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An 18th Century English Cottage Home Tour

Influenced by the writings of Jane Austen, I dream of living in a charming cottage in the English countryside. When I saw this home tour in House and Garden UK  of a former 18th century rectory in Oxfordshire, I was smitten. The original rectory, built of Cotswold stone in the classic Georgian style, has gone through several renovations, including one in the 19th century when a Gothic Revival style chapel was added. This classic and historic English home is surrounded by beautiful gardens, an orchard, stables, a barn, and a swimming pool. In 2012, the property was renovated for a young family by British interior designer Emma Sims-Hilditch.

Sims-Hilditch used a mix of antiques and contemporary furnishings and a natural color palette with pops of dusty rose to create a home that is both traditional and fresh.

The private drive leading to the rectory:


The home is covered in wisteria vines:



The stables:



The multi-level gardens:AJ_642_811-copy-house-23oct17-alexander-james_b_426x639.jpg


The outdoor dining area with a view of the 19th century chapel:


The drawing-room:


The dining room:AJ_642_169-copy-house-23oct17-alexander-james_b_426x639.jpg


The sitting room:


The kitchen:



This mud room, with its brick floor, wood-paneled walls, and Dutch door, is fantastic:


Chintz wallpaper and gingham curtains bring out the pure English country charm in this garden room:


A light-filled bathroom:


More pretty florals and checks in a bedroom:



How lucky this family is to live in such a beautiful, historic home!  With this setting on my mind, I might need to make a pot of English tea and go re-read Pride and Prejudice!

photos are from House and Garden UK and the portfolio of Emma Sims-Hilditch 

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