An interior designer's 17th-century farmhouse in a secluded Devon valley

Having lighted on his ideal house in the wild Devon countryside, Tom Cox of HÁM Interiors set about making it into a warm and welcoming place to get away, filled with the distinctive art and antiques he has grown up with
An interior designer's 17thcentury farmhouse in a secluded Devon valley
Dean Hearne

The walls in the snug are painted in Farrow & Ball's ‘Oval Room Blue’, which picks up on the blue of the delft tiles around the fireplace. The Arrow rug is by Studio HÁM.

Dean Hearne

Warm, comfortable and surrounded by nature, the house is the perfect place to escape. “When I get back here, slam the door and get a fire going, I feel engulfed in it, it's so comforting and safe.” But it is also a destination for his friends and family, and the extra cottage and outdoor kitchen mean that the main house is rarely in danger of becoming cramped. “When I have friends down here with their kids I leave them to it in the main house and decamp to the cottage, where I can have a nice bath and listen to the radio and make a cup of tea." Not surprisingly, everyone loves it. “I've had old friends come down here and they say that this place seems to have been made for me.”

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