An English country farmhouse

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

This 18th century farmstead is located in the English county of Essex. Owners Georgina and Benjamin Finn bought the home when it was in a sorry state – almost too far gone to be salvaged.

The old staircase and chimney were actually condemned and many parts of the house had to be rebuilt.

Still, the couple kept the home as folksy and charming as possible – going to great lengths to keep it feeling like the old country farmhouse they came across in the woods.

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

The exterior is finished with “weatherboarding” – common in the Essex countryside. The long side porch (visible above) was built by the current owners.

Have a look inside:

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image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

Fresh-cut flowers, antique teacups, and needlework – can it get any quainter?

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image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

The country cottage feeling is conveyed in the dining with wood plank floors and horizontal painted planks on the walls.

Every nook and corner is decorated with colorful trinkets and hand-painted / hand-made pieces…

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image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

The kitchen is one of the oldest rooms in the house and was left largely intact:

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image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com/

Owner Georgina Finn did the hand-painting on the cabinets. She also sewed the patchwork curtains from scraps of her mother’s old dresses.

The main bedroom (pictured below left) is a newer addition and is finished with wood from trees felled from Georgina’s mother’s garden.

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image from: http://www.thebeautifulengland.com

Many of the architectural details were salvaged from other old homes and buildings. The house’s imperfections are what makes it memorable and worthy of admiration.

In fact, the Finns’ charming home was featured in the April 2013 issue of Cottages & Bungalows!

Cottages & Bungalows Spring 2013

You can grab the back issue here: Cottages & Bungalows April 2013 issue

Photo source: Beautiful Homes of England

 

 

 

 

 

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