Visit 6 British homes that are full of historic charm
When not acting in movies and TV series or on stage (including a role in the Apple TV+ series Extrapolations, set to debut next year), Miller, his daughter, friends and family are having a glorious time at home. And for more than a decade, she left the faded chintz-filled interior with her engineered flooring mostly intact. During the pandemic, however, when the urge arose to restore the house, she knew exactly who to call. “I wanted a Gaby house! says Miller, referring to the homes of his good friend Gaby Dellal in London and Cornwall, with their wonderful eclectic interiors where vintage fabrics and kilims, industrial accessories and other intimate elements mingle in unexpected unions that exude warmth, impeccable taste and a sincere character.
Dellal, a film and theater director by profession, was happy to take on the project and threw himself into the work with enthusiasm, commuting between London and the site while Miller, who was born in the United States and grew up in the UK, was grounded. in New York during the lockdown. “What was beautiful was that she just trusted me, and we had an agreement that she wasn’t allowed there for six months until I finished the project,” explains Dellal. —Harriet Quick
An arts and crafts country house
With its soaring chimneys, half-timbered brick facade and vast expanses of leaded glass, the majestic structure illustrates when the tradition of English country houses met the wealth of the Industrial Revolution and the aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement. . It’s not hard to imagine billowing cigar smoke billowing up to the rafters of the vast main hall, and cognac being served by liveried footmen. Indeed, the estate once belonged to the famous tobacconist Alfred Dunhill, founder of the eponymous luxury empire that still bears his name.
Decades later, the Old Barn stage, as it’s affectionately known, was much louder when it was owned by music producer Robert Stigwood, manager of Cream and the Bee Gees. “The house has been the scene of legendary parties,” says current owner Angelo Moratti. “This is where the wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton began their romance. Elton John stayed often. Virtually everyone who was important in the music industry of the 70s was invited here. There are so many stories wonderful.
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 biggest Italian oil companies, where Angelo Moratti himself works today. (The family had also long been involved with Milan’s Championship football team, Inter Milan.)
“My father immediately hired Renzo Mongiardino, who had designed our house in Milan,” says Moratti, referring to the legendary 20th-century Italian designer and decorator. Set on 43 acres, with two lakes, the property is only a 40 minute drive from central London, making it an ideal family retreat. “I was going to boarding school just half an hour away and I was going home on the weekends. My family also had an office in London so they were there often, and I used it still a lot when I was 20 or 30 years old.