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Open House: A Grade II-listed Georgian cottage in Suffolk

This Grade II-listed Georgian cottage, once the home of a town reeve, is located on the high street of a picturesque Suffolk market town. The house has seven bedrooms, including a two-bedroom annexe in former stables, and a pretty garden.

The stunning kitchen features classic Shaker units, distressed floorboards and panelled cottage doors, all painted in a calm off-white palette that contributes to the light and airy feel. A seating area with mellow pine furniture introduces a cosy touch, while vintage enamelware and dainty floral china big up the nostalgic charm.

The fascinating history of the house is revealed in the pretty open-plan living room, where the original carriage house doors have been upcycled as a partition wall that now forms a characterful backdrop to the scheme. Lively cushions have been introduced to inject pops of colour to the neutral palette.

Painted furniture contributes to the elegant feel of the dining area. A chunky wooden table provides plenty of space for entertaining, while textural rattan chairs keep the look relaxed. The door leads to a small courtyard garden and is counterbalanced by large, modern, glass doors that overlook the back garden and have been designed to echo the glazing features of the original carriage house doors.

A turn-of-the-century addition, the TV room on the first floor is a splendid space, with its stunning roof lantern and views over the market town. The muted colour scheme is punctuated with a generous sofa in a cheery shade of red, while floral curtains pull all the shades of the scheme together. Stained wooden floorboards finish off the look beautifully.

The main bedroom combines period style and modern touches. A graceful floral feature wall sets the scene and draws the eye in, while opulent fabrics, an oversized headboard and a pretty chandelier add to the hotel luxe feel. Bold patterns and snazzy hits of colour give the room an eclectic flavour.

On the upstairs landing, the rustic feel is accentuated with tongue and groove panelling and eyecatching framed butterflies. Natural fabrics are the order of the day with a linen blind and lampshade, and a vintage chair reupholstered in old linen.

Bold floral curtains frame the beautiful sash window in the guest bedroom. The timeless period feel is accentuated by the wrought-iron bed, ornate chandelier and vintage suitcases stacked above the wardrobe.

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