My ‘Dream’ Home

I often get asked if Baylyn House will be our ‘forever’ home & if you had asked me a couple of years ago when we first moved in then I would have said yes as it’s more than I ever imagined we’d have achieved at such a young age.

A dream home should be somewhere you feel secure, relaxed and that is a little slice of ‘you’. A place where some incredible memories have been made, and a piece of your heart will always be cemented within those bricks and mortar. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 1 bedroom studio flat or a 10 bedroom mansion.

Unfortunately though, I’m one of those people who always want more, much to my husbands dismay. How many times can I redecorate each room? Don’t get me wrong, I wake up every single day & look around feeling absolutely blessed to be able to live somewhere so beautiful.

However, my yearn for a wisteria covered country home with a sweeping driveway plus a kitchen with an AGA, butler sink & stable door. Combine that with a few acres of land for chickens to roam & a rope swing for my children (& grandchildren in many years to come…) to enjoy is becoming increasingly apparent. The idillic setting.

So, I thought I’d put together a blog post of what my dream house would look like.


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First up is the exterior, in fantasy land I’d love large electric gates with a huge sweeping gravel driveway.


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Although I live in a Victorian house, I’m actually more of a fan of Georgian architecture. This is mainly because of those huge period windows which let in so much light.


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Although the above house is in definite need of some wisteria & so I’ll show you my favourite exterior Instagram account @charlotte_annefidler who has #wisteriahysteria absolutely nailed (the inside is absolutely gorgeous too…in fact it may be my dream house!).


Front door wise, it would look something like the below…but we’d obviously have a large utility/mud room to store wellies from collecting eggs from the free range chickens (ok ok, I’m totally living out the fantasy right now…).


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Oh & obviously some lavender beds!


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The hallway would be huge & filled with light with a big sweeping staircase.


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The kitchen would be the heart of the home with a large island & enough room for entertaining. It’d be heated by an AGA, have a butler sink & of course a stable door looking out to the grounds.


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Off the kitchen would be a large utility/boot room/pantry


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The living room would be centred around a log burner which sleeping labrador/golden retriever would snooze in front of on a rug


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Our bedroom would be something out of a The White Company catalogue…


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The bathroom would obviously include a rolltop bath, some patterned floor tiles, tongue & groove wooden panelling & also a his/hers sink.


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I’d have a few acres of garden (not too much that it would be impossible to upkeep mind…) with chickens roaming around, a little stream running through it to paddle in the summer would also be fab & of course a rope swing.


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For now though, we’ll most definitely be staying put as location wise we have some of the best schools in Dorset right on our doorstep. Perhaps when our two littles have left home & gone off to university then we’ll consider moving a bit further out to enjoy the country life I so crave.

Also…looking at the homes above, I think I need to win the lottery.

What would your dream home look like?




  1. Jacqui
    June 7, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Not dissimilar to your dream home….that dream home could be going to sealed bids if we both win the lottery! ? xx

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      June 7, 2017 / 10:12 am

      I’ll fight you for it! I have a feeling it’ll be a hair pulling, nail scratching, teeth biting kind of battle for a house like that 🙂 x

  2. Elaine lowrence
    June 7, 2017 / 11:43 am

    We followed our hearts and live in our dream home. In the country a mile drive, country gates 2 acres of land with a stream running through it. An old farmhouse with log burner etc. Naughty chickens roaming free, digging ?. No takeaway for miles but starry nights where these no noise or light pollution. It’s our haven and a little gem. I was very much a city girl but country girl at heart. We absolutely love it and amazed after years of working hard we got our dream home. It’s blooming hard work every day to maintain but we live it and are so lucky. So follow your dreams Charlotte life is way to short. Elaine x

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      June 8, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      That sounds absolutely amazing – what an inspiration! x

  3. Eve
    June 7, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    You have pretty much described my dream home! Although in addition to chickens I would also want ducks and two goats (named Kenneth and Susan in case you were wondering).

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      June 8, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      You definitely haven’t thought about that too much at all! Love the names paha x

  4. Noelle
    June 7, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    I screenshot nearly every photo u had up….u just described how I would love my interior! More of these blogs please ❤️

  5. June 11, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    The kitchen window is the stuff dreams are made of! Letting in lots of light to a house is so important; I always used to wonder why people on Escape to The Country used to comment on the amount of light in a house so readily, but as a homeowner now, I see how important it is! A cost home can still have big windows, you just have to pair them with great, effective curtains to block out the light. But definitely, I would love a house modeled on Georgian architecture, it’s so very opulent.

  6. Emma
    June 26, 2017 / 5:46 pm

    Love this post as it is pretty much exactly what I strive for every day! Neptune are a particular favourite! Thanks for sharing. E x

    • Ruth E
      April 1, 2021 / 4:50 pm

      Sheer beauty!
      Thank you for sharing.