Monday, 7 September 2009

A Room With A View

We had a wonderful weekend at Byfield House, an incredible bed and breakfast in Painswick. Below was the stunning view from our bedroom windows when we got to Byfield House. And the view to the back of the house, overlooking the gardens, was just as captivating. The 400 year old house is rich with history and beautifully decorated with antiques that owners Jill and Brett have collected over the years. As you can imagine, with my family's style being what it is, I felt right at home. I could have just stayed in the house and its back garden the entire weekend! Our English countryside weekend was everything I was expecting and more. It's hard to capture just how beautiful it was there, but it's easily one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. The best part of the weekend, though, was spending time with Jill and Brett in their lovely house. They treated us like friends and made us feel right at home. Every time we got back to the house I hoped they were going to be there. They were so gracious and just really fun to talk to. And Jill is a hoot! She has the best sense of humor and a childlike enthusiasm that is rare in adults. Here are a few pictures from Byfield House and the back garden. Tomorrow I'll tell you what we did when we weren't relaxing at the house, and I'll show you pictures from the village.

Our top floor guestroom was huge. We also had our own large, luxurious bathroom and there was even a second bedroom on that floor that we could have used but didn't need. I only realized today that I didn't take more pictures in our room, but it was great. And the bed and pillows were comfortable and plush. There were 6 down pillows--just the number I like. I love lots of pillows! Below is one pretty corner of our room. No need to bring books or magazines here, our room was filled with them.

They have another separate guest cottage with its own entrance and garden patio. The rest of the pictures here, though, are from some of the main parts of the house, the areas where Brett and Jill live. They thoughtfully said I could take pictures of their house and post some on my blog. Below are a few pictures from the room you see when you first enter the house. It's beautiful, warm and inviting, and smells great too. This room leads to all the other parts of the house--the garden, the kitchen, the sitting room, and a staircase that leads to the rest of the floors of the house.

A view into the kitchen. Andrew spotted their Aga stove right away and loved it. I loved the painting of the lady in the wild hat.

This is a view of part of the sitting room where we sat by the fire (yes, it was chilly enough for a fire!) and had wine with Jill and Brett and the other guests. Lois was asleep just upstairs so it was nice to have grown-up time.

A view into their beautiful blue bathroom downstairs. Just about everything in this bathroom was blue except these deep red flowers, which looked so pretty in the sunlight against all the blue.

The walls of the staircase leading to the bedrooms are filled with portraits.

The red room. One of the guest bedrooms.

The blue room. Jill and Brett's bedroom.

And the garden. Isn't it wonderful?

I'll leave you here in the garden to take it all in. It really was that special. And we weren't the only ones who thought so.


baffle said...

I am so thrilled that you and yours are living something of the 'English experience'these many weeks!

You better know that your loyal readership (me!)
live vicariously through you as you document the wonders of the places you go, things you see, people you meet.
I maintain that yours is a charmed life indeed. Sweeeeeeet!


caroline said...

wow that looks so amazing. i wish i was in that garden reading about information & society with a cup of tea.

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Leigh....what a magical place!!!! You must have been in HEAVEN!! The decor does remind me of your mom's and grandmom's taste too! I saw your mother yesterday and she was such a sweetheart...she's counting the days till she can join you for her birthday celebration. How wonderful for you all ~ hugs and love, Dawn

littlebyrd said...

This is fantastic! I want to go and stay here after seeing all your wonderful pictures!!!

The Vintage Modern Girl said...

i am totally envious!


I forgot to mention that has to be the most unique fireplace surround I have ever seen.
Lisa & Alfie