21 Oct 2017

Country Weekend: English Village Style

Country Weekend; English Village Style on vickiarcher.com

The country village and in particular the village pub are world-renowned in England.

Deservedly so.

The last few months have meant a few weekends in the countryside searching for a cottage – not for me but for my daughter and her new addition, Marloe. The truth is these quaint cottages and especially those in the Cotswold area too tempt me. She is looking for her version of Kate Winslet’s Rose Cottage in “The Holiday”. Imagine soft golden stonewalls with climbing roses and the palest dove grey painted door – I am sure you can already imagine.

Opening the front door and stepping down into a world of chintz and comfort is the antidote for a busy week in London. VIllage cottages have a don’t-mind-your-head– as you enter kind of vibe. They are so old fashioned, even with all the modern comforts offered today.

We have seen many adorable houses but not quite hers as yet.

This weekend it is another day of viewing with the delicious bonus of a pub lunch.

The village pubs are the best and the greedy girl in me could spend many days moving from lunch to tea to dinner. Travelling to London on vacation has to include a Cotswold getaway – even if it’s for the pub cuisine alone.

So I am planning what to wear.

I’m a lover of the countryside but I’m not really a country girl if you get my drift. A Barbour jacket, headscarf and plaid skirt won’t work in my world. I’m more of a chunky sweater or sweatshirt girl with a pair of leggings and a cosy jacket. Gumboots if required but normally walking boots or trainers are my go-to.

The sweatshirt, loose and slightly cocoon-like is great over leggings; I’m partial to my leather pair. Tuck a pretty silk scarf around the neck and a faux coat over the top and I’m set for the house hunting, the walking and the sticky date pudding.

This is my weekend, halfway countryside outfit. If I am staying in the city I will wear the same sweatshirt and pants but probably change the sneakers for dressier boots and the scarf for some jewellery. I might even wear a turtleneck with the leathers and the faux coat if I’m out and about in London.

This is an easy weekend outfit to wear pretty much anywhere; I am just lucky enough to be planning it around the English countryside tomorrow. xv

I’ll Be In The Village Pub Wearing

leather leggings like this

**eileen fisher  || nordstrom stretch  ||  alice & olivia  ||  vince  ||  eileen fisher stretch velvet (if leather is not your thing)

this type of sweatshirt with detail

**caslon bell sleeve (in every colour)  ||  pleione tie back  ||  free people (the best shade of cream)  ||  raey raw hem  || raey oversized with hood

image, the village pub in cirencester, condé nast

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Oh what a fun weekend you have planned!! A great adventure with your daughter to boot. I hope you will post pics of the house she decides on. I love English cottages and especially the ones like you mentioned in the movie The Holiday. Sooo romantic.

Debbie Harkins

Hi Vicki. I just discovered your site this week and have fallen in love with you and your fabulous advice. It’s very hard to find suggestions for someone my age in hair, make up, and style. I’m 59 and over the last two years have embraced my gray and love it. I am slowly but surely making a list of the items you recommend and can’t wait to try them out. I want to thank you for thinking of your followers that might be on a budget and posting items that are affordable for all.

I do have a question for you. My biggest problem is make up. What to buy, how to apply it, and the colors I should be using now that I’m silver. If you have addressed this already in a previous post would you mind pointing me to it. I have a drawer full of things I never use and seem to just keep adding to it trying to find the right “look”. Thank you so much Vicki and God Bless


Debbie, I will email you in the next week with some suggestions you might find helpful. :)


This sounds like a lovely weekend. I hope your daughter finds the perfect place!

I love interior and lifestyle magazines. I get a ton of American ones but would love to know which are your favorite English magazines. I recently subscribed to the UK’s Country Home magazine but I’m looking more for a balance of both town and country. Any suggestions?

Thank you and as always, I enjoy your posts. I loved the reminder of white boots. I had a high pair with embroidered flowers along the outside of each boot. I LOVED them! :)


Love English villages too, spent a couple of lovely weeks visiting some from Melbourne in June – love, love. Also white boots – you inspired me to buy a pair – have them on today as Melbourne has decided it hasn’t quite finished with wintry weather! Thank you for all your inspirational ideas xx

Anita Rivera

My husband and I have been addicted to Netflix’s “Escape to the Country.” It’s a great British show where prospective buyers are taken to properties in the English countryside as they seek to get away from city living. We are smitten with the country look of England, and we hope to visit one day soon. However, my husband has been anxious to do a few cosmetic adjustments to our own stone cottage here, and he’s added a few timbers to my studio ceiling and walls. It’s such a joy to live in a dwelling with these old-world features but with modern conveniences! I so hope your daughter finds the right cottage!


We in Canada rarely enjoy the escape to a 17th century cottage, unless in old Quebec or visiting Europe! My life as a child of English immigrants allowed the opportunity to see and experience the cottages and pubs on many trips to Great Britain. I’m a first time visitor to your blog and like your style ! I’m that rare beast a man who writes a fashion blog for women . I’m always looking for collaborations, partnerships and friendships. Visit me and say hi
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