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Features > Summer > Period Homes > Against All Odds
RG026: Against All Odds
Photos: Richard Gadsby / Narratives
Text & Styling: Janet McMeekin / Narratives

Having faced a barrage of problems while trying to secure the home they’d
fallen for, Trudy and Rupert Large were on the brink of pulling out of the
sale altogether when they decided to take a rather unusual step.
‘With a string of buyers letting us down left, right and centre, and a
seemingly never-ending number of hurdles to jump, we’d nearly reached the
end of our tether,’ Trudy confides.
‘In a last-ditch attempt, while huddled around an open-fire with our family
following a lovely lunch at a country pub, we explained that we were
considering pulling out of the sale and asked them to vote one way or the
other. Amazingly, it was unanimous – every single person vociferously told
us that we had to keep going.’
Buoyed up by the family’s support and encouragement, this tenacious
couple hung in for the long haul and, weeks later, managed to buy a unique
four-storey property situated in Spice Island – a fascinating part of Old
Portsmouth that’s steeped in history.
As the new custodians of this charming property, the Larges were
determined to, not just retain, but also enhance its character, as well as
putting their own special stamp on the building.
Determined to follow their own design instincts rather than being influenced
by trends, the couple have mixed both traditional and contemporary pieces
and soft furnishings to give each room an eclectic and individual feel,
culminating in a welcoming home bursting with warmth and personality.

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