Thatched roof guide: the historic craft making a comeback

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A thatched roof is a rare and treasured design feature, and is a much romanticized rural idyll.

Thatch has been used as a roof covering for millennia, and was the dominant material across much of the UK and Europe up to the late 19th century. A large number of charming thatched properties remain today, and for fans of chocolate box cottages, they make up some of the world’s best homes.