Paschoe House, Dartmoor, Devon

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Set in deepest Devon amongst rolling hills and on the edge of Dartmoor near Bow, Paschoe House is a luxurious country retreat. It was once the family home of its 27-year old owner and manager, Tabitha Amador-Christie, who single-handedly realised her teenage dream of turning her crumbling family home into a luxury hotel in August 2017.

From the outset of the project, Tabitha had a clear vision of how she wanted the 13th century manor house to look and feel. She made the bold decision to go it alone – without using an interior designer – and created the look of the rooms herself, each of which has its own individual character.

Tabitha drew inspiration from other luxury venues, like Babington House and Soho Farmhouse, which exude a cool but refined atmosphere for guests to relax in. Tabitha’s personal penchant is taxidermy, which is a theme that weaves throughout Paschoe House. At its core, it is a country hunting lodge – and Tabitha wanted to retain this character whilst balancing it with more feminine themes, as the property has great potential as a wedding venue.

Cork boards festooned with chosen colours, furniture, wallpaper swatches and artwork formed both the design palette for each room, and the basis for Tabitha’s project. Work began in the Morning Room with Timorous Beasties’ iridescent butterfly wallpaper, which set the tone for the rest of the house. The pink and purple hues from the butterflies resonate throughout the other rooms, with Tabitha even reupholstering some of their old family furniture in those colours. The addition of a large pink sofa in the Library Bar links the rooms. The reception features a Sanderson wallpaper which matches the Farrow & Ball Dix Blue in the Library Bar and Farrow & Ball Cinder Rose in the main hall.

Each bedroom has its own unique style, with muted tones in the bedroom paired with vibrant bathrooms – featuring floral wallpaper and coloured tiles. A project and end result that can be described as one of a kind.

‘What I consciously wanted to achieve in the bedrooms was a relaxing atmosphere, nothing too hectic on the eye, so that my guests could have a good night’s sleep, but then I went a little wild in each en-suite! When guests go away somewhere, they don’t want to be in an environment that they could achieve at home – I want it to feel like a fairytale.’ – Tabitha Amador-Christie, Owner, Manager and Designer