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English Cottage Interiors (COUNTRY SERIES) Paperback – 14 Jun 2001

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Paperbacks, Cassell & Co; New edition edition (14 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841881481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841881485
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 25.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A charming and beautiful collection of timeless images.

About the Author

Hugh Lander is a specialist writer on the history and treatment of old buildings, and is the author of several books, including Do's and Don'ts of House and Cottage Restoration and The House Restorer's Guide. Hugh Lander currently lives in Redruth, CornwallPeter Rauter is one of our most foremost still-life and location photographers, he gives a detailed guide to the techniques and equipment he uses for interiors photography. Peter Rauter currently lives in London, NW6.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2011
I take this book down and browse through it again, from time to time, always with a great deal of pleasure. The photographer has taken a lot of care over the pictures, and we get a very good idea of the "feel" of these interiors. The cottages chosen are a mixed bag, and very "twee" homes which have featured in glossy magazines sit side by side with completely unselfconscious interiors that belong to old people or farmers. Some are derelict. Some of them are, undoubtedly, weekend cottages.

What is nice is that none of these interiors are trendy. Even the ones that obviously belong to well-heeled arty types have been done with a lot of sensitivity for the original atmosphere. To this extent, the book is timeless and hasn't dated.

Bearing in mind that I like this book and have hung onto it for many years, why have I given it only 3 stars? Well, it is of limited usefulness for inspiration, as the dominant feature in all these interiors is the fabric of the building. On the other hand, there is little here to guide you if you are lucky enough to be doing up a cottage yourself. The text, which is inclined to be whimsical, is really only a commentary on the pictures. Though arranged by region, there is precious little on the differences in vernacular architecture across the country. So what we have is, basically, a book of very attractive pictures of the insides of other people's houses. That, of course, is exactly what the title promises. But how much more of a book it would have been if the pretty pictures had been accompanied by a really good text!

NOTE: Since I wrote this review, someone has lent me Simple Country Style and How to Achieve it, which does exactly that! Now I am happy; I strongly recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tyke VINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2007
This book will probably not appeal to those looking for ideas on how to decorate and upgrade a cottage to suit a modern pastiche of country life. It's a very interesting look at English cottages which have not been modernised, or have had very little modernisation.

The author makes the intelligent and usually over-looked point that while many dream of a rural cottage existence, few would want to live the reality, which was often cramped, cold, grubby and squalid. He has tracked down a number of properties which have remained largely unchanged for decades, though a few have suffered a minor touch of gentrification - bunches of dried things hanging from rafters, kitchenalia-clutter etc.

The featured properties are from the counties of Norfolk, Cornwall, Cumbria, Devon, Wiltshire, Hampshire, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Suffolk, Durham, Hereford and Worcester, Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and several from London.

The first dozen or so pages (of over 150) are the author's introduction, which is worth reading, and the remainder of the book has pictures on every page, with an accompanying paragraph giving information about the property.

The photographs are all in colour and while some are slightly dark, this reinforces the point of the book, to show these properties before they are brought up to modern-day requirements. At the end of the book, the photographer explains the difficulties he encountered in achieving adequate pictures in homes with little space or natural light.

This is a valuable historical record of English cottage dwellings and of a way of living which few have the stamina or taste for today. Those who are looking for ideas on what colour tiles to put behind the Aga or how best to display a collection of old Bovril signs will be disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tracey on 18 Feb. 2003
I am about to move to France to take up permanent residence in a delightful, if somewhat dilapidated stone cottage. My French not yet being what it ought to be I wanted a book with clear examples of the look I'm aiming for that I can show to local tradesmen so they are in no doubt as to what I want. This book far outwieghed my expectations. It is crammed full from start to finish with juicy colour photographs of the most exquisite "in your dreams" interiors, withought bogging itself down in explanatory text. An absolute gem!
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By userronie on 26 Aug. 2004
This book gave a fascinating insight into traditional country living, with photos of how most people used to live (and a few still choose to) but it is not for those looking for inspiration for their own modern, country homes. The homes in this book are traditional, rustic and somewhat dark and not what you tend to find in the pages of the glossy country homes-type magazines.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended. 22 Dec. 2003
By sk raymond - Published on
This is one of my favorite (non-fiction) books of all time. It is not your garden variety decorating book, and doesn't pretend to be. In subject matter it is a bit more about architecture rather than interior decoration, with an emphasis on traditional. I think the text is excellent: witty, charming, down-to-earth, very informative and not long-winded or padded out. The photography is superb, giving excellent and well-lit views. Most of these rooms are decorated with some antiques, and the captions give you some information on these. If you love traditional cottage architecture, and English country decorating on the somewhat modest side -- no fancy houses here, these are cottages -- you might love this book as much as I. Highly recommended.
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The Real English Cottage 20 Nov. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
I bought this book last year and have looked through it many times. It is a true pictorial look at the REAL English cottages.
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Five Stars 14 Jan. 2015
By Sharon Khoury - Published on
Love this book...or anything English.
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