Ancient woodwork and strong colours take this idyllic Devon home to a new level
There is an air of escapism about this Devonshire home. A former rectory at the end of a quiet lane, it looks every inch the rural idyll. It even has roses climbing around the front door. But step inside and a different version of country living unfolds – equally escapist, but in a darker and more dramatic vein.
“I think when you walk into a room, it should make you feel something, be it cosy, intriguing or startling,” says Susy Parker, who gave the house a big makeover when she and her family moved here two years ago. Her husband Ben, a doctor, was offered a job locally and it didn’t take much to persuade her, plus their children, twins Oscar and Felix, nine, and Darcy, three, to make the move.