The land on which Linda Jane and Charles Stanton’s property lies has been passed down through the generations for more than 200 years and, once a stable block complete with grooms’ quarters, it is now a welcoming home.

Located in the grounds of Snelston Hall, which was demolished in the 1950s due to dry rot, the Grade II-listed building was converted into a residence by Charles’ great-uncle in the 1950s, and in the 1970s extended and the loft converted by Charles’ parents for their family of seven.

Charles’ mother and father lovingly restored the property, using pieces rescued from the old hall, before he and Linda Jane inherited the house in 2004. After living in a small cottage nearby for nine years, they moved in straightaway.

History aside, the couple wanted to put their own stamp on the house by bringing it up to date for modern living, so in 2005, with help from the architects who originally worked on the property in the 1970s, they set about planning a side extension to create an open-plan breakfast room next to the kitchen. Working with planning officers to achieve listed building consent, the couple decided on a sympathetic addition.

Essential repairs

  • Doors have been restored
  • Windows have been replaced
  • A breakfast room extension was added

‘Everything in the house has a tale to tell,’ says Linda Jane


An antique chair, upholstered in velvet by Pierre Frey, complements the wall colour. The salvaged fireplace is topped with old and new glass collectibles below a new mirror from Watson & Watson.


A portrait of John Harrison, who once owned Snelston Hall, overlooks the grey cut-stone fireplace in the entrance, salvaged from the old hall. A turquoise cushion, made from tweed spun from the yarn of the farm’s Shetland sheep, sits on an inherited antique club chair upholstered in leather.


A large English pine tree, grown on the farm, adds festive sparkle to the drawing room, while gold decorations collected by Linda Jane complement the peach trompe l’oeil wallcovering. Both chairs were salvaged from the old hall and reupholstered in plain and striped Pierre Frey fabric by Watson & Watson in Ashbourne. The Turkish rug was inherited from Charles’ great-uncle.


In the kitchen, the neutral scheme continues but, as Linda Jane explains, it didn’t always have such a calming feel. ‘The units were made from dark wood and there was bright, psychedelic wallpaper on the walls dating back to the 1960s.’ To complement the kitchen’s 50-year-old Aga, Linda Jane opted for simple white tiles, worktops and painted cupboard doors. The tablecloth by Marks & Spencer adds a splash of festive colour to the room.


The billiard table is decked out for Christmas with Linda Jane’s collection of glassware and a dramatic snow-themed centrepiece, which she makes up every year. The large bookcase, reclaimed from the old hall, and a smaller one bought to match, house the family’s vast collection of books. The oak stools, designed by Charles’ father and made by the estate joiner, slope forwards so you can lean towards the table.


The wood panelling in the hallway was rescued from the old hall, while the quarry stone tile flooring dates back to the 1950s. The sofa was inherited from Charles’ parents, as was the Victorian still life artwork above it. The lamp is by Vaughan at Watson & Watson.


Linda Jane painted the bedroom in Adriatic by Crown, which matches an inherited upholstered bench at the foot of the bed. The antique headboard is upholstered in linen by Manuel Canovas and teamed with a simple bedspread bought in the South of France, and a patterned tapestry cushion she made herself.

Get the look

Get the Stantons’ grand country look with classic accessories and antique-style finds

  • Mirror: Venetian mirror, H123xW93cm, £260, Exclusive Mirrors
  • Bauble: Beaded glass bauble, £3.49, Wyevale
  • Stool: Valencia stool, upholstered in Designers Guild’s Varese cotton fabric in Aqua, H44xW75xD45cm, £1,205 plus fabric, The Sofa & Chair Company
  • Umbrella stand: Chinese-style ceramic umbrella stand, H45x Dia.18cm, £69, Ancestral Collections
  • Sofa: 3.5-seater Susan Louis XV sofa in cherry wood and Avignon finish, H100xW220xD81cm, £3,927 plus chosen fabric, Oficina Inglesa
  • Key decoration: King and Queen Gold Regal key decorations, £4 each, The Contemporary Home.
  • Paint: Conche paint, 2.5ltrs of Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £43.50, Little Greene
  • Wallpaper: Tivoli wallpaper in Oasis, £44.95 per roll, Linwood

Author: Lindsay Blair