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This Grade II listed building has a fascinating history; it was built in the 15th century and was used by King James 1, son of Mary Queen of Scotts as a hunting lodge in the Berkshire countryside. It was remodeled in the 18th century then further extended and altered in 1912 by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens who created the south-east wing incorporating the famous “Lutyens Ballroom”. The extension had its own style identity with signature domes that were replicated in other areas of the house.
Modern day alterations to the interior and exterior were limited due to the fact it is a listed building and all the original fabric had to be maintained. This included fireplaces, floors, windows, doors, ceilings, cornicing, coving and all other architectural detailing. Listed buildings consent was obtained and the project was subject to a rigorous checking process.
Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd worked on the refurbishment of the interior of some of the key rooms in the house: the Georgian Room, Ballroom, Master Bedroom and two guest bedrooms. The brief was to draw on elements of Ralph Lauren styling but also to incorporate antiques, artworks and personal heirlooms belonging to the family. This unique property required sensitive, thoughtful treatment bringing it up to date whilst retaining character and charm.
Each room has a signature style inspired by a piece of artwork or connected to the history of the room itself, as in the case of the Georgian Room which was transformed into a private gallery with the use of a power rail attached above the original paneling which was carefully restored. All of the artwork was framed by master framer John Jones and was a lengthy and meticulously planned element of the project.
The furniture is a mix of Ralph Lauren pieces, bespoke furniture and antiques, some of which were sourced by Maurizio Pellizzoni Ltd and others belonging to the family, which they wished to incorporate into the design. Soft furnishing fabrics and curtains were sourced from De Le Cuona. The intention was to create a warm family home which would grow and develop with the owners bearing the stamp of their individual taste and family history.