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An interior designer’s elegant neoclassical house in the Cotswolds, with an interesting architectural story.


GAP Interiors/Graham Atkins-Hughes/Charlotte Griffin

Feature No:   4667 

Qty of Images:    38 


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This Georgian style house was built in 1963, yet so convincing was its design, that architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner mistakenly described it as a “small, elegant house of c1720” in the first edition of his ‘Buildings of England – Oxfordshire’ guide. The architectural designer was Alan Gore, who worked with John Fowler of Colefax & Fowler and developed a passion for eighteenth century architecture and interiors.  The recent renovation has been carried out by the owner, herself a lover of all things classical - she is an architect and interior designer and writer (including for Soane Britain). A perfectly square Palladian inspired floor plan and symmetrical elevations with regimented sash windows give this village house a grand appearance and create light-flooded, elegant spaces within. The redesign was carefully considered; removing walls and enlarging openings for better flow, practically and visually. In particular, the previously enclosed staircase now opens into the hall simultaneously allowing light from the tall landing window to brighten the centre of the house. Small but significant details such as adding deeper skirting boards and window architraves have enhanced the period style. In modernising the property, the kitchen was enlarged for modern family life and now opens onto the terrace and walled garden beyond. Bespoke kitchen cabinetry was designed by the owner to complement the proportions of the room. A Biedermeier dining room reflects the owner’s long held passion for this neoclassical Swedish antique furniture. The interior decoration draws on complementary Farrow & Ball paint colours to enhance the spatial flow and calm, relaxed mood of the home.  Modern and traditional furnishings sit well together in airy rooms, while the owner’s collection of prints and objects adds to the richness of the neoclassical theme.



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