There are many reasons why thatched cottages are so popular and being in Dorset we’re lucky to have plenty of beautiful properties to choose from. It goes without saying that thatched cottages have huge aesthetic appeal and are usually full of character.
Most thatched cottages were built in the late mediaeval era, specifically from the 16th to 19th centuries due to having an abundance of local, readily-available thatching materials when reed and straw were considered an affordable option, while providing insulation and protection from the elements. It’s worth noting that, given their history, many thatched cottages will be Grade II Listed.
Benefits of Buying a Thatched Cottage
Aside from their charming appearance and cosy appeal, owning a thatched cottage allows homeowners to be a part of our architectural history. Due to their desirability and scarcity, thatched cottages can also be a good long-term investment, especially for those that have been well maintained. In our experience, their unique and sought-after characteristics means they will hold their value well.
Thatched roofs are a good, natural insulator that will keep the interior cool in summer and warm in winter. As well as contributing to energy efficiency efforts, the materials used are renewable. Thatched roofs are also considered an excellent sound insulator, making for a more peaceful environment inside, as well as less pressure to keep the noise down for the neighbours!
Things to Consider when Buying a Thatched Cottage
While owning a thatched cottage can be a rewarding experience, there are some responsibilities that come with it. Thatched roofs require regular maintenance and upkeep to ensure their longevity and fire safety. Insurance costs for thatched properties may also be higher.
It’s important to thoroughly research and consider these factors before purchasing a thatched cottage to ensure it aligns with your lifestyle, budget, and willingness to take on the associated responsibilities.
Selling a Thatched Cottage
Once a decision has been made to sell a thatched property, it’s important to work with an estate agent who understands the nuances of these homes, and more importantly, is equipped to communicate all the necessary information to potential buyers.
The DOMVS team has years’ of experience selling thatched cottages and is always available to support homeowners with the sale of listed properties. Call one of our team members or start the process by getting an instant, up-to-date valuation of your home.