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Jeremy Musson is a distinguished architectural historian, writer and broadcaster. He was Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine from 1998 2007. Previous books include English Country House Interiors (Rizzoli, 2011), The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration (Rizzoli, 2014) and Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration and the Art of Elegance (Rizzoli, 2017). He also presented the BBC 2 series The Curious House Guest.

Gilly Ziani de Ferranti is Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti's widow. She lives at Henbury.


"This handsome book...written by architectural historian Jeremy Musson, and richly illustrated, tells the story of the house, from the twinkle in Sebastian's eye that was his first idea for a new building on the site of a demolished 17th-century mansion, to the details of its interior decoration by David Mlinaric...there is space for digressions via the history of the De Ferranti family, the work of Palladio and a close examination of how the design for the house evolved."

* World of Interiors *

"Beautifully illustrated, full of wonderful photography, drawings, letters and portraits."

-- Timothy Brittain-Catlin * Apollo *

"This beautiful book pays splendid tribute to the finest late 20th-century Classical house in England...a fascinating record of a unique building, as well as a visual treat."

-- John Martin Robinson * Country Life *

"The death of beautiful new country houses has been exaggerated - as you will discover on reading Henbury: An Extraordinary House."

* The Oldie *

"Readers not familiar with Henbury will be surprised to discover the Palladian-style house was built in 1986. As Jeremy Musson explains, it is a house built by dreamers, country gentlemen aiming to recapture the magic of a bygone age."

* House & Garden *

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