The Househunter 2/10/15

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We’re off to Somerset this week, Frome to be precise, which has recently got all trendy with various London hipsters moving out and trying to turn it into the capital with added cider. That’s when they’re not rampaging all over the Cotswolds. Both are undoubtedly beautiful parts of the world. One is significantly cheaper than the other.

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And that will be Frome; this semi-detached house is on the market with Hamptons for £800,000 and has four bedrooms, an open plan kitchen diner, a sitting room and study and a courtyard garden.

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Argyll House was a solicitor’s office for 100 years before being fully refurbished and converted into a family home. Now the bare plaster won’t be to everyone’s taste although I can imagine, if you’re a regular reader, that you will love it as much as I do. I don’t know if I’d actually have the courage to do it in my own house. It would depend how often my mother-in-law would ask me when I was going to get round to the painting. And how often my mother would sigh and say it was all so terribly urban. But, in principle, it’s a look I like.

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And it’s not in every room, which might be a little too much. Just look at that lovely parquet above –  needs a rug but other than that it’s gorgeous. The spiral staircase might become tedious or perhaps you just get really good at nipping up and down them when you have to do it every day.

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I also like the sort of cow trough basin in the bathroom below. That’s a great idea, as is the double shower behind. Another idea to store for the next bathroom I do. Which might not necessarily be in my own house of course. If you’re thinking of requesting the services of and you need a new bathroom, don’t be surprised if the ideas include something like this.

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That’s all this week folks, if you’re reading this early in the morning, then do drop into Radio 4’s You and Yours at 12.15 when I shall be discussing the trend for patterned tiles. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.


Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. Hmm. I think this house is fair for me. Though I really prefer modern houses but this is also a good looking one. It looks very homey to me.

  2. Will definitely listen at 12.15. I’m going to Aviemore today. Big surprise in tiny Carrbridge coffee shop was patterned tiles in the ladies loo. Great scones too.Jan

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