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The Farm At Avebury

18 November 2021

A working farm with six new stable conversions and two event spaces, The Farm At Avebury is the perfect countryside getaway. We asked its designer, Polly Ashman of Lofty Creations, to share the secrets behind its stunning style makeover. 

“I’ve known the farm’s owners, Rob and Alice, for years,” explains Polly, “and we have always spoken about working together, so when they approached me to help with The Farm At Avebury I jumped at the chance. Lofty Creations is a residential builder and I head up the design side. My brief was to have fun, go bold on colour and work with the character of the old stable block and surrounding farm.”

When it came to selecting the perfect stone and tile, Polly instantly knew that we could supply exactly what she wanted. “I chose Artisans as not only are they a local Wiltshire company, but they also offer a huge range of natural stone, which worked well in the country surroundings, along with fun ceramic options that were perfect for adding pops of colour and beautiful textures in the bathrooms and kitchens.”

The largest of the units, Silbury Hill, deserved the wow factor with its high ceilings and mezzanine level, says Polly. “The master ensuite in the eaves is a generous size so it could take a range of colours. Hence why we went for lovely green Zellige tiles on the back wall and white tiles on the side. The yellow vanity adds another pop of colour. The bright red kitchen speaks for itself so a plain textured tile was perfect for the wall splashback below the rustic shelves.

“Long Barrow’s pink ensuite bathroom has got to be my favourite and the soft off-white square tiles are the perfect partner. Downstairs in the small kids ensuite the sage metro tiles look great in the shower. We laid them in a soldier formation, which makes them look modern and fun.

“The one-bed units Swallowhead and Longstones have small shower rooms, so we had to work hard to not only fit everything in, but make the space interesting too. Tiles are the obvious way to do this and Artisans have a selection of porcelain patterned tiles that look amazing in the shower cubicles.

“Windmill Hill Is the light, bright slightly bonkers unit with a pink, blue and yellow theme, so the obvious choice for the bathroom tiles was the lovely Neapolitan range in a bright yellow – great fun.”

For anyone taking on a similar project, renovating a space for guest accommodation, Polly advises having a lot of energy! “Don’t be afraid of thinking outside the box and be brave with colour,” she says. “Although people might not want bright colours all over their house in a hotel environment, it’s a happy addition. You also need to think about the quality of the products you are buying and how they will look after a few years of wear and tear.”

 

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