Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017!
Here's to following your dreams!
I think it's fair to say that 2016 has been a particularly lamentable year socially, politically and economically. So last week when Pantone announced their colour of the year for 2017 as 'Greenery', a zesty, life-affirming shade of yellow-green, it felt as though we were being urged to find our second wind, to regroup and navigate our way through these turbulent times with renewed vim and vigour.
Pantone always endeavours to select its colour of the year as a representation of global attitude: this year's twin shades, Serenity and Rose Quartz, were about taking stock and slowing down; growth and vitality are symbolised by their choice for 2017.
I've written previously about green being the great all-rounder with a shade to suit every mood (and indeed the human eye is more perceptive to shades of green than any other colour) but in Greenery the message to consumers is clear: take a deep breath, re-energise and go again.
We're being offered a fresh start and I for one am going to seize the opportunity with both hands. I'm feeling re-invigorated and ready for new beginnings. I can already see the green shoots of recovery coming through.
Step away from the tinsel! Christmas doesn't have to mean gaudy decorations. This living room is proof that black and white can be used to great effect creating a simple and tasteful festive scheme. This is how minimalists do Christmas and I love it!
A Merry Monochrome Christmas to you all!
On first impressions you could be forgiven for thinking that you've crossed over in to the world of make-believe. Passford Farm, situated a mile or so from the Georgian town of Lymington, is what I envisage the witch's house from the Hansel and Gretel tale to look like were it not made of sweets. From the outside it is veritable eye-candy.
Set back from the main road, the property is approached through electronic gates and along a sweeping gravel drive which opens up in to a large circular parking area. Adjacent to this is a pond which is fed by the running brook, Passford Water. It's just utterly enchanting!
Steeped in history - the origins are lost in the mists of time but it is thought to date from around the beginning of the seventeenth century - this Grade II listed cottage is deceptively capacious with six bedrooms (five with en-suite). The living room features a large inglenook and the kitchen is fitted with top of the range appliances and a Corian work surface.
The biggest surprise though is to the rear of the main cottage. The beautifully landscaped grounds extend to approximately three acres (so you might want to leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find your way back!) and incorporate a swimming pool and orangery/pool house, paddocks and a wealth of additional accommodation perfect for those wanting to potentially run holiday lets (subject to the necessary consents).
Overall it's a unique property with enormous charm. There's bound to be a happy ending!
Passford Farm is for sale at £1.495m and is available through Hayward Fox in Lymington.