“And did those feet in ancient times, walk upon England’s mountains green?”
Cattle grazing in green pastures, climbing roses on age-old stone walls: (could it be the rain?) Cottages with thatched roofs, plaster, brick, exposed beams and stone; Fox hunts, rowing skulls and roaming the hills.
This is English Country – This is history.
While traditional farmhouses and manor homes are vulnerable to changing times, these buildings fuel our image of English Country.
Due to the desire for privacy, English country manor homes were often walled with gates and extended driveways. Stables housed horses and dogs, and hunting was an integral part of English Country life.
Interior furnishings were often designed for comfort and practicality. Slip covers in linens, classic floral chintz’s, and down filled upholstery are trademarks of English Country. Leathers, tartans, paisleys, and velvets are equally as ‘English’.
From refined Mahogany and Cherry, to beautiful Oaks and Pines the furnishing reflect the timeless quality of English “good taste” A pot board served as kitchen cabinets, storing dishes, kitchen wares and large cooking pots. The ‘Aga’ kept the kitchen warm and no English Country home was complete without a walled kitchen garden filled with herbs and vegetables.
Unlike the French’s gentle climate, the English needed to be practical about the weather. Libraries were an important source for entertaining throughout the cold seasons. High wingback chairs and sofas were often set around the fireplace to ward off drafts, and heavy lined draperies kept the weather at bay. And on a winter night in Canada – this look sounds perfect!