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Step inside this detached Bath home filled with global glamour

Objects and furnishings from far-flung places come together in this characterful country home near Bath

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Sitting on an acre of land, the owners’ home enjoys uninterrupted views across the Box Valley in Wiltshire, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house, which is built of mellow Bath stone, was extensively altered 25 years ago. ‘You could tell the owner had done it with passion,’ say the couple. ‘We loved the scale of the rooms, as well as the stone mullion windows and flagstone floors.’

Exterior 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

By the time the current owners moved in, the property was in need of updating. The house was decorated in rather oppressive shades of mustard, cold blue and dark pink, while the garden was a tangle of brambled and ground elder. For the couple, it was a case of adapting the rooms to suit their sensibilities. ‘Our work means that life is often busy, so we’re gradually making our way through the rooms,’ they explain. ‘There’s no great rush.’

Kitchen

Kitchen-diner 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

The pair started with the kitchen, as it was ‘particularly miserable’, with its striped pine cupboards, chipped tile worktops and dingy yellow walls. The room has been transformed with units in a pale palette of soft grey topped with luxurious Carrara marble that maximises the light. The owners have a love of collecting pieces from all over the world, and the striking Marco Zanini fruit bowl, which belonged to the late David Bowie, is one of their more recent auction acquisitions.

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Buy now: Laura Ashley Artisan wall tiles in French Grey, £59.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors
Buy now: Rajasthan pillars, Indigo Asian Antiques & Interiors

Dining room

Dining room 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

With its chequered grey-and-white painted floorboards and Swedish-style furniture, the elegant dining room has a Gustavian aesthetic. What really stands out though is the tin tile ceiling, which lends a modern edge to the space and creates a stunning feature.

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Interior design: Claire Rendall
Buy now: Brooklyn Tin Tiles wallpaper, £219 per roll, Rockett St George

Dining room corner

Dining room corner 2 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

A favourite addition to this space are the tiles in the dining room fireplace, which the owners had painted in Delft style. Closer inspection reveals that each one has a picture that is meaningful to the couple. ‘We’re enjoying adding our own personal touches,’ they say.

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Buy now: similar dining chairs, Sweetpea & Willow

Living room

Living room 2 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

In the living room, the mood is different, with fine walnut antiques and classic, buttoned sofas rubbing shoulders with Australian Aboriginal art and Indian statuary. ‘We love so many different styles that we didn’t feel that we had to stick to just one,’ explain the owners. ‘We wanted the rooms to be individual and distinctive from each other.’

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Buy now: Real Charmer sofa, from £2,045, Sofa Workshop
Buy now: Madison coffee table, £1,450, Tom Faulkner

Fireplace

Fireplace 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

What comes across throughout the house is the couple’s passion for collecting art and intriguing objects. In the living room, the fireplace provides a perfect frame for displaying treasured pieces.

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Buy now: similar rug, Trend Carpet

Cloakroom

Cloakroom 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

A moody wallpaper injects a sense of drama into this compact space, taking it from functional to ‘wow.’ Colourful artworks and antique lights on the walls add to the character of the scheme.

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Buy now: Nuvolette wallpaper from the Fornasetti II collection, £255 per roll, Cole & Son at Wallpaper Direct

Main bedroom

Main bedroom 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

Whitewashed furnishings keep this attic area bright and welcoming. Chests of drawers double as bedside tables to ensure there’s adequate storage, despite the sloped ceilings. ‘Each room has its own unique look,’ say the owners. ‘That way we never get bored of the interiors.’

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Buy now: similar table lamps, £74 each, Oka
Buy now: similar bed, Wayfair

En suite

Vanity unit 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

A monochrome palette perfectly complements the black and white Ettore Sottsass vase. Classic modern sanitaryware has been eschewed for a more luxurious vanity unit that is a great match for the beautifully veined marble backdrop.

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Buy now: Georgica Pond marble wall tiles, £89.75 per sq m, Fired Earth

Attic bedroom

Attic bedroom 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

Wooden beams add to the character of the space, creating a cosy atmosphere in this attic bedroom. A predominantly white scheme helps to make the most of modest room proportions. Modern cushion prints ensure the room feels modern, while adding a hit of colour.

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Buy now: similar bed, £1,345, The French Bedroom Company

The couple continue to travel and are always on the lookout for new objects that will enhance their interiors. ‘We love having an eclectic home,’ they say. ‘And this house lends itself so well to a wide mixture of styles, from ultra modern pieces to glamorous antiques.’

This house tour originally appeared in 25 Beautiful Homes, July 2017.

Image credits: Rachael Smith

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Downsizing can be tricky – but this striking home shows how great it can be

After retiring, the owners made the decision to downsize, and found smart ways to fit their treasures into their new home

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On retiring from their full-time jobs in education, the owners decided to challenge themselves. This involved the adventurous couple spending several months in France, finding new passions (horse racing and art) and even renting a Gothic pile.

Then a move from Hertfordshire to a cottage owned by their son in Rutland in the East Midlands made the couple come up with a new house rule. ‘We liked the area, but we didn’t know a soul,’ they recall. ‘We agreed that we would never turn down an invitation to anything, so we would make new friends and become involved in the local community.’

Their time spent in Rutland was so successful, the pair decided to find a place of their own, close to their new circle of friends. They found just what they were looking for in the form of a three-storey house, part of a former hunting lodge dating back to the 17th century. ‘We immediately liked its homely feel and, although the property isn’t huge, the rooms are generously sized,’ they say.

Exterior 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

Needing help to downsize, the pair turned to an interior designer. ‘She helped us develop ways of bringing our sometimes random collections together and encouraged us to upcycle,’ they say. ‘This not only saved us money, but it also meant we avoided falling into the trap of acquiring yet more stuff.’

Living room

Living room from other side 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

To create a sense of unity, walls are painted in soft neutrals throughout the house. In the living room, pale-coloured upholstery creates a calm scheme that’s balanced by a bright rug. Aside from built-in, traditional-style shutters, the windows have been left undressed to let light flood in. Cushions on the window seat add a hit colour and plenty of comfort.

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Buy now: walls painted in Old White Estate Emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
Buy now: sofas and cushions, made to order, Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors

Living room from other side

Living room 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

While there is a strong sense of their love for all things vintage and antique in their home, the couple also enjoy contemporary design, including shelving units by Sir Terence Conran and modern ceramics in the living room.

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Buy now: Balance Alcove shelving, from £599, The Conran Shop

Kitchen-diner

Kitchen 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

Mohican, a contemporary limited-edition print by US artist Ludwig Sander, adds a warm burst of yellow to the neutral kitchen.

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Buy now: walls and cabinetry painted in James White, from £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

Kitchen corner

Kitchen corner 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

An Aga lends the kitchen a strong country feel – and on cold days, the armchair is the perfect spot to sit and warm up from the heat it gives off.

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Buy now: similar cooker, Aga

Dining area

Dining area 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

The kitchen is very spacious, with enough room for a large dining table and chairs – ideal for gatherings with friends, but cosy enough to enjoy meals à deux as well.

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Buy now: similar floor lamp, £189, Heal’s

Hallway

Stairwell 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

The owners particularly enjoy creating stylishly grouped collections around the house. ‘Things don’t need to be of the same vintage. We just like to make an interesting arrangement,’ they say. ‘It might be a wall of artistically arranged prints and old decorative mirrors, or a group of perfume bottles on an antique tray.’

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Buy now: similar antique mirrors, Selling Antiques

Guest bedroom

Guest bedroom 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

This romantic space was inspired by French vintage style. Neutral colours let the toile de Jouy curtains become a beautiful feature and focal point. Careful placement of a round mirror helps to break up a block of wall space.

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Buy now: similar toile de Jouy fabric, Just Fabrics
Buy now: similar bed, The French Bedroom Company

Dressing area

Dressing area 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

An ornate dressing table adds to the luxe feel of the guest bedroom. Mirrors are very important to the couple. In fact, their old mirrors are their favourite pieces. ‘Some are beautiful as they are,’ they say. ‘Others we repainted.’

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Buy now: similar dressing table, Melody Maison

Main bedroom

Main bedroom 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

Up in the eaves is the main bedroom, which is full of beautiful textures in soft off-whites and pretty pastels.

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Buy now: walls in Stone 11 Pure Flat Emulsion, £46.50 for 2.5ltr, Paint & Paper Library

Bathroom

Bathroom 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

A traditional slipper bath and Victorian-style taps give this room classic appeal. A wooden peg rail keeps towels close to hand, but ensures they won’t get splashed.

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Buy now: walls in Slaked Lime Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £47 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene
Buy now: similar bath, £1,075, Laura Ashley

Now that the owners have finally emptied the garage and finished downsizing, do they have any plans to move again? ‘I’m sure there are more interesting times ahead,’ they say, ‘but we will be staying put, as we feel very happy and settled here.’

This house tour originally appeared in 25 Beautiful Homes, July 2017.

Image credits: Rowland Roques-O’Neil

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This beautiful Victorian house in London was given a second chance

After a repeat viewing, the owners took on a run-down Victorian house and turned it into a light-filled oasis of calm

The owners first looked around their southwest London home on a wet winter’s day, and were really not impressed by what they saw. ‘We didn’t like it,’ they admit. ‘Our hearts were set on a Victorian house around the corner, and this one felt gloomy and cold by comparison.’ But when they were outbid on the other property, the couple returned for a second visit. ‘This time, the sun was streaming in and we could see its true potential,’ they say.

The interior designer and chartered surveyor couple are no strangers to property renovation, but this time they wanted to use their professional skills on their own house. ‘We had been living in a small flat and wanted more space, so we decided to buy what we could afford in an area we liked and restore the house to make it suit us,’ they explain. ‘It’s our first “proper” family home with our daughter, who’s two.’

Exterior 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

Undeterred by the poor state of the three-storey property, the pair set to work on a major five-month renovation while living in their old flat. As well as new ceilings, sash windows, flooring and bathrooms, rewiring and repairs to the roof, the couple replanned the lighting to ensure it was bright all year round.

Kitchen-diner

Kitchen 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

The owners tripled the size of the kitchen by adding an extension at the rear, which took in the side return. ‘It has totally transformed the house, changing it from feeling poky and closed into a spacious and airy home,’ they say. Steel-framed doors across the width of the room add character, while also helping to maximise natural light.

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Buy now: cabinetry and Carrara marble worktops and splashbacks, from £35,000, Blakes London
Buy now: similar pendant lights, Grace & Glory

Kitchen

Kitchen units 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

‘We wanted the kitchen to feel calm and welcoming, especially when friends come over,’ the pair say, ‘so getting the practicalities right was important.’ Cupboard space was key so there is plenty of built-in storage, including a breakfast unit that conceals the toaster, coffee machine and cereals.

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Buy now: cabinets painted in Railings Estate Eggshell, £60 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

Dining area

Dining area 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

Compartments hidden in the dining area benches are great for stashing the couple’s daughter’s toys and keeping everything clutter-free. Bench seating set against tongue-and-groove panelling makes an inviting nook for family meals.

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Buy now: Wishbone CH24 chairs, £647 each, The Conran Shop
Buy now: cushions in Flower Cut Out linen, £156 per m, Vanderhurd

Garden

Garden 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

Glass doors open directly out from the kitchen-diner onto the patio, which has space for al-fresco meals. The dining set has been chosen to echo the colour of the windows.

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Buy now: Como outdoor dining set, £600, Cox & Cox

Living room

Living room 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

The owners’ love of printed textiles is evident throughout, from pretty cushions to chair covers, which complement their mix of antique and modern furniture. ‘We like to put together patterns and plains, old and new, but nothing too garish,’ they say. ‘We also don’t buy anything unless we love it – after all, we want to live with it and enjoy it for a long time.’

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armchairs covered in Wicker linen, £96 per m, Fermoie
Buy now: Poste coffee table, £275, Loaf

Main bedroom

Main bedroom 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

‘Usually we will start a room with a piece that we love, like the antique mirrors in the bedroom, and build from there.’ The owners favour a neutral palette, often picking up on a favourite painting or print. ‘Each room looks as if it has evolved over time,’ they say. ‘That’s how you give a home character.’

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Buy now: Empire chest of drawers, £789 each, Scumble Goosie
Buy now: Heidelberg Octagonal lamp, from £432, Vaughan

Child’s room

Child's room 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

The couple wanted a timeless scheme that their daughter wouldn’t grow out of. Toys and prints give it subtle interest that a child will love.

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Buy now: curtains in Diamond Chunky, £176 per m, Penny Morrison
Buy now: similar chest of drawers, Ikea

Bathroom

Bathtub 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

A cast-iron tub and traditional mixer create a classic look in the bathroom. The artwork adds colour to the all-white space without being overly dominant.

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Buy now: Astonian Epoca bath, £2,312, Aston Matthews
Buy now: Crosswater Belgravia shower mixer, £374, Victorian Plumbing

Now, with a second child on the way, the owners are glad they were outbid on the first house. ‘This was a much better choice,’ they say. ‘It had the potential to become a more spacious family-sized home. We feel so fortunate that we came back here for that second look.’

This house tour originally appeared in 25 Beautiful Homes, July 2017.

Image credits: Malcolm Menzies

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