Sign with house name sign The Cottage

In a survey of house names undertaken by the Halifax ‘The Cottage’ took the top spot. This may reflect a yearning for a hide-away and retreat from the pressures of our frenzied lives. The name summons up images of wood-burning stoves and small, cosy rooms protected by a thatched roof.

Those wanting to escape to the classic cottage and experience life in the past could try a stay at Thomas Hardy’s Dorset home where he wrote ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. The National Trust rents this out but there is no electricity or mains water. The only concession to modern day life is battery powered lights as the Trust does not allow candles to be used – probably doesn’t want its guests coming home to a real fire if that thatch were to catch alight.

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