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Ashton House Design

Home in need of an overhaul? Whether you're planning a WFH office, a home spa (yes please!), or seeking inspo for a room makeover, Ashton House Design have you covered.

Designers Guild, Colefax & Fowler, Pierre Frey – am I talking your language? If these big names in interior design press your buttons, then lean in, laydee, because you will definitely want to meet Ashton House Design.

Owned by husband and wife team, Caroline Palk and Simon Bantock, Ashton House hit my radar after I discovered they designed the jaw-dropping spa at Torquay’s award-winning Lincombe Hall Hotel. Once I’d put my eyes back in their sockets, I started insta-stalking them and was immediately drawn to their style – personally and professionally.

Why are they Muddy-approved? Apart from being long-established (twenty years and counting) they’re also members of the highly-rated British Institute of Interior Design, and after spending far too long scrolling their recent projects I know you’d be in excellent hands. Their design style is incredibly tasteful but never dull. Somewhere you’d like to hang out, cool but never too in your face. Like Joanna Lumley: classy but youthful and quirky.

Caroline is warm and chatty, and as happy talking about cushions as she is about interior concepts, such as future-proofing, always on her mind as she is keen to build in longevity to her designs. She grew up in Devon and has her finger on the pulse of the West Country vibe and is proud to showcase local craftspeople and designers. Simon is equally passionate, a detail fiend who will go to incredible lengths to get the right look, even if that means demo-laying out a whole pool’s worth of tiles (as he did at Lincombe) to deliver the right shade of aqua for the water.

The pair started out in 90s London, winning accolades along the way, notably in the Telegraph as one of top 20 interior designers. Now they have grown to a six-strong team with a stunning design studio, perfectly placed for Exeter and Plymouth, in Ashburton. It acts as a showroom, where you can get advice and select furniture, furnishings and accessories, over a cuppa coffee, with a first floor devoted to a huge ‘fabric library’ of curated wallpapers, upholstery and textiles.

What Muddy especially loves is how refreshingly unpretentious and unjudgemental they both are, important when you’re inviting someone in to your home to tell you where you’re going wrong. Plus, they’re refreshingly upfront about pricing: you can book an initial consultation in your home for just £250 (plus VAT).

So, stop your hankering over that World of Interiors mag, madam, and give them a call.

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31a East Street Ashburton TQ13 7AQ
01364 653 563

Opening hours
Monday: 9am-5.30pm
Tuesday: 9am-5.30pm
Wednesday: 9am-5.30pm
Thursday: 9am-5.30pm
Friday: 9am-5.30pm
Saturday: Open by appointment.
Sunday: Open by appointment.

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