HEAVEN ON EARTH

FIND INNER PEACE IN THIS CHARMING WILTSHIRE PROPERTY

When I was younger my dream property was always a Georgian rectory.  There's something rather satisfying about the proportions: big, square rooms with high ceilings and large windows that allow light to fill them.  Nothing much has changed - after flirting with chocolate-box country cottages all summer this fine example of 18th century architecture has stolen my heart.  The Old Rectory, in Hilperton village near Trowbridge, is simply divine.

The handsome exterior is complemented by calming, contemporary décor inside, it's a superb example of how to mix modern style with period features.  The original flagstone flooring (swoon!), joinery and window shutters have all lovingly been restored to their former glory.  The substantial double drawing room is a bright, airy space and features a large fireplace with marble surround.

The kitchen is the epitome of understated elegance: white granite sits atop bespoke shaker style units and stainless steel appliances fit seamlessly in to the scheme.  I love the lighting above the central island -  a contemporary take on industrial style that is continued in to the dining room. 

The stylish refurbishment continues upstairs with the six bedrooms all tastefully decorated in simple neutrals.  The master has its own separate dressing room and en-suite. 

The property sits in approximately an acre of mature, well maintained gardens and, for the romantics among you, has a beautifully manicured rose garden complete with arbour and box-hedged parterre.

This property has been fully refurbished to an incredibly high spec without being flashy and its classical yet relaxed design means that anyone lucky enough to live here would surely be in seventh heaven.

The Old Rectory is for sale through Cobb Farr for £1.25m