Wednesday, December 7

Charnwood Stories: Inside a Cotswolds Home

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Nestled in the rolling hills of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, Charnwood stove lovers, Jess and Rob, have created a beautiful countryside retreat. Featuring no less than five log burners across their home, we couldn’t wait to take a peek inside!

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Inside A Cotswolds Retreat…

Who Lives Here?

Jess and Rob live in this family home with their kids and dogs.

Jess holding her dog in her cotswolds home

What Is The House Like?

Located in the small hamlet of Hampen, the property is set within a stunning area – just 5 miles from Cheltenham and a stone’s throw from the market towns of Stow, Bourtin and Northleach.

Lying within its own 5 acres of scenic grounds, the original parts of the property date back to the 16th century. While it has been added to, extended and remodelled numerous times by its past owners, Jess and Rob wanted to put their own stamp on the place before moving in. After a two-month renovation, it now reflects their personality beautifully.

Cotswolds home

What Are The Interiors Like?

Jess calls the interior of her home, ‘my little bit of the Hamptons in the Cotswolds’, and we can see why!

With a love for vintage, French chic and Scandinavian antiquities, the interiors are both serene yet full of character. While Jess loves a muted palette, she also wanted the house to feel warm and welcoming. Along with furniture from The Old Cinema in Chiswick and other antique shops, Jess also brings in boot sale finds and pieces from her favourite holiday destination – Mykonos.

As well as using ethical and upcycled items where possible, Jess cites her inspiration lies in the design philosophy of Zoe Ellison and Alex Legendre.

Where Do Their Charnwood Stoves Fit Into Their Home?

Jess and Rob have installed a number of Charnwood stoves into their home. This way, they can enjoy the warm and cosy atmosphere from a choice of areas. Here is what Jess has to say about them…

The Kitchen

“The Kitchen is the heart of my home, as it is most peoples. It is where I cook, bake, feed my family, read with my dogs and drink wine! It has to be cosy. My dogs stretched out in front of a dying fire means I don’t feel guilty tucking them up at night.”

The Bedroom

“My bedroom burner was the ultimate luxury. On a bitter day there is nothing better than lighting it, getting a cracking family movie and snuggling down as a family. It is also cracking when you’re full of a cold and feeling sorry for yourself.”

The Snug

“The snug is my little haven. Somewhere I go for peace and quiet. I wanted somewhere I could read or study that had no television and no distractions. It is also where our Christmas tree goes, and where we hang the stockings. A wood burner was essential here and is a real luxury.”

The Sitting Room

“The sitting room is our adult only room, it is where myself and my partner relax and have very rare time to ourselves. We love to watch a movie and chill out with a cheeseboard. We find our fire is perfect to heat up the cheese and keep a hot toddy warm. It is lit every evening we can, and the dogs all stretch out on the sheepskin. No room on the sofas for four!”

What Is The Perfect Day At Jess & Rob’s House?

We asked Jess to describe the perfect day at her Cotswolds home. Here is what she said:

“Breakfast in bed with the wood burner blazing. Smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and a Buck’s Fizz, if I may!

Wrapping up and taking the kids out for the day, we love fishing, visiting the local farm park, taking our dogs for a walk or playing on the tractors in the garden.

Coming back and Rob cooking his legendary roast in the kitchen, I can curl up with a book in my big chair by the fire, draped in all the dogs. The kids will bomb around the house!

Eating our roast in the kitchen, then we will ultimately give in to the kids and put a fire on in the main sitting room and watch a movie all together. Preferably, with a hot chocolate and a massive bowl of popcorn. Just heaven.”

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Do you love the look of Jess’s Cotswolds home? Take a look at the log burners they have chosen, all available in a range of colours.

Charnwood C-Four DEFRA Approved Wood Burning / Multifuel Stove

Charnwood C-Four DEFRA Approved Wood Burning / Multifuel Stove

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Charnwood Country 4 Wood Burning / Multifuel DEFRA Approved Stove

Charnwood Country 4 Wood Burning / Multi Fuel Defra Approved StoveShop Now


Charnwood Island Two BLU Ecodesign Ready Stove

Charnwood Island Two BLU Ecodesign Ready StoveShop Now


Charnwood Cove One Wood Burning / Multifuel Stove

Charnwood Cove One wood Burning _ Multi Fuel Stove

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