The English country house was, and still is, an important inspiration for many international designers, but there is nothing quite like the real thing. Formed of a central block built in 1680 and a 1720 extensions of identical wings on either side, this ochre-washed brick house has barely changed since it was completed.
Minor alterations were made to the Interiors in the late twentieth century: the kitchen floor was raised, a warren of services rooms behind the rear staircase was opened up to become an informal sitting-room, and glass doors were added to the dining-room, giving access to a garden terrace.
Several bedrooms became bathrooms, fitted out in period style with deep free-standing bath and plenty of large cupboards. The old wide-plank floors and staircases are original, and the decoration is pure country classic, relying on collections of textiles, antique furniture, mirrors, porcelain, and faded Oriental rugs, creating the impression of generations of occupation by the same family.
The walls and paneling are painted in off-whores to balance the patterns, colours and textures of contemporary and antique textiles used for curtains and upholstery.