Thatched roof guide: The comeback of historic craftsmanship

A thatched roof is a rare and prized design element and a much-romanticized rural idyll.

Straw has been used as a roofing material for thousands of years and was the dominant material in much of the UK and Europe until the late 19th century. A large number of charming thatched cottages survive today, and for fans of chocolate-box cottages, they rank among the best homes in the world.

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