Take a tour around a historical country cottage

Rustic wooden floorboards are teamed with chalky colours to set the country-style scene in this 17th Century cottage.

Impressive hallway

Rustic wooden floorboards are teamed with chalky colours to set the country-style scene in this 17th Century cottage. Metal banisters give the wooden staircase a smart update and follows the mix of old and new that is present in the rest of the house.

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white hallway with wooden flooring

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living room with wooden flooring and book shelf

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Playful living room

This room is full of clever ideas, from the old chesterfield sofa – bought on eBay – given refreshing new life with a patchwork of vintage fabrics, and the built-in bookcase that conceals a door into the cinema room, to the simple styling trick of different-toned candles in the candelabras.

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dining room with table and hanging lights

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Family dining area

A table that was once central to the boardroom of the Liberal Party HQ in Brixton, is teamed with a mix of chairs to create a relaxed space that's perfect for a large family. Two pendant lights define the dining space, while original beams and stone flooring complete the country-style feel.

The Series 7 chairs are from The Lollipop Shoppe. The Calendar Clock is from The Conran Shop, and go to Stone Age for Belgian Blue stone flooring.

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chalkboard dining table with kettle

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Chalkboard dining table

The family dining table has been painted with blackboard paint so the kids can express themselves. As well as allowing the children to get creative, it works well for adults as an accessible notice board.

Head to The French House for a vintage table. Craig & Rose sells blackboard paint.

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white kitchen with wooden ceiling beams and wooden table

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Rustic kitchen-diner

With its wall of chunky units built from floorboards and hard-wearing stone flooring, this kitchen is resilient to boisterous family life. The large island table is ideal for cooking while entertaining. Metal hooks allow kitchenalia to be stored away, saving space on the worktops.

The units are painted in Farrow & Ball's Charleston Grey. Harvey Jones can build cabinets like this. Summerill & Bishop sells butcher's blocks and find metal stools at Baileys.

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kitchen with walled tiles and shelf

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Country-style accessories

Weathered accessories are perfect for the country-cottage look, and metal hooks allow pretty teacups to be kept on display.

Find pretty country-style accessories at Dibor.

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white sink with dining table and flower vases

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Bargain buy

This rectangular sink was bought for 99p on eBay, and a great example of the owners' love of all things salvage. Encaustic tiles create a pretty splashback and colourful flowers from the garden complete the look.

The encaustic tiles are from Europe but they are available via the owner's website, elizabarnes.com. Try Cox's Architectural Salvage for taps like these.

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white bathroom with grey bathtub and washbasin

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White attic bathroom

A luxurious ensuite is completed with a traditional roll-top bath that is more compact than modern options. A double-basin is ideal for busy mornings, and the delicately detailed mirrors add a romantic touch. Soft stone flooring is comfy underfoot and perfect for the bathroom.

Fired Earth sells roll-top baths like this. Try Lassco for reclaimed double basins. Stonell sells French limestone floor tiles.

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white bedroom with wooden flooring and flower vase

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Stylish master bedroom

The bedroom is part of a recent extension at the top of the house, but reclaimed oak beams and old floorboards give it an aged feel. Classic-styIe bedroom furniture like the buttoned headboard and bistro side table provide plenty of elegance and completes this attic escape

Visit Laura Ashley for a chaise like this. The bed is an antique, but try frenchfinds.co.uk for similar. The Balcony Gardener sells a similar pedestal table and galvanised pots.

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shower area with glass door

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Luxurious shower room

Nothing goes to waste in this house - the doors flanking the shower room are made from old floorboards painted pale grey.

Create a similar effect with Livingetc Paint's Serpentine. Find reclaimed boards at your local salvage yard, and contact Trunk Reclaimed, who can turn them into doors.

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Heather Young

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.