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In January 2020, we added Porte House to our family of holiday homes. We started welcoming guests to our three-bedroom stylish luxury holiday home for all of the family to enjoy some time out in the heart of Richmond, North Yorkshire.
With designer interiors, open fires and traditional features throughout, this hot property oozes charm and sophistication as well as allowing for the perfect base for a family looking to explore the Yorkshire Dales from with everything you could need for a luxury self-catering getaway. Also, dog-friendly, so nobody needs to get left behind on your next escape to North Yorkshire.
This traditional Georgian townhouse has stylish touches throughout… Spend Winter nights snuggled up with the family playing games by the open fire or take some time out with a bubbly soak in the free-standing bath with a glass of something special. When Summer calls, enjoy long walks along the picturesque riverside to the Station, a stunning riverside Victorian railway building, with an award-winning bakery, cafe, and fantastic two-screen cinema. Don’t forget to pick up an ice cream with the kids for your stroll home or if it’s just the two of you, enjoy a nightcap with some cocktails and tapas at Number 29.
Now, let us take you through the magnificent transformation Porte House has gone through with Lara McGuigan, the owner of Porte House. Discover the inspiration behind her transformation of a three-bedroom Georgian townhouse into a luxury holiday home in the heart of Richmond, North Yorkshire. All of which was managed from over 3400 miles away…
I have always loved Frenchgate and the classic Georgian style of the houses. No.53 hadn’t been updated for over 40 years, and I fell in love as soon as I visited. I started dreaming of updating the house but keeping the elegance of a traditional Georgian townhouse, restoring the original features such as the grand windows and huge staircase which never date.
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I have always had a passion for interior design and in this property, I’ve enjoyed the come-back of modern feminine interiors by using pastel hues and soft fabrics. Pretty is back, but bolder and brasher than it once was; think dark floral patterns, soft linen curtains, and a dash of old-school chintz.
Traditional pieces created a key contrast to the modern feminine look at Porte House. I’m a huge fan of Ralph Lauren’s classic designs, which influenced my furniture selection. I have tried to reflect heritage, tradition, and timeless elegance throughout the house, and feel the end result is a charming English home full of character that I truly love.
The house is Grade II listed therefore we needed certain permissions to make changes. There wasn’t a formal layout on the top floor and the previous bathroom was in the eves and couldn’t accommodate a shower. By moving one of the walls, it divided the space more equally to give a full bathroom with a separate shower and roll-top bath, while keeping a third double bedroom.
It wasn’t all plain sailing and there were some hiccups. When the dining room bookcase arrived, it got stuck in the hallway and had to be negotiated through the window. It’s one of my favourite pieces of furniture, housing law journals that are almost as old as the house. It was certainly hard to imagine No.53 as luxury accommodation in Richmond when I first walked in!
All the rooms have been decorated to maximise the light from the big windows, looking out over the rooftops and making the most of Richmond’s fabulous views to create a classic but welcoming feel. I love the kitchen and dining room, and they are social spots where everyone seems to congregate. I had the original Aga restored and it’s so cosy when it’s on, cooking for friends and family.
The countryside! Richmond is a market town that delivers a wonderful array of landmarks, countryside, ruins, dales, rivers, flowers, and livestock that come together to make some of the most striking views you can imagine. The perfect weekend break from the rest of the world.
What a fabulous couple of days we have had at Porte House. Yesterday was a day of exploring but before we went I had to check out the courtyard, snug and gorgeous seating and BBQ area. I can just imagine the summertime sitting outside, relaxing, sipping a glass of wine, it would be perfect! Richmond is beautiful with plenty of walks, quaint little shops and pubs with plenty to do if you have a young family. I love it here and will definitely be back! Whilst it feels so special, it also feels like home. The perfect tonic.
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