There are more thatched roofs in the UK than anywhere else in Europe. Thatchers have been practicing their craft here since people first began gathering in villages – before the middle ages.
A good thatched roof not only makes a country cottage picturesque – it is also very long lasting. A roof thatched by a skilled craftsman can last 40 to 50 years without needing refurbishment. These thatch-roofed cottages in England and Wales are among the prettiest we’ve seen.