Stella’s stunning country pile

I love a beautiful country home especially set in gorgeous English countryside and this stunning home belonging to fashion designer, Stella McCartney is really something.

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For their wedding in 2003, Stella and husband Alasdhair Willis asked their guests to give trees in lieu of gifts. Gwyneth Paltrow gave copper beeches. American relatives gave redwoods. Valentino and Tom Ford each grandly sent allées of linden trees from Germany. They used these to create a heart shaped copse.

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“I grew up in the country, and I like being isolated,” says Stella. “So when I see a building on the horizon, I want to plant a tree in front of it. That’s my natural instinct.” This handsome red brick Georgian home is encompassed by a “a garden within a garden within a garden” – beautiful mix of more formal, manicured gardens with edged pathways and sculpted hedges and the more relaxed and haphazard style of a traditional English country garden, all surrounded by green rolling hills. Breathtaking!

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As in her fashion designs, Stella does not care for red or yellow and is drawn instead to the dusty pastels she loves—in fact, she even gave her gardener Tyler fabric swatches when they were planning the plantings. “You don’t always get what you want,” she says, laughing. “We had tulips that were supposed to be white, and they opened yellow. I couldn’t look at them. I was literally like the Queen from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: ‘Paint them white!’ ”

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{Photos: Bruce Weber for Vogue, original article by Hamish Bowles via Habitually Chic }

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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