The man responsible for decorating many a palace and chateau makes his presence felt all over the late-eighteenth-century country house. In the drawing room hangs one of his prized paintings, an eighteenth-century portrait of a family group, which the couple bought at auction; in the main bedroom is his four-poster bed; walls throughout the house are hung with the sort of deliciously faded fabric he helped make accessible. The whole rectory exudes a quintessentially â€˜country-houseâ€™ atmosphere, enlivened with modern twists here and there. â€˜We certainly havenâ€™t slavishly restored it to its original condition,â€™ says Geoffrey. â€˜Thatâ€™s not our thing at all. Itâ€™s a mixture. Itâ€™s just our own style.â€™ When the Newberrys bought the property six years ago, it had a very different ambience. â€˜The general feel of the house, pardy the result of many of the lights, was actually very Art Deco,â€™ explains Geoffrey. Yet their immediate reaction was not to rip out every alien feature immediately and start again, but to live in the house for a while â€˜and listen to what it had to sayâ€™, as Gilly puts it.