Sally and Rob yearned for a change of scenery, making the decision to move from bustling city to tranquil countryside. After a two year search, they finally found their dream home near Rye and embarked on a considerable renovation which would see them start their own farm.

The study offers the family a more formal second drawing room, perfect to reatreat to in the evening. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball Downpipe and elegant little half basket chandeliers found on eBay illuminate the room

The study offers the family a more formal second drawing room, perfect to reatreat to in the evening. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball Downpipe and elegant little half basket chandeliers found on eBay illuminate the room

The heavily beamed 16th century drawing room is home to a huge inglenook, complete with bread oven, that extends two thirds of the length of the room

The heavily beamed 16th century drawing room is home to a huge inglenook, complete with bread oven, that extends two thirds of the length of the room

A secret stair behind a door next to the fireplace leads down into the study

A secret stair behind a door next to the fireplace leads down into the study

A corner of the dining room which lies across the hall

A corner of the dining room which lies across the hall

The spacious dining room was originally two rooms where the older and younger parts of the house met

The spacious dining room was originally two rooms where the older and younger parts of the house met

The couple commissioned portraits of their children, Zack and Aggy, from Brede-based artist Luke Hannam

The couple commissioned portraits of their children, Zack and Aggy, from Brede-based artist Luke Hannam

Next to the dining room, Sally’s shaker style kitchen, topped with Carrara marble worksurfaces, was made by deVOL Kitchens in Loughborough

Next to the dining room, Sally’s shaker style kitchen, topped with Carrara marble worksurfaces, was made by deVOL Kitchens in Loughborough

Sally and Rob created the double-aspect master bedroom and en suite from two original rooms. The walls are in F&B Oval Room Blue and the dark blue floral blinds are from House of Hackney. A limited edition print of Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern and a delicate limited edition Tracey Emin line drawing of Kate Moss are hung on the walls

Sally and Rob created the double-aspect master bedroom and en suite from two original rooms. The walls are in F&B Oval Room Blue and the dark blue floral blinds are from House of Hackney. A limited edition print of Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern and a delicate limited edition Tracey Emin line drawing of Kate Moss are hung on the walls

Beside the bed hang pendant lamps from Lee Broom

Beside the bed hang pendant lamps from Lee Broom

Sally has broken with the traditional style of the rest of the house by installing a contemporary en suite shower room with floor to ceiling grey marble and lacquered black units.

Sally has broken with the traditional style of the rest of the house by installing a contemporary en suite shower room with floor to ceiling grey marble and lacquered black units

A painted cabinet nestles into the original fireplace in the family bathroom

A painted cabinet nestles into the original fireplace in the family bathroom

the butterfly print above the bath adds a playful and colourful touch to the otherwise pale interior

The butterfly print above the bath adds a playful and colourful touch to the otherwise pale interior

Sally and Rob use one of the upstairs rooms as a dressing room, leaving their bedroom uncluttered and wardrobe-free

Sally and Rob use one of the upstairs rooms as a dressing room, leaving their bedroom uncluttered and wardrobe-free

A cosy guest bedroom enjoys privacy up on the top floor of the house

A cosy guest bedroom enjoys privacy up on the top floor of the house

Zack and Aggy let their creativity run wild in their playfully styled bedrooms

Zack and Aggy let their creativity run wild in their playfully styled bedrooms

The utility room was in a pretty sorry state when the couple first moved in. It now serves as a storage space for preserves and other perishable kitchen items

The utility room was in a pretty sorry state when the couple first moved in. It now serves as a storage space for preserves and other perishable kitchen items

Sally and Rob have turned their six acres into an increasingly productive farm which includes rare breed pigs and a herd of Dexter cattle

Sally and Rob have turned their six acres into an increasingly productive farm which includes rare breed pigs

Dexter cattle enjoying the grass

Dexter cattle enjoying the grass

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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