9 great ways this converted school mixes old and new styles

This mid-Victorian home has lived through many changes and had multiple identities over the course of its 170-year-history. It started life as two symmetrical houses, which were then knocked together to turn it into a boarding school, before eventually being turned into four separate apartments.

Now back in one piece and fully restored, it is one of the world’s best homes. The period details have been reinstated throughout and a striking and contemporary open-plan kitchen extension has been built at the back of the house, referencing the original building’s Gothic Victorian architecture.