Ben Pentreath, who happens to be the interior designer for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is one of my favorite follows on Instagram. Ben lives with his husband, famed floral designer and gardener Charlie McCormick, in an old Parsonage in West Dorset, England. Their home has been widely published in The New York Times, The Telegraph, House & Garden Magazine, and in Ben’s renowned book, English Decoration. I recently stumbled upon pictures of the Parsonage via House & Garden and thought it would be fun to share along with additional pictures from his website and the couples’ Instagram accounts.
The house is a simple, early 19th century former Parsonage, and when Ben took a long lease for the house in 2008 he put in place a simple but thorough restoration of the whole building and garden. The Parsonage sits in a beautiful location next to the church facing south across a wooded valley. Over the years the interiors have evolved to form a restrained, soft, comfortable backdrop to a collection of ordinary and inexpensive English antique furniture, pictures and prints. The home and surrounding gardens are unhurried, gentle, and very English.
For more on Ben Pentreath and his work, I recommend his books English Houses: Inspirational Interiors from City Apartments to Country Manor Houses and English Decoration: Timeless Inspiration for the Contemporary Home. You can also visit Pentreath & Hall, one of London’s most distinctive interiors and decoration shops, co-founded by Ben Pentreath and Bridie Hall. The shop has a worldwide following.