Just outside arty Frome at the end of a long lane, you’ll find Pearl Lowe’s magical Grade II-listed 19th century house. Part gingerbread cottage, part fairytale castle and part manor house, Pearl, her husband Danny Goffey and their children moved into the house and its rolling acres of Somerset countryside in 2017 after five moves in 11 years.
On the outside, with its turrets, mullioned windows and pink-tinged stone walls, it looks like the perfect fit for a sugar-coated Tim Walker set; inside, it’s a riot of ribbons and roses, Pearl’s flea market finds and fairytale dresses hanging from antique armoires.
Here, the interior and fashion designer gives us a glimpse into her family home, telling us about her design inspirations and why she just can’t do modern.
How did you find the house?
A good friend of mine told me about it, telling me I’d flip when I saw it. I thought it was incredible but it was out of our budget. Six years later it was still on the market and one day I bumped into the owner, who said: ‘Come and see it again, I just know it’s your house… make me a silly offer’. There were horses in the fields, the sun was out and it was just so magical, so we did. At the time we were living in a farmhouse sandwiched between two dairy farms and it just wasn’t working for me. This is the first house I can honestly say I don’t want to leave; it’s very pretty and that’s how I decorate too - whimsical and fairytale-like.