When we received details of “Pyt Cottage” the name caught my attention and I decided to investigate the origin of “Pyt”. Having ruled out the obvious “Pretty Young Things” I discovered it seems to be a Danish word, with no direct English translation, but basically equates to more a cultural concept about cultivating healthy thoughts to deal with stress – what could be more apt in this currently “Covid” world where, the one thing most wish for, would be reduced stress levels.
Sturminster Newton itself provides a pretty stress-free environment. Set in Dorset’s Blackmore Vale (beloved of all Hardy fans) its historic architecture (lots of thatched buildings), wide range of independent shops and glorious countryside all add to the “feel good” feeling I’m sure the residents enjoy.
It’s this “feel good” factor that so many people who have used Covid to reassess their lives are looking for. Those able to leave larger towns and cities to seek a more rural lifestyle still want to feel connected.
So Pyt Cottage, listed with Abbot & Slater may provide the answer. Described by Christine Slater as “With its Flemish bond brick and thatched elevations Pyt Cottage is a Grade II listed two-bedroom cottage and is named after the unique stepped well which is now secured, but with a supply of water. Thought to date from around 1800, Pyt Cottage is one of a row standing in this quiet backwater of the town which eventually leads to the parish church. The town centre is within a few moments' walk. The accommodation is steeped in character.”
So my romancing about the word “Pyt” might be off the mark but I still like to remember that as the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world, and also happen to have a lot of words for ways to be happy, “Pyt” may well be an English word for a well but “Pyt Cottage” will certainly reduce the new owners stress levels – even if they are not Danish.