“I love Georgian-style houses,” says Mr. Stocks, who bought his first antique from another dealer when he was 11 or 12 and has been trading them ever since. At Maus Park, he was drawn to the centre-hall plan, majestic front hall and gracious principal rooms with high ceilings and traditional windows. “I went into the basement. It was very sound and not wet,” he says. “I went up in the attic and it was a marvel. It was very well-built,” he says of the house.