A tour of 6 British homes brimming with historic life

A tour of 6 British homes brimming with historic life

When you’re not starring in movies and TV series or on stage (including a role in Apple TV+ series induction (Scheduled to debut next year), Miller, her daughter, and her friends and family are having a great time at home. And for more than a decade, the lackluster interior chock-full of chintz has been left with its largely engineered floors. However, during the epidemic, when the desire to restore the house arose, she only knew who to call. “I wanted Gabe’s house!” Referring to the homes of her great friend Gabby Dellal in London and Cornwall, Miller says with her gorgeously eclectic interiors where vintage fabrics, kilims, industrial fixtures, and other household items blend into unexpected unions that exude warmth, good taste and a hearty personality.

Dellal, a film and theater director by profession, was thrilled to take on the project and get to work with enthusiasm, commuting back and forth between London and the location while Miller, who was born in the US and raised in the UK, was put off. in New York during lockdown. “The beautiful thing is that she just trusted me, and we made an agreement whereby she was not allowed there for six months until she completed the project,” Dalal says. – Harriet Kwik

Country house for arts and crafts

A leaded glass window illuminates the stairwell and the great room. The custom-made sofa wears a Ralph Lauren Home print. Vintage chesterfield leather sofa. lampshade by Robert Kim; Farrow & Ball paint on the walls.
Photo: Simon Upton. Styling: Sarah Mathers

Antique rattan furniture in the main suite’s foyer. Stark rug.
Photography by Simon Upton. Styling: Sarah Mathers

With its chimneys streaking into the sky, the half-timbered brick facade and vast expanses of leaded glass, the stately structure epitomizes the moment when the tradition of the English country house met the wealth of the Industrial Revolution and the aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement. It’s not hard to imagine swirls of cigar smoke rising to the rafters in the vast main hall, brandy being served by pedestrians. In fact, the property was once owned by famous tobacco maker Alfred Dunhill, founder of the luxury empire that still bears his name.

Decades later, the scene in Old Barn, as it is affectionately known, was even more tumultuous when it belonged to music producer Robert Stigwood, director of Cream and the Bee Gees. “The house was the stage for legendary parties,” says current owner Angelo Moratti. “It’s where George Harrison and Eric Clapton’s wife began their romance. Elton John has stayed a lot. Practically everyone who was important to the music industry in the ’70s was a guest here. There are so many great stories.”

Stigwood sold the place to Moratti’s father, Gian Marco, in 1976, shortly before moving to Bermuda. Gian Marco Moratti, like his father before him, was the head of one of the largest oil companies in Italy – where Angelo Moratti himself works today. (The family has also been involved for a long time with the Inter Milan football team.)

“My father immediately hired Renzo Mongiardino, who designed our house in Milan,” says Moratti, referring to the legendary 20th-century Italian interior and interior designer. Set on 43 acres, with two lakes, the property is just a 40-minute drive from central London, making it the perfect family getaway. “I used to go to boarding school only about half an hour away and would go home on the weekends. My family had an office in London too, so they were there often, and I still used it a lot when I was in my twenties and thirties.”

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