Step inside this Gallic-inspired seaside retreat

Take a look inside the gallic-inspired seaside retreat in Kent for plenty of coastal inspiration. This house tour, previously featured in Country Homes & Interiors has plenty of inspiring country ideas for coastal and seaside homes

The exterior of this holiday retreat in Kent is painted in Dulux's (opens in new tab) Silver Grey.

1/7 Exterior

house exterior with windows

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

2/7 Living room window

living room with white windows and wooden floor

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

An original 1930s sofa sits in the bay window of the living room. The owners kept lots of the antique furniture that was in the house before they renovated it. The antique screen also dates back to the 1930s.

The shutters are from Shutters of Distinction (opens in new tab). The sofa is covered in Chenille Rio19 from Wemyss (opens in new tab). (opens in new tab)

3/7 Living room

living room with wooden floor and brick wall and and couch

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

The owners exposed some of the orginal brickwork in the living room and used it to create a feature wall.

The sofas are from Whitehead Designs (opens in new tab) and upholstered in Abbott & Boyd's (opens in new tab) Sari. The antique chair is covered in fabric from Marvic Textiles (opens in new tab). The clock came from Old English Pine. (opens in new tab)

4/7 Kitchen

kitchen with white wall and crockery shelf and dining table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

An old range dating back to the 1730s was uncovered and restored in the kitchen.
The units are Appleby by Magnet (opens in new tab). For a similar table try An Angel At My Table (opens in new tab) and for chairs try Bells of Suffolk (opens in new tab). The cornishware is original, for similar try TG Green & Co (opens in new tab).

5/7 Bedroom

bedroom with white wall and bed

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

Antique furniture mixed with vintage French linens and fabrics help create a rustic feel in the bedroom.

The bed is by Relyon (opens in new tab), the headboard covered in vintage Osborne & Little (opens in new tab) and the bed covers bought in Provence. The table is from Old English Pine (opens in new tab). The lamp is from Carlos Remes (opens in new tab).

6/7 Bathroom

bathroom with white door and bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

The antique roll top bath was re-enamelled to give the bathroom a traditional, rustic feel.

The shuttered mirror is from Burbon Rose (opens in new tab). The sign is from Old English Pine (opens in new tab).

7/7 Sunny terrace

sunny terrace with round table and chairs with sea view

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

From the terrace at the back of the house there are lovely views of the channel.

Want to step inside other real homes from Country Homes & Interiors? Why not take a tour around this vintage Cotswold cottage? Or be inspired by this Victorian barn conversion?

Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.