Saturday, 5 August 2017

Inside The World's Only Modern Country Georgian Newbuild!!

Could you not resist coming back to see the inside of the wowsers Georgian home I showed you last time, which had been moved stone by laborious stone thirty miles away to the new owners- dream location.

Gorgeous Georgian newbuild!

Let's begin our tour in this magnificent hallway. The floors are an opilent mix of Cotswold and Portland stone. Isn't the design lovely? Fired Earth Bone White is a similar paint colour to this softest, palest grey.

Modern Country hallway

Grey is a key shade in this home, which brings a real sense of the contemporary, contrasting beautifully with the rural setting. 

As well as the five bedrooms, it also boasts four reception rooms, four bathrooms and is situated in five acres of land

Modern Country Style in its element, you might say! Is it any wonder that I love it so much!

Modern Country French style dining room

The kitchen diner is significantly more rustic than the other rooms, and has an interesting mix of French chic in the dining area and then ultra sleek in he kitchen.

Modern Country kitchen diner

I love all the open fires here! They're certainly not original and are the wrong era entirely but they somehow add to the period feel of the house.

Modern Country living room

The last of the reception rooms; shall we call this one the snug?... This room combines the greys used so effectively in the rest of the house. Little Greene's Lead would look beautiful in this setting.

Modern Country snug

And then on to the gardens! This Georgian house is set in five acres of stunning countryside so the garden has the most perfect backdrop. Can you imagine lounging in those chairs with a glass of something sparkly!?

Modern Country garden

Even the garden has its own Modern Country style, with its parterres and topiary, softened wth gently romantic planting.

Modern Country garden

Yes, I'd say all my Modern Country Style boxes have been ticked!

Take care until next time,
Sarah x

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Can You Believe This Georgian Home Was Moved From 30 Miles Away!?

Well, this is the one of the most bizarre home stories I've shared... At first glance, this gorgeous Georgian gem looks as though it's centuries old. Does it have you fooled?!

Modern Country Georgian Home set in the Cotwolds

Would you believe me if I said that it had been moved, stone by stone, from 30 miles away? This is how it was originally....see how the roof and porch are much simpler, the windows are less grand and there are no columns in sight:

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Yup, You read that right! The owners dismantled this 18th century house from Wiltshire and their builder painstakingly rebuilt it in Gloucestershire to create the look you see here...so it is, in a rather special way, a new build!

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And the most bizarre thing of all, after all that hassle and planning permission quandaries, is that the home was put on the market for sale a couple of years after the mammoth project finished for a whopping £3.75 million, giving the owners very little time to enjoy the fruit of their labours. 

It all started when he owners couldn't find a home to their liking in their chosen location in the Cotswolds. And what a jaw-dropping location it is! The new house is set in five acres in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Modern Country Georgian house set in five acres of Cotswold countryside

The good news is that the original house was due to be taken down anyway. It was completely derelict and riddled with damp issues. So this was not architectural vandalism but, rather, a case of rescuing an old treasure.

The 'new' house has five bedrooms. four bathrooms and four stunning reception rooms, all with a firm nod to its proud Georgian history but fully embracing the 21st century.

Modern Country Georgian home

Shall we take a look around inside? 

It's, no real surprise, completely gorgeous!...but you'll have to come back next time to see!
{What a tease, I know!}

Sarahx

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Stunning Cotswold Cottage House Tour

From time to time, I come across a home so lovely, so beautifully put together, that I feel compelled to drop what I'm doing and share it with you. Today was such a day, and this is such a home, a classic Cotswold cottage with gorgeous Modern Country interiors....

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Living Room Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Based in Burford, a small town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, The Brewery is a perfect blend of old and new, of Modern and Country style.

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Shall we take the full house tour?
The tour bus is waiting, hop on in...

burford-cotswold-cottage-sheep-street

Let's begin downstairs in this beautiful open-plan living space....

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Living Room Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Tucked at one end is a cosy sitting area...

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Living Room Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

...perfect for Christmas time!

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Living Room Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Living Room Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

And at the other end is a slightly more formal seating arrangement around a low table, piled with books...

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Living Room Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Although this is a holiday rental, one of the ways in which the owners have stopped it seeming too clinical, is by including lots of little reading nooks in tucked away spaces...

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Dining Room Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

It was the dining area that first caught my eye. I am obsessed with the mix of rustic and luxury in this Cotswold home. They've walked that line brilliantly, don't you think?

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Dining Room Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

The kitchen is rather small, it's true...but who wants to do lots of cooking on holiday?!

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Kitchen Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Kitchen Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

A small walled courtyard provides lots of light into the interior: by day....

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Courtyard Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

...or by night!

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Courtyard Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Let's take a look upstairs now at the stunning bedrooms....

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Bedroom Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Masses of natural light floods in and the super-restful colour schemes continue here....

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Bedroom Full Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Feast your eyes on that gorgeous paint colour! Is it pink or is it cream?!

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Are you tired after all that walking?! Well, you're in luck! Look what I've saved till last...

Stunning Cotswold Cottage Home Tour over on Modern Country Style

Are you ready to move in to your new Modern Country home!!

Take care until next time,
Sarah xx

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Best Front Door Colours To Paint Cotswold Stone Houses (Part 3: Classic With A Twist)

Welcome to the final part of the very best paints for the front door of your Cotswold Stone house. This is a question I'm asked so often by clients because its an easy way to really oomph the curb appeal of your home. It's also pretty cost effective because it's only the front door and windows that need painting, rather than the whole house, as with many rendered properties. Cotswold Stone just keeps on getting better with age.

Cotswold houses

The last suggestion I want to make when choosing paint colours for Cotswold Stone front doors is to veer towards the traditional. If in doubt, choose classic....but with a twist.

So, while I'm certainly not knocking black, it can look gorgeous, though it's best if you have a house that has oodles of natural charm like the one below.....

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Black front door

..., you might, for example, consider choosing Farrow and Ball Railings....

Classic Cotswold house Farrow and Ball Railings front door

...Fired Earth Mercury...

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Fired Earth Mercury front door

...or Farrow and Ball Pelt, for a slightly smarter look...

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Farrow and Ball Pelt front door

The same goes for classic white front doors. Yes, if the house has more than enough welly of its own, then plain white can be a good way to go...

Classic Georgian Cotswold house White front door

...but for those looking for a way to stand out from long lines of same old, same old, how about the softest pink?

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Pink front door Burford

...or the gentlest of greens....
{Marston and Langinger's Silver Lavender would be great for this Cotswold home....}

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Black door Soho Farmhouse

I'm currently so obsessed with this property that I feel it's only fair to give you three images here... It's called Soho Farmhouse and is part of a full-on luxe Country Club based in the Cotswolds.

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Black door Soho Farmhouse

Classic Georgian Cotswold house Black door Soho Farmhouse

Pure White on all doors and windows looks utterly anachronistic on period properties: they never had access to the technology that gives us the whitest of whites that we're used to today; going down a softer route will give you a more authentic feel...

Classic Cotswold Cottage Putty front door

Off-whites, putties and stones will all hit the mark...

Classic Cotswold Cottage Soft Grey front door

Classic Cotswold Cottage Burford Green front door

...or even a soft white like Fired Earth Dover Cliffs...

Classic Georgian Cotswold house front door

And for those of you looking to create the perfect Country idyll, classic cream should most certainly be on your list...
Little Greene Woodbine is lovely...

Classic Cotswold house Cream door

I hope that gives you plenty of ideas to dream about if you have a front door to paint and a Cotswold Stone house. Three distinct routes to travel if you: the neutrals, the green-grey-blues, and here the classics with a twist.

Which is your favourite?  


Images via The Burford Experience, unknown, unknown, Farrow and Ball, unknown, Money Week, unknown, Soho Farmhoue, Soho Farmhouse, Soho Farmhouse, Home Way, Character Cottages, Coates Mill Cottage, unknown, Helena Bernald

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

A completely perfect example of a Cotswold stone house that has been gorgeously restored by Neptune's Emma Sims-Hilditch is this:  The White Hart. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

I'm completely besotted by the way the soft honeyed tones of the Cotswold stone exterior harmonise so stunningly with the scheme chosen for the amazing interior. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Take a look and see what I mean...

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Parts of the building, which functions as a business centre, feel like a real home!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

And could there be anything more inviting than the workroom?!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Emma Sims-Hilditch cleverly combines her interior design work with her strong input into the Neptune range so that both synthesise with the other.

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

This is not only true for the stunning kitchen areas....

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

...but many of the accessories too. 

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

And the paint! Who could forget their paint? Totally yummy shades. The cupboards below are in one of my favourites: Neptune Moss.

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

Rattan chairs outside complete the Modern Country garden look...the stone walls, the gentle blue-green-grey of the large door and windows, the Modern Country planting: a blend of formal structure and informal softness....bliss!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

The picture above is when the garden was first planted, which will always look a little on the bare side but, below, you can see the Modern Country garden softness in all its glory!

Modern Country Cotswold House And Garden Tour: The White Hart by Sims Hilditch

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