‘We don’t try to emulate a particular style but like to mix everything together. Each room starts with a sketchy plan and gradually evolves from there,’ says Lisa. Their method clearly works, each room in this former vicarage is rich, warm and packed with layers of history. And despite the treasures at every turn, it’s the sort of place that encourages cosying up with dogs by the fire. It’s not stuffy or precious. Much like its inhabitants.
The impressive linen press is used as a glamorous television cabinet. It’s thought to be Austrian and is late 19th century. The exotic hardwood features a wonderful leopard print effect that ties in perfectly with Lisa’s cushions. Above the fire hangs a painting by Hans Feibusch, which dates from 1954.
French and English studio pottery hangs on the kitchen wall- the hand-engraved brass charger dates from the 17th century. The farmhouse table is Victorian, while the vibrant orange light fitting above it is 1970s.
‘This is a real cabinet of curiosities room,’ says Lisa. In the right hand corner lurks a treasured piece of 19th-century samurai armour, inspired by trips to Snowshill Manor. Displayed on the table is a 19th-century demon mask, a 15th-century Mayan tripod ‘rattle’ bowl and a Tang dynasty ‘Laowai’ tomb figure of a European.
The striking leopard print theme is continued in the guest bedroom. Part of Lisa and Marc’s growing collection of Grand Tour souvenirs, dating from the 19th century, sits on a commode from the same era. An early 20th-century French textile hangs behind.
The master bedroom leads through to a large dressing room. The painting above the original fireplace is by society artist Cathleen Mann. The table is Italian – the marble top is inlaid with pietra dura panels. The large shoe that sits on a 1950s snakeskin radio is one of Lisa and Marc’s favourite pieces.
This feature first appeared in the January 2017 issue of Homes & Antiques.
Words: Katie Hallett & Hebe Hatton
Images: Nicholas Yarsley