Perhaps there’s one thing to be said for meandering through the Cotswolds in December when nary a bloom is on the vines: “It’s all the better to see the doors, my dear!” We’ve written about the charm of stone cottages in the area, but the doors — ah, the doors — bear a second look.
Like this sturdy wooden door standing in stark contrast to pale gray stones surrounding it, and adorned by an arc of vines. Classy colors. Stately architecture. Memorable statement.
Or this nail-studded door with a pouf of winding, climbing now-hardened vines hovering over and spilling onto to those charming leaded windows.
Even plain doors are noteworthy in the Cotswolds. With a simple lion’s head door knocker and metal (hand-forged?) letter slot, this Court Cottage door exudes elegance in simplicity.
Now this door deserves a double-take. If it weren’t on a church, this sweet closure could almost be the opening for a Hobbit house, with that rounded top and romantic carvings. And look twice at the details like a forged iron hinge at the bottom and teeny cut-outs at eye level.
I guess everyone has a favorite, even among a line-up of remarkable doors where each one seems more special than the last. And here’s mine. Perhaps I should call it what it really is — a gate rather than a door. But it’s a doorway to something. This lovely carved wooden structure — door? gate? — begged to be pushed open just so I could get a glimpse of what’s on the other side. And it was all I could do to hold back and just take pictures.
Be still my heart. The Cotswolds have doors to envy!
For more of Norm’s Thursday’s Doors, click here. And push open a whole new world of worthy entrances.