Durslade Farmhouse in Somerset: The New Bloomsbury?
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It's an unlikely love story. High-flying, edge-loving Swiss art dealers Iwan Wirth and Manuela Hauser of Hauser & Wirth (they have contemporary art galleries in London, New York City, Zurich, and Los Angeles) fell for the ancient, King Arthur–esque landscape of Somerset, England, a while back, and moved there full time with their four children. This past summer, they opened an ambitious arts center with a gallery, artists residencies, a bookshop, a learning room, a restaurant, a farm shop, and a 1.5-acre perennial meadow by Dutch master garden designer Piet Oudolf. The centerpiece? Durslade Farmhouse , a six-bedroom historic structure restored in a completely idiosyncratic fashion and available for rent. Join us for a tour. Photography b y Aaron Schuman and Dominic Brown via Durslade Farmhouse. Above: Paris architectural firm Laplace & Co. and conservation specialists Benjamin + Beauchamp oversaw the renovation of the 200-year-old farmhouse. The facade features a neon installation by British conceptual artist Martin Creed . Above: In the sitting room, a wall is papered in Sanderson toile de Jouy. Above: Another view of the sitting room. The house is filled with work by Hauser & Worth artists. Above: The kitchen is anchored by a Smeg range tucked into the hearth. Above: A detail of a kitchen shelf. Above: The kitchen features traditional amenities, including a farmhouse sink. The vintage plates on the wall reference Bruton, the town in Somerset where the house is located. Above: The designers stripped back layers of paint and paper to reveal the original surfaces. Above: Buenos Aires artist Guillermo Kuitca painted the dining room mural during a five-week summer residency at Durslade. "I had no previous image or script in mind," he says. Above: Kuitca also selected the chairs, tablecloth, plates, and glasses: "I feel as though there is a religious, almost austere quality to the room and wanted to retain this feeling," he says. Above: A view from one of the bedrooms into the dining room. Above: Bedroom Three on the first floor features a patchwork floor and views of the dovecote. Above: A settee upholstered in a traditional English print. Above: A mix of vintage furniture animates the space. Above: Old-fashioned wood hangers on brass hooks. Above: A wall is papered in a design by Paul McCarthy in Bedroom Five. Above: Bedroom Six has a white-painted floor and views of the countryside. Above: A detail shot of the bathroom, with a privacy screen. Above: A bath with a view. Above: The bed is tucked under the eaves. Above: Consisting of a group of outbuildings dating to the mid-1700s, the compound includes a threshing barn, stables, cowsheds, an engine house, a giant stainless steel dairy pail sculpture by Subodh Gupta, and more. Above: A meadow designed by Piet Oudolf, the Genius Behind New York's High Line . (See more of his work in Gardenista's Steal This Look: Piet Oudolf's Private Garden and Garden Visit: Piet Oudolf in Yorkshire .) Below: The center is located in Bruton, Somerset, approximately 2 1/2 hours by car from London (train service also available). Go to Hauser & Wirth Somerset to see the full setup. To inquire about rental details, go to Durslade Farmhouse . Planning a trip? Go to Hotels & Lodgings for our favorite places to stay all over the world, and consult our UK Travel Guide for restaurants, shops, house rentals, and more. More Stories from Remodelista Table of Contents: London Calling The Dean Hotel: Providence's Answer to the Ace A Japanese Lighting Company Embraces the Dark Side