Hello, my name is Rachael Hale and I’m a freelance home interiors and history writer.

I’ve had a passion for period properties since being shown the bread oven inside the chimney of my childhood home. Since then, I’ve enjoyed living in houses of several different time periods, each with their own quirky features.  For the past seven years I’ve been able to pour my passion for homes and history into my writing.

I’ve run writing classes for Rochester LitFest. Spoken at the Canterbury Literary Festival and the Wigmore Lectures and written for numerous museums and the National Trust.  I’ve also been commissioned by the Arts Council Funded project ‘Wandering Words’ and regularly written for glossy magazines such as Kent Life.

I’m a member of the Society of Authors and now specialise in writing home interiors and historical features.

Coming from a financial P.A background, I know the importance of accuracy and deadlines. I take pride in making sure everything I write is thoroughly researched and love interviewing people to discover those quirky little details that bring a story to life.

I now live in a 1930’s semi-detached house with my husband and our two energetic boys. It’s in a fantastic Kent village but the house, when we first bought it, was not exactly our ideal home. So, we’ve done everything I never thought I would do. We’ve knocked down walls, added extensions and moved things about and we’re still not finished.

A recent discovery relating to permitted planning in our area has led us to start on a new extension project. As with any building project, I’m sure it will have its ups and downs and I will be sharing them all through this blog.

I’ll also be sharing ideas for places to visit, case studies, expert advice and tips for making the most of your period home.

So, if you live in or love period properties please subscribe.

And if you have any questions you would like answered, or a house project you would like to share, please drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.