Built in the mid-17th century by a local architect for his own family, the design of the house was radical for the day. The rabbit warren of servants’ quarters and narrow backstairs that would usually be attached to this type of dwelling was abandoned in favour of large family rooms that provide a contemporary feel. “That’s what swung it for me – the high ceilings and spacious but informal reception rooms give this place such a fantastic sense of space,” says Charlie.
Built over three storeys, with a single impressive staircase linking the floors, each level is flooded with natural light from the many, large windows. White paint and natural woollen carpets throughout provide a neutral backdrop, while the furnishings have been gathered from four different residences: the couple’s London flat, a cottage in Wales, Alex’s house in Australia, and a Devonshire farmhouse. “Amazingly, everything has come together nicely,” says Charlie.
Alex, a trained cabinetmaker-turned-businessman, loves wood and beautiful old objects that have a history and purpose, and as you walk around the house, you can see antique wooden work tools and boot lasts propped casually against the cool white walls. Charlie, a graphic designer, brings a relaxed, feminine touch to the overall style of the house. Combining both their tastes has helped to create a gently urban look in a chocolate-box country setting.