The Sussex Showstopper12 March 2021
As more and more of us dream of escaping the city to set down roots in the countryside, working from home during the week then spending the weekends taking long walks, feeling the benefits of nature and the local pub, finding that balance of character, charm, warmth and a homely feel can be somewhat difficult to find. Well look no further, as this property has everything you could possibly ever want with a main house that includes a spectacular ground floor layout comprising entrance lobby, reception hall, drawing room, family room, open-plan kitchen/dining room, rear hall/music room, cloakroom, games room, pantry, utility room, store, boot room and cellar as well as its own self-contained annexe and beautiful landscaped gardens with sweeping driveway, swimming pool, tennis court, summerhouse, double garage with log store and a detached machinery store for anyone who fancies themselves as a bit of a DIY-er or who wishes to be hands-on with any house and grounds maintenance and upkeep.
Currently on the market with Savills Petworth and London, this impressive Victorian family home has been lovingly restored and renovated with thanks to interior designers, Hudson Homes & Interiors, using Artisans of Devizes stone and tiling products in the kitchen, entrance hall and bathrooms for authentic surface solutions that bring charm, character and warmth into a selection of the main rooms of its Linch Old Rectory surroundings in Redford, Midhurst in West Sussex.
Set within the stunning South Downs National Park, the property comes with around 5.4 acres so there is plenty of room to get away from it all and if the downstairs rooms aren’t enough for a bit of quiet time, the house also includes a main suite comprising bedroom, dressing room, en-suite and balcony as well as three further bedroom suites, a fifth bedroom, family bathroom and home gym, so there’s no excuse when you miss that weekly spinning class!
The kitchen is vast and full of charm with Artisans of Devizes’ Belvoir Limestone in a tumbled finish for the floor. A contemporary take on traditional stone, this version features a distinctive pattern and is fine-grained, which complements modern projects that still want an aged, worn-in feel. The entrance hall is laid with the same stone for a seamless look while the dining table also features Artisans’ stone for something truly unique and somewhat special. Topped with Mizu Leaf Marble Mosaic, it creates a decorative touch that you wouldn’t expect to see.
Upstairs, the en-suite bathroom with its terrace overlooking the lawned areas below features exquisite Artisans of Devizes’ marble for the walls and floor. A perfect backdrop for the statement freestanding Victoria + Albert bath and Perrin & Rowe brassware, the Aliseo Marble Honed stone has been used for the walls in its brick tile format and coordinated with matching skirting, dado and square tiles for the floor. The effect is calming and tranquil, the ideal spa-like sanctuary at home and the perfect space for a sense of well-being.
The same Aliseo marble collection was also used in the bathroom suite featuring an elliptical-shaped sculptural bath in a crisp white finish, with the natural stone walls and floor providing textural interest against the otherwise all-neutral scheme. As a contrast, one of the smaller bathrooms features Artisans’ decorative Moroccan Impressions Ducados tiles on the floor and inside the shower area for an on-trend satin-finish porcelain look.
Interiors designed with stone floors are one of the best investments that can be made in a property as not only does stone enhance a home’s character and original architectural features but it can also add value too. “Stone is undoubtedly a wise investment in any property project,” says Hamish Smith, Creative Director at Artisans of Devizes.
“Natural stone such as marble and limestone instantly provides wow factor while also maintaining a timeless, enduring look that ages well over time. In fact, any patina or wearing in simply adds to its authentic look and feel and it creates a practical, hardwearing and durable surface underfoot that copes easily with everyday wear and tear, enhancing period properties as well as barn conversions, new-builds and renovations. It’s also suitable for use with underfloor heating, a real benefit in older buildings.”
With easy access to the surrounding nature and wildlife, this elevated property has prime views over the Sussex countryside. And for rainy days when venturing outside is absolutely off the agenda, this characterful country house is beautifully bespoke throughout with careful attention to detail and a stunning refurbishment that is a credit to its owners.