Let­ter of the week Not the full monty

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

READ­ING both the ‘Chang­ing Places’ ar­ti­cle in Prop­erty Mar­ket and Lucy Bar­ing’s en­joy­able re­port in her Spec­ta­tor col­umn (Novem­ber 23) re­minded me of in­her­it­ing our Ge­or­gian home from my par­ents. Ev­ery oc­cu­pant of a home wants to build their nest in their own style and my wife and I were no dif­fer­ent, but we em­barked on strip­ping back rather than strip­ping out.

My par­ents’ home en­com­passed a lot of ply­wood, but these trap­pings were re­moved to re­veal the sim­ple yet el­e­gant carved win­dow frames and doors that suited our home. Over the years, we have re­moved the 1960s fire­places to re­veal stone man­tles and an orig­i­nal in­glenook. Fit­ted flo­ral car­pets were lifted to re­veal boarded wal­nut floors.

In the be­fore and af­ter pho­to­graphs in Prop­erty Mar­ket, you show a spi­ral stair­case with ma­hogany-capped rails that has been stripped out and re­placed with some­thing more or­di­nary. I fear peo­ple are be­ing tempted to go too far and that we may lose the very fea­tures of the houses we love. A. Muir­head, Perthshire

The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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