Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, April 19, 2013

A Doll House of a House

I'm thrilled to join The Tablescaper today
Oh, The PLACES I've been

Two years ago
we spent the Spring in England
One of those weeks
we spent in one of my favorite places . . . 

Pitts Cottage

Truly a cottage
Built in 1870
Old from where we're from
Not old in "English" years!

It had a great garden

That the windows looked out upon

I always describe it as a "Doll House of a House"
for it was
small . . . yet perfect

The living room

The dining room

A small kitchen
And for Britian -- a huge refrigerator!

Linderhof's kitchen is small
But the kitchen at Pitts Cottage
is so much smaller!

And the stairs going up to the second floor

Where there were two bedrooms
(and no bath -- that was downstairs!)

The master bedroom

The second bedroom
Only big enough for a twin bed

But it had a beautiful view of the garden

I have fond memories of this week.
The house was perfect
Tiny, but perfect
And the decor was done very very well.
A perfect example of English Country decorating

The bonus?

Five miles down this road . . . 

Was this!

Five miles from Linderhof?

Is this sign!

What would you rather live five miles from?

A wonderful week that passed all too quickly
in a perfect house
A house that I will cherish forever

And I might be tempted if I was offered an even trade --
Pitts Cottage for Linderhof!

For it was the perfect house
in a small English village
for two midwesterners
who yearned to live in England.

It's Saturday and I'm joining the Inaugural party of Oh, The Places I've Been that The Tablescaper is hosting today.     


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Funny, the five mile comparison.

What an adorable house. It is perfect. So cozy and love the garden.

xinex said...

Oh I love that house, so charming!.... Christine

ellen b. said...

Now that's what I'm talking about. I love the idea of staying in a cottage like this on a trip to England. Love!! If that cottage had a double in the 2nd bedroom I'd try to book it for our upcoming trip to England in September with our oldest and his wife. In 1973 when we visited Stonehedge there were no fences around it. I suppose they've had to protect it...

Canadian Chickadee said...

Pitts Cottage looks lovely -- like a movie set. I think I'd like the room with the bed tucked under the window. All my life, I've liked to sleep in my nice cosy bed with the breeze from the window on my face. Like camping out, but much much more comfortable!


The Tablescaper said...

Oh, this looks soooo idyllic! I would love to stay in such a place. It looks like you really got to soak up all of what was there.

I'm so happy that you've joined the premier of "Oh, the PLACES I've been!" and hope that you will become a regular contributor.

- The Tablescaper

Kadee Willow said...

I love cottages.. remember the movie, "Perfect Holiday", with Cameron Diaz where she exchanges homes with a woman she found online (gosh,darn can't remember the actor's name)? That darling cottage in the Cotswold's has always stayed with me. And yours is just as charming! How did you locate this? This is where the internet seems so overwhelming to me as I get so turned around trying to find darling rentals. Thanks for sharing this adventure!

Deanna said...

a delight to see.
Thx for sharing,

On Crooked Creek said...

A Doll House of a House, indeed!!!
I'd have wanted to nap in the Guest Room just to awaken to that gorgeous Garden view every afternoon!!!
Please tellme you're n e v e r leaving Linderhof!!! (Well, not for many, many years anyway!)