A Bibliophile’s Dream Home

Jun 15, 2017

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Put on a hot pot of tea, choose a very rainy day and tuck me into this English countryside stone cottage decorated seemingly entirely with books.

With the delightful dilemma of far too many books for the main house, senior decorator at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler Emma Burns decided to restore an old barn on her property into a guest house that would entice any book-loving houseguest to overstay their welcome.

Complete with a secret door (yes, they do exist!), the books are shelved from floor to ceiling, runneth over in a china armoire and continue to fill the shelves in the loft. Needless to say, the world is at your fingertips; it is merely a question of where you want to escape to for the time being. Enjoy the tour and have a look at the entire space and the main house here as featured in House & Garden


~View more Decor Inspiration from the English countryside below:

~A Unique Cornwall Vacation Sanctuary

~A Cottage Vacation in Devon

~A Country Chapel Home


~all images via Hooked on Houses



4 thoughts on “A Bibliophile’s Dream Home

  1. Do you have any more information about this Shannon ?

    You haven’t actually said where the cottage is in the U.K. , or how to contact the owner /rental agency to find out more details about price and availability .

    It looks charming !

    Have a good day


      1. Thank you ,Shannon, I hadn’t followed that link .

        Lots more photos and information in the original article

        I misunderstood the ‘ guest house ‘ comment , but now realise that it is just for the owners guests !

        Thanks for your prompt response.


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