Historic buildings and old facades fascinate me, especially those with interiors that have just as much charm as their exteriors. These days, people want to own and live in their own little piece of the past, but regal hunting lodges and European summer palaces may be just out of grasp. Those who can afford it hopefully will want to keep most of the original integrity of the place in tact, especially unique architectural details that can’t easily be replaced.
A trend that’s becoming the norm is the sale of these highly sought after properties to developers looking to make a profit by dividing them up into multi-family units. Such is the case with one couple’s apartment in Burley on the Hill, a traditional 1700s estate in the English countryside that was split into six separate residences during the 90s. All the charm of the French-inspired center courtyard and circular driveway sets the tone for the interior’s ornate, classically inspired design. 16-foot columns add old-world class and sophistication while seamlessly introduced upgrades make the place perfect for modern day living.
In these historic chateaus, each room seems to have massively tall ceilings with ornate crown moulding. I’m in love with the owners’ Lucite and glass cocktail table in the beautifully decorated master bedroom. The blue canopy bed stays true to the inspired time period, with antique furniture pieces and one of a kind paintings and artwork to complement the space. Larger than life windows are surrounded by bespoke treatments, and the master bathroom suite showcases marble floors, countertops, and tub deck.
A really interesting fact about the painting of the woman in the red dress hanging above the fireplace in the green guest bedroom suite is that it was given to the owner’s wife by the owner for their 40th wedding anniversary. Talk about a perfect addition to an already breathtaking home interior by Mark Gillette!
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