Thursday, June 7, 2012

Family-Friendly English Country House

Su Harr wasn’t particularly daunted when she first walked through the 1840s Georgian-style Sussex house that she and her family now call home. Though scaffolding appeared to be holding up several walls and the basement ceiling was all but collapsing, Su saw potential in the rambling yet classic home.

With three children (Dominique, 24; Mackenzie, 10; and Mungo, 8), Su’s first priority was to convert the house from a formal English country house to a family-friendly home.


Almost storybook, in fact. A child’s imagination is given free rein here. Outdoors, the children have 2 1/2 acres of gardens to roam. Roses and wisteria flourish. A pool offers respite from the (occasional) English sun. There’s even a “Children’s Wood” that’s worthy of enchanted-forest status.

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