Far away in the picturesque Somerset countryside, on the edge of the Blackmore Vale sits the most perfect Georgian house, its reflection mirrored in a river that runs through this perfect spot in the Somerset valley. It is the home of designer Sophie Hale and her husband Roland, who, after a bidding war, won the property that dates back to the 1560s. Needless to say, it needed extensive work, having been the home of bats and newts for so long. Because the property was so old, much historical research was needed to restore the house in accordance with English Heritage‘s strictures on Grade I-listed buildings and as such, there was much collaboration with English Heritage as well as the South Somerset District Council. Ptolemy Dean Architects was commissioned to bring the home to the present, which included making space for a gym, steam room and games room. Much of the home’s former charm and grandeur were preserved, of course, including marble fireplaces and old wood ceiling beams, crown mouldings and intricate plasterwork.