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that the elegant Georgian front replaced part of the original building in 1797. The owner clearly kept most of the rear section, feeling there was no need to replace it because it wasn’t visible from the street. The main archway adjoining the house still leads to a coach house in the garden, but Rod keeps his classic cars there rather than a carriage, pride of place going to a Morris Traveller. The remains of an old range, where the coachmen would have warmed themselves on chilly nights, is also still visible. While the fi rst major fi nd came in the hallway,


many of the other rooms also revealed period features beneath layers of paint. The family room was the fi rst they tackled, because it’s always been the hub of the house, situated as it is just off the kitchen. Tastefully decorated in Farrow and Ball’s powder blue, the woodwork has been painted in a complimentary shade called green smoke. The Farrow and Ball palette is one to which Jen returns constantly as she loves its chalky fi nish. A horrible stone fi replace was the fi rst item they removed, but they didn’t have to look far for its replacement, using the unearthed remains of a marble hearth, which they found in the orchard. They then added


wooden sidepanels either side to match the high mantle-shelf installed by the builders. A woodburner below ensures that evenings are spent warmly in the fl ickering light of a real fi re. Having found the old hearth, Rod investigated


the extensive gardens again. ‘I knew that the previous inhabitants must have buried their rubbish somewhere and eventually found a ditch fi lled with ash. This indicated that they’d burnt their rubbish, but I also found many old glass bottles and a porcelain shaving cream dish produced by Swallows, a perfumer in nearby Peterborough.


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The kitchen is where the the Aucklands tend to gather – the scrubbed table in its centre providing plenty of room for the family to eat without ceremony.”


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