The thrum of the city quietens as you head into Pencombe Mews. This three-bedroom sanctum pays homage to English rural dwelling: muted colours that draw inspiration from nature; living spaces arranged with socialising in mind; a trove of bucolic artwork and eclectic artefacts. Lovingly curated, this is a lesson in peaceful escapism.
The social heart of the home, an open-plan kitchen and reception room bears all the hallmarks of a country home. Culinary practicality runs alongside a feeling of welcoming homeliness. Reclaimed wood floors set the scene for dining and sitting zones; it’s a convivial space tailor-made for entertaining. A Smeg range oven is perfect for experienced cooks and novice chefs alike. In warmer climes, the garden is a tranquil setting for morning coffees and evening sundowners.
There’s aesthetic sophistication to the staircase, with woven carpets and dark sage panelling uniting each floor with the next. The first-floor living room is a thoroughly inviting space. Furniture is thoughtfully arranged for conversation, with an ornamental fireplace as a cosy focal point. Muted colours and timeless patterns, from the striped armchairs to chintz curtains. Soothing artwork transports you to pastoral plains, whilst books, photographs and ornaments add a personal touch. Prepare a warming tipple at the bar area, curl up with a page-turner or host a backgammon tournament with loved ones. Next door, a light-filled study is set for dedicated home workers.
The considered palette of materials and tones is effortlessly continued into the master bedroom suite – a soothing space in which to press pause. Two floor-to-ceiling wardrobes can store treasured pieces or new Westbourne Grove finds. Its en suite bathroom pairs soft marble tiling with handsome tongue and groove wainscoting. In the guest bedroom next door, botanical-print curtain fabric subtly echoes the greenery outside. A cherry-red staircase is an uplifting pop of colour which leads to the twin bedroom nestled in the attic.