The Netherlands Countryside Villa

this house, a listed monument parts of which date from the 15th century, posed its own particular challenges - how best to give it a contemporary edge while staying true to its heritage? the solution lay in filling the place with classic-with-a-twist furniture upholstered in contemporary-finish fabrics, often with an unexpected sheen. the palette used throughout the house makes the most of the light on offer - paler colours in sunnier spaces, darker ones for a cocooning effect. Here, past and present converge to see modern luxury sit happily with rustic charm - in the Cinema room, for instance, ancient beams meet decadent styling, while the stone-clad spa offers 21st-century relaxation in a centuries-old building.

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