When you step inside this light and airy country home, it is hard to believe that parts of it were originally an 18th-century butcher's shop and doctor's surgery. The property was built around 1700, and a front extension was added in 1750.
1/12 Entrance hall
2/12 Front sitting room
Like most rooms in the house, the front sitting room is very square. In order to fit two sofas alongside her favourite French furniture, the owner commissioned a matching pair from designer Amanda Knox.
Amanda Knox, Decorative Country Living
3/12 Front sitting room fireplace
Neutral tones mixed with florals keep the whole house looking bright and fresh.
Farrow & Ball
4/12 Dining room
The dining room - which the owner deliberately keeps as the darkest room in the house, for a moody effect - is put to good use throughout the year, but none more so than when the family entertains, when its chiaroscuro appearance is enhanced with red blooms and eucalyptus.
Farrow & Ball
5/12 Home office
The tiny home office, visible through the dining-room doorway, is probably a hangover from the days when the rear end of the house was a doctor's surgery; its little window looks into the sitting room behind.
6/12 Morning room
The house is filled from top to bottom with the owner's collection of French country furniture, complemented beautifully by a range of Kate Forman fabrics, which add subtle hints of colour.
7/12 Morning room dressing table
In the morning room, the painted round table seats six comfortably and works perfectly with the French dressing table and powder-pink painted walls.
Farrow & Ball
The kitchen has been kept light and simple, with a French rustic feel.
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9/12 Kitchen range cooker
The owner worked with the existing structure of the room that is now the kitchen, and found a Watson range cooker to fit the fireplace very neatly.
Light colours on the walls and woodwork keep the landing feeling bright.
11/12 Main bedroom
Light-blue walls make for a calming main bedroom, which has ample space for a super-king-size sleigh bed.
12/12 Children’s bedroom
A matching pair of children's painted French beds mean that the owner's daughter can have friends to stay in comfort.
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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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