There’s no doubt that when this is all over (I’m talking about the 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic for anyone reading this in the future), we’ll all be needing a break away from home. Even better if we can take all of our much-missed family members and close friends along too. So, I couldn’t think of a nicer retreat that escaping to a couple of 18th Century barns that have been renovated into luxury hideaways.
Take a Look
This is the work of award-winning design studio, Run For The Hills who have recently completed the grand interior design of Anthology Farm. The two buildings are located on 500 acres of picturesque farmland near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in the Cotswolds. Accommodating up to 18 guests (that should just about do it) they have been designed with a modern approach while still maintaining the charm of the farm’s rural roots.
Consisting of nine boutique bedrooms and bathrooms the barns provide ample accommodation to invite large families and groups. Guests can book both barns together and each has its own kitchen, drinking and social spaces. But when guests want to come together for breakfast, lunch or supper, they can sit down in the dining room, gathering around a 5.7m long, live edge wooden table featuring traditional spindle legs. This custom-designed hero piece sits within a dramatic double height dining space overlooked by a minstrel’s gallery. Giant windows allow plenty of natural sunlight to flood the interior.
The main living room and cinema room is a very serene space. It’s kept airy and light by day by layering pure whites and natural, off white, ecru palettes, accented by warm hues. Tactile materials, soft rugs, textured cushions and throws further add to the overall feeling of warmth and coziness. To complete the space, the design team used metallic accents in the form of lighting and furniture pieces with rustic glamour which were used to break up the soft white colour scheme. I can’t think of a more perfect place to kick back and watch a movie with a glass of wine after sunset.
Each of the 9 bedrooms are all different and ooze character, designed with a playful, eclectic country-house feel. My favourite is the one featuring botanical wallpaper, which works perfectly against the rich earthy paint tones. The single ‘nook’ beds along the wall resemble capsule pods providing privacy once the curtains are drawn. Perfect for family groups don’t you think? The headboards are custom-made and upholstered and set on rattan bed frames. Exposed Cotswold stone and wooden beams in the bedrooms and dining room add an additional rustic accent, reminding guests of the farm’s steeped history and rural surroundings.
Run For The Hills sourced and curated over 100 pieces of artwork into the design scheme across both Barns. Some of these include commissioned extra large fine art pieces displayed on the Cotswold stone walls of the dining room and other bespoke pieces commissioned by the design studio and brought to life by mixed media artists. They also designed and created their own body of artworks for the project, including hand-drawings, sketches and exclusively created graphic art prints. All designed and printed by the Design Studio’s in-house illustrators and artists.
Run For The Hills co-founder and lead interior designer, Anna Burles says:
”We are so excited about this project and couldn’t wait to set about making over these two gorgeous Cotswold Barns, turning them into a super stylish groupbarn-stay. We poured lots of love and creativity into the design and we think it shows. We needed to style the barns to appeal to many and to stand the test of time, and we wanted them to be comfortable, welcoming, beguiling and inspiring. The clients are delighted with the results and if we’re honest, we’d love to decamp there ourselves!”
The barns at Anthology Farm are now available for rental exclusively on Unique Homestays