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Kitchen Hanging copper pans over a coloured range cooker makes for a cosy focal point. Similar solid copper pans, Etsy


etting up home in central London made sense for Claire Bowman and David Drummond while they were juggling busy careers as a journalist and architect respectively. But after their daughter Flora was born, Claire was keen to move back to the Dorset countryside where she had grown up and would be able to enjoy the support of her family. ‘My sister, Vanessa, found this cottage for us,’ she says. ‘We were still living in London at the time and when we came to see it we fell in love with it.’ Claire and David’s new home is surrounded by famous beauty spots, including the beaches along the stunning Jurassic coast. Dorset towns, such as Bridport, have become hipster hotspots, as other young families move to the area seeking a similarly dreamy lifestyle. The village the couple have moved to was the location for the movie Tamara Drewe and it’s not hard to see why it was chosen as the backdrop – the pastoral surroundings are completely unspoilt. From the upstairs rooms of the cottage there are views of the beautiful historic church with Saxon origins at the centre of the village, where the bells patriotically chime God Save the Queen every three hours. The property was originally two policemen’s cottages that had been knocked together. It was in a pretty >

AT HOME WITH... Owners Claire Bowman works in PR for a fashion company and her husband, David Drummond, is the director of architectural practice Reed Holland ( They live here with their nine-yearold daughter, Flora and have a miniature schnauzer, named Badger. They moved here in 2010.

House Three bedroom stone cottage, built in 1820.

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