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…

Petersham House
The conservatory features a creative mix of bluestone floor and 2nd-century marble torso. Image: Alex James
Petersham House
This striking antique marble dining table adds a sense of drama, with an imposing 17th-century Genovese chandelier above. Lit by candles, the design inspired the large chandeliers in Petersham Nurseries’ Covent Garden event space. For similar, try vinterior.co. Image: Alex James

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.

Petersham Estate
An arched gate leads from the walled kitchen garden, planted by son Harry as a child, through to Petersham Nurseries. Most of the produce is sourced from the family’s Haye Farm, founded by Harry in Devon. Image: Alex James
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The entrance hallway frescoes painted by Louis Laguerre were painstakingly restored. Previously covered up, they have been brought back to life and are loved by the family. Image: Alex James

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.

Petersham Estate
The Petersham store sells antiques, handcrafted bespoke designs and covetable homewares from the likes of Astier de Villatte, Mad et Len and Libeco. Products are sourced from artisans all around the world. Image: Alex James
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The Boglione family – father Francesco, mother Gael (seated in front of him) and their daughters (from left) Lara with son Achille, Anna and Ruby – in the Petersham House conservatory. The antique zinc table was from a French oyster restaurant. For similar, try oka.com. Image: Alex James

‘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.

Petersham House
In the living room, the sofa and chairs are from Rome and the decorative plasterwork above the fireplace is an 18th-century original. For similar, try stevensons-of-norwich.co.uk. Image: Alex James

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Get the look

Echo Petersham chic with pared-back rustic pieces in earthy tones

Poster, £8.95 (unframed), desenio.co.uk

Ceramic planters, from £9.99, hm.com

Plate, £120, summerillandbishop.com

chandelierChandelier, £440, maisonsdumonde.com

Galvanised plant pots, £69 for four, rockettstgeorge.co.uk

Glass, £85, conranshop.co.uk

Table lamp, £210, pooky.com

Table, £899, barkerandstonehouse.co.uk

Plant arrangement, £110, sweetpeaandwillow.com

Vases, from £14.99, hm.com

Sofa, £1,745, loaf.com

Sculpture, £55, oka.com

Report: Ali Heath