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To the Manor Born: Luxury and Elegance in a Restored 18th-Century Home

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To the Manor Born: Luxury and Elegance in a Restored 18th-Century Home

September 27, 2021

Who’s not real estate stalking these days? Recently we spotted a particularly intriguing listing, via the The Modern House. Situated in Elmbridge, England, the 4,200-square-foot five-bedroom Georgian-period home rests on seven acres of manicured gardens and woodland. The goal of the renovation was to create a feeling of a “newly built” Georgian inspired home. On the outside, that meant updating the brickwork and facade, restoring the windows and chimneys, excavating a new gravel driveway, and updating and nursing the formal gardens back to life. Inside, the goal was to create a modern French look.

The owners enlisted a team of experts for the project. They sought architect Francis Terry for informal advice. They worked closely with the Rose Uniacke showroom team, in Pimlico. Barrington (specialists in heritage decoration and restoration) and finishes expert Damien Thompson were commissioned, as were countless other professionals—including a topiarist.

Ready to ogle the results? (For the full listing, go to The Modern House.)

Photography courtesy of The Modern House.

the house rests on seven acres of manicured grounds and woodland. the \100 year 9
Above: The house rests on seven acres of manicured grounds and woodland. The 100-year-old yew hedge, at right, was restored with love and care that required clearing 20 tons of pine needles from the “body” of the tree. Topiarist James Crebbin Bailey has looked after the trees there for years now.
the house has a mix of the original pine floor and newly laid floor, all untrea 10
Above: The house has a mix of the original pine floor and newly laid floor, all untreated and in keeping with the original. The staircase was stripped of layers and layers of shiny gloss, by hand, over the course of two months, by a single craftsman.
the custom made smoked oak kitchen cabinets are by københavns møbelsnedkeri. 11
Above: The custom-made smoked-oak kitchen cabinets are by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri.
the owners&#8\2\17; favorite piece in the house? the green marble centre ta 12
Above: The owners’ favorite piece in the house? The Green Marble Centre Table by Rose Uniacke, here paired with her Simple Dining Chair.
the oak oval table is another rose uniacke piece. 13
Above: The oak Oval Table is another Rose Uniacke piece.
the interior walls are all painted in plain white, from eco friendly paint comp 14
Above: The interior walls are all painted in Plain White, from eco-friendly paint company Edward Bulmer. The antique crystal pendant light is from Ebury Trading.
the view from the main bedroom into the interior of the home. 15
Above: The view from the main bedroom into the interior of the home.
a handmade bathtub from drummonds in the ensuite bathroom. 16
Above: A handmade bathtub from Drummonds in the ensuite bathroom.
the bed in the main bedroom is by british bedmakers simon horn. 17
Above: The bed in the main bedroom is by British bedmakers Simon Horn.
a rare spot of color in the form of an armchair from colefax and fowler, reupho 18
Above: A rare spot of color in the form of an armchair from Colefax and Fowler, reupholstered in navy velvet.
ochre curtains frame the bed in this petite bedroom. the clear lantern light is 19
Above: Ochre curtains frame the bed in this petite bedroom. The Clear Lantern light is by Rose Uniacke.
parts of the woodland were cleared to create a usable park, complete with intim 20
Above: Parts of the woodland were cleared to create a usable park, complete with intimate paths.

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