Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017


As Christmas approaches we're all looking forward to what the new year has in store, but we’ve also found ourselves looking back over the last 12 months and reflecting on some of the beautiful houses and apartments we’ve dealt with. Rather than keep it to ourselves, and what with it being the season for giving, we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you. So without further ado, here are Thomas, Ashley and Kay with their property highlights of 2017.




Favourite Property – Povey Cross

It can be hard to put into words just how I feel about Povey Cross. It’s such a picture postcard of English heritage and screams Olde England in the most charming way. I loved seeing the house on our website and in our other adverts: it’s one of those homes that makes you feel really chuffed and proud to have on the market and to offer to people – you just know that everyone is going to gush.


Favourite Kitchen – Grovehill Road

I love the modern pantry feel to this kitchen which was created by knocking out the side wall and extending the rear addition of a standard Victorian terraced house in to the side return, creating something of a kitchen-in-a-conservatory feel. It feels really fresh and pristine with its white paintwork, dove grey shaker-style cupboards and Velux skylights alongside contemporary pendant lighting and beautiful large format floor tiles.


Best interior design – Glovers Road

I really fell in love with the design touches at this house because of the surprising and imaginative way the owners had reworked the space. Despite some seriously modern interventions including replacing interior walls with glass, the design touches didn’t interrupt the original layout, but they undoubtedly transformed a period property into a contemporary living environment.




Favourite Property – Barn Ridge

There was something very special about this wing of a former English manor house. The place feels so full of history and heritage with lots of oak panelling and one of the grandest staircases I’ve seen. There were also loads of chunky wood beams in the living areas and bedrooms giving the house the feel of a lovely country hotel.


Favourite Kitchen – Charman Road  

This kitchen feels like a rustic response to Tom’s favourite at Grovehill Road. But here there’s less a sense of perfection and neatness and more that of a well used and loved family space – you can really picture this kitchen full of life at meal times and I love the combination of exposed timber worktops and cupboard fronts mixed with shaker style doors and those gorgeous large format slate floor tiles, plus those tall sash windows that make up an unusual corner where the dining table is.


Best interior design – Canalside

Some people just have really good taste and the owners of this townhouse at the Watercolour development displayed a real knack in transforming the atmosphere and creating a truly inspiring and individual interior. That beautiful dark green wall with 8 framed black and white prints above a shelf of obviously very carefully selected accessories, and that chandelier of suspended Victorian style light bulbs on black cables over the coffee table – real class!




Favourite Property – The Old Rectory

When the photographs first came back of The Old Rectory I was instantly in love. The house is so perfectly English and it’s easy to picture it in a movie or tv series because it’s just so photogenic from pretty much every angle. With its large grounds, tennis courts and swimming pool I bet that summer garden parties are a real hoot!


Favourite Kitchen – Chart Lane

It’s funny how we’ve all picked a kitchen with shaker-style cupboards as our favourite! Clearly we all have similar taste, but for me it’s the stunning herringbone wood floor that made this one my own favourite along with the modern stainless steel stove, open shelving below the work top and the fact there’s a lounge area at the end with a couch and TV – it’s a really sociable space that’s about hanging out while cooking and it does a really good job of keeping its Edwardian character and mixing it nicely with a modern extension and roof lights.


Best interior design – Earlsbrook Road

I’m a big fan of Victorian houses but the way most people use them is quite similar, so it’s great when you see one where the owners have used the space unexpectedly. At Earlsbrook Road I loved how the dining room was put in the larger, bay-fronted reception room at the font of the house, creating more space for a larger table. I loved the décor too with those chunky timber wall shelves mounted in alcoves covered with exotic wallpaper of palm leaves and hummingbirds – the sort of thing William Morris would have designed if he’d lived in Ecuador!