Morning morning, and two very different properties this week. We’re going to head up to Scotland first to fulfill my delusions of grandeur with this pretty castle in Callender, Perthshire.
It’s on with Savills, for £1,750,000 and technically it’s a baronial house not a castle apparently but either way it’s got turrets and it’s pretty impressive. I’d live in it. Would you?
It dates back to 1835 – there was originally a smaller house on the same site but it was rebuilt and substantially enlarged after a fire in 1901.
It currently belongs to the artist Stuart MacAlpine Miller and his designer wife Nikki, who transformed the 13 bedroom pile set in 12 acres into a light and airy space with polished concrete floors and white walls to display his work and their own private collection.
What’s most fabulous about it is that it isn’t at all what you would expect when you see the building from the outside and, believe me, I look at a lot of property every week and I can’t tell you how many Scottish homeowners in large houses choose to decorate in tartan. Although perhaps if it’s your family plaid it’s a different matter. Although most of it seems to be the classic green and red.
I particularly love these dining chairs although it’s possible you need to live in a baronial mansion to pull this look off. It wouldn’t be the same in a semi in Neasdon, or even in a room with carpet. Unless it was ankle-deep shag pile.
And before we leave (there are more pictures via the Savills link above) I thought we should have a look at this wood-burning stove seeing as we have been talking about them this week (10 Things You Need To Know Before You Install A Wood-burning Stove). This is another example of how the owners have contrasted old and new.
In a house of this period you would expect a traditional inglenook fireplace (and perhaps there is one elsewhere) but I rather love this modern box which extends sideways out of the chimney breast and brings an unexpected touch of modernity to the room. As does the gold bull head, making a change from the traditional taxidermy.
From castles in Scotland to modernism in Surrey, this is a week of extremes so let’s see which one you like best. Eashing House, in Godalming, is on the market with The Modern House for £2,700,000 and while it might not have the 13 bedrooms of the property above, it does have seven and is spread over nearly 5,000 sq ft.
Originally designed in the 1960s, it was remodelled by Jake Edgely of Edgley Design, who wrapped it in stainless steel in 2013. His design went on to win an award.
Mostly arranged over a single floor, the seven bedrooms, of which four are en-suite, are arranged in a long bedroom wing and the master bedroom has a dressing room, free-standing bath and floor to ceiling glazing looking out over the garden.
I’m often torn with modern houses – on the one hand I love how they function so efficiently with no draughts and working heating, but I also love the awkward corners and sloping floors that you find in older properties.
But this house appeals to me as the vendors have picked a warmer palette than you so often find in very modern houses. This burgundy kitchen is a bold choice but as its currently one of the hottest colours around it will be interesting to see if it translates into kitchens over the coming months. The wooden beams also add warmth and character.
And here’s a shot of the bathroom looking out into the garden. I’m not entirely sure I would find this relaxing with the door open like that. I’d be too worried the postman would wander in looking for someone to sign for a parcel but maybe that’s just me?
Anyway that’s your lot this week. But before I go can I say a massive thank you to all of you who read and comment and subscribe. The blog was ranked No 1 Interiors blog for the fourth year running the other day and, unlike the many awards which rely on campaigning to get to the shortlist, the Vuelio rankings are based on readers, stats and reach so it’s, yer know, scientific. And for that I thank you – because without you, the readers the stats and reach would be much lower.