The English Home

Modern COUNTRY

How can modern family life best be conducted in a traditional rural property? One answer lies in adopting a style that could be described as ‘contemporary country’, in which sensitive alterations and understated design and decorating combine to create a space which is functional for today, yet respectful of the building’s historical roots.

In recent years, some wonderful examples have sprung up in the form of both private residences and country-house hotels – including Heckfield Place in Hampshire and The Painswick and Calcot Manor in the Cotswolds – where period character is celebrated alongside luxurious amenities, high-specification technology and an overriding sense of ease and comfort. They point towards a way of living that is both streamlined and softly rustic, focused on a life in the countryside, yet also sophisticated and

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