I love real estate listings from around the world and when I ran across this article in Forbes of a property in Wales billed as a Scandi New England style home – I was intrigued. It’s always fun to see what folks from other parts of the world think of as something New England. Of course, it’s always filtered through the lens of how we’ve interacted with a certain style – has it been in person or through a movie or television show? For instance, how does my sense of a French style interior match the real thing?
This is Tyddyn Llwydyn which is a 7,000 sq. foot newly remodeled home in Wales. I’d love to know how to pronounce Tyddyn Llwydyn! Welsh, like Gaelic, is a language that doesn’t usually sound at all like it’s spelled in English.
All white kitchens are apparently big all over the world. I do like the airiness of the Ghost chairs.
From the real estate listing: “The main house is simply amazing. Interior styled by Elle Winsor- Grime using almost exclusively Welsh/UK sourced materials and fittings and with works undertaken by Llyn artisans and craftsmen.
The focal point of the property is a huge double height dining kitchen with exposed oak beams and stunning stone-work. Warmed by an AGA and featuring integrated appliances by Neff with a Liebher US style fridge freezer. The bespoke cupboards are matched with beech surfaces, slate flooring and double French doors leading outside from the bay window. A full depth utility room lies directly off the kitchen.”
Loving the pale pink accents – so feminine without being too twee!
I would say that the airy and breezy feel of the house captures the essence of a New England coastal retreat, though the exterior architecture is much more European/Scandinavian in feel.
The exterior reminds me a little bit of the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury, MA.
Below is a project I did in Truro on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The naturalistic setting and shingled exteriors are quintessential New England coastal style.
I was searching for examples of Scandinavian architecture for comparison and came across an interesting image of a street in Brygge, Norway:
Which reminded me immediately of:
So, in some ways, the Scandi New England connection makes a lot of sense! What do you think? Does Tyddyn Llwydyn feel like a Scandi New England home to you? I do think it’s a pretty fabulous home and would certainly feel very comfy there.
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I’ve put together a quick boutique so you can Get the Look of this beautiful home. Please note that this boutique contains affiliate links which means a small commission is paid on sales of these items, at no additional cost to the buyer. This helps support my blog – thank you!
22 thoughts on “A Fresh Scandi New England Style Home in Wales”
Hello Linda, Well, the house does seem to be a mix of many styles, who knows, maybe even a bit of New England thrown in. They need to get DNA testing for architecture to tell us the exact percentage of each background style. The house does have a lot of good points and eclectic interest–I would like to walk around and explore it. I am not sure if all of the current decor does it justice, but then, that is the fun of looking at houses–to see how we might do it different. By the way, I love your Truro project!
Hi Jim! I hope you’re well on your side of the world! Yes, I love real estate listings because it gives us the ability to explore someone elses homes and choices – without being creepy about it – lol. I just thought this house had an unusal flair that’s fun and I can see some New England sensibilities, though as you say, mixed in with a lot of other things
What a beautiful home with so much fabulous inspiration. I love the exterior.
Hi Jillian – it’s so dreamy isn’t it?
What a cool home! The exterior is absolutely enchanting…like something out of a storybook. The interior is beautiful too, and so airy. I’d be interested to see what the interior looked like originally.
Hi Lauren – actually, you remind me that I saw an older real estate listing for this house and meant to link to it – will have to find it and will post it. Thanks!
Hi Linda: What a great idea..to see how one region’s architecture might be reflected/echoed/transferred in/to another region’s architecture. I found the comparisons you made a lot of fun to see and so interesting!
And one thing I noticed about the Welsh house is the double french doors in the bay window in the kitchen. I’ve never seen that done before in a kitchen here, but maybe it has been, and I just haven’t seen it.
Thanks, as always, for giving us eye candy food for thought and ..that home you designed in Truro? I am down for that view! Beautiful!
Thanks Leslie! That french door in the bay is interesting, isn’t it? Not sure if I’ve seen that myself.
What a charming property, Linda! The exterior is so storybook! And your Truro project is just stunning – I could look at that view all. day. long.
Thanks Janet! Yes, the Truro place was all about the view!
I love the little splashes of pink too. The word that comes to my mind is ‘romantic’. The kitchen/dining room really is spectacular!
I thought of you actually Sheri! Love the pink too!
Pretty houses. I love that pink tub!
Hi Christina – me too!
This was so fun and an interesting way to view different architecture in other areas of the world. I also loved the boutique! Great ideas!
my goodness, what an assortment of design styles but what an assortment of beautiful elements, Linda. I too love the Truro home you designed.
Wow, what a beautiful exterior this place has and lots of interesting elements on the inside. Such an interesting idea to explore the design styles of listings in other countries based on the description. Also, really like all your picks to “get the look”.
What a great house and write up, thanks for that! I’m like you – always curious how things are pronounced in Gaelic and Welsh (apparently being Irish has no bearing on my ability to intuit any of it) but this link has good basic explanation. I’m still not sure how to pronounce things but it satisfied my basic curiosity. https://www.cyclingwales.co.uk/welsh.html
Mixing styles artfully and getting such a beautiful result is not easy work. It feels like the styles are not mixed but somehow they melted and created a totally new, perfectly unified style. Exquisite!
Thank you for reading Alex!
Hehe just stumbled across your blog about this project of mine from a few years ago! Sooo thought I’d fill you in on the pronunciation…. In Welsh two L’s make a chhh noise and two D’s are a thhh sound , so it’s prounounced Tuthin Chlewidin …. It translates loosely to grey homestead ! I’m pleased you enjoyed the reference to New England styling, various elements were influenced by my time in Maine. The house has an interesting history and mixture of previous uses, mainly agricultural, so I think the fusion of styles you and your readers have picked up on reflects that blend ! Elle ( Another Coast @anothercoast
Hi Elle – thanks so much for commenting and giving insight into pronouncing the Welsh! Beautiful project!