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Kaimes is the most glorious country house, set in lovely gardens and surrounded by rolling Peebleshire countryside.

The house was built in the 1920s. It is classically and formally proportioned, with a symmetrical frontage and a service ‘wing’. The house has been in the same family since construction, being empty for the last thirty years, due to relocation.

We were approached by their son, who was moving back to Kaimes, with his fiancée. The house had the appearance of standing still for half a century. The furniture was exactly as it was when they left – incredible and moving.

Our clients wanted to bring Kaimes back to life. A nursery wing, added in the 1930s, was removed. Two rooms to the front were combined to create a large family kitchen space. The service wing was integrated with the main body of the house, with a double height space created and simple remodelling.

The approach to the design was simple and uncontrived. The result is homely, bright, fun and filled with sun. It fits the energy and the positivity of the client, now husband, wife and son. A simply beautiful project.