Design Centre Stories

Rural Retreat

Set among 500 acres of Cotswolds farmland, Anthology Farm is the escape to the country that many locked-down city-dwellers are yearning for. These two listed barns were recently transformed by interior design studio Run for the Hills into a nine-bedroom holiday let with a laid-back feel. Exposed stonework and gnarled beams express the buildings’ age and character, and, to complement the architecture, Run for the Hills has created an interior that mixes the grand and the rustic.

“We loved every minute of this project and we think it shows,” says Anna Burles, Run for the Hills’ creative director. Because of the scale of the accommodation, “it was more akin to designing a boutique hotel than a residential project,” she says. “We had our work cut out, sourcing and specifying quite literally swathes of furnishings, art and accessories to fill both buildings.”

The project “tapped into lots of brands we know and love from the Design Centre,” continues Burles. “Some of the beautiful products which we sourced there include the terracotta floor tiles to the living and dining spaces, from the wonderful Artisans of Devizes; super-stylish fabrics from Romo and StudioTex; and some very cool Aston Matthews bathroom brassware, which you can get from West One Bathrooms.”

To suit the buildings’ countryside setting, natural materials and motifs have been used throughout, from timber kitchen tables to rattan lampshades and bamboo beds, accented with warming brass finishes. One of attic the bedrooms features a wall of Sandberg’s ‘Pine’ wallpaper (pictured above, available from Lizzo), which features a Japanese-inspired print of pine branches in a rich forest green. More than a hundred pieces of artwork were also sourced by Run for the Hills for the project.

“We needed to style the barns to appeal to many and to stand the test of time, and we wanted them to be comfortable, welcoming, beguiling and inspiring,” says Burles. “The clients are delighted with the results and if we’re honest, we’d love to decamp there ourselves!”

Artisans of Devizes, Third Floor, Design Centre East
Lizzo, Ground Floor, South Dome
Romo, First Floor, North Dome
StudioTex, Third Floor, South Dome

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