The Riding House is a 17th century former stable in Dorset that has been transformed into a theatrically decorated house. The strong colors and original floor plan are the signature of this unusual brick-fronted house. Set on the estate of St Giles House, owned by one of England’s oldest families, Lord and Lady Shaftesbury, it is furnished and decorated in a style that respects its rural and equine feel.

This former stable has been renovated with an equestrian theme and has eight individually designed bedrooms set in the horses’ stalls. The main living area is a central double height room, which has retained its old exposed beams and restored wooden floor. The period furnishings give the place a luxurious rustic feel, and you feel as though you are entering a piece of ancient history with contemporary comforts. (via

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Anastasia is the lead author of She has studied English Literature and Psychology in the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens as well as Interior Design & Architecture in AKTO College. She works in the field of Higher Education and has a special passion for cozy interiors.

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