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Could you imagine a more beautiful bathroom?

The project: This is the bathroom of the master bedroom of an historic Grade I-listed house in the Chilterns.

The designer: Henriette von Stockhausen (07787 574192; employs her broad experience in antiques and set design to add a touch of period drama to the restoration of historic homes.

period bathroom

Oscar Norton says: The brief for this project was to integrate the bedroom suites so that their style blended seamlessly with those in the rest of the house, at the same time as having a luxurious feel. The room has the benefit of a view down the Long Ride, a key feature of the surrounding parkland, parts of which date back to the 14th century.

The starting point was to restore the listed panelling and to match the wooden floors to those in the rest of the house. The bathtub sits on a wooden plinth, to make the most of the breathtaking outlook. At the far end of the room is a seating area by the fire, which encourages relaxation. The cabinetry and the shower cabinet were custom-made to ensure that they sat perfectly in the space.

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How to get the look:

The pair of vanity units in this room was made by Jonathan Sainsbury, a traditional furniture-making business. It is at 26, Old Street, Bailie Gate, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne, Dorset (; 01258 857573)

The Water Monopoly sells a wide range of handsome traditional baths at its London showroom, 10/14, Lonsdale Road, London NW6 (020–7624 2636;

For an exquisite range of sanitaryware, bathroom furniture and accessories, Lefroy Brooks is a brilliant option. Visit or telephone 01992 708316

Walking on Wood, 490, King’s Road, London SW10 (020–7352 7311;, supplies a wide range of floors, from classic options such as oak through to more offbeat alternatives

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