Cotswolds Country House
Spring Road Cottage is located in one of the prettiest and most undiscovered of the Cotswold villages, Winson, in the Coln Valley, situated roughly 1h 45min West of Central London.
The location of the cottage is stunning and very rural. There are many gastro pubs and luxury hotels which offer great food and spa facilities in the area. Barnsley House and Daylesford is 10-20min drive away, and with a 40min drive you will get to Soho Farmhouse, the members club part of Soho House, which is one of my favourite members houses.
The cottage was originally built around 1720. Originally there was only one room downstairs and one upstairs, but it was later extended by the Victorians in the late 19th century, and again by us recently. The downstairs sitting room still contains the original bread oven from when the house first was built !
I designed the interiors this for cottage for myself and my partner, as our country escape when we wanted to get out of London. The exterior is like most buildings in Cotswolds built with the distinctive Cotswold stone, so from the outside it’s a very typical picturesque cottage with a lush, secluded garden with a stream running through, where you often find swans passing by. The interior however we did want to change, to make it feel like a contemporary country home, bringing a bit of London to the countryside without making it too modern. I wanted to create a warm, comfortable and inviting country feel but yet a fun and modern space unlike most English country cottages. You see a mixture of old styles and materials like the vaulted beamed ceilings juxtaposed with modern furniture and accessories.
As the sitting room has a low ceiling I had to be careful not to put in oversized items which would make the space look even smaller. The bookcase at the side of the fireplace was a natural use of space which allows for a side table and table lamp for a cozy corner. I contrasted the natural colour of the sofa with two ink blue deco tub chairs and added a pair of gold occasional tables for practicality as these can easily be moved when not in use so the space isn’t cluttered.
The velux roof windows above the dining table were already installed and they bring in much valued daylight. Mirrors hung like pictures reflect the light through the roof lights around the space. The huge horse artwork print I bought a print and enlarged it and then had framed in 12 pieces. The Eichholtz chandlier is perfectly balanced size and shape wise, for the space. The classic dining table and chairs sit on a Jimmie Martin rug.
The three bedrooms are all very different both in terms of sign and layout as well as design. The master vaulted bedroom with wonderful original beams is the most spacious and the feeling of space is greatly improved by the vaulted ceiling. Here I added a simple bed over a Jimmie Martin rug and tied it up with a vintage chandelier and used the original brick wall as a modern backdrop albeit with a stunning original picture window.
The two guest bedrooms each offer a very different guest experience. The matt grey ground floor bedroom which opens to the garden is a wonderfully simple mix of colours of grey and red over a stunning and comfortable under foot, black and white rug. While the second guest bedroom features a sprayed sleigh bed over a Jimmie Martin rug with Jimmie Martin bedside light and Jimmie Martin eye spy cushions.
It’s a great place to escape to and unwind.
photography by Elayne Barre
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