Tour a Cozy and Quintessentially British Home in Somerset

The stripes in the kitchen are just one inspiring element of this country house

So here, the couple riffed on “hazy, muted yet rich” shades of golden ochre, pistachio green, and clay pink, Ellis says. All hues that “you immediately want to sink into,” she adds. There is also whimsy in their play on bold candy stripes in the kitchen, checkerboard tiles lining the media room hearth, and Cole & Son’s orange blossom wallpaper used like a mural along one wall of the primary bathroom.

The boldly black-lined bank of 12 windows, stretching the length of the south-facing apartment, perfectly contrasts with the ever changing shades of bucolic nature unfolding unencumbered across the seasons outside. “We call it the Somerset Serengeti,” Graves says. “We have cows or bulls running across from one side to the other, and there are always lambs breaking through roses,” Ellis adds.

The result is nothing short of “magical,” the couple enthuse. Though the conviviality of the kitchen, with its warming Aga, is the “classic heartbeat of the house,” Graves says, it is the way the house is “bathed in light all day long,” says Ellis, that makes it so inviting, whether for quietly reading the paper in one of the soothingly battered, cocooning drawing room armchairs or enjoying long, languid lunches in the dining room, accompanied by a roaring fire in the raised fireplace.

Unsurprisingly, family and friends visit often. “They always say how restorative it is to stay here,” Ellis says. “There are as many [spots] for people to go off and be by themselves as there are spaces to come together.” There isn’t a bad perch to sit either, Graves asserts. “There are plenty of different places to go for a change of scenery—we’re never bored.”