When Jenny Tudor and her husband moved into their spacious double fronted Victorian house they knew they had found a home to settle in. After a few careful moderations this sizeable property is now perfectly suited to accommodate the couple’s large and active family, plus their three chinchillas, providing them with an ideal space for the activity they love the most, entertaining.

The back room is understated, calm and has quite a masculine feel incorporating comfortable leather sofas and an antler chandelier

The back room is understated, calm and has quite a masculine feel incorporating comfortable leather sofas and an antler chandelier

The back room is understated, calm and has quite a masculine feel. There are comfortable leather sofas with tartan cushions, and an open fire

The back room is understated, calm and has quite a masculine feel. There are comfortable leather sofas with tartan cushions, and an open fire

Sofas gather around the fire in the family drawing room

Sofas gather around the fire in the family drawing room

A piano and musical instruments nestle in one corner of the dining room

A piano and musical instruments nestle in one corner of the dining room

The conservatory project was managed by Brian Wallis at Riverside Construction. It’s a large and airy space, full of natural light

The conservatory project was managed by Brian Wallis at Riverside Construction. It’s a large and airy space, full of natural light

The spacious family kitchen leads into a bright conservatory – the newest addition to the house – which provides the perfect space for Jenny to run her workshops

The spacious family kitchen leads into a bright conservatory – the newest addition to the house – which provides the perfect space for Jenny to run her workshops

The master bedroom and en suite are cool, calm spaces punctuated by nautical stripes and the metallic flash of handmade mirrors by Joseph McCarthy

The master bedroom and en suite are cool, calm spaces punctuated by nautical stripes and the metallic flash of handmade mirrors by Joseph McCarthy

The seaside themed bathroom

The seaside themed bathroom

The master bedroom is one of the few places where, if you look very carefully at the sash windows, you can see where the doodlebug shifted the house

The master bedroom is one of the few places where, if you look very carefully at the sash windows, you can see where the doodlebug shifted the house

Daughter Katie’s room is a paradise of pink and purple, complete with bunk beds to make it an ideal room for girly sleepovers

Daughter Katie’s room is a paradise of pink and purple, complete with bunk beds to make it an ideal room for girly sleepovers

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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