One would never for a moment describe Fuller House in Staplehurst as a mad house but it is certainly a touch on the eccentric side. I speak, I hasten to say, architecturally. 

The double-aspect drawing room gathers around an imposing inglenook lit cleverly by unseen halogen bulbs on a wire concealed by a beam. The room is also home to a baby grand piano, a ‘houseguest’ owned by pianist and music teacher Anthony Zerpa-Falcon

The double-aspect drawing room gathers around an imposing inglenook lit cleverly by unseen halogen bulbs on a wire concealed by a beam. The room is also home to a baby grand piano, a ‘houseguest’ owned by pianist and music teacher Anthony Zerpa-Falcon

The heavily beamed dining room. On the table behind the sofa is ‘Cat’, a large leopard made from mesh, straw and glass, one of Emma’s prized posessions

The heavily beamed dining room. On the table behind the sofa is ‘Cat’, a large leopard made from mesh, straw and glass, one of Emma’s prized possessions

We enter the dining room to find six kittens paired off and wrestling busily on another white sofa and Foxx, a ‘posh’ deerhound-cross lurcher looking on with that expression of deep resignation that dogs reserve for cats they’re not allowed to eat...

We enter the dining room to find six kittens paired off and wrestling busily on another white sofa and Foxx, a ‘posh’ deerhound-cross lurcher looking on with that expression of deep resignation that dogs reserve for cats they’re not allowed to eat

In the corner, guarded by Foxx, is a delicate 18th century glass-fronted cabinet, another of Mark’s family pieces

In the corner, guarded by Foxx, is a delicate 18th century glass-fronted cabinet, another of Mark’s family pieces

The six gorgeous kittens with their mum

The six gorgeous kittens with their mum

One of the bundles of joy

One of the bundles of joy

In the kitchen, carpenter Mick has worked his magic with bespoke oak shelving and cabinets that look for all the world like mahogany but are, in fact, artfully painted MDF

In the kitchen, carpenter Mick has worked his magic with bespoke oak shelving and cabinets that look for all the world like mahogany but are, in fact, artfully painted MDF

The view from the dining room into the hallway

The view from the dining room into the hallway

The master bedroom features a wonderful open fireplace

The master bedroom features a wonderful open fireplace

The centrepiece of the master bedroom cannot but impress – a huge Jacobean-style four-poster so heavy that it would have had any modern floor throwing in the towel some time ago

The centrepiece of the master bedroom cannot but impress – a huge Jacobean-style four-poster so heavy that it would have had any modern floor throwing in the towel some time ago

Light pours in from the master bedroom’s pretty windows and a supporting cast of white-painted furniture, white carpet and white curtains, with just a touch of peach, win the day

Light pours in from the master bedroom’s pretty windows and a supporting cast of white-painted furniture, white carpet and white curtains, with just a touch of peach, win the day

Stairs lead off from the landing up to the second floor. Emma has cleverly screened off the space beneath the stairs to house shoes and clothes, illuminated by fairy lights

Stairs lead off from the landing up to the second floor. Emma has cleverly screened off the space beneath the stairs to house shoes and clothes, illuminated by fairy lights

A smaller landing-cum-gallery is just large enough to accommodate a substantial telescope and a bureau

A smaller landing-gallery is just large enough to accommodate a substantial telescope and a bureau

Throughout the house the heavily beamed ceiling would make a spirit level weep

Throughout the house the heavily beamed ceiling would make a spirit level weep

A bookcase groaning with books lines the corridor to one of the children’s bedrooms

A bookcase groaning with books lines the corridor to one of the children’s bedrooms

A newly refurbished bathroom features strikingly contemporary glass twin basins

A newly refurbished bathroom features strikingly contemporary glass twin basins

17-year-old daughter Chloë’s light bright room features white painted floors and furniture. Behind a white and rose print curtain hides her own bathroom...

17-year-old daughter Chloë’s light bright room features white painted floors and furniture. Behind a white and rose print curtain hides her own bathroom

Chloë’s bathroom

Chloë’s bathroom

Emma's photographic studio

Emma's photographic studio

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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