With walls built out of semi-coarse Cotswold stone and floor-to-ceiling windows, this light-filled home blends in beautifully with the surrounding countryside.
1/13 Subtle stone
2/13 Entrance hall
Playful touches, like this 1970s wallpaper, add interest to the narrow entrance hall.
Cole & Son
The two-storey, four-bedroom home was architect-designed to look out over a glorious wildflower garden and the countryside beyond. A wooden staircase leads to a curved landing, with high-set windows for day-long natural light.
4/13 Living area
The main living spaces centre around this sitting area, with kitchen, dining room and terrace all flowing effortlessly out of it.
A finite number of wall cupboards help to make the kitchen seem less utilitarian and help it to blend more easily with the adjoining living area.
6/13 Kitchen island
The kitchen island widens from back to front to fit the irregular shape of the room. The kitchen units were designed to feel like "wedges of cake".
7/13 Dining area
The French wardrobe in the dining area originally belonged to the owner's grandfather and its imposing form is allowed to dominate, helping to emphasise the generous vertical space.
Oak Furniture Solutions
8/13 Living area view
Rows of French windows let the light stream into the combined sitting-dining-kitchen area and provide panoramic views of the gardens and rolling countryside beyond.
9/13 Irregular angles
The major spaces in the house are all designed without right angles, so the decorating required a delicate balance of soft, rounded shapes combined with more rigid, linear pieces.
The building's curved design and wooden beams make it sympathetic with its natural surroundings. The semi-circular form also makes the most of the south-facing aspect.
11/13 Family bathroom
A long, narrow but curved basin complements the shape of the bathroom perfectly.
Similar table-top basin
12/13 Main bedroom
A Turkish wall hanging dictated the colour scheme in the main bedroom. A ladder leads to storage space above.
13/13 First-floor terrace
The terrace off the main bedroom brings the sense of Nature up to the first floor in a beautifully tangible way.
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Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. 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.
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