As we open up Kingshill Farmhouse for private bookings once again, we explore some of its most enticing cosy corners, covetable vistas and outstanding interior details.
Celebrated in The Times for its “sumptuous contemporary filled with rich colours, bold fabrics and characterful antiques”, our lovingly restored 18th century brick farmhouse is the perfect place to relax and gather, whether you are visiting with family or friends.
With six beautiful bedrooms, a light-filled modern kitchen-diner, formal dining room and three living rooms, all designed by interior designer Francesca Rowan Plowden, you may not want to leave the house, let alone the Reserve…
Possibly our favourite spot during winter stays is seated around the real fire in the Farmhourse’s Library, an intimate club-like scene that welcomes you with dark walls, perfectly-worn leather and velvet. Decorated and dressed with optimal relaxation in mind, here you’ll find board games, books and blankets.
In contrast to some of The Farmhouse’s snug spaces is the double height kitchen, which is a great place for informal dining and features everything you need to enjoy a meal with loved ones in luxury, from underfloor heating to a restaurant standard wine fridge. But its best asset is what lies beyond… the seemingly endless view across the lawn and onto the Reserve’s wild expanses.
The Farmhouse’s more formal dining room is an elegant space for occasions, whether you are marking a big event, birthday, or simply celebrating the joy of gathering together. The ideal environment to light the candles, set the table and raise a toast.
If a pre-dinner cocktail is more tempting than a pre-dinner walk, it’s time to make the most of one of The Farmhouse's best kept secrets. The bright dual aspect Drawing Room offers some of the finest sunset views on the Reserve. All without even having to think about putting your boots on.
Huge dual-aspect windows flood The Elmley Room with natural light and invite the outside in, like no other room in The Farmhouse. Watch the wildlife of the Reserve go about their daily displays from the comfort of the four-poster bed, or the perfectly-placed vintage bath tub.
Don’t tell anyone you’re visiting with… but the very best views from that don’t even require you to raise your head from your plump pillow are from The Pink Room. One for the romantics, this serene space is one of The Farmhouse’s quiet highlights, from its unmatched aspect, to its soft pink pretty tiled ensuite.
A favourite with both house guests and the press, The Yellow Room’s crowning glory is its iconic bathroom interior, revealed by sliding a stunning rustic barn-style door. While the free-standing bath and its unspoilt outlook are rightfully much-mentioned, the room’s equally attractive double sink and relaxing rainforest shower sit comfortably in its presence.
Sat above the rest of the house, accessed via its own staircase, is its most tranquil space, The Lookout. Here two bright, light bedrooms flow from their own landing and make the most of their elevation by offering the best views of the Reserve.