You know that moment when you come across a house and think, "This is pretty much perfection..." Sometimes that feeling is about a mood. It's about an interior that has a patina of age, that has character. That has quirks. That isn't too perfect or too polished. That isn't really 'polished' at all. I felt this about Mark and Sally Bailey's home in the village of Clyro as soon as I laid eyes on it.



At home with the Baileys

It requires a confident eye to take a period house and carefully peel back the layers to reveal its age and inherent character. Often when we talk about refurbishments, it’s about taking an old house and sharpening it up, making the interior fresh and crisp and new again. But there is another way, as Mark and Sally Bailey have demonstrated in their beautifully atmospheric Grade II* listed house, which is located near Hay-on-Wye, close to the English/Welsh border.

Mark and Sally are the owners of the influential interiors company Baileys, and if you know either the shop or the online store, it’s clear how much their aesthetic at home reflects that of their business and vice versa. The couple have also written three books: Recycled Home, Hand Made Home, and Simple Home. Here, the Baileys pared back the interior of this six bedroom house to maximize the sense of space and light. The house dates from the 1800s and incorporates features from a nearby church that was being refurbished at the time. The walls throughout have been stripped back to the raw plaster, and the flooring incorporates oak boards and large flagstones, creating a rustic and tactile backdrop for the furnishings.

"This simple, utilitarian approach creates the beautiful, elegant effect for which the Baileys are best known." - The Modern House

During the 20th century the property was home to the artists Eugene Fisk and Elizabeth Organ, who also used the space as a gallery. These days, the house is available as a location for photo shoots.


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