Much of this fascinating house was restored by visionary designer Mark Wilkinson. He’s left an amazing legacy; every bit of wood was carved or planed by his company – from the kitchen, bathrooms and bookshelves to the unique furniture. He was likened by a journalist as a mix between Caractacus Potts and Peter Pan for his inventiveness and sense of humour – find quirky pulley systems on bathroom doors and to lift the chandeliers up and down in the enormous vaulted sitting room, and so much more.
Cynthia and family have a long history of friendly hosting and they’re very happy to share their magical home with guests. There’s a gym, six acres of garden to explore – and a wonderful little round house by one of the lakes for chats by the wood-burner.
Bedrooms are all different: Art Deco headboards in some, beams in another, silk covers and curtains galore. Cynthia collects cookery books (hundreds) and breakfast will be good.