Many of us dream about having a little cottage by the sea or in the country. All we really want is a place where you can open the doors and leave all the stress behind. But spending only a couple of weeks a year can be too short and we start craving having that kind of lifestyle a little longer. That’s when many people change their life dramatically and decide to have their own year-round piece of paradise. That’s exactly what Victoria and Ben Chilvers did back in 2006. Victoria, an interior designer, and Ben, a partner at Priors Farm Equine Veterinary Practice in Forest Row, bought a tiny cottage in the English countryside. The cottage was built circa 1900 and even though we can picture it to be full of charm, unfortunately this wasn’t the case because the small building felt more like a shed. Here’s what Victoria had to say about the place: “It was a real rural bachelor pad, stuffed with knick-knacks and in need of some serious work. The cottage really wasn’t either attractive or practical,” she says. “The front was just a blank wall with a single small window and the only thing of any interest was the mock Tudor rear façade.”
After much thought, the couple and architect Peter Hulbert and builder Tom Aronson decided the best thing was to knock the old cottage down and start building the cottage of their dreams. The result is an impeccably charming place and the best part is they don’t need to leave it and go back to the city, they proudly call it “home”.
The cottage, even though was built only a couple of years ago, it still has an old-charm feel, thanks to beautiful architectural details and antiques.
They made sure to keep a rustic, yet comfortable vibe around the entire cottage.
A cottage should always be simple but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some “sparkle”. Lovely choices were made here and the floors are very practical.
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The kitchen opens to the family room and it has a very natural flow.
Victoria, the owner and designer, kept a very neutral palette throughout the entire cottage.
Is there anything more charming than a sunroom? Lucky are those who have one! Can you tell I want one also?
Display your beautiful pictures… Share the best of memories.
The soft colors make this bedroom feel calm, serene and inviting.
How adorable is that?! An antique armoire is the perfect piece for a child’s bedroom. Just make sure to use brackets on the back when having big pieces of furniture in a kid’s room.
Isn’t that the ultimate family cottage? I could easily live in this place. I love the simplicity and feel of this home. It’s somewhere you can write beautiful stories and create unforgettable memories.
Source: Wealden Times via Nicety.
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Luciane from HomeBunch.com
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I loved your interview Luciane… you answers were wonderful… xv
Dreamy is right!! What a charmer. Thanks for your kind words, pleasure was all mine! You are a gem, Lucianne!!
I could definitely live in this cottage. I love the sunroom, grain sack on the window and the antique armoire. I enjoyed your answers on Tina’s blog.
Enjoyed your interview, and can see what all the fussi s about. I could really get lost in your blog for hours. What a beautiful cottage. Happy to be your newest follower.
I adore the exposed beams!
This is a cottage after my own heart! I love the vintage feel, and am completely head over heels for the stairwell. That ceiling, those beams are to die for, and I really like the vintage card catalogue at the foot of the stairs. Oh so much to pin here 🙂
Happy Tuesday, Luciane!
Hi Luciane, I loved the interview over at the enchanted home and because frames are a passion for me I loved the frame photo. And, of course, you had me dreaming again! Have a lovely evening!
Your interview was so great! I could easily be friends with you, loved what you said about family, kids, kindess. Yes to all of it! I will definitely subscribe to your blog. Have a great night.
Charming! Wonderful interview at the Enchanted Home with Tina. Enjoyed it very much.
Just came over from Tina’s and loved your interview. Just had to run over here. Love this wonderful cottage. I would LOVE, love to have a “place in the sun”!!!!!!!!!!! We live in Pa. , in a very wooded lot and I HATE it. I long for the sun and water. Thanks for sharing this wonmderful spot. XO, Pinky
Luciane, Beautiful! I especially love the child’s bedroom with the baskets and armoire. I off to check out the feature at Tinas. Hugs, Sherry
I love how bright and cheery this one is. Also adore the chair with the fur thrown over it!
Love this cottage and the story behind it. It’s kind of a dream of hubby and me to live in England for a period of time.
Have you ever put up a post that is not drool material?
You are the queen of great inspiration.
A comment is waiting for you over at Tina’s.