Located just 40 minutes from Central London by car, this 17th-century English country estate has a storied past. Once owned by Alfred Dunhill, founder of the eponymous tobacco empire, it was sold decades later to music producer Robert Stigwood, manager of Cream and the Bee Gees. The current owner, Angelo Moratti, inherited the 43 acre estate from his father who purchased it in the 1970s as a weekend retreat and immediately hired Renzo Mongiardino to decorate.
After his father’s passing two years ago, Morratti and his wife Nadia hired AD100 designer Joy Moyler for a refresh. “My brief was simple,” Moyler told Architectural Digest, “to freshen the place up and update it for a young family. But to retain the essence of an English country house. When I first saw the place, I was agape at the elaborate and fantastic timberwork. But I knew immediately it all needed to be lightened up. I wanted to give it the feel of a home.” Moyler brought the house back to life, infusing her special touch while retaining its structure and the legacy of Mongiardino. Let’s take a tour with images from the January issue of Architectural Digest and from the portfolio of Joy Moyler Interiors!
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