Take a turn around this impressive Victorian home in Surrey

This Victorian house is packed with pretty shabby chic style - with a hint of French country. Ideal Home takes you on a tour

This five-bed red brick house is located on in the suburb of South Godstone in Surrey. A delightful original and ornate porch welcomes you into the relaxed country interior with restful colours, pretty floral fabrics and painted antique style furniture.

1/9 A shabby chic Victorian house

house with brick wall and white windows

(Image credit: Future PLC/Heather Lewin)

2/9 Living room fireplace

living room with wooden floor and fire place

(Image credit: Future PLC/Heather Lewin)

A pretty pastel palette and vintage country fabrics create a relaxed and airy space. The eye is drawn to the elegant fireplace with an authentic vintage mirror and distressed frame. Shimmering glass candle votives and a glorious chandelier hanging from an original ceiling rose add a chic French influence.

Laura Ashley
Farrow and Ball

3/9 Living room sideboard

Living room with wooden floor and sideboard

(Image credit: Future PLC/Heather Lewin)

The floor in the living room is original and, after woodworm treatment, was sanded and coated with varnish. Cool blue walls set a soothing backdrop for a large freestanding sideboard painted in off-white and a Provencal dining chair to create an exquisite French look.

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4/9 Kitchen

kitchen with gray door and white windows

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The country theme continues into the kitchen with its cream-painted units, Belfast sink and floral accessories. Through the door is a small verandah, which connects the house and garden. Pale blue Corian worktops offer a smooth matt finish. The colour is picked out with a classic stable door. The row of windows boosts the light in the small space and red letters and a polka-dot doormat inject some colour.

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5/9 Main bedroom

bedroom with white wall and lamp on mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC/Heather Lewin)

The love of French country style is given full rein in the main bedroom. A grey Louise XV-style bedstead takes centre stage dressed in pretty white bed linen. The large bay window has become a beautiful feature with floating voile curtains and a soft gingham love bench.

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6/9 Guest room

guest room with white wall and white cabinet

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A delicate rose design bed linen is printed with a vintage pattern and subtly contrasts with the simple painted walls and furniture. Crisp Roman blinds and cushions covers are made in a matching fabric. The patchwork quilt adds to the cosy country style. A plain white chest of drawers is dressed up with delicate glass handles.

Bed linen
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7/9 Guest room mantel

guest room with white wall and couboard

(Image credit: Future PLC/Heather Lewin)

A simple off-white colour scheme allows the beautiful bed linen to sing out. Decorative and unique pieces like the arch window mirror are the focus of attention. Rustic jugs of simple flowers on the picturesque mantel add a welcoming touch and keep the look ultra feminine.

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8/9 Single guest room

guest room with watch on white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Heather Lewin)

Vintage country décor wouldn’t be the same without blowsy flower prints in pretty pinks. The mix match of fabric on the bedspread, cushion and roman blind are all that’s needed to give the single guest bedroom a feminine look. A single wooden chair has been used in place of a side table to create a rustic edge.

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9/9 Bathroom

bathroom with tiles floor with white bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Heather Lewin)

The vintage-style bathroom is calm painted in restful cream. The lilac trail wallpaper in linen adds subtle interest while the freestanding roll-top bath is a romantic feature. The corner vanity unit and matching cupboard maximise space and blend into the tongue-and groove-panelling.  

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Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at Idealhome.co.uk to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.