25 Beautiful Homes June 2021

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Brighter Outlook is the name of our stunning opening house (page 8) and we wanted the same confident, life-affirming feel to carry through all the homes we feature this month. Miranda Gore Browne’s delightful old rectory (page 46) is full of the type of country charm that never fades. In complete contrast, we were so impressed with how designer Bhavin Taylor drew on his Indian heritage to inject a new vibrant style into a neglected top-floor city flat (page 20). For many of our homeowners it’s taken several years to achieve the sort of home they’ve wanted to create, but for all of them the rewards have been worth it. So if you’re contemplating a renovation or wondering if yours will ever end, we do hope each of these homes…

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brighter outlook

Danica Slatter’s home, in a suburb of Cape Town at the foot of Table Mountain, is a thriving community within itself. Accommodating her husband Laurie, triplets Emelia, Felix and Layla, 11, Mila-Belle, nine, as well as three dogs, Lily, a German Pointer, George and Truffles the Labradors plus three cats, the house is a constant hive of activity. The family had relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town in order for the children to start school there. ‘We’d been looking for quite a while then Laurie viewed the house on a show day and we all came down a month after that,’ Danica says. ‘We were attracted by the expansive feeling of space and the beautiful garden. It’s also a wonderful and secure neighbourhood very close to the school.’ On the downside, the…

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pale & interesting

Having just had her fingers badly burnt in a bidding war for a house, Katy Hamilton was not overly confident when she discovered there was a semi-detached up for sale in an area she had always loved. ‘The estate agent was holding a viewing day, so my ex and I went along and wandered around with other people,’ says Katy. ‘We thought it was a really special place and though we put a bid on it, we didn’t hold out much hope.’ The 1930s house, with only three previous owners, was in need of a lot of work to bring it up to modern standards. The decor was extremely tired and all the utilities needed replacing – a major renovation was clearly necessary. ‘I’m not sure if that’s what put people…

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just the right tone

Five years after he bought it, Bhavin Taylor’s client was finally ready to change up a gear and renovate his neglected top floor flat in south London. ‘I wanted my own space and liked the idea of buying something that required work; both to save money and to make it the way I wanted. I didn’t expect it to take five years to start the project,’ he says. ‘I wanted someone who could turn my unstructured thoughts into a coherent vision and design. I have strong opinions about what I like, but don’t have the design ability or time to create them myself,’ he adds. The owner was familiar with Bhavin’s design style (bhavintaylordesign.com) through the office renovation of the company he worked for, and was confident their tastes would align.…

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living the dream

Moving to the country was a carefully researched adventure for Alexandra Young, determined to find a rural haven for her family. With her then just one-year-old baby Isla in the back of the car, she spent a year exploring and eventually tracked down a Grade 11-listed Georgian farmhouse with two acres of well-stocked garden on the edge of an idyllic village near Winchester. ‘I googled the local train timetable and that settled it as it was an easy commute for my husband Simon,’ says Alexandra. ‘Our children, Isla, now 12, Poppy, 10, and Digby, seven, were delighted with the prospect of keeping pets and riding their own pony.’ The charming Georgian facade of this one-time hunting lodge instantly appealed to Alex, who is an experienced interior designer (alexandrayoungdesign.co.uk). The previous owner was…

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rural bliss

After deciding to downsize from their elegant Arts and Crafts house in Tunbridge Wells, Wendy and John Gillah were under no illusions as to why they were buying a 1940s semi a few miles further out in the Kent countryside. ‘It was the worst house in the best location,’ says Wendy. The ex-council property was built for agricultural workers in the area but had become run down, and in Wendy’s words, ‘needed to be loved’. Unlike most of the dwellings in this conservation area, this one wasn’t full of period charm or listed, so structural changes would be fairly unrestricted. The couple particularly loved the fact that it was set back from the road and slightly hidden – in fact, a bit too hidden for John’s liking. ‘It was fronted by…