The search for somewhere ‘quieter, greener and more family friendly’ led Milda and Ross Jardine out of London to a quiet, leafy close in Godalming, Surrey. ‘We have beautiful countryside right on our doorstep and often spend weekends exploring nearby National Trust properties – Winkworth Arboretum is our favourite,’ says Milda.
The Jardines’ home was less idyllic on the inside when they bought it in 2013, but they fell for the property’s traditional red pan tile facade and period windows. ‘The interiors hadn’t been touched since the 1950s and the kitchen was in a dark room at the front of the house,’ Milda recalls. The couple spent six months remodelling the house, including moving the kitchen into a new extension at the rear. ‘We wanted to enjoy the views of our south-west facing garden from the kitchen,’ explains Milda. ‘It’s now flooded with light, even on a dull day, thanks to the large roof lantern.’
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