English Country Estate

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This Grade II listed home located at the end of a treelined drive on a grand estate has been in the same family for more than 500 years. Our client asked us to restore the interior with its rich history in mind, while elevating it to meet the needs of the next generation.

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The property was a mixture of various architectural styles, having been embellished by the Victorians and Georgians over the years, however, no significant investment to the interior had been made for the past century. This meant that it was still made up of primarily formal reception rooms and a ‘back of house’ area, with no family kitchen. We worked with an architect to reimagine the space, creating a large octagonal atrium filled with natural light, with an array of family rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms leading from it.

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The design brief was to create an interior in keeping with the property’s history, while making it suitable for modern day living. We wanted the rooms to feel cosy and inviting, creating a fresh take on a traditional English country house. We worked with listed building specialists to sympathetically restore and preserve many of the original architectural features of the home, including the chimneypieces and original stone flooring, and selected a colour palette inspired by the surrounding country landscape.

Much of our client’s original and antique furniture was sensitively restored along with a selection of family portraits going back generations.

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This 9-bedroom home sits on a sporting estate which was a consideration when designing the interior, so we created a boot room, gunroom and shoot kitchen to meet these needs. The design is sympathetic to the home’s heritage, whilst modernising the interior to make it suitable for 21st-century living.

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