The classy proportions of this Victorian-era Dorset state dwelling, and the huge sash windows that fill the rooms with purely natural gentle, had been what initially attracted the homeowners to the house. But it was the flexibility to fully overhaul the household that clinched the deal.

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: House tour Ainsworth Dorset country house

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Property tour Ainsworth Dorset place property

The home is in the current market town of Bridport, Dorset. Whilst it sits in a conservation location, the constructing alone is not mentioned – which meant the few could change the existing rear extension with a major open-strategy kitchen, dining and sitting down location.

They commissioned interior designer Emma Sims-Hilditch to imagine a new structure. ‘The solution was to preserve the original, grand elements of the household while opening up and rationalising the secondary areas that experienced been extra later on on,’ explains owner Sarah Ainsworth.


The household designed the move to the property right after dwelling in their previous residence in Oxford for 10 years. ‘We had been pondering a extra peaceful pace of life would be very good for us and our two daughters, but until we visited Bridport we couldn’t think about creating it a truth,’ suggests Sarah. ‘Then we came for a weekend to rejoice our wedding ceremony anniversary and a little something about the location just felt proper. It confident us to relocate.’

‘Home is very critical to us and past mistakes have taught us to wait for the appropriate house,’ Sarah proceeds. This 6-bedroom assets crafted in the 1890s from nearby stone was the place they had been ready for.


The initial Victorian tiled ground in the entrance hall encouraged the shade palette for the whole home. A striped stair runner presents the dwelling visual cohesion by buying out colours from the ground floor and introducing them to the initially and second floors. ‘The total household has this wonderful sensation of stream. Just about every space has its very own character but they healthy collectively completely,’ claims Sarah.

Kitchen area

The couple looked at loads of properties, but none of the residences was very ideal. ‘The issue was virtually generally  the kitchen area, which for me is the most vital space in the property,’ Sarah explains. ‘I was searching at period properties the place it is ordinarily a modest space built for servants and for the reason that the properties have been stated they could not be altered or enlarged.’ 

The reality that the home wasn’t shown intended they could add the massive kitchen area of their desires. ‘The new kitchen area-diner is large sufficient for us to spend time as a family members with out staying on major of 1 yet another and is the most employed element of the home,’ Sarah suggests.

An excess-big island connects the kitchen to the rest of the extension and turns it into a social location to put together food. 

This is the Suffolk kitchen in Shale by Neptune

Sitting space

The significant sitting down spot in the new extension is a certain achievements. ‘It has a massive roof lantern, two sets of French doors and two massive sash windows, which make it exceptionally gentle but it is also cosy thanks to the underfloor heating,’ claims Sarah. 

The sash home windows also body the pretty, sloping knot yard that the couple included at the time perform on the household was complete. This gives yr-spherical greenery and makes a robust backlink between the outside and inside of. 

Casual eating area

Adjacent to the sitting space is an informal eating place with a watch as a result of the massive French doorway and two generous windows into the knot yard. 

The ceiling is clad in rough, whitewash boards to increase texture and boost the acoustics. As a showstopping style element and to prevent the roof lantern getting to be a dark place at night, it has been hung with a 21-light chandelier in a leaf layout that echos the foliage in the back garden. 

This is the Compiegne Leaf Chandelier from Vaughan.

Official dining area

In contrast to the more relaxed ingesting place in the newly crafted extension, the formal eating room has been developed for tasteful entertaining.

A loaded wall color presents the dining room an personal environment, although the cloth on the eating chairs and extraordinary globe lanterns increase notes of glamour and luxurious. 

Imperial Bouquets Blue and Gray framed artworks are from Trowbridge Gallery. 

Bespoke chairs in Queen’s Sampler in Bronze, GP & J Baker.

The bespoke cabinet is a place to display screen and retail store wonderful china, glassware and silverware. 

Reception space

The reception room, which connects the entrance corridor and kitchen, has been manufactured welcoming with designed-in bookcases and a functioning fireplace. 

Bespoke armchair in Lanark Plaid in Gray, Colefax & Fowler

Opposite, an inviting window seat highlights the generous proportions of the bay window. 

Drawing room

For the decoration, Sarah and James requested for an up-to-date, fuss-cost-free nation search. ‘We wished it to be wonderful, but also cozy and homely. I didn’t want guests to feel they could not sit on the sofas.’

This seem is a speciality of inside designer Emma Sims-Hilditch, who devised a plan in her signature palette of soft grays and blues that is refined and deluxe still heat and welcoming. 

The limestone Burlington fire by Chesneys gives the drawing place a suitably formal focal stage. 

The curtains are in Morrison in Icy Blue, Larsen at Colefax & Fowler

Loved ones place

To consider gain of its reduced ceiling this basement area has been turned into a cozy room wherever the family members can unwind, participate in board online games and view films with each other.

Twig mirror in aged plaster, Porta Romana.

Mud space

The household are eager walkers so this good and capacious mud area, which was established from a few little rooms, is a worthwhile addition to the property. 

Flooring in Lubelska reclaimed brick tiles, Kamstar.

Laundry place

Built-in seating allows Sarah’s daughters to maintain her enterprise when she is in the laundry space. 

Cupboards, paints and table from Neptune.

Grasp suite

The major suite has been enlarged and reconfigured to give the pair a personal retreat. A heat, textured linen wallcovering is crucial to its innovative glimpse.

Montalin in Mist wallcovering, Stark. ‘Ascona Glass Vase’ desk lamp, Vaughan

A coffee table in dark bronze and a mirror glass console desk increase desire to the sitting spot of the major bedroom with no compromising the tranquil ambiance. 

Madison round espresso desk, Tom Faulkner

Dressing room

The dressing place cupboards have linen laminated glass. This partly conceals the dresses and provides an ingredient of reflection that makes the home experience lighter and larger.

Rustica carpet, Essential Trading


An opulent wallpaper tends to make this visitor bathroom a decadent, indulgent house. 

Partitions in Indienne Tint in Wisteria  wallpaper, Lewis & Wooden

Guest bedroom

An island bed offers exceptional sights of the window and frees up wall area for crafted-in cupboards. 

Bedside table with two drawers, Chelsea Textiles

Guest bed room

In the guest bedroom at the major of the dwelling tongue-and-groove panelling has been made use of to emphasize the interesting shape of the ceiling.

Cushions in Beldi in Stone, William Yeoward at Designers Guild

Daughter’s bedroom

A print of a flamingo motivated the youthful pink accent that operates via the scheme in this bedroom. 

Bespoke chair in Cordoba in Madder Pink, Rapture & Wright

Daughter’s rest room

The stylish condition of this bathtub properly responses James and Sarah’s request for basic bathrooms with a present day twist. 

Rydal freestanding bath, CP Hart

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