English cottage

An Orville Tracy cottage with ‘cat slide’ roof

Cat slide roof cottage

This distinctive storybook cottage is located in Chico, California. The defining feature is the ridiculously slanted roof which is known as a “cat slide roof” – because even a cat would slide down it!

Built in 1926, this charming home is currently listed for sale at $469,000.

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The Crooked House of Windsor

image from: http://www.messynessychic.com

image from: http://www.messynessychic.com

This tenacious building in Windsor, England has been hanging in there for over 400 years.

The original house was built in 1592 at the edge of the town’s market square – and was aptly named Market Cross House.

According to the Crooked House’s official website, the building was torn down in 1687 to make way for the neighboring Guildhall. A land dispute erupted over the lot/remains of the house. The town council was eventually ordered by the court to rebuild the dwelling in its original spot.

The house was re-built with such haste that unseasoned green oak wood was used. As a result, the structure soon noticeably buckled and shifted. The Market Cross house from then on became known as the Crooked House of Windsor.

image from: www.travelinginengland.com

image from: www.travelinginengland.com

It doesn’t appear that the house was ever used as a private residence; rather, there is record of it being used as a butcher’s shop, jeweler, brewery, a gift shop and an antique shop. However, the building has been utilized as a tea room/restaurant for over 30 years now.

image from: www.tripadvisor.com

image from: www.tripadvisor.com

The extreme settling and slanting of the structure is said to cause nausea and vertigo in many guests.

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Pencil Cottage

image from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pencil_Cottage.jpg (author: Garry Knight cc)

Pencil cottage is a thatched roof house in Shanklin Old Village on the Isle of Wight, UK that dates back to the 17th Century.

Old photo circa 1960:

image from: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/682072 (Copyright: Christine Matthews – licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence)

Pencil Cottage is now used as a gift shop and tea room.

The village where it is located – Shanklin Old Village – contains some of the oldest dwellings in the region. It has long been a popular tourist destination and as such is home to several inns, pubs, and tea houses – most of which have thatched roofs.

Here’s an historic postcard image of Shanklin Old Village that showcases the many thatched roofs:

image from: flickrhivemind.net (afrowolf)

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~ House Crazy Sarah ~

Sarah Felix Burns

"So many houses, so little time"

My first novel

JACKFISH - The Vanishing Village

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Song Over Quiet Lake
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