“The house, once a religious retreat, has a wonderful relationship to the surrounding gardens, with large panels of glazing opening out the entire ground floor.”

St Francis House, Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire

“I was seeing trends come and go, which made want to stick with really good quality materials and timeless forms that hold up over the years. You don’t want to regret putting in 18th-century fireplaces – you have to trust they will be right well into the future,” said interior stylist Anna McDougall (née Unwin) when we visited her at the elegantly-restrained home she designed for her family in Cambridgeshire.

Our ‘Open House’ series offers a look at what like is like in some of the homes we sell with a trip to meet current owners. Here, Anna, who runs AU Bespoke, an interior sourcing and styling studio, and her husband, Willie, tell us how they turned a 22-bedroom monastic retreat into an elegantly converted Georgian country house for their family.
AU Bespoke has been featured in The Modern  House directory, you can read more about that here.
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