Bob Duffield and his family now live in this beautiful 19th century villa-style house – here’s his story of how they uncovered its best features and created a perfect home for them all.
Please tell us a little bit about you and your family, where you live and how long you’ve lived in your house.
We moved to Cheltenham in the summer of 2013. We rented a modern duplex apartment and Frankie our son was born in June 2014. We always had an eye out for a place to buy but we took our time until we found the right place. This turned out to be Paxton Lodge – a Grade II, four-bed Regency town house, with a separate basement flat. Amazingly it was only 300m from the apartment. We moved in March 2016.
What is the style of your house and what attracted you to buy it?
It was built in 1836. It is a sublime design. High ceilings. Beautiful windows. And a small but perfect walled garden for the kids.
Tell us about shopping for tiles at the Cheltenham Showroom – how would you rate your experience?
Very highly. That's why we've agreed tell our story. We got to know almost everyone in the Cheltenham store. Mark was really helpful.
What made you decide on the particular styles and the tiles you used in each room?
The palette for the whole house is white plus greys and blues. Less is definitely more and we decided to use the same choice of tiles in all the bathrooms. I'm really glad we did. The choice of tiles has brought a sense of continuity to the whole house. They have turned out to be a major feature.
How long did the project take?
A whole pregnancy and a bit. But as a result our house has been reborn. It was worth the wait.