Look at this house. Just look at it. Isn’t it just pure Cotswolds perfection? You can imagine yourself living here, can’t you? Pulling on your wellies and going for long walks in the Cider with Rosie countryside, sitting outside with a cup of tea (or bottle of wine), playing tennis like a pro on the tennis court….Well, you can do all of that and more as you CAN live here. I’ll write that again. You can live here. Ok, just for a week (or longer if you can afford it), because The Folly is available to rent. Hurrah!
Owned by interior designer Jo Berryman (whose Uniform we featured not so long ago), The Folly was “a well-loved family retreat in dire need of updating and restoration,” when she bought it. Revamping and redesigning it, she removed the carpets, replacing them with reclaimed railway sleepers, which were then blowtorched to age them. Filling the rooms with finds from local antique shops, flea markets and designers, Jo has created a stunning house that exudes “Miss Haversham meets Tim Burton chic.” It sleeps ten and is completely gorgeous. My very stylish friend Lucy visited last year and raved about it. Now you can visit and rave about it too….
Jo wanted the kitchen to feel “Provencale, but with an edge.” Using local stone on the floor, and grey and purple on the walls, she then introduced beautiful pieces such as the Gustavian Swedish dresser and stools sourced from a 1940s cruise liner (from Jean Brown). There’s also an Aga for that quintessential country kitchen feel.
Bar stool, £42.50, Zizzi; Milk jug, £10, Keith Brymer Jones; Bespoke handmade dresser, £1,800, Swedish Interior Design.The Salon
“I wanted this room to be a grown up living space, for after-dinner drinks and conversation. I wanted it to feel so far removed from the usual insipid tones used in country retreats and used golds, jewel-like tones and sumptuous fabrics to create the look. The sofa cushions are vintage Kilim cushions from Burford Garden Company, the yellow cushions were from The Conran shop and I had the antique chairs re-upholstered in beautiful striped fabric by Bruno Triplet.”
Bronze horse head, Kate Woodlock; Cushion, £15, Habitat; Jo’s Chesterfield sofa is from George Smith, this one is from £2,987, The Sofa & Chair Company
La Reine Bedroom
“This, the master bedroom, is more than a bedroom,” says Jo. “It’s a place to read, work and loaf.” The bed is from Graham & Green, the chandelier from a French flea market and the chairs from Amy Perry. Jo adores the en-suite bathroom, “nothing beats soaking yourself in the deep rose infused copper bathtub, which I picked up at Ardingly Antiques Fair. It’s incredibly beaten up and contrasts beautifully with the gleaming Jaime Hayon console.”
Cowhide, £420 per metre squared, The Rug Company; Copper bath, £4,500, Catchpole & Rye; Andy Warhol Giant Size, £18.08, PhaidonDorothy
“I wanted the bedrooms to have a distinct look,” says Jo. “This room has a dotty grandma feel. I procured the rug and lamps from various local antiques stores in Tetbury, places like Brown and White, Amy Perry and Anne Fowler.”
Tassel light, £320, Rothschild & Bickers; Cirio round mirror, £312, Mirrors Today; Victoriana cotton and wool rug, £187.20, Laura Ashley.Toad
“This room is all my daughter Nico’s influence, the colour, the textures, the antique toys used for decorative accents…The polished metal rocking horse is from an antiques shop in Tetbury.”
Wall hanging, from £795, Lucinda Chambers for The Rug Company; Birdcage chandelier, £395, Graham & Green; Bruno cushion, £40, John Lewis.
The Folly sleeps up to ten guests and is available to rent from £1,780 per week during low season.
IMAGES: Simon Williams