Gorgeous exterior . . . but inside Laurence Llewlyn-Bowen's £1.75m house is, er, a matter of taste

12 February 2014  LAURENCE Llewelyn-Bowen has certainly stamped his personality on this house – and now he’s put it on the market for a cool £1,750,000.
Every last inch of the Grade II-listed 16th century house tells you it was home to the flamboyant designer and Changing Rooms presenter.
Llewelyn-Bowen, 48, and wife Jackie Bowen, are selling the house they dubbed Poshington Manor, in Siddington, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
They moved in, with their daughters Cecile and Hermione, in 2007.
The six-bed des res is built in the archetypal Cotswold style with charming gabled elevations and stone mullioned windows with leaded lights.
The property is, according to agents Strutt & Parker, “beautifully presented throughout with enormous style and flair”.
Laurence and Jackie were last seen together on TV dancing in Stepping Out.
Although believed to be remaining in the Cotswolds, the Llewelyn-Bowen family have decided that after seven years in “the manor Bowen” the time has come to put their stamp on a new home.
The house is priced at £1,750,000 and lovers of strong design will feel right at home.
Since his appearance in the first ever Changing Rooms makeover show in 1996, Laurence has been a regular on our televisions and his design company and brand have gone from strength to strength.
As expected, the six-bedroom, four-reception room house is a testimony to the designer’s inimitable style.
Designs are luxurious with rich reds, oranges and blues jostling to take centre stage.
And the stone-walled garden has been widely featured in magazines and on television, including Gardeners’ World and in the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Unusually for a house of this period, the rooms are particularly light with plenty of windows.
Agents Strutt & Parker say: “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.
“The panelled reception hall immediately gives a good feeling of space. Leading off to the right is the large drawing room, an impressive yet cosy room lined with bookshelves and lit by four tall windows. On the opposite side of the hall is the dining room which overlooks the garden and is ideal for entertaining. Beyond lies the breakfast room which has French windows to the outside and a wide archway leading through to the kitchen. This is fitted with a range of wall and floor units and equipped with double electric ovens, a gas hob and dishwasher. Also leading off the hall is a study or ground floor bedroom, with a bathroom en suite.
“On the first floor is an impressive master bedroom suite with a dressing room and bathroom. There are three further double bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite) on the first floor. On the second floor are two further bedrooms, a bathroom and a sitting room, making it ideal for children.
“Siddington is a popular village with a pub, village hall, primary school and village shop/post office.
Cirencester is conveniently about 1 mile’s drive and has an excellent range of shops and services as well as restaurants, bars and hotels. The main regional centres are Cheltenham, Bath, Bristol, Swindon and Oxford, all of which are within daily commuting distance. About 2 miles from the A419 dual carriageway for access to junction 15 of the M5 at Swindon. Direct rail services to London Paddington from Kemble or Swindon station, the latter scheduled to take from approximately 55 minutes. Ample local sporting opportunities including a number of golf courses, water sports at the Cotswold Water Park, and many equestrian events including polo at Cirencester Park and Westonbirt and racing at Cheltenham and Newbury.