  1. What a lovely home, Tish. Just perfect. You have made a super job of the kitchen and it is indeed very warm and welcoming. That woodburner looks perfect for chill January days. 🙂

  2. A lovely cosy home with the flagstones and the wood burner, most welcoming. Comfy cushions, rugs and piles of books. I can feel myself settling in already… 😀

  3. What a wonderful cottage, Tish – it looks so delightfully cosy and colourful! I also have a spiral staircase and similar renovation work was done by the previous owner. I’m considering whether to pay the lady behind the House Historian blog to research the history. It’s an 18th-century fisherman’s cottage and I love it. Eventually, I’ll need to put in a lift but until then, I shall relish the staircase!

    1. House historians usually do a good job, and it might be fascinating to know more about your cottage. And long may you continue to use your spiral staircase. They’re more secure and supportive than people tend to imagine when looking at them.

      1. They are, aren’t they! People look at it and say, ‘But surely it’s so difficult for you, Sarah.’ I try to explain that the reverse is true because of being contained by both sides. I’m much dodgier on the ordinary stairs to the top floor.

    1. Sort of like fitting elephants into a Mini. Worth a good try though, and I would definitely make you some scones, as long as the elephants wouldn’t eat them first 🙂

  4. Very cosey, Tish – a lovely winter home. Just right for hibernating and watching films.
    On that topic – as you like Dead Man, try A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Similar mesmerising cinematography – a mixture of Jarmusch, Sin City and Let the Right One In (the Danish version). As you say, dangerous recommending films 😉

  5. I’m a sucker for those exposed beams. I like that Graham’s in the mirror of that first shot (I think that’s him?). Him, or a ghost. It does have a real warmth, and I’ll say (having seen it myself), you captured it. Nice eye, Tish.

  6. It’s lovely and the kind of home I’d somehow expect you to have. I always think of our houses and how they look as the stage set on which we perform the long drama (or comedy) otherwise known as life. It should be as much you as anything in your life. And, of course, yours is charming, unique, and artistic. What else could it be?

    1. Ah, that’s a very sweet thing to say. I see you’ve been doing some heavy reading of my blog today, so many thanks for that. I appreciate the fellow feelings on so many topics 🙂

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