Childhood memories and favourite holiday haunts are the inspiration
behind Karen and Rafe Easter’s charming family home.

It’s difficult to believe just how much of England’s green and pleasant land lies a mere hour’s train journey from the capital, and yet this breathtaking scenery with its rolling pastures and majestic woodlands really is but a stone’s throw from London. Meander off a main road pretty much anywhere in this deservedly labelled ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ and you’ll find yourself twisting and turning through narrow leafy lanes, and losing your bearings among mists of cow parsley and luxuriant hedgerows.

A real fire was top of Rafe’s list for establishing that basic sense of contentment and family wellbeing. They chose The Fireplace Company in Crowborough to supply and fit all the fireplaces and wood burning stoves.

A real fire was top of Rafe’s list for establishing that basic sense of contentment and family wellbeing. They chose The Fireplace Company in Crowborough to supply and fit all the fireplaces and wood burning stoves.

An excellent joiner matched the existing panelling, oak doors and other design details throughout the house

An excellent joiner matched the existing panelling, oak doors and other design details throughout the house

One of Karen’s many animal paintings hangs above the hall table. The lamps are from OKA and the stag candelabra from one of her favourite shops, Flowerhouse and Hom

One of Karen’s many animal paintings hangs above the hall table. The lamps are from OKA and the stag candelabra from one of her favourite shops, Flowerhouse and Hom

The old kitchen and dining rooms were combined to make one large room. Karen and Rafe made a feature of the panelling here on the ceilings as well as the walls

The old kitchen and dining rooms were combined to make one large room. Karen and Rafe made a feature of the panelling here on the ceilings as well as the walls

Another of Karen’s animal paintings feature above the dining room fireplace, along with some simply styled rustic ornaments from Rusdens Home Interiors and Flower House and Home. The shocking pink chairs are from Sweetpea & Willow

Another of Karen’s animal paintings feature above the dining room fireplace, along with some simply styled rustic ornaments from Rusdens Home Interiors and Flower House and Home. The shocking pink chairs are from Sweetpea & Willow

A cleverly disguised secret door leads from the library to the snug beyond, much to the delight of visiting children. The charming ceramic dog was made by potter Marie Prett

A cleverly disguised secret door leads from the library to the snug beyond, much to the delight of visiting children. The charming ceramic dog was made by potter Marie Prett

Karen knew she wanted her new kitchen to be light and spacious. The white marble worktop and pale grey units are sleek and sophisticated, while the table and chairs add a homely touch for family dining

The white marble worktop and pale grey units are sleek and sophisticated, while the table and chairs add a homely touch for family dining

Karen knew she wanted her new kitchen to be light and spacious

A boot room really helps if you live in the country. Karen and Rafe chose easily wipeable Carrera marble for the floor

A boot room really helps if you live in the country. Karen and Rafe chose easily wipeable Carrera marble for the floor

Karen chose Neptune for kitchen supply and design

Karen chose Neptune for kitchen supply and design

The stunning ceramic light from Heal’s and the white glossy range add a touch of glamour

The stunning ceramic light from Heal’s and the white glossy range add a touch of glamour

The hall is a mix of soft grey panelling and citrus yellow floral wallpaper from Osborne & Little

The hall is a mix of soft grey panelling and citrus yellow floral wallpaper from Osborne & Little

Simple opulence best describes this bedroom. The bed looks straight onto the charming oak balcony and the garden with the buttercup field beyond

Simple opulence best describes this bedroom. The bed looks straight onto the charming oak balcony and the garden with the buttercup field beyond

The understated elegance in both bedroom and bathroom was inspired by a beautiful hotel in the Italian lakes

The understated elegance in both bedroom and bathroom was inspired by a beautiful hotel in the Italian lakes

Freddie’s room benefits from one of the rectangular bay windows, which bring so much light into the room The funky world map wallpaper is from Murals Wallpaper

Freddie’s room benefits from one of the rectangular bay windows, which bring so much light into the room

Freddie’s room benefits from one of the rectangular bay windows, which bring so much light into the room The funky world map wallpaper is from Murals Wallpaper

The funky world map wallpaper is from Murals Wallpaper

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