Capturing the Tudor charm of a country house

We love how traditional Tudor homes capture the timeless charm of classic architectural design. The Tudor style is extremely popular (and well-loved within Seckford Hall!) due to its character and beautifully distinctive design features, from the elaborate masonry chimneys and exposed wood framework to the expertly intricate doorways. This popular architectural design is romantic and looks like something straight out of a medieval English fairy tale. For that reason, many homes, hotels and other buildings, design their venues based on the Tudor-era and showcase stunning Tudor inspired decor throughout. With this in mind, set yourself back five hundred years and let us explore some of the key characteristics of a Tudor style country house.

The manor house room

The interiors of Tudor style homes are designed to be warm, comfortable and inviting – quite like our gorgeous family rooms! Ornate, luxurious drapes in rich shades of red alongside classic English tapestries and artwork are used to enhance the feeling of warmth. The rooms of Tudor homes are often furnished with dark wood furniture which may include genuine antique pieces or reproductions designed to appear aged over time. Many rooms also feature large stone fireplaces and upholstered plush winged chairs to further enhance comfort levels and create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The ceiling styles of Tudor homes are often instantly recognisable as they are designed to mimic those of Gothic style cathedrals, with high ceilings and exposed dark wooden beams. Wall paneling is also a common feature in Tudor style homes. Traditionally, these would be made from dark stained oak and the paneling would be fitted to run across the entire wall height, or two-thirds of the height in what is known as wainscot.

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The building exterior

Tudor style homes are typically two stories tall in order to showcase the distinctive characteristics of the Tudor style. They also feature asymmetrical designs and structures as the original 16-century Tudor homes were usually built piecemeal, meaning each generation added something new to the building (like a family scrapbook). This led to an interesting and unique structure full of original character. According to House Beautiful – “Tudor homes are easily recognisable by several distinguishable features: They have a large steeply pitched roof complete with an ornate chimney stack. The majority of their exteriors are brick, but they feature decorative half-timbering. The windows are tall and narrow with multiple panes – these are often rectangular, but sometimes diamond-shaped.” The front door is also an important architectural feature of Tudor style homes. It usually has a round arch at the top and is often bordered by a contrasting stone that makes it stand out against the brick or stone walls. Much different to the standard we see today!

Tudor charm restaurant

Restaurants in luxury country houses and hotels are often designed in a traditional Tudor style and feature several of the distinctive design features mentioned above. This includes large intricate fireplaces, plush rugs, exposed timber beams, and classic British artwork to help create the warm Tudor charm. Like our gorgeous 1530 restaurant – which we are sure you will visit as soon as you’ve finished reading this piece – these Tudor style restaurants typically serve classic British dishes made from locally sourced ingredients to further re-create the atmosphere found in a traditional Tudor country house.

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The Tudor style continues to be extremely popular and can be found in homes, hotels and buildings all around the world. We can never see the gorgeous, antiquated look go out of fashion, and nor can our guests. Adopting Tudor features in your design can create a stunning home decor that is full of charm, warmth and original character.

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