Step inside this beautiful Hampshire country house

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The owner, an interior designer, and her husband, who works in finance, live here with their two sons, plus their pet Cocker Spaniel. They moved here in 2013, having decided to leave London for the countryside in order to give their children a rural upbringing.

When they decided to move, they were in the fortunate position that the owner’s mother planned to downsize from her 30-year-old house at the same time and, as they loved the property, they took it over.

‘It’s an amazing place,’ says the owner. ‘It’s grand and lovely, but because it’s relatively new, it’s warm! This is a country house where you don’t feel cold all the time. Plus, it’s ideal for a family as the layout flows really well and there’s a playroom off the kitchen. It also made sense to move here as we knew my mother-in-law would be living nearby – my family live overseas, so it was important for us to be near family here. Added to that, there are good schools in the area and it’s only an hour by train to London.’

The owner was keen to update the house and put her own stamp on it so she set to work straight away as she was pregnant with her second child and wanted to complete the house before he was born.

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