WE HAPPENED UPON ONE detail in this 16th-century family manor in the Cotswolds on Instagram and immediately had to find out what the rest of the home looked like. That one detail was in the drawing room, where a second walkway was converted into an ultra-chic bar area, with antique mirror was installed above and behind the shelves to reflect light (see below). As it turns out, there’s a very interesting story to the place:
“Dating back to 1555 this beautiful Grade II listed property has both an impressive history and a fascinating human story. Having been owned by a particular family for some generations, it was sold by the current owner’s grandmother when he was just a boy. Although he was very young at the time, the sale greatly affected him. He vowed that as an adult he would buy back the house which had brought him so many happy childhood memories – a goal which he recently achieved much to the delight of his family.”
The design firm Sims Hilditch was called on to help restore the home to its former grandeur, and along the way, they discovered wooden panelling and stone fireplaces and other beautiful details. To make the home feel more modern, the designers used a pale palette and natural materials. Bespoke furniture and upholstery was necessary to work with the home’s grand size. The result is a natural, understated elegance that intermingles with modernity, very much in the the new English style that firm is known for.