Last sunny Saturday Mr H and I headed down to lovely Frome for a countryside weekend break with our besties Jess and Ash. I thought I’d give you a mini tour of their gorgeous house, and some top tips for exploring Frome.
Who lives here: Jess and Ash with their two cats Malley and Maud. They moved in last September.
Cordelia: What made you decide to move to Frome?
Jess: I’ve worked as a merchandiser at Graham and Green for the past 4 and a half years. We originally worked in London but when the company re-located to Somerset we had a big decision to make. I knew I loved my job and was also excited to have the opportunity to move to a beautiful part of the country. After a year of commuting and research we settled on Frome, a town 30 minutes south of Bath.
Cordelia: Tell us a bit about Frome.
Jess: We have only been here 8 months but it hasn’t taken long for my husband and I to fall in love with the town. It’s pretty, interesting and it has a really unique sense of community. There are beautiful cobbled streets filled with vintage and antique shops, great music and arts venus and several quirky bars.
Cordelia: What are your favourite recommendations?
Jess: For shopping I love De Hepe interiors where I found our beautiful Arts and Crafts wardrobe and the regular antiques market. (Cordelia insert: it runs the first weekend of the month and we LOVED IT).
For food and drink we loved the Fat Radish recently for a date night, and you can get great tapas at The High Pavement. My husband is a big craft beer fan and loves Brewed Boy and Palmer Street Bottle Tap bars. The Cheese and Grain pulls in great acts for the size of the town (it made headlines after the Foo Fighters played a one off secret gig) and we have enjoyed several comedians and bands there so far.
Cordelia: You’re house feels so much like home already- what was it like when you bought it?
Jess: It was a repossession so had been empty for a couple of years, so it needed (and still needs!) a lot of TLC to bring it back to life. I fell in love with the spacious rooms and double aspect sash windows, complete with the country dream of our own log burner.
The bathroom is also very special- spacious and light with a roll top bath.
We have done quite a lot of work already but the biggest change has probably been in the kitchen which was a real mess (holes in the ceiling through to the bathroom was a novelty that wore off quickly).
Cordelia: Where do you find your inspiration?
Jess: As well as the usual social media channels I’m lucky in my job that I am constantly around inspiring and beautiful products. There is always a stash of the latest home mags to browse and trawling the trade shows means I often snap particular looks or colour combinations that I re-create at home.
Cordelia: What’s the next project?
Jess: We need to finish our little garden with lots of pots and some outdoor lights- possibly these festoon ones from work. Then our attic bedroom has become a bit of a dumping ground- I’m inspired to add a free standing bath- a very luxurious idea!
Jess and Ash’s amazing house is filled with treasures from Graham and Green- I’ve compiled a little ‘Get the look’ compilation- you’re welcome!
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