From Victorian isolation hospital to award-winning family home — take a tour

dark blue living room with extra seating near bifold doors
(Image credit: Richard Kiely)

Moving out of London for a more rural lifestyle is a rite of passage for many young families. For Emily and Aaron Radford, the move became a two-year passion project.

Quitting their jobs within a day of each other, the couple purchased a period farmhouse with outbuildings on the Staffordshire/Shropshire borders that had previously seen service as an isolation hospital and then two council houses, and most recently, two privately owned homes.

Alison Wall

Alison Wall is an experienced homes journalist, and former chief sub editor of Homebuilding & Renovating. She has interviewed countless self-builders and renovators regarding their projects, and has a special interest in eco builds. She is also renovating her 1970s home and garden, and has a particular interest in making her own home greener, having recently added solar panels, an EV chargepoint and a solar battery system.