move to the country from London can sometimes make an interesting career a little more difficult for some professions at least. Job opportunities for Art Historians (of the university academic variety) are not to be found in many villages in the Weald, so when Daphne talks about her family’s move, she is very aware of how fortunate she has been.

An ivory and duck egg blue Aga occupies the generous brick fireplace

An ivory and duck egg blue Aga occupies the generous brick fireplace

In the drawing room the fireplace stretches almost the whole length of one wall

In the drawing room the fireplace stretches almost the whole length of one wall

In an alcove, an inviting looking chaise longue with extravagant scrolls has also been upholstered in ivory silk with alternate satin and slubbed stripes

In an alcove, an inviting looking chaise longue with extravagant scrolls has also been upholstered in ivory silk with alternate satin and slubbed stripes

The cosy drawing room is the heart of the home where the whole family gather together to sit in front of the fire with a bottle of wine. “We’re fortunate because the children come back here often and I think the house has quite a lot to do with that,” says Daphne

The cosy drawing room is the heart of the home where the whole family gather together to sit in front of the fire with a bottle of wine. “We’re fortunate because the children come back here often and I think the house has quite a lot to do with that,” says Daphne

The inglenook is said to be the biggest in the country

The inglenook is said to be the biggest in the country

Two cream coloured sofas and a dainty armchair are set in front of the fire and scattered with sea green and ivory silk cushions

Two cream coloured sofas and a dainty armchair are set in front of the fire and scattered with sea green and ivory silk cushions

Bookshelves line the walls of the study

Bookshelves line the walls of the study

A door from the drawing room leads into the conservatory. In the centre of the room is an oval pine table and chairs and there is a pine settle and a bamboo sofa and chair for relaxing in.

A door from the drawing room leads into the conservatory. In the centre of the room is an oval pine table and chairs and there is a pine settle and a bamboo sofa and chair for relaxing in

An enormous money- or jade-tree plant stands on an early 20th century pot stand

An enormous money- or jade-tree plant stands on an early 20th century pot stand

A huge oil painting in deep blues and greens is complemented by a pair of Tiffany light sconces

A huge oil painting in deep blues and greens is complemented by a pair of Tiffany light sconces

A door from the kitchen leads upstairs to the landing where there is enough space for a desk and a sofa

A door from the kitchen leads upstairs to the landing

On the landing there is enough space for a desk and a sofa

A small flight of stairs leads to the master bedroom and floor above

A small flight of stairs leads to the master bedroom and floor above

A window on the landing looks through into the guestroom

A window on the landing looks through into the guestroom

Up a few more steps, we pause in front of a leaded-light window that has developed such a slope over the centuries that it looks as if it is somehow melting away at one end

Up a few more steps, we pause in front of a leaded-light window that has developed such a slope over the centuries that it looks as if it is somehow melting away at one end

A leaded-light window that has developed such a slope over the centuries that it looks as if it is somehow melting away at one end. In one tiny pane of glass there is a signature in neat copperplate script: W.C. Laymouth, February 9th 1872. And high up at the top, David and Daphne have recently spotted another signature, but this time it has been etched on the glass from the outside...

A leaded-light window that has developed such a slope over the centuries that it looks as if it is somehow melting away at one end. In one tiny pane of glass there is a signature in neat copperplate script: W.C. Laymouth, February 9th 1872

. In one tiny pane of glass there is a signature in neat copperplate script: W.C. Laymouth, February 9th 1872. And high up at the top, David and Daphne have recently spotted another signature, but this time it has been etched on the glass from the outside

David and Daphne have recently spotted another signature, but this time it has been etched on the glass from the outside

Entering the main bedroom, the floor slopes away at a tipsy angle, so all the furniture has been given its own bespoke leg props. An actress’s dressing table was another gift to Daphne from her mother-in-law

Entering the main bedroom, the floor slopes away at a tipsy angle, so all the furniture has been given its own bespoke leg props. An actress’s dressing table was another gift to Daphne from her mother-in-law

“It’s from the late 17th or early 18th century,” explains Daphne

Daphne explains that the dressing table is from the 17th or 18th century

The master bedroom en suite

The master bedroom en suite

At the top of the house, the couple’s son’s room displays more of David’s craftsmanship. The floor here careers away from the window towards the door at such an angle that one leg of the bed is almost half the height of the other

At the top of the house, the couple’s son’s room displays more of David’s craftsmanship. The floor here careers away from the window towards the door at such an angle that one leg of the bed is almost half the height of the other

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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