Aside from the picturesque view of a surrounding vineyard and the original architectural details, it’s the stunning ‘his’ and ‘hers’ en suite bathrooms that are the talking point in this traditional four bedroom Sussex farmhouse, which dates back to the 17th century. ‘I was asked to help reconfigure the upstairs space and decide where and how to set out the en-suite bathrooms,’ says designer Louise Ashdown of West One Bathrooms.



Taking into account the Scandinavian heritage of the owners who were relocating from London to rural Sussex and have two grown-up sons away at university, Louise went about creating stylish and flexible en suites. The project presented its challenges, however: ‘Even though the existing interior walls were taken down and the upstairs rooms remodelled, we had to work around existing oak beams,’ she says. ‘In ‘her’ en suite for example, the ceiling is slightly sloped so we placed the bath at an angle to make it easier to get in and out.’ With the main rafters reaching a lofty four metres in some areas, a normal-height ceiling shower was out of the question too. So Louise and her team created an enclosed two-metre shower unit, with mother of pearl mosaic tiles and a wall-mounted drench rain and waterfall shower. ‘As well as utilising the space in the middle of the room and creating privacy, the shower area provides a useful backdrop for the curvaceous mid-century modern basin console with illuminated mirror,’ explains Louise.



To create a light and elegant room here and realise the ‘modern Scandi boudoir’ feel the owners were looking for, a mixture of white matt, satin and gloss finishes were used throughout. In subtle contrast, a ‘moodier’ more masculine look has been created in ‘his’ bathroom, using angular furniture and an earthier colour palette. ‘We used a lot of texture in the finishes in the husband’s bathroom,’ says Louise. ‘Copper wall tiles change with the light, while the Italian thermo-treated wood in the cabinetry and black, porcelain floor tiles add calm.’ Also, while both rooms are similar in luxury functionalities, it is in these subtle differences that they gain their unique characters, perfectly suited to the owners of this beautiful home. 


Similar bathrooms start from £30,000 at West One Bathrooms.


Photos by Paul Craig


Article by: Emily Peck