Open House: Wander through this Regency villa in Hampshire

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  • Take a look inside this stunning Regency home in Hampshire, previously featured in Homes & Gardens.

    It was the view from this idyllic spot, on the banks of the River Test, that convinced Sean and his wife Kim to buy their beautiful Regency villa.

    “The house was built in 1808. A separate wing was added to the side of the house at some point, and an L-shaped conservatory at the back, but other than that, very little had been done to it for a long time,” says Sean. “That said, when we first moved in, we didn’t do much to it either,” he continues. “We made the kitchen larger by taking out a wall with a chimney running through it, and we decorated our sons’ bedrooms. But that was it. Until three years ago, when we decided to reconfigure everything. That was when we called in interior designer Stephanie Dunning.”

    “The first thing I noticed was that although there’s a very fine front door, the family and visitors rarely used it,” Stephanie recalls. Instead. everyone came into the house through the back door, which led directly into the kitchen. It didn’t feel right for a house of this size and style, she says, so now, everyone enters the house through this new garden room.

    “Flooring is just one of Stephanie’s great strengths,” says Sean, “She found these Persian and Iranian antique rugs and they’re a perfect compliment for the floorboards here in what is part of the original entrance hall.

    There are no windows in the dining room so Stephanie lined the walls on either side of the fireplace with mirror glass, and opened up the wall on the left of this picture, to let in the light.

    Part of this new space was turned into a new wine room, the walls of which are painted in Down Pipe estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.

    Sean and Kim asked Stephanie to decorate the sitting room in a classically formal style.

    Upstairs, the main bedroom and adjoining rooms have been rearranged. The bed has even been raised on a plinth so that the couple can enjoy the views of the Test Valley through the window. The new configuration includes an impressive dressing room.

    Their bathroom was completely rebuilt to make it structurally safe for the beautiful Empire bath from Water Monopoly.

    The garden has been reworked and now includes a greenhouse and kitchen garden where Sean grows his vegetables, together with an orchard and a swimming pool with a pool house, built with the local barn style very much in mind.

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