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At the heart of rustic life, this beautiful converted oast house retains many of its original features, including two large, square kilns, a timber gantry and the apple orchards that surround the property.
2/7 Oast house hop press
One of the many original features retained in this house, the original hop press makes quite a conversation piece. White walls and neutral floors allow it to take centre stage in the hallway.
Stairs lead down from a mezzanine seating area into the country-style kitchen-diner. A warm oak wooden dining table adds rustic charm and an enamel jug filled with flowers from the garden makes an attractive centrepiece. A bespoke dresser lines the back wall keeping pretty tableware and accessories on display.
Find a similar dining table at Raft (opens in new tab).
4/7 Living room
The symmetrical layout gives this living room a formal look, while warm wooden floors, rustic furniture and fiery red accents keep it feeling cosy and inviting. The far wall exudes country style with cream-painted panelling and the original kiln doors creating an eye-catching focal point.
The sofas and dark red leather stool came from Collins & Hayes (opens in new tab) and the red and gold brocade cushions are from Evernden Interiors (opens in new tab). For a similar coffee table, try Lombok (opens in new tab) and for vintage-style wooden chairs, visit Chalon (opens in new tab).
A mezzanine area makes for a handy living space above the kitchen-diner. It's ideal for after-dinner drinks with friends. Bespoke kitchen units are painted in white leaving the wooden furniture pieces and stairs to act as warming accents in the scheme.
The bespoke units are painted in New White by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab). Find similar at Harvey Jones (opens in new tab). The butchers block came from Ikea (opens in new tab). For similar solid oak flooring, try Junckers (opens in new tab).
A pale colour palette gives the illusion of more space in this compact bathroom. Off-white tiles are teamed with gleaming white sanitaryware, and minimalist accessories complete the simple, yet stylish, look.
At the back of this country coast house, an alfresco dining area is set up next to the french doors which is shaded from the summer sun, while stairs lead up to a sunny terrace from which family and friends can enjoy the wonderful views with drinks in the evening.
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.
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