Would you buy Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's Grade II Cotswolds manor house?


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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen made his name as an interior designer on Changing Rooms - where his signature style was dramatic, colourful and OTT. Now he has put his beautiful Grade II-listed 16th century manor house on the market for £1.75 million. And you'll never guess how he has decorated it.

Actually you might...

The property is called Roberts House, and it lies on the outskirts of the village of Siddington in the Cotswolds. From the outside it is a traditional Cotswolds stone manor house. You can also appreciate the incredible gardens that have featured on BBC's Gardener's World, and coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show.

Inside, there are four receptions, six bedrooms and four bathrooms, and in each of them you can see the touch of a man who became known for his love of dramatic flourishes.

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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's home for sale

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's home for sale

The style

The estate agents Strutt and Parker have made much of the home's connection with the designer. Their particulars state: "Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is of course the well-known designer and, as you would expect, the property is beautifully presented throughout with enormous style and flair. Striking contemporary design cleverly respects the architectural integrity of the house to create a very comfortable and liveable home."

He has certainly stamped his creativity on the home, and if it suits your style, you couldn't hope for anything more.

Amongst the many features are a mural in the bedroom, which stretches around the room and is designed to look at if you had just stepped out of a period landscape painting. Another striking choice is the orange wallpaper in the breakfast room - complete with white willow pattern.

In the dining room the walls are adorned with an exotic floral print - set off by a matching tablecloth. And in the lounge, the red leather furniture is set against dark walls and black curtains.

Llewelyn-Bowen was never afraid to make use of an ornate statement mirror on the programme, and several feature here, from the three white mirrors adorning the walls in the entrance hall to the black ones in the music room. In the music room the blue guitar matches the blue wallpaper on the walls and ceiling, the blue carpet and rug, and the blue leather sofas.

The estate agents are clearly marketing the connection with the designer as a selling point, and they have a point - there's no reason why this dramatic style is any less suitable for the home than boring beige and white walls.

But what do you think?