It’s often said, by the owners of very grand houses, that they are not so much the owners of a property but more its custodians. For those of us of a romantic nature, the same could be said for any historic property, where a house and its land have evolved and changed with the centuries. There’s a certain affection and respect one hopes will arrive with the new owners, along with a desire to preserve the essence and ‘soul’ of the place, though at the same time adapting it to their needs and taste. Nobody wants to live in a museum…

The Swedish neo-classical style bed is from Nordic Style. The bench on the side wall is an antique

The Swedish neo-classical style bed is from Nordic Style

The bench on the side wall is an antique

The bench on the side wall is an antique

The bed is from Nordic Style.

The bed is from Nordic Style

The slipper bath, from Tenterden Bathroom Shop, has views through the sash window over the horse paddocks. Wooden panelling was added on lower walls to give a classical feel.

The slipper bath, from Tenterden Bathroom Shop, has views through the sash window over the horse paddocks. Wooden panelling was added on lower walls to give a classical feel.

The wall sconces over the basin are by Heathfield & Co

The wall sconces over the basin are by Heathfield & Co

The lamps on the landing console table are from Porta Romana and the painting client’s own

The lamps on the landing console table are from Porta Romana and the painting client’s own

A bedroom in the extension features a very rare five-pane sash window. The architect, Charles Baine-Smith, works as the building advisor to the National Trust in the South East. The bed is from Nordic Style

A bedroom in the extension features a very rare five-pane sash window. The architect, Charles Baine-Smith, works as the building advisor to the National Trust in the South East. The bed is from Nordic Style

The chest of drawers is client’s own and the chairs are covered in William Yeoward stripe

The chest of drawers is client’s own and the chairs are covered in William Yeoward stripe

The wheatsheaf chandelier over the dining room is from Phoenix Antiques. The antique-style radiators are from the Old Radiator Company. The chairs are covered in a Colefax & Fowler linen and the table lamps are Ecco trading with Porta Romana silk lampshades. Looking through the hall to the drawing room

The wheatsheaf chandelier over the dining room is from Phoenix Antique

The wheatsheaf chandelier over the dining room is from Phoenix Antiques. The antique-style radiators are from the Old Radiator Company. The chairs are covered in a Colefax & Fowler linen and the table lamps are Ecco trading with Porta Romana silk lampshades. Looking through the hall to the drawing room

The antique-style radiators are from the Old Radiator Company. The chairs are covered in a Colefax & Fowler linen and the table lamps are Ecco trading with Porta Romana silk lampshades

The wheatsheaf chandelier over the dining room is from Phoenix Antiques. The antique-style radiators are from the Old Radiator Company. The chairs are covered in a Colefax & Fowler linen and the table lamps are Ecco trading with Porta Romana silk lampshades. Looking through the hall to the drawing room

Looking through the hall to the drawing room

More bookshelves in the drawing room. The oversized ottoman is upholstered in a William Yerwood jute stripe. The patterned cushions are a Nina Campbell linen. The brass lamp is by Porto Romana. The painting client’s own

More bookshelves in the drawing room. The oversized ottoman is upholstered in a William Yerwood jute stripe. The brass lamp is by Porto Romana. The painting client’s own

More bookshelves in the drawing room. The oversized ottoman is upholstered in a William Yerwood jute stripe. The patterned cushions are a Nina Campbell linen. The brass lamp is by Porto Romana. The painting client’s own

The patterned cushions are a Nina Campbell linen

Fortunately for Home Farm its current residents were adamant they wanted to retain a farmhouse feel

Fortunately for Home Farm its current residents were adamant they wanted to retain a farmhouse feel

The snug – formerly the kitchen – is painted in Btwn Dog & Wolf by Paint and Paper Library. The sofa and ottoman were commissioned by Evernden Interiors. The lamps are Willow from Porta Romana. The fireside chairs are antique Welsh farmhouse chairs

The snug – formerly the kitchen – is painted in Btwn Dog & Wolf by Paint and Paper Library.

The snug – formerly the kitchen – is painted in Btwn Dog & Wolf by Paint and Paper Library. The sofa and ottoman were commissioned by Evernden Interiors. The lamps are Willow from Porta Romana. The fireside chairs are antique Welsh farmhouse chairs

The lamps are Willow from Porta Romana. The fireside chairs are antique Welsh farmhouse chairs

The snug – formerly the kitchen – is painted in Btwn Dog & Wolf by Paint and Paper Library. The sofa and ottoman were commissioned by Evernden Interiors. The lamps are Willow from Porta Romana. The fireside chairs are antique Welsh farmhouse chairs

The sofa and ottoman were commissioned by Evernden Interiors

Looking from the hall into the kitchen. The antique settle (client purchase) cushion is covered in Colefax & Fowler grey and natural check fabric, the glass lamp Porta Romana. The ceiling pendant in the kitchen Olive & Fox, Tunbridge Wells

Looking from the hall into the kitchen. The antique settle (client purchase) cushion is covered in Colefax & Fowler grey and natural check fabric, the glass lamp Porta Romana.

Evernden Interiors sourced the antique kitchen table. The kitchen is by Plain English

Evernden Interiors sourced the antique kitchen table. The kitchen is by Plain English

Evernden Interiors sourced the antique kitchen table. The kitchen is by Plain English

The ceiling pendant in the kitchen Olive & Fox, Tunbridge Wells

The book-lined study leads into the kitchen. The blind fabric was designed by Lindsay Alker

The book-lined study leads into the kitchen

The book-lined study leads into the kitchen. The blind fabric was designed by Lindsay Alker

The blind fabric was designed by Lindsay Alker

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Kate Watts

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