Sitting on 5 acres of beautifully maintained land, Lower Farm is a stunning, Grade II listed building in Surrey. The main house, cottage and pool house cover 5700 square feet. The grounds, redolent of a quintessential English country garden, comprise wide stretches of lawn dotted with mature trees, manicured hedges, a kitchen garden, pond, field and children’s play area.
With a 17th century core and an 18th century front elevation, which was restored in 1907, the house had undergone various extensions over the last 75 years. Ana Engelhorn ‘s client bought the property from a family who had lived there for 20 years and, while they were generally happy with the layout, as new owners they wanted to adapt certain aspects to their style of living. So, in addition to some structural changes, and creating a fresh, perfectly imperfect interior design incorporating the client’s existing furniture and artwork, the house needed a complete mechanical and electrical upgrade. In short, an extensive renovation!
Reflecting Ana’s love of colour, the striking array of shades around the house stands out, with not a white, cream or beige room in sight. All colours were chosen from Francesca’s exquisite, eco-friendly paint range. As underfloor heating was not possible in all the rooms, the designer found beautiful cast iron radiators from Paladin, which complement the period building perfectly. Likewise, the Drummonds bathroom fittings across the house fit this aesthetic. The client’s existing furniture also blended well with the period quality and, where necessary, Ana sourced additional pieces in keeping with the overall design.