We drive past some pretty extraordinary houses when out and about in the Cotswolds and I have a tendency to drive just a…little…bit… slower past some of the houses we see. Although we have lived here before, I think spending some time away has re-ignited my passion for this place and its beautiful houses nestled amongst the rolling hills. Not to mention the rows of regency townhouses in Cheltenham!
My Mum was visiting the Cotswolds yesterday and we sat down and poured over the local estate agent websites playing ‘Dream House’. We do this a lot when we are together and as we sit and look at the different houses we discuss what we would do with them if they were ours. We both have a long list of deal breakers when choosing but mine includes: high ceilings, a huge en-suite bathroom, a studio space and a garden with a breathtaking view.
I thought I would put a few of our best picks from the local area on my blog. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below which one you’d go for. Oh, but hands off the regency one – that’s mine!
This renovated house is for sale with Knight Frank and is just down the road from us. I just adore the studio space that they have added – it would be a perfect studio space for me as its filled with light and the wood burner would be lovely in the winter.
Now this one is incredibly special and *possibly* too big for a family of three but, don’t forget, we are in Dream House world and anything goes. A Grade II listed manor house with its origins in the 15th century. I love the more ancient parts of the property and the grounds are simply stunning. My favourite room in the house is the kitchen – just look at the height of the ceiling and those amazing windows! The rest of the property is currently a bit too dark for me and I’m sure traditionalists would hate what I’d do to all of the beams (paint them out or lime them) but it is definitely worth a look as it is a fabulous place.
This is my personal favourite as I have always loved regency houses as they are flooded with light, have beautiful tall windows and the room proportions are great. With this style of property you really don’t get constrained by much – so much works and you can get away with a riot of colour, contemporary or traditional styles and the furniture planning is a breeze! There is a reason that so many suppliers hold their photoshoots in these properties. This one is in a great area – just a short walk from Montpellier and the Suffolks. We used to live in this area and spent a lot of Saturdays wandering around the shops and stopping for coffee every now and then. Oh, and have you seen the swimming pool?