From Coast to Countryside

From Coast to Countryside: A breakfast nook with blue chairs sits beneath whitewashed wood ceilings and storied wooden furniture, with a peek through the open doorway into the cozy kitchen.

After selling their seaside apartment in Exmouth, England, Christina and Nigel Dickinson had their sights set on retreating to the quiet milieus of the countryside. Originally searching for a rental with no commitment, the couple couldn’t resist the charms of one of the oldest cottages in the community: a seventeenth-century property complete with a green space, outbuildings perfect for Christina’s art studio, and a workshop for Nigel. “The house was unusually light and spacious, even with its beams and low ceilings,” says Christina. “As soon as I saw the courtyard garden, I was smitten.”

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