Saturday, 31 March 2012


I was deep in the backwood's of Hampshire on Friday. A couple of years back, I found this abandoned gamekeepers cottage in the grounds of an expansive private estate and I went to check on how things were. You'd never find it if you didn't know exactly where to look, and I'm not going to give away its secret. The owners think it too expensive to modernise and they don't want to sell, so it just rots in splendid isolation. It's amazing that these places still exist in such a densely populated part of Britain. No services, and an original bread oven attached. How old? I have no idea, could be a couple of hundred years or even more. 

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