Dream Dwellings: City versus Country Homes

If money was no object and if there were no other restrictions on where you could live, what would your dream  home look like? I thought it would be an interesting exercise to look at two amazing properties and consider, if none of those usual obstacles were there, which one would be your dream dwelling.

Take the first home, 66 Riverside One, located in one of London’s most prestigious riverside spots. With outstanding views over London’s dramatic skyline this is quite simply one of the best apartments you will see. With views over Chelsea, Kensington and Knightstbridge, this 4 bedroomed apartment was designed by world-renowned architects Foster and Partners and is one of just 25 units in the building. Take a look at the images and swoon at the space.

So would this kind of property be for you? Would you like to live in the city with these kinds of views and this kind of space? Could you live with children in this kind of home? Lots to consider don’t you think?

If you’re not a City dweller how about the alternative, a beautiful country pad. This fabulous country home is in Chorleywood, Rickmansworth and offers wonderful accommodation over 3 floors and comes with its own swimming pool and tennis courts. Windrush is a beautiful character home dating back to the 1930s and constructed using reclaimed beams from an old Royal Navy training ship HMS Ganges. The house has undergone extensive refurbishment by the current owners to provide both flexible and well planned accommodation over three floors.

Features include en-suite bathrooms, accommodation for au-pairs, and a possible teenagers annexe. There’s even a World War II air raid shelter tucked away in the grounds. Again, take a look at these wonderful images and imagine if this is a home you could live in.


So do you have preference? I think I do but that’s driven by my experiences of living in London and by the fact that I love outdoor space; my dream dwelling has to be the country  home where I could see my girls running around in the garden, and I could love that kitchen more than someone should!

Both of these properties are marketed through Savills and are for sale through their website.

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
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  1. mellissa williams
    February 4, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    I’d love to live in the city with those views. How amazing is that apartment 🙂

  2. Carolin
    February 4, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    I love the country home. It’s stunning. The bedroom is absolutely gorgeous x

  3. Chichi Furniture
    February 5, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    As much as the modern city home is stunning, its not as warm and the country will win me over every time. I love country style living. The furniture is far more homely and full of character and charm and colours that just invite you in. The French style bedroom with pastel blue shades and pitted headboard and delicate curves is beautiful.

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