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Built in 1880 for a wealthy Victorian merchant, this stunning home in Jersey – that’s Jersey Britain, just off the north coast of France – was purchased in 2019 by Kate Brasher and her finance husband James.

When they first set foot on what would become their permanent home, they discovered a prospect around which they wanted to build their lives. From its hilltop vantage point, the house looks out across an expansive lawn to Mont Orgueil Castle on the coast and France in the distance. Let’s take a tour of this wonderful example of British Victorian house style.

Big white house

The wrought iron latticework and bay windows are an unusual feature, very rarely seen in Jersey architecture. The house was repainted and doors and windows replaced

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“We had rented two other properties in Jersey but when our landlord decided to sell them we felt like we couldn’t live with the uncertainty anymore,” Katie elaborates. “James had just returned from a business trip to Australia and I had a few houses lined up for us to view. This was the last property we visited and despite being jet lagged James loved it and we both felt it fit the bill despite being over budget,” explains Katie.

The view was the highlight, but the house also offered enough space for the couple’s three teenage children. In addition to its charm, the architecture had a decorative appeal. “It had bay windows, which are unusual for Jersey, and beautiful and very rare to find ironwork above the door,” describes James.

Country style living room with sofa and coffee table and armchair and window behind

Look no further for formal living room ideas. Moving a door from the left to the right side of this fireplace has brought a new sense of flow along the front of the home. Caspar armchair by Neptun (opens in new tab). Twisted Leg Table by Richard Taylor Designs (opens in new tab). Walls painted Old White, Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab). Bespoke curtains by Sims Hilditch in Ashok fabric by Penny Morrison (opens in new tab). Artwork by Tom Hoar (opens in new tab)

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The view was the highlight, but the house also offered enough space for the couple’s three teenage children. In addition to its charm, the architecture had a decorative appeal. “It had bay windows, which are unusual for Jersey, and beautiful and very rare to find ironwork above the door,” describes James.

View of the castle on the hill in Jersey

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“It is a quiet house, but still cozy and welcoming. We use every room in the house and there is enough space for everyone to be somewhere.

Kate Brasher

“Our timing for the purchase wasn’t great as we had just rented our London home for a year. Luckily the house was still on the market nine months later and we got it,” adds Katie. “I think what put people off was the poor layout of the ground floor and if you invested fully in the house you would have to move out for months,” James reveals.

Kitchen with blue kitchen island in the middle

The size of the kitchen island was determined by the largest slab of Caesarstone available. The hob position allows for an uninterrupted view while cooking. Cabinets near the sink and oven in Lily, breakfast station in Mist, and island in Moss, all from Neptune. Neptune bar stool reupholstered by Sims Hilditch with Chiltern linen from Fermoie. Pendant lights, antique

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After living at the property for over a year, the family determined their list of priorities for the renovation and decidedly appointed Sims Hilditch (opens in new tab) as their designers. “We didn’t look around as we saw their brochure and loved everything in it. We knew they would be able to delicately restore the original details of the period,” says Katie.

Dining room with table and upholstered chairs

Dining room ideas abound. Wicker chairs strike a casual and breezy note, while pendant lights cast a warm and intimate glow for dinner. Havana chairs, Neptune. Bespoke table in chalked Isoguard finish by Sims Hilditch. Cabinets, Neptune. Curtains in Valencia fabric by Colefax and Fowler.

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With an initial plan to make minor improvements like new bathrooms and carpeting, the scope of the project increased dramatically. The kitchen was flipped from the front to the back of the house, taking the place of a little-used dining room that had the best position for the view. “Now the only rooms that don’t have a view of the garden are the cinema and a guest bedroom,” says Katie.

Dining room overlooking bench seating

Paneling and intricate cornices help balance the proportions of the room. Green and blue accents enliven the neutral palette. Manhattan coffee table, Neptune. Walls painted Old White, Farrow & Ball. Padworth Vase table lamp, Vaughan (opens in new tab). Bespoke armchairs by Sims Hilditch upholstered in Raoul Tweed fabric by Turnell & Gigon (opens in new tab). Curtains in Mulberry Walton fabric, GP&J Baker (opens in new tab). Sofa Eve, Neptune.

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Various floors have been leveled and ceilings raised, transforming a dingy playroom into a mud room and an enticing wine cellar with a study above. In their most ambitious move, Katie and James turned a former swimming pool into their “great room” where the family spends much of their time. “It’s a fun and beautiful space to hang out in. Sims Hilditch did an excellent job of dividing the space into its various functions, and it’s large yet cozy,” explains James.

Mud room in blue with seating and storage

Want wine room ideas? Think of a combined room. Here, a beautifully lit wine cellar and well-organized mud room have taken the place of a formerly dingy playroom. Hardwick White, Farrow & Ball walls. York Stripe and Plain Linen cushions from Fermoie

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When the family returned to their improved home in January 2020, they were able to use the lockdown to their advantage. “We started unpacking and nesting and once restrictions were lifted we had non-stop guests throughout the summer. The house offers a very pleasant living even with two families. When we have kids, we don’t even notice them,” says Katie.

Entrance area with two staircases and a central pedestal table

A low ceiling has been raised to enhance these land ideas. A window seat makes good use of the bay. Hardwicke dining table, India Jane (opens in new tab). Rose chandelier with nickel finish, Brabin & Fitz (opens in new tab). Walls in Joas White, Farrow & Ball.

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A tall winged headboard forms a strong focal point of the bed in this balanced scheme. Bespoke headboard by Sims Hilditch, upholstered in a solid cotton fabric by Fermoie (opens in new tab). Versailles dresser, Julian Chichester (opens in new tab). Bank, Chelsea Textiles (opens in new tab) Upholstered in Fermoie Hamble cotton fabric. Walls in Shaded White, Farrow & Ball. Curtains in Cassius, Colefax and Fowler (opens in new tab).

Bedroom with blue headboard

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A statement striped bedspread and geometric green accent pillows give this teenage bedroom a strong yet easily shiftable identity. Broad Throw, Melin Tregwynt (opens in new tab). Bespoke bed, Sims Hilditch. Antique bedside tables, Lorfords (opens in new tab). Walls in Shadow White, Farrow & Ball. Burlington Crystal Ball lamp stand, Neptune.

Bedroom with striped bedding and blue pillows

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The period-style tub (below) complements the classic Victorian style of the home. High gloss uneven subway tiles add texture and reflect light. Reconditioned tub, Cast Iron Bath Company (opens in new tab). Wall tiles, Marlborough Long Brick in Gelato Ice, Mandarin Stone (opens in new tab). Venetian blind in Quantock linen, Fermoie.

Freestanding bath in bathroom with window behind

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The garden is next on the agenda for improvement. “We put a trampoline where there was an old pond. We are in the process of building a tennis court and would also like to add a sunken fire pit and pool area,” she adds. With impressive focus and dedication, the Brashers have created a stunning island retreat that would have left any family happily stranded.

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