Sharvell Property Portfolio - Summer 2022

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Welcome... Dynamic and contemporary, we aim to exceed expectations and nurture long term relationships with our clients. Our dedication raises the bar. Sharvell Property is a contemporary boutique estate agency with traditional values. We provide a bespoke service tailored to you and your home; combining beautiful marketing and local knowledge with an outstanding commitment to our clients. Based in the heart of the Cotswolds and specialising in the sale of residential properties in the region, we pride ourselves on our service and approachability whilst offering integrity, discretion, and professionalism. Our relationship with our clients is of the utmost importance to us. Our passion We are lucky to live in one of the most attractive and sought-after regions of England. The Cotswolds has much to offer the potential buyer and our enthusiasm and knowledge of the area is key. We moved to the Cotswolds when our eldest son Rufus was only a few months old. Over time, and now with two further sons in tow, Wilfred and Augustus, we have built a wonderful network of friends, contacts and a wealth of experience which we wish to share with others. Our experience We created Sharvell Property after working for over two decades in the sale of international, national, and regional properties at multinational blue-chip companies including Knight Frank, Strutt & Parker and King Sturge (Jones Lang LaSalle). Our experience has led us to identify a need for a more personal and better managed approach to buying and selling property. We wanted to make a difference and create a business together which we could be proud of. Who knows, maybe one day our boys will want to follow in our footsteps! Our promise We strive to offer a more personal and enjoyable experience to buying or selling a home. By taking the best aspects of a traditional agency and combining the impact of the internet, exceptional photography and marketing, we are redefining the estate agency process. We advertise on all of the major property portals and ensure that your home has the coverage it deserves. Our dedicated photographers bring out the best in our properties and our innovative and effective marketing ensures every home stands out.

Peter & Francesca

Redefining estate agency an outstanding bespoke service with exceptional contemporary marketing.

Contact Details 01285 831 000 office@sharvellproperty.com www.sharvellproperty.com

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A sensational country house set in circa 4.5 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds.

Hankerton, SN16 9JZ Malmesbury: 5 miles, Kemble Station: 6 miles (London Paddington 75 mins), Tetbury: 7 miles

Accessed via a sweeping driveway, Dove House is a sensational country home, beautifully renovated with charm and character throughout. The owners have been mindful to create a contemporary home with bright and light living spaces and cosy corners, whilst retaining many original features and the beauty of the house. EPC rating D.

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Guide Price £2,200,000

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An exceptional Grade II Listed barn conversion in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Nympsfield, GL10 3UR

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Nailsworth: 5 miles, Stroud: 6 miles, Painswick: 10 miles

A stunning Grade II Listed barn conversion on the edge of the fabulous Cotswold village of Nympsfield. Beautifully renovated, this delightful Cotswold home provides comfortable living spaces with an abundance of natural light throughout.

Guide Price £850,000 6 • sharvellproperty.com

Francesca Sharvell 01285 831000 francesca@sharvellproperty.com



An exceptional and substantial period village house in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Brownshill, GL6 8AG Minchinhampton: 5 miles, Painswick: 7 miles, Cirencester: 11 miles, Kemble Station: 10 miles

A fabulous period country home in a village location. The owners have been mindful to create a welcoming home with an abundance of character and charm throughout. All the rooms are beautifully bright and light with views over the terraces and gardens. EPC rating D.

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Guide Price £1,750,000

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A beautiful Cotswold stone semi-detached cottage in the heart of the village.

Poulton, GL7 5HW

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Fairford: 3 miles, Cirencester: 5 miles, Cheltenham 20 miles

A fabulous semi-detached Cotswold stone house in the heart of the village. Beautifully renovated, the cottage is both welcoming and superbly laid out with fabulous living spaces and peaceful cosy corners. EPC rating E.

Guide Price £725,000 10 • sharvellproperty.com

Francesca Sharvell 01285 831000 francesca@sharvellproperty.com



Q&A with Interior Designer Sims Hilditch

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ims Hilditch is an award-winning, multidisciplinary interior design practice specialising in interior architecture and interior design. Its founder Emma Sims-Hilditch began her career working in film production for Ridley Scott in London, before relocating to Wiltshire with her husband nearly 20 years ago where she started making curtains from her kitchen table. This eventually grew into Sims Hilditch interior design, which now operates from a listed former coaching inn in the Cotswolds, which Emma renovated in the signature Sims Hilditch style with the help of her design team. Sims Hilditch currently undertakes projects in the city and country across the UK and further afield. Talk us through the design process, how you are led by clients, how you put together colour schemes etc. We encourage our clients to have as much input as possible in the design process. Our ultimate aim is to create an interior that our clients can feel at home in, so the more information we can gather about their likes and dislikes, needs and requirements, the better. We ask our

clients to fill out a detailed questionnaire at the initial stage of the process, and use this information along with details taken from respective meetings in person and via Zoom to put together an initial concept. In one case, we were able to determine a colour palette for our client’s home based on the ink they used to complete the questionnaire! Colour schemes can be inspired by an existing piece of artwork that our client particularly likes, or even the terracotta tiles on the floor of an entrance hall, as was the case in our Malvern Family Home project. We also ask our clients to share any design inspiration that they have accumulated via Pinterest to help us spot any common themes or patterns emerging that might be suitable for their home. What would be your biggest tip when choosing an interior designer to work with? When choosing an interior designer, its’s important to make sure they are a good fit. When starting a project with our clients we make it a priority to understand their individual needs and way of living, which stands us in good


been in her family for generations. Creating interiors for posterity is something that is at the heart of the Sims Hilditch ethos, and something our clients are taking an increasing interest in. Tell us about a recent project We recently completed a Grade I Regency Townhouse in the heart of Bath. The aim of the project was to create an interior which was sensitive to the building’s heritage and beautiful surroundings, yet suitable for modern living. We used a combination of contemporary furniture and furnishings and an elegant colour palette of greys and pinks, with accents of deep blue to create an element of drama. What interior trends can you foresee for the next year or so? At Sims Hilditch we create timeless, elegant interiors which are designed to last, so with this in mind we tend not to follow ‘trends’ perse. However, we have seen an uplift in clients investing in high quality furniture and furnishings that will stand the test of time so they can be passed on to future generations, and we expect this to continue in the coming years. What do you think makes a house a home?

stead to design an interior which works well for them. If you don’t feel that your interior designer has a good understanding of this then perhaps they are not for you. At Sims Hilditch, we recommend making initial contact early with the details of your project to help us to build the right team to meet your requirements. We sometimes work with contractors or architects who assist with plans and external changes to the property when required. Which pieces in a home are worth investing in? A comfortable bed is a must have in the home. We often use Hypnos beds who work by Royal appointment and have been handmade in England for the last 100 years. We also recommend investing in a quality sofa and kitchen/dining room table. These pieces tend to be integral to the rooms where families spend most of their time, so should be made with quality materials and expert workmanship. Emma has a wonderful pine table in her Wiltshire home that she bought nearly 30 years ago, and a beautiful George Smith sofa that has

While we love to source new and exciting pieces for a client’s home, we also make a point of incorporating any existing pieces into the design where possible. One particular client had a wonderful range of family portraits going back generations, which gave the interior a wonderful character and history. An interior should be designed with the people living there in mind. For instance, if the property has great historic value, the interior should be designed sympathetically to reflect this, while also being suitable for modern living. Can you share a few favourite independent interiors brands? Marlborough Tiles (tiles), Looking Glass of Bath (mirrors). What are your interior pet peeves or style no-nos? We try to avoid an overuse of animal print and neon in our interiors, Instead, we opt for a more classic aesthetic, often with a contemporary twist. Favourite colour? The classic Sims Hilditch green-ish grey reflected on the exterior paintwork and railing at our studio is a favourite of ours.

This is RAL Pebble Grey. Where do you get your design inspiration from? Nature and a property’s natural surroundings are a great source of inspiration for us and is something we always consider in our designs. For one of our projects in the Scottish Highlands, we used the greens and ochres from the surrounding trees and foliage to inform the colour palette for the home, and we used plenty of natural materials, including oak for the flooring. What are your tips for successfully blending old and new? We often incorporate a blend of more traditional and contemporary furniture into an interior to add interest and contrast. We also love to source antiques for our clients’ homes, including artwork, mirrors and furniture. In a recent project we even converted an antique commode into a beautiful washbasin for a cloakroom. Gustavian style furniture and antiques look particularly striking when paired with the sharp lines of Crittall doors, a metal coffee table or light fixture, and work well in a city or country home. It’s important to remember that old buildings can be sympathetically modernised to work well for modern living. This might include sensitively reconfiguring the layout of a narrow Victorian townhouse, or even excavating a basement to create more space. Which interiors do you admire? Hotels provide much inspiration in terms of interior design, and indeed Emma’s own Wiltshire home is inspired by Provencal design reminiscent of a hotel she stayed at in the region. What should people consider when revamping a room? One of the first things we do when planning an interior is consider how the space could be best utilised. This might require the reconfiguration of a home’s layout and some interior architectural work to increase the amount of storage available. Storage is a key consideration for most of our clients, particularly in the bedrooms, kitchen and utility/boot rooms. We devise intelligent storage solutions to make the most of the space, building shelving into awkward corners and recessing it into walls, creating hidden cupboards under the stairs and under bench seating, among other innovative solutions. sharvellproperty.com • 13




An exceptional and beautifully renovated Townhouse in the heart of Cheltenham.

Cheltenham, GL50 3BG Cheltenham train station (direct to London Paddington): 1 mile, M5 (junction 11): 3 miles

An attractive and substantial detached Townhouse in beautiful Montpellier which has been thoughtfully renovated to provide generous living spaces with exceptional charm and character throughout. EPC rating D.

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A stunning semi-detached village house in the heart of The Cotswolds.

Ampney Crucis, GL7 5SF

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A beautiful semi-detached village house which has been lovingly renovated to offer bright and light living spaces throughout with contemporary design and an abundance of charm and character.

Guide Price £835,000 18 • sharvellproperty.com

Francesca Sharvell 01285 831000 francesca@sharvellproperty.com





A sensational country home in the heart of The Cotswolds

Quennington, GL7 5DE

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Barrow Elm is the epitome of style and comfort in a fabulous semirural location. Careful thought and attention has been put into creating a sensational Cotswold home with period features and contemporary flare. Finished to a very high standard. EPC rating F.

Guide Price £1,800,000 22 • sharvellproperty.com

Peter Sharvell 01285 831 000 peter@sharvellproperty.com



A beautiful period cottage in the heart of The Cotswolds.

Frampton Mansell, GL6 8JG

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A beautiful period Cottage full of charm and character, in the heart of the village, with sensational countryside views. EPC rating E.

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A beautifully village house in one of the finest Cotswold villages.

Quenington, GL7 5BJ

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Fairford: 2 miles, Burford: 10 miles, Cirencester: 8 miles

A fabulous semi-detached cottage in the heart of the stunning quintessential Cotswold village of Quenington. The cottage has been thoughtfully renovated and offers welcoming reception rooms and cosy corners with an abundance of charm and character throughout. EPC rating D.

Guide Price £580,000 26 • sharvellproperty.com

Francesca Sharvell 01285 831000 francesca@sharvellproperty.com



The Leap Making the move from City to The Cotswolds – Peter and Francesca, Sharvell Property.

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Our move inspired us to help more people realise their dream of living in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and find the perfect home in The Cotswolds. Find out more about the perks of living in the countryside, our favourite spots and general advice for anyone thinking about making the leap! Do you remember the moment that the seed was sown to make the move to The Cotswolds? Absolutely! We came to the area for a birthday weekend break before our eldest Rufus was born and fell in love with the area. We loved the stunning countryside and all the pretty villages. This put The Cotswolds firmly on the map for us as a potential ‘home to be’. Peter grew up not too far away too so The Cotswolds had

always been on our radar. Tell us about your property search – how many properties you looked at, how long did it take etc. Doesn’t everyone have a Rightmove search in their phone even if they’re not looking to buy?! Even before we set up our business, we always kept an eye on the market and liked to see what was out there. We initially rented in the area which gave us a great feel for where we wanted to buy and settle down. We knew we wanted to buy a house we could add value to and extend over the years and we eventually found one not far from Cirencester and Cheltenham. Did you have a wish list for the features/style of house/amenities you wanted?


nursery and then school we quickly met new friends and have forged some wonderful friendships since moving here. We have discovered some gorgeous country walks and over the years have grown to know The Cotswolds really well. There is still so much to discover! What’s been your biggest adjustment? We like to think we are pretty adaptable and take things in our stride. Nothing is unsurmountable so whether it be juggling family life, work life and house renovations, everything in due course and with as little stress as possible! Not always easy! How has it changed your day to day living for the better? Rural life with the kids and dog is so rewarding and the boys just love being outside. Having fabulous walks on the doorstep has been a real blessing during the recent lockdowns. Having Cheltenham and Cirencester nearby has been fantastic for shopping and dining out so you never feel too remote.

list is endless, so many wonderful places to choose from! What does a weekend in The Cotswolds look like for you? Saturdays we generally have property viewings booked in and the boys do weekend sports and then either dinner with friends or a movie night snuggled up on the sofa. Sunday is a family day and ideally no work! The boys play rugby in the morning and then, whatever the weather, we go for a long country walk and blow off the cobwebs followed by a delicious Sunday roast and feet up in front of the fire. Do you miss anything about city life? Sometimes we miss the general hustle and bustle of city life but we love being able to step in and out of it and come home to The Cotswolds. Finish the sentence: ‘Life in The Cotswolds is….’ …pretty wonderful!

What would you say to someone who’s considering making the move from city to country?

It was important for us that we were close to both Cheltenham and Cirencester so we had some hubs nearby, but we were specifically looking for a village setting with countryside walks on the doorstep. The house needed to have potential so we could really put our stamp on it and adapt it to our needs as a growing family. What made you think your new home was ‘the one’? There was just something about it that felt right – homes are bought on feeling. Although it’s not our forever home, it’s our ‘for now’ home and we love what we have created and how we have made it ours. How are you settling in? It always takes time to settle in to somewhere new but with the boys at

Go for it! It’s always great going back to the big smoke to see friends or go to see a show in the West End but you have the best of both worlds living in The Cotswolds with London only being just over an hour away on the train. Equally Bristol, and Bath are less than an hour away. Can you share some of your favourite local haunts? (places to eat, shop etc) There are so many to choose from but to name a few: we love a good walk up to Broadway Tower, or doing a lovely circular walk around Guiting Power and ending up at The Hollow Bottom for a delicious Sunday roast. Daylesford Organic never disappoints, coffee from Lynwood and Co in Cirencester is always a treat, The Ivy for dinner is an impressive setting for a fabulous Friday evening out, shopping for antiques in beautiful Tetbury, watching a show at The Barn Theatre in Cirencester. We recently went out for dinner at Cowley Manor which also has a super spa, the food was delicious and the setting is gorgeous. The sharvellproperty.com • 29


A stunning period village house in the heart of The Cotswolds.

Rendcomb, GL7 7HB Cirencester: 5 miles, Cheltenham: 10 miles, Kemble Station: 9 miles (London Paddington 75 mins)

An exceptional Grade II Listed detached Cotswold stone village house. Beautifully renovated, this warm and inviting home is bursting with charm, character and period features and has been lovingly created to offer generous living spaces with plenty of natural light throughout.

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A beautiful country cottage in Foxcote, near Cheltenham

Foxcote, GL54 4LP

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An exceptional period Country Cottage, bursting with charm and character, with fabulous country walks on the doorstep and only a short drive into Cheltenham. EPC rating D.

Guide Price £425,000 32 • sharvellproperty.com

Francesca Sharvell 01285 831000 francesca@sharvellproperty.com



A superb character property in a superb village

Kemble, GL7 6AT

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A late 19th Century semi-detached Cotswold cottage superbly located in the heart of Kemble village with bright and light living spaces and charm and character throughout. EPC rating E.

Guide Price £450,000 34 • sharvellproperty.com

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An enchanting village house in the heart of The Cotswolds

Brockhampton, GL54 5XH

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A stunning Queen Anne semi-detached village house believed to date from 1703. It is a welcoming home, beautifully renovated and adapted to contemporary living, whilst retaining many original features and an abundance of charm and character.

Guide Price £975,000 38 • sharvellproperty.com

Francesca Sharvell 01285 831000 francesca@sharvellproperty.com



A stunning Townhouse on the outskirts of a beautiful market town.

Malmesbury, SN16 0EJ Tetbury: 6 miles, M4 (J16): 12 miles, Chippenham Station (London Paddington 70 mins): 9 miles

A sensational and substantial townhouse located on the outskirts of the vibrant market town of Malmesbury. Generous living spaces, cosy corners and bright and light rooms make this a wonderful family home which lends itself superbly to everyday living and equally to entertaining family and friends. EPC rating F.

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A beautiful Cotswold country home in a fabulous woodland setting

Frampton Mansell, GL6 8JH

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A beautiful country home greatly extended and superbly renovated. Accessed via a sweeping treelined driveway, the house is set in circa 2 acres of gardens and woodland. The owners have been mindful to create welcoming and open living spaces. EPC rating E.

Guide Price £1,200,000 42 • sharvellproperty.com

Francesca Sharvell 01285 831000 francesca@sharvellproperty.com



A fabulous village house in the heart of The Cotswolds.

Colesbourne, GL53 9NS Cheltenham: 7 miles, Cirencester: 9 miles, Kemble Station: 14 miles

A beautiful Cotswold home superbly located in Colesbourne close to local amenities. Beautifully renovated, careful thought has been put into creating welcoming spaces adapted to contemporary living. EPC rating E.

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A fabulous Cotswold barn conversion in the heart of the village.

Elkstone, GL53 9PD

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A beautiful Cotswold stone family home in the heart of the picturesque village of Elkstone. Elegantly renovated, this welcoming converted barn provides generous living spaces in a private and attractive setting. EPC rating D.

Guide Price £1,400,000 46 • sharvellproperty.com

Francesca Sharvell 01285 831000 francesca@sharvellproperty.com



Q&A with Interior Designer Lauren Gilberthorpe

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e’re based in our new studio in Elkstone, just between Cirencester and Cheltenham and although we love working locally in the beautiful Cotswolds, we also currently have projects in West Wales, Cornwall and Central London! We have a team of 6, with a range of skills from design to procurement and I personally keep oversight of all of the design work that we do with our fantastic small team of designers. Talk us through the design process, how you are led by clients, how you put together colour schemes etc. We have a design process that we guide our clients through to narrow down their own personal taste and practical preferences which in turn informs our design work. We start off with concept ideas and floorplans with a range of different options and then gradually refine the design as we work through. By keeping the initial design concepts flexible and more of a conversation starter, it enables us to really get to know our clients and we’ve been told it makes them feel more at ease with the process too - it's important that our design work feels like home at the end of the day! Colour schemes are developed by the creation of a mood board per room to set the tone and feel of each space - when put together for a whole house these should flow together beautifully but still

have their each individual feel. From there, all of our fabrics and colours are chosen whilst relating back to these original mood boards to ensure we push ourselves to find interesting colour and texture combinations throughout the home. What would be your biggest tip when choosing an interior designer to work with? There are so many wonderful designers out there and we all work in different ways, charge differently and have different styles! Because of this, I feel it is really important to meet two or three design companies if you are about to undertake a large project to be sure that you feel comfortable with the design team that will be working with you on such a personal project. We often find that the projects that are the most successful are the ones where the clients have come to us because they follow us on instagram or have seen our website and love our style - although we tailor our designs to the clients we do have our own design preferences and it's best if we are all on the same page. Which pieces in a home are worth investing in? Aside from the obvious things such as a bed and a comfortable, long lasting sofa, I always think that it's important to not forget the finishing touches of the artwork,


What are your interior pet peeves or style no-nos? Matching too much - have some fun and mix up styles! You can mix metal finishes, you can mix different colours together and you definitely can (and should) mix styles and eras of furniture together to create a rounded and more relaxed look. Favourite colour? I’m always drawn to greens and blues - my staircase is painted a kind of eucalyptus colour and I love it. Where do you get your design inspiration from? Absolutely everywhere, I’m always on the lookout for colour schemes when I’m out and about and I love but one of my favourite things to do is to try and visit nice hotels even if just for a coffee to have a nose around and get some inspiration. We recently stayed in The Ned and it was incredible! What are you tips for successfully blending old and new? accessories and items such as cushions. At the end of the project finances can often be very tight so try to allow for some budget at the end of the project for the items that will pull everything together. Tell us about a recent project. One of my most favourite projects recently is the renovation of a games room in a family home in the Cotswolds. We relocated and centred the fireplace with a new bespoke surround, clad the ceiling in reclaimed wood, designed and installed a bespoke media unit for the 85” TV and furnished and decorated the space with a more interesting and impactful colour scheme. I loved choosing the final elements for the scheme such as the styling for the shelves and the artwork display too and I love how happy our clients and their family are to be using the space! What interior trends can you foresee for 2022/23? We’re going to continue to see warmer tones

come into prominence as the shift away from grey continues, which I for one am very happy about! I’ve also been noticing darker wood furniture creeping back in to schemes of some of my favourite tastemakers and I think this is going to be more and more noticeable as the rest of the year pans out. What do you think makes a house a home? Artwork that is personal. In our home we’ve got a gallery wall of artwork by my partner Gabriel as well as collected pieces from holidays and gifts. I think it makes it feel so special to look at items and know the stories behind them. Can you share a few favourite independent interiors brands? One of my favourites is Ilala for beautiful handmade woven lighting. I also really love a local Cotswolds based and family run furniture company, Planted, for their eco friendly and incredibly comfortable sofas and chairs!

This is something we do often - either blending in more contemporary living and style into old listed properties in the Cotswolds or giving newly built properties some life and personality with older pieces. I think the key is to have one element more dominant than the other, so rather than going for a 50/50 split of old and new, try to keep to more of an 80/20 split so that the contrasting items are highlighted rather than confused. Which interiors do you admire? I’ve been really admiring the work of Hubert Zandberg recently and I always love the work of american designer Amber Lewis. What should people consider when revamping a room? I think contrast is really important - from contrasting scales and textures as well as shapes and heights. Even if a room is all a similar colour, the consideration of these elements will add depth and interest.

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A quintessential 19Th Century cottage in the heart of The Cotswolds.

Aldsworth, GL54 3RE

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A quintessential 19th Century Cotswold stone former pair of cottages, converted many years ago into one fabulous dwelling. Having been in the same ownership for almost 50 years, the house now offers much scope to create a very special home. EPC rating F.

Guide Price £750,000 50 • sharvellproperty.com

Francesca Sharvell 01285 831000 francesca@sharvellproperty.com



Transforming a Grade II Listed Cotswolds home with Brooke from Our Cotswold House.

With a historic structure, set in gorgeous surroundings, transforming a Grade II listed Cotswold cottage and barn into your dream home sounds like a home and interiors lover’s dream project! We’ve been following Our Cotswold House on Instagram for a while now, engrossed in Brook and Paul’s beautiful historic home renovations. As we’ve come to learn, completely transforming your home is a unique experience full of twists and turns, so we caught up with Brooke to hear more about her Cotswold home transformation journey and also discuss all things interiors. For anyone that may be unfamiliar, tell us a little bit about you and your home transformation journey so far. We actually never intended to have such a large project! We had been searching for something with ‘potential’ for a while and mainly looking at houses we could extend, but couldn’t find anything in the right area within budget. We’d been refreshing Rightmove multiple times a day and then this house popped up one day and as soon as we saw it on the photos we knew it was the one.

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more to list. One of the big selling points when we bought the house was the stone barn attached which was used by the previous owners as a garage. We were granted permission last year to convert it into an open plan kitchen living area and knock through an old doorway to open into the house. We completed the building work on that recently so are going to enjoy a year or so of being builder free before we plan anything else! What are the main things to consider when starting a renovation project? For us it was to be as sympathetic to the house as you can. I always see images on Pinterest and Instagram of rooms with square, straight walls and want to replicate those look in our house, but in reality it looks out of place when everything is wonky. What have been the challenges with transforming a Grade II listed home?

We rather naively thought it would take 6 months or so but replacing the roof and repointing took that alone. The roof was also a lot more expensive than we’d expected (as is everything with building work we’ve found).

Patience! Covid has made gaining permission even more painfully slow than ever and it’s even more frustrating if you’re just waiting for someone to say yes to work that you know is sympathetic to the house. Getting permission to simply replace the broken roof with a like for like replacement for example took months - even though it was obvious that was what the conservation officers would have asked for anyway.

The interior of the property was really just a shell - the larth and plaster all needed repairing, brand new electrics, heating, staircase, floor joists and too much

From your renovation journey so far, which area are you most proud of? Tell us about the planning that went into it, the design, styling and how long it took.


example was only £30 off FB marketplace, so it’s definitely worth hunting them down if you have the patience! What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt throughout your home transformation journey? That tastes change so quickly! When we installed the bathrooms I was obsessed with marble tiles, but if I was doing them again now I’d love something with more texture. I’ve definitely been gravitating to more maximalist interiors recently. Any advice for anyone looking to take on a renovation project? I think naivety is a good thing. If we knew just how much the work would have cost at the beginning there’s no way we’d have taken it on. But you make it work as you go - we remortgaged half way through to help fund more of the build and we borrowed on 0% credit cards for short term cash that we paid off later. It’s not ideal but if you’re careful with spending it can pay off in the long run. What’s currently in progress or next up on your home interiors plan? That would have to be the only truly finished room in the house - the family bathroom! It was the first room we introduced some bolder colour into. It was also my first attempt at wallpapering which I’m pretty happy with considering all the walls are so uneven - even if it did take about 4 months to complete as I did half of the room in a weekend and then lost momentum! The little details like the Jim Lawrence wall lights and Matilda Goad scalloped shades make me happy every time I use it. Can you share a few favourite independent interiors brands? @Fenellainteriordesign for lampshades, @Katy.takla and @Village_London for cushions For home accessories: @Glassette, @Matildagoad, @By_Alice_home, @Tielleloveluxury for bedding @Projektityyny for quilts How would you describe your personal interiors style? It’s adapting over time - I’m definitely being drawn to more maximalist styles now and trying to integrate a mix of new and antique pieces into our home. Which interiors do you admire? Rita Konig @ritakonig Interior designers Salvesen Graham @salvesengraham Mollie Moore Home @molliemoorehome Megan from Kit & Co @kitandco_ Interior design studio @faegerandco Louise Roe's London townhouse home

account @louiseroehome Did you do any DIY or doer-upper crafts as part of the process? If so, tell us what you’re most proud of creating! Some of the most satisfying work done on the house was actually just stripping things back to how they originally were. The stone mullion windows are one of my favourite features now, but when we bought the house they were covered in about 5 layers of paint and a tar-like substance. Lots of paint stripping and sanding was involved to get it all off but it’s worth it looking at them and into the village green every day.

We’re currently midway through the work on the garden and have new bedding plants and trees arriving over the next month. The terrace outside our new kitchen is also being laid so we can have a space for dining and working outside when the weather improves. Inside, most of the rooms are done on the surface but filled with inherited or temporary furniture, so we still have lots to do to make the house feel truly homely and ours. But that’s going to be a lifelong challenge I’m willing to accept. All photos are from @ourcotswoldhouse on Instagram

What do you think makes a house a home? Sometimes I do feel a pang of jealousy when I go to friends’ homes in new builds where they have walls covered in art prints and rooms fully furnished. But with an old property, buying everything new just doesn’t look right, so we’re making an effort to buy things we truly love - art, accessories and furniture - and this is a frustratingly slow process because sourcing just the right pieces can take weeks if not months when you’re doing it around work and two little ones! What’s your favourite part of a renovations project? I love a bargain so I spend far too much time scrolling eBay and Facebook marketplace. So it’s probably knowing that amongst some of the more modern pieces there’s a few bits around the house that were saved from the scrap heap and are now well loved. The roll top bath in our family bathroom for

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An exceptional and substantial Grade II Listed barn conversion

Nympsfield, GL10 3UR Nailsworth: 5 miles, Stroud: 6 miles, Painswick: 10 miles, Kemble Station: 15 miles

A stunning Grade II Listed barn conversion on the edge of the fabulous Cotswold village of Nympsfield. Beautifully renovated with comfortable living spaces with an abundance of natural light throughout.

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Peter Sharvell 01285 831000 peter@sharvellproperty.com


A superb country house in the heart of The Cotswolds

Kemble, GL7 6BS

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Cirencester: 4 miles, Tetbury: 8 miles, Malmesbury: 9 miles

Clayfurlong House, accessed via an in/out gravel driveway, is a beautiful Cotswold home with fabulous landscaped gardens, superbly located on the edge of Kemble close to local amenities. Bright and light throughout, careful thought has been put into creating welcoming spaces.

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Francesca Sharvell 01285 831000 francesca@sharvellproperty.com