This house, down a rough farm track near Staplehurst, is not a show home, neither is it a designer home full of the latest interior trends. It’s not bling and doesn’t have electric gates with an intercom where visitors have to request permission to enter. For all these reasons, what it is, is a truly special family home – and one where the current family intend to stay for the foreseeable future.

The mural in the entrance hall was painted by Sue Fields

The mural in the entrance hall was painted by Sue Fields

The family love their Christmas rituals

The family love their Christmas rituals

The ladies riding horses and a zebra are by Cranbrook ceramic artist Marie Prett

The ladies riding horses and a zebra are by Cranbrook ceramic artist Marie Prett

The snug was created as a room for the kids to watch television, while their parents enjoyed quieter time next door in the book room

The snug was created as a room for the kids to watch television, while their parents enjoyed quieter time next door in the book room

The tiger wearing a red hat is by Cranbrook ceramic artist Marie Prett

The tiger wearing a red hat is by Cranbrook ceramic artist Marie Prett

Instead of wallpaper depicting the spines of books, Tim and Eve have a wall of children’s books dating from the First World War to the mid 1950s

Instead of wallpaper depicting the spines of books, Tim and Eve have a wall of children’s books dating from the First World War to the mid 1950s

Looking from the book room into the snug. The angels are from the Singing Soul Gallery in Cranbrook

Looking from the book room into the snug. The angels are from the Singing Soul Gallery in Cranbrook

They bought the Fornasetti cushion online

They bought the Fornasetti cushion online

A painting by Rosalind Lyons Hudson

A painting by Rosalind Lyons Hudson

The plant-filled conservatory was added about 18 years ago and is where big family feasts are eaten

The plant-filled conservatory was added about 18 years ago and is where big family feasts are eaten

Upstairs, Tim and Eve use the large space outside the bedroom as a dressing room

Upstairs, Tim and Eve use the large space outside the bedroom as a dressing room

Eve’s collection of glass jelly moulds is displayed on a shelf over the stairs

Eve’s collection of glass jelly moulds is displayed on a shelf over the stairs

The bathroom was recently refurbished by their builder friend, Steve Moss. Eve chose the wallpaper, by Colefax & Fowler, because it looks as though it has been painted onto the wall

The bathroom was recently refurbished by their builder friend, Steve Moss. Eve chose the wallpaper, by Colefax & Fowler, because it looks as though it has been painted onto the wall

The large painting in the master bedroom is a depiction of Eve’s favourite poem, ‘The Lady of Shalott’, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The large painting in the master bedroom is a depiction of Eve’s favourite poem, ‘The Lady of Shalott’, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The teddy on the bedroom mantlepiece was given to Eve when she was three days old. The painting is ‘An Angel Watches Over Me’ by John Afflick

The teddy on the bedroom mantlepiece was given to Eve when she was three days old. The painting is ‘An Angel Watches Over Me’ by John Afflick

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming & Helen Barton

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