It’s an impressive approach to David and Louise’s apartment, through large gates and into immaculate country house style grounds. It’s situated on the third floor of a large, elegant block so we take the lift. There are stairs, of course, but taking the lift feels compulsory, if not a little swanky. Having been warmly greeted by David, we continue to climb – up onto the roof terrace. This is an unexpected revelation, like the icing on a sumptuous cake, and it spans right across the top of the apartment.

The bright white walls of the living room are highlighted with touches of blue

The bright white walls of the living room are highlighted with touches of blue

Accents of strong colour work well in the large, light filled rooms. Here, the vibrant red of a photographic triptych of a coastal sunset at Folkestone is echoed in the soft furnishings and crimson gladioli

Accents of strong colour work well in the large, light filled rooms. Here, the vibrant red of a photographic triptych of a coastal sunset at Folkestone is echoed in the soft furnishings and crimson gladioli

The couple were pleased to find that much of their old furniture fitted into the apartment perfectly

The couple were pleased to find that much of their old furniture fitted into the apartment perfectly

The master bedroom and en suite bathroom are simply decorated and furnished with an elegantly dramatic black and white colour scheme

The master bedroom and en suite bathroom are simply decorated and furnished with an elegantly dramatic black and white colour scheme

Stairs from the hallway lead up to the almost secret roof terrace which spans right across the top of the apartment

Stairs from the hallway lead up to the almost secret roof terrace which spans right across the top of the apartment

David and Louise chose to deck it in Millboard in place of traditional wooden decking as it doesn’t suffer from the problems associated with wood, so it won’t rot or become hazardous and slippery

David and Louise chose to deck it in Millboard in place of traditional wooden decking as it doesn’t suffer from the problems associated with wood, so it won’t rot or become hazardous and slippery

The decked roof boasts blissful and unbounded views out across miles and miles of the glorious Wealden countryside, and also over a huge rockery, reputed to be one of the largest in Europe

The decked roof boasts blissful and unbounded views out across miles and miles of the glorious Wealden countryside, and also over a huge rockery, reputed to be one of the largest in Europe

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  • pictures: David Merewether
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