What my home means to me Liz Earle

Well­be­ing au­thor Liz Earle, 54, lives in a farm­house in the West Coun­try on an or­ganic farm with hus­band Patrick, 57, and the three youngest of her five chil­dren

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for a long time and wanted to bring up the chil­dren with more free­dom and fresh air so 16 years ago we moved here. At first we lived in a manor house and then took over a derelict farm, con­vert­ing the land back to or­ganic: we now pro­duce 100 per cent grass-fed beef from Here­ford cat­tle.

Our house is right in the mid­dle of the farm

so we have a 360-de­gree view of the fields. We re­built it pretty much from scratch and used a soft, mossy green, lo­cal stone called Chilmark. To max­imise the light, we in­stalled new sash win­dows, French doors and light wells in the roof. We also hunted down huge York­shire stone floor slabs from an old church and bought some wooden beams at an auc­tion in France – it now looks like a tra­di­tional farm­house.

There’s a real sense of space

in our house. You go through a big front door into the hall­way and straight through to French doors that lead out on to the gar­den. We’re sur­rounded by green, so I’ve used paint colours that co­or­di­nate with the land­scape – a lot of cream, grey and muted shades of green.

The kitchen is the heart of our home

and has a lovely at­mos­phere. Although I have five chil­dren with ages rang­ing from 26 to seven, only three of them live at home – two are away work­ing – and I’m at my hap­pi­est when they’re all here to­gether round our old Chalon ta­ble while I cook on the four-oven cream Aga.

I love soft, tac­tile fab­rics,

and we have chairs cov­ered in vel­vet as well as big squashy so­fas that you just sink into. I also like nat­u­ral linens and have some Ben­ni­son botan­i­cal print, heavy linen cur­tains, which have a slightly faded look. There’s a botan­i­cal theme that flows through the house, whether it’s in the paint­ings of flow­ers or cap­tured in smaller de­tails.

MY IN­SPI­RA­TION

Look­ing out across the fields

helps me get my thoughts to­gether. Now I no longer work with the Liz Earle Beauty Co,

I’m a big fan of work­ing from home, whether it’s on ideas for my Well­be­ing web­site or a new book. I have a writ­ing desk un­der­neath the win­dow and en­joy gaz­ing at the hori­zon in par­tic­u­lar; it’s very calm­ing to watch the sun rise and set. You can’t fail to be in­spired by the nat­u­ral world. Whether I’m cook­ing with pro­duce from the gar­den or look­ing for botan­i­cal in­gre­di­ents for sea­sonal recipes and herbal reme­dies for well­be­ing, it all comes back to the in­cred­i­ble beauty of na­ture and try­ing to live in har­mony with it.

Colours in­flu­ence me and

I’m a big fan of pink. We have a for­mal draw­ing room based around shades of pink and green, and I col­lect vin­tage ta­pes­try cush­ions, quite a few of which are in pretty pinks with flower mo­tifs. Our aim is to live here for ever. We have planted oak trees know­ing we won’t reap the ben­e­fit for an­other 20 years or so, but that our chil­dren will see them grow and, hope­fully, so will their chil­dren.

for roast chicken or some of our home-grown roast beef with York­shire pud­dings. We also have a big veg­etable gar­den and I love pot­ter­ing out there, grow­ing on seedlings and try­ing lots of dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties, pick­ing what’s avail­able, whether it’s beans, as­para­gus or toma­toes.

We moved around a lot when I was a child, so maybe that’s why I ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing set­tled. My fa­ther was an ad­mi­ral in the navy and when he was home we loved be­ing in the gar­den to­gether. Now as a fam­ily we like to take a rug out, throw it un­der a tree and pic­nic on the farm. I find it up­lift­ing to bring plants in­side. Most win­dowsills have planters or a pot of herbs, just some­thing to bring life into the home. And a favourite switch-off time for me is on a Fri­day evening when I cut some flow­ers or fo­liage to ar­range in the house, and to cel­e­brate hav­ing the fam­ily to­gether. HB

l To buy Liz Earle’s Well­be­ing mag­a­zine, visit the web­site lizear­lewell­be­ing.com. To or­der The Liz Earle Year­book

Vol­ume 1 (£25, Liz Earle Associated Pro­duc­tions), at the spe­cial price of £20, visit the web­site and en­ter house­beau­ti­ful5 at the check­out be­tween 4 Oc­to­ber and 1 Novem­ber 2017.

Liz’s fam­ily love com­ing home for a roast din­ner served with veg­eta­bles from the kitchen gar­den

MY FAM­ILY LIFE Our old­est chil­dren love com­ing home

Pink and botan­i­cal prints are pas­sions WHERE I LIVE We’d been in Lon­don

Plants and pots of herbs fill the house

Here­ford cows are bred on Liz’s farm

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