If you’re anything like me and smitten with centuries old architecture you may have had a hard time getting past the photo above. And then if you’re anything like me and smitten with deep earthy/spicey colours then you may a hard time getting past the two photos below. Suffice it to say I REALLY love this home. Constructed in 1675 as a country retreat for a retired naval captain, we were instructed to help the owners of this handsome 17th-century Oxfordshire farmhouse restore, decorate and furnish the interior. We worked closely with the clients to add richness and colour, sourcing Georgian furniture and antique textiles to give the house an established feel. We kept as many original features as possible including the late 17th century oak staircase, whilst carefully replacing missing parts of the original floors and restoring cornices and chimneypieces. Designed by Max Rollitt.
This traditional stone home in Bel-AIr, California is absolutely beautiful. Interior designer Kim Alexandriuk upped the glam factor, added in some touches that are a bit more unique and modern to counteract the more classic architecture. To be honest though, with an outdoor space like this you’ll find me outside!
When I spotted this property on Shoot Factory I was shocked I had never seen it before and then knew it had to be associated to a fabric/wallpaper company (no kidding!) and after about 35 seconds of sleuthing found out this is Trematon Castle and its magical garden in Cornwall, which also seems to double as a B&B through House of Hackney. Some info on this absolutely spectacular (inside and out) property: the castle was built in the 14th century, the main house has 6 bedrooms and sits on 9 acres. The Castle then fell into neglect and ruin for centuries until, in 1807, the Duchy of Cornwall granted a 100-year lease to naval man Benjamin Tucker, alongside permission to construct a house within the castle courtyard. Yet more change came when part of the medieval castle wall was demolished to create a view from the house down to Plymouth Sound – and then again in 1812, when an ornate swimming pool was carved out in the lower reaches of the garden to commemorate a visit by the Prince Regent, who was later crowned George IV. Now, the Castle not only serves as the gateway to Cornwall, but to a mythical land dreamt up by its newest guardians: Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle. Adorned in House of Hackney’s imaginative prints, the interiors also act as a miniature museum for irreverent British design. In keeping with our ethos of championing local factories and generations-old techniques, the décor is anchored by timeless yet characterful creations, crafted by artisans – the finest our fair isle has to offer. From the artwork to the lighting, each piece you see is available to buy and take home with you (or purchase later via the House of Hackney website) as a memento of your stay.
I would give anything to be able to spend summers in a place like this. How beautiful!!! Faraway Farm is a remote five bedroom rural farmhouse in Carmarthenshire accessible only by foot. (or a 4×4!) Approached down a mile long rough farm track where a vehicle can be parked up, and then on foot across the pedestrian bridge over the ford towards the house. The house is completely off-grid so power is limited. The interiors are dark and atmospheric and for a new renovation appear to be completely authentic. There are log burners in the house, open fireplaces, a mixture of stone on the ground floor and wood floors on the first and second floors. Available as a location home via Shoot Factory.
This is one of the most beautiful homes on one of the most beautiful properties I have ever seen. This 100-acre working farm is tucked against the Luberon mountains in southern France. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Ken Fulk repaired the 17th-century farmhouse and revitalized the grand potager, bringing the property up to date as a peaceful getaway for long family vacations. Each room in the main house, which includes the former bergerie (now a dining room), a wine cave, two kitchens, living rooms, a library and eight bedrooms, has been furnished with a transportive mix of antique and modern pieces.