Making the decision to downsize can be daunting to consider, but Margaret and her husband David seem to have embraced the process. “I saw it as a great opportunity to choose from the best of what we have collected over the years. It’s actually quite liberating. When you’re bringing up a family and concentrating on careers you often don’t have the time to really plan a house to be just as you’d like it,” says Margaret.

TEST the drawing room - painted in Fired Earth’s putty - is restful but sophisticated

the drawing room - painted in Fired Earth’s putty - is restful but sophisticated

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TEST the diningroom table can be extended to accommodate a large party

the diningroom table can be extended to accommodate a large party

TEST the extended kitchen was fitted by JM Kitchens bottom the original kitchen is now used as a scullery

the extended kitchen was fitted by JM Kitchens bottom the original kitchen is now used as a scullery

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TEST the antique, rope-effect mirror in the flamboyant downstairs loo was bought at auction from Gorringes ...

the antique, rope-effect mirror in the flamboyant downstairs loo was bought at auction from Gorringes ...

TEST an occasional table in the hall

an occasional table in the hall

TEST the main bedroom leads into an en suite bathroom below left the guest bathroom is home to a collection of mirrors

the main bedroom leads into an en suite bathroom below left the guest bathroom is home to a collection of mirrors

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TEST these two guest bedrooms at the back of the house both enjoy fabulous views across the Weald

these two guest bedrooms at the back of the house both enjoy fabulous views across the Weald

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TEST the south-facing conservatory is built in the style of an Edwardian greenhouse

the south-facing conservatory is built in the style of an Edwardian greenhouse

  • Dave Robinson, Builder 01622891692
  • JM Interiors Kitchen Company 01580291221
  • Gillie Day, Interior Design 01892513030

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Cherry Whytock

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