There's something utterly enchanting about traditional interior design. Houses filled with old things can be at once terribly grand and wonderfully human. Centuries of history can be traced in the layering of design styles - amendments made by generations of the same families, adding furniture, fabrics and curiosities reflective of the owners of that moment.
Most grand English and French country houses have an eccentricity which prevents them from being ostentatious or blingy - they are homes, as opposed to status symbols, and in some of the best their owner's are able to find a delicate new framework within which to use old pieces, which somehow feels contemporary. Fermoie founder Tom Helme's Carskiey Estate in Scotland is a prime example.
Feast your eyes on some favourite interiors from the archive; a historic eighteenth-century house with interiors by , a Hampshire country house with a contemporary twist, the Wiltshire home of Polly Nicholson, the Château de Sully in Burgundy, a grand working farm covering 53,000 acres in New Zealand, the electic and colourful Faringdon House and finally Lady Wakefield's townhouse.
FEATURES THAT MIGHT ALSO BE USEFUL: Country bedrooms | Country kitchens | Country style living rooms | English country cottages | The return of chintz | Curtain design ideas | Fireplace ideas | Ben Pentreath's Dorset country house | Harriet Anstruther's Sussex farmhouse | A French country home rich with colour and pattern | Cameron Short's restored Georgian country house | A French farmhouse retreat