You needn’t shun London to find the shires. On a garden square both green and pleasant, Redcliffe Square VI tells of babbling brooks and ascending larks. The furnishings are soft, the palette is spring-bright, and the fireplace and twin headboards are entwined with ivy. But what is flora without fauna? From the bathroom’s heron-print wallpaper to the sitting room’s antique illustrations of birds, this home has both. So nestle deep into the green sofa, or set forth for buzzy Chelsea and Fulham’s lilting pavement cafés.
Your hosts are are a pair of country landowners who head to a little Welsh town of thatched cottages when not at Redcliffe Square VI. An outdoorsy family with a love for climbing trees and baking bread, their lifestyle is every bit as naturally-inclined as their home.
##Squires and shires
Linger to look at the nearby church spire and garden square, or be similarly soothed by the wooden floor and natural hues of the sitting room. Bay windows shed light on the vintage sideboard and paired armchairs, while eagle eyes will turn towards the colourful avian artwork.
Model insects and floral prints are here too, or perhaps you’d rather refresh yourself in the bathroom’s luxurious walk-in shower. As for the bedrooms, both are as leafy and light as any naturalist could hope for.