Claire and Henry Warde take us inside Squerryes, the splendid historic home of the award-winning Kent sparkling wine .

All houses have a vibe – but not many have one you can bottle. Squerryes, however, is not only the splendid 17th century country seat of the Warde family (eight generations and counting), but also the name on the bottles of award-winning sparkling wine that is now produced on the 2,500 acre estate. 

Henry and Claire knocked through a small kitchen and dining room to create a family kitchen. The lights above the dining table were found throughout the house by Clair

Henry and Claire knocked through a small kitchen and dining room to create a family kitchen. The lights above the dining table were found throughout the house by Clair

“We have rehung all the pictures,” says Claire, “to show the story of the family to visitors.”

“We have rehung all the pictures,” says Claire, “to show the story of the family to visitors.”

Beautifully carved and gilded furniture sits alongside ornately framed artwork throughout Squerryes Court

Beautifully carved and gilded furniture sits alongside ornately framed artwork throughout Squerryes Court

Two splendid tapestries, which hang in the bedroom over the dining room, were commissioned by the wife of John Warde, who bought the house in 1731

Two splendid tapestries, which hang in the bedroom over the dining room, were commissioned by the wife of John Warde, who bought the house in 1731

Two splendid tapestries, which hang in the bedroom over the dining room, were commissioned by the wife of John Warde, who bought the house in 1731

The garden view from the roll-top bath

Beautiful views over the lake to the west of Squerryes. The family motto immortalised in stained glass Below: The formal back garden was designed by Henry’s mother Anthea to a more formal design she found on old plans

Beautiful views over the lake to the west of Squerryes. The family motto immortalised in stained glass

Beautiful views over the lake to the west of Squerryes. The family motto immortalised in stained glass Below: The formal back garden was designed by Henry’s mother Anthea to a more formal design she found on old plans

The formal back garden was designed by Henry’s mother Anthea to a design she found on old plans

Clipped box parterres in the formal back garden

Clipped box parterres in the formal back garden

An irresistible picnic overlooking the lake

A portrait of Charlotte Warde, mother of The Admiral – 4th generation at Squerryes Court – by John Opie

A portrait of Charlotte Warde, mother of The Admiral – 4th generation at Squerryes Court – by John Opie

The formal dining room’s chairs feature the wolf head that is in the family crest

The formal dining room’s chairs feature the wolf head that is in the family crest

Contemporary built-in furniture hold a portion of Squerryes’ books in the library

Contemporary built-in furniture hold a portion of Squerryes’ books in the library

Contemporary built-in furniture hold a portion of Squerryes’ books in the library

The view from the library

A few bottles at the ready to welcome guests

The second entrance hall

The spacious second entrance hall

The drawing room was beautifully decorated by Henry’s mother Anthea with decorative wallpaper she commissioned specially. French windows take you out into the formal back garden

The drawing room was beautifully decorated by Henry’s mother Anthea with decorative wallpaper she commissioned specially

The drawing room was beautifully decorated by Henry’s mother Anthea with decorative wallpaper she commissioned specially. French windows take you out into the formal back garden

French windows take you out into the formal back garden

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