Petersham House: A tour of the 17th-century estate owned by the family behind Petersham Nurseries
The family behind Petersham Nurseries – the go-to brand for interiors, garden and food inspiration – give us an exclusive look around their 17th-century estate. Prepare for serious house envy…
Tucked down a narrow, bumpy lane in Richmond sits Petersham Nurseries, a one-stop shop for all things green and gorgeous. Founded in 2004 by Gael, an Australian former model, and Francesco Boglione, a ‘hippie traveller’ turned businessman, the couple have since been joined by their four children, and together continue to build and expand the brand.
At the heart of their story lies Petersham House, a 17th-century Queen Anne estate. Francesco and Gael bought it in 1996 after T being introduced to it by friend (and godfather to eldest daughter Lara) Mick Jagger. It was stripped back and painstakingly restored in a rich earthy palette, then decorated with English and Italian antiques and artwork.
‘The nursery at the bottom of our garden was bought eight years later – and quickly became a passion project we all worked on,’ says Lara. Now transformed, it is home to a plant nursery, café, teahouse and popular lifestyle store set amid a maze of paths lined with antique planters. At the core of the business lies the Boglione family and their shared journey that keeps evolving.