A Severed Head Setting & Symbolism

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Rembers

Rembers is the childhood home of Martin, Alexander, and Rosemary. Although ownership has changed hands since the death of Mr. Lynch-Gibbon, Martin still sees it as the family home. Yet Martin says "the house retains indelibly the mark of my mother's gentle fey rather vague personality, and is it in my thought of it perpetually clouded over with a romantic, almost a medieval haze."

The house was built in 1880 and its exterior is half timber and half stucco tinted in rich Irish pink. The house is solitary and sits on high ground overlooking the river Stour. Rembers is located on the outskirts of a Cotswold village near Oxford. The view is stunning filled with empty hillsides visited only by hares. Mrs. Lynch-Gibbon has spent many years devoted to the garden.

Alexander refers to the house as an "earthly paradise" that was responsible for creating an idyllic setting...

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