Tucked away in a little village in Wiltshire is this five bedroom house complete with idyllic views overlooking the countryside. Originally three separate cottages that dated back to 1790, this converted property has been home for Emma Sims-Hilditch and her family – husband John, daughters Daisy, 24, Betty, 22, and son Billy, 19 – for the past 25 years. The house has been something of a labour of love, as around 15 years after the first conversion, the adjoining barn was then rebuilt into an open-plan living space. The roof was also raised to its original height and the interior changed so that there is now a double-height seating area in one half and an upper storey in the other half with an additional bedroom and bathroom.



Emma, who is the founder and creative director of interior design company Sims Hilditch, was keen to put her own stamp on the interiors, and that included the master bedroom. Taking inspiration from a trip to the South of France, she wanted to create a space that was perfect for relaxing in by using a neutral colour palette and soft furnishings: ‘When I was visiting Provence, I loved the traditional yet timeless interiors style. A bedroom should be a sanctuary, a place to escape the busy woes of everyday life. This design reflects my love for using natural materials such as wood, glass, stone and linen, which add layers of texture and character to the room.’ And what gave it that finishing boutique hotel look? ‘The bath in the bedroom creates that feeling of added luxury. It’s positioned in front of the window, which offers glorious views of the countryside. Both windows have deep sills – one serves as shelves for bath products while the other is a window seat, perfect for afternoon reading.’



The master bedroom in this converted five-bedroom home combines wooden furnishings and a statement four poster bed with soft, neutral textures to create a calm space. A bath by the window completes the luxurious look. Prices on request at simshilditch.com.


Photos by Adam Carter


Article by: Lucy Macdonald