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THE PROPERTY A detached Grade II-listed house, built in 1780, with Victorian additions LOCATION Hampshire ROOMS Sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner, snug, utility room, cloakroom, six bedrooms (three en suite), bathroom PURCHASED 2011 PREVIO
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Winter Wonderland
Entertaining is something that I absolutely love and I have a very definite “more the merrier” philosophy when celebrating with family and friends, so we will see what this year brings,’ says Sarah Reed. With a talent for transforming properties, it’
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Family Traditions
With large expressive skies and tall grasses dancing in the breeze, there’s a lot to fall in love with in this small hamlet in Brittany, northwestern France. ‘The landscape is very similar to where I grew up in Ireland,’ says Liz Lamour, who met her
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Comfort & joy
Downsizing to a damp, mouldy and cramped cottage with ‘vintage’ plumbing and electrics, and no mains gas may not sound that appealing to most of us, but for Susie and Phillipa McGinley-Collins it was an opportunity not to be missed. ‘We had always lo
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THE PROPERTY Grade II-listed house, built in 1790 and extended in 2016 LOCATION West Sussex ROOMS Sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner/living area, cloakroom, boot/laundry room, four bedrooms, three bathrooms PURCHASED 2014 PREVIOUS PROPERTY
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THE PROPERTY Stone cottage built in 1940 LOCATION Brittany, France ROOMS Kitchen-diner/living area, two bedrooms, bathroom PURCHASED 2000 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘I was living with my parents back home in Ireland and Corentin grew up not far from here
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THE PROPERTY A renovated former village bakery and butchers built circa 1750 LOCATION Oxfordshire ROOM Sitting room, dining/ living area, kitchen, utility room, three bedrooms, bathroom PURCHASED 1998 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in an old cottage
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Hidden Treasure
Alice and James Bennett had several pleasant surprises when first viewing their east London Edwardian home in 2016. ‘To start with, we turned up to the “open day” expecting the usual long queue of prospective buyers, but we were the only ones,’ says
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Happy Ending
While Natalie Bowles and her husband Phil were looking to move house, they originally set their sights on a three-bedroom semidetached property. ‘We tried to buy it three times, but the purchase fell through each time, and we eventually realised it j
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All Is Calm
The uncluttered simplicity of Steph Eley’s whitewashed and wood interior evokes a feeling of calm, regardless of the time of year. As perfect on a summer’s day with the breeze coming in through the windows as it is at Christmas when candles, strings
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THE PROPERTY Edwardian end-of-terrace LOCATION East London ROOMS Sitting room, kitchen-diner, cloakroom, cinema room, utility room, four bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom PURCHASED 2016 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We were living in a small period cottage
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Festive Flair
For Leoma Harper, moving into a large detached period property five years ago proved to be a good decision. As well as giving her and her husband a lot more space for their money, it provided a bigger garden for their daughter, seven, and son, four.
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Picture Perfect
Upsizing from a basement flat to a Victorian terrace in Brighton was a dream move for Leon and Iain Stevenson-Wood. As well as being the headquarters of the travel company they both work for, this vibrant city suits them perfectly. As did this house
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THE PROPERTY Detached 1950s house LOCATION Surrey ROOMS Kitchen-diner/living area, sitting room, office, utility room, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom PURCHASED 2006 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Our last home was a much older cottage nearby,’ says S
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Room Envy
This is a space with some considerable pedigree. What you’re looking at above is Café Riggs, an all-day dining restaurant inspired by the 19th-century grand cafes of Europe. It occupies an imposing space on the ground floor of Riggs Washington DC, a
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Come Together
Interior designer, Lynsey Evans and her husband, Warren, love entertaining, so their home will be where all the family congregate this Christmas. ‘One of the reasons we chose this property is because we knew it would make a fantastic party house,’ sa
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Packed with PERSONALITY
With its exposed brickwork, tongue-and-groove panelling and solid limestone flooring, you’d be forgiven for thinking this Surrey home was a beautifully restored old farmhouse. But, in fact, it was only built in the 1950s. ‘My husband Gav and I absolu
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MERRY & BRIGHT
Not easy for carol singers to find, Mary Corbett and her husband Alastair Gossage’s home is approached by a long winding drive set in secluded woodland. At Christmas, their one-time brickmaker’s cottage twinkles with fairy lights and in the spring, t
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Season’s Greetings
When Sasha and John Kennedy decided to leave London with their three young sons and make their home in the country, they were immediately taken with the substantial Georgian villa they viewed in Wiltshire. ‘There’s a sense of space but it’s also very
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Past Meets Present
If home is where the heart is, then Julie Simonsen’s is unquestionably a certain pretty villa in a Danish fishing harbour. Ever since Julie’s parents bought it 50 years ago, family Christmases have been spent in the seafront house, just 45 minutes’ d
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THE PROPERTY Detached Georgian villa LOCATION Wiltshire ROOMS Sitting room, living room, dining room, kitchen-diner, library, utility room, cloakroom, boot room, playroom, seven bedrooms (four en suite), bathroom PURCHASED 2012 PREVIOUS PROPERTY
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THE PROPERTY Detached 1940s house LOCATION East Sussex ROOMS Sitting room, kitchen-diner/living area, snug, cloakroom, four bedrooms (one en suite), two bathrooms PURCHASED 2014 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in a 1950s house in a village nearby,’ s
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THE PROPERTY Georgian townhouse LOCATION Central London ROOMS Hallway, sitting room, dining room, living room, kitchen, study, utility room, five bedrooms, dressing room, three bathrooms, two cloakrooms MOVED IN 2018 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We were li
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THE PROPERTY Detached Victorian farmhouse built in 1850 LOCATION Scottish Borders ROOMS Sitting room, drawing room, dining room, garden room, kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, six bedrooms (one en suite), two bathrooms PURCHASED 2012 PREVIOUS PRO
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THE PROPERTY Victorian cottage extended and partially rebuilt in 2001 LOCATION Hampshire ROOMS Sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner, six bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom MOVED IN 2001 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in a cottage on the family fa
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True Colours
When interior designer Ana Engelhorn, her husband Carlos Rubia Simón and their children Lola, aged 10, and Charlie, three, moved from Barcelona to London, their new rental home was painted in wall-to-wall beige. ‘In theory, it was decorated to be a c
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Fine Vintage
Having lived in a comparatively large house in a rural part of Dorset, Georgie Maynard deliberately picked her new home in a friendly village locked in a time warp of cobbled streets, grouped around a village shop, a gallery, a church and a pub. ‘At
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One Of A Kind
With its elegant decor, reinstated period features and well-chosen fixtures and fittings, this Victorian villa in West Yorkshire has been subject to many improvements. The most recent changes have transformed the ground floor with the creation of a m
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THE PROPERTY A Grade-II listed 1820s house LOCATION Surrey ROOMS Sitting room, dining room, kitchen, snug, utility room, boot room, four bedrooms, three bathrooms PURCHASED 2011 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a farmhouse not f
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