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Looking for New England

Clad wall-to-wall in panelling, from the hallway up to the bedrooms, and painted in soothing shades of off-white, the interior of Sally and Greg Hobden’s Edwardian terrace is more Cape Cod than south London. The house was built in 1906 as part of an estate in the capital. ‘We have the original sales brochure, which gave buyers a choice of features,’ says Greg. ‘We were fortunate, because the first owners chose some pretty fancy architraves and stained glass.’

More than 100 years later, the property’s spacious hallway (described in the original patter as ‘large enough to take

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