OPEN HOUSE

A con­tem­po­rary revival of Capheaton Hall

Town & Country (UK) - - COUNTRY -

Own­ers of coun­try houses of­ten have to de­vise cre­ative ways to make their home pay. El­iza Browne-swin­burne, who clubbed to­gether with two friends to launch the on­line life­style brand Ibbi, is no ex­cep­tion. Her home is the Grade I-listed Capheaton Hall in Northum­ber­land, which has been owned by her hus­band’s fam­ily for over seven cen­turies. Open for wed­dings, and with no short­age of space, it is the per­fect place to dou­ble as the brand’s head­quar­ters, and a suit­ably grand stock-room for its eye-catch­ing as­sort­ment of home­wares sourced from buy­ing trips to In­dia and Africa. cg www.ib­bidi­rect.co.uk

capheaton hall, nothum­ber­land

above: ibbi’s lassi cups, from £22 each, and be­low, re­cy­cled me­tal bowl, £45

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