Britain’s biggest family have given a glimpse inside their home. Believe us when we say, you will be left in awe at how gorgeous and tidy it is despite the number of people living in it. It will make some of you feel embarrassed!
Despite being the proud parents of 21… YES! 21! Super-mum Sue and husband Noel Radford still manage to keep their house immaculate. The couple live with most of their kids in the Victorian property in Morecambe, Lancashire, which they bought almost 15 years ago. And now they have revealed how they manage to all live together in the 10-bed four-storey house, which includes a basement.
The Radfords first found fame in 2012 when their lives were the focus of a Channel 4 documentary called 15 Kids and Counting. Baby Bonnie was the last addition to the brood in November bringing the number of children to a whopping 21.
She arrived after a swift 12 minute labour weighing 8lb 4oz – and the couple, who have been having children for three decades, vowed she would be their last and had completed their family.
Sue, 43, and Noel, 47, run their own pie business and do not claim extra state benefits. Some of the oldest offspring have since moved out and started families of their own with Sue and Noel being grandparents to four.
Now they have given a tour of inside their home. Take a look inside…
ENTRANCE AND HALLWAY
As you step inside the Radford home the entrance and hallway is a rainbow of coats and bags, from pink spotty jackets to cartoon rucksacks. “There’s just stuff everywhere,” admits mum Sue.
A large Ikea storage unit hides items inside such as cardigans and blankets, while two prams – including a double one – are also stored there, with a car seat perched nearby.
Proudly displayed on the wall are marathon certificates and medals. A shelf of shoes also sits in another corner full of trainers, boots, wellies and dolly shoes.
Sue said: “Anyone that comes in the house who hasn’t been before laughs at this shoe storage. As you can image we go through lots of them [shoes].”
The massive dining table takes centre stage and has 14 leather chairs and two high chairs around it. The walls are covered in floral wallpaper while curtains beautifully drape around the bay windows as they pour in light.
A wooden chest of drawers proudly features a globe and pictures of a family holiday to Australia, including some of the children holding koala bears. Sue said: “I love this dining room, it’s so good.”
Next up is the kitchen which Sue “hates” and is getting redecorated.
It has a massive dark granite-top island in the middle, which has a large oven fitted inside and four bar stools surrounding it. The room also includes more than 20 cupboards and drawers and a huge fridge, which has 10 different boxes of cereal peering from on top.
A huge brown corner sofa takes up almost two walls in the living room and can fit more than 10 kids on plus Noel. There is also another sofa with enough room for three adults.
Family photos adorn the walls, while toys are neatly stored away in a wooden chest. Poking out is a doll, cuddly Tigger toy as well as books. A plasma TV sits above the fireplace which has a variety of ornaments on the mantlepiece.
Sue said: “This is a big living room. I love how high up our ceilings are. That’s the thing with old houses, you get a lot of character. I do love this room.”
There are 10 bedrooms in the house!
On the first floor is one of the girls’ bedrooms. It has four single beds all lined up in a row, decorated with crushed velvet grey headboards and pink floral bedding. Above each bed is a wooden letter of each of the girls’ initials – K, A, E and T.
The wallpaper is also pink and features the Eiffel Tower. The room used to have triple bunk beds before they were replaced with single beds. Next door, is a small blue room with a bunk bed, chest of drawers and TV where two of the younger boys, Josh and Max, sleep. Daughter Chloe then has her own large bedroom with a double bed.
Then there is Luke, Daniel and James’ bedroom, which has been painted red. It features two double bunk beds, one which isn’t used, made by Noel. There is also a dedicated space for the boys to sit and play their video games.
On the top floor is Sue and Noel’s room which has a grey crushed velvet headboard, grey floral wallpaper and Next yellow floral bedding. A mirrored dressing table sits in front of the window, while a picture hangs above the bed which reads: ‘Family. noun. a group of people who live together and usually drive each other crazy but share so much love for one another.’
Opposite Sue and Noel’s room is another of the boys’ rooms where Oscar and Casper sleep, decorated in blue, full of cuddly toys and featuring bunk beds, while in the corner are two cots for the babies.
Next door, Hallie and Phoebe share a bedroom with two small white beds, rainbow bedding and pink walls decorated with the words ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, do you know how loved you are.’
In the basement is another bedroom used by Chloe as a makeup room, but is set to become one of the older boys’ rooms. Millie and Jack’s separate bedrooms are also in the basement.
BATHROOM AND TOILET
There is one small toilet on the ground floor, while on the second floor is a bathroom designated for the kids. It has a shower but not a bath, so Sue admits there are often queues to use her large bathroom on the top floor.
The basement is home to the laundry room with a huge 18Kg washing machine – which is most definitely needed in a house of more than 20. “It’s massive,” said Sue.
There are also three bedrooms. And Noel keeps his treadmill in the corridor.
The family posted the tour on their YouTube channel and fans have been left amazed by it.
One said: “Can’t believe how spotless your house is. I have four children … And I spend all day everyday constantly cleaning but they still trash the place.. You do an amazing job! X”
Another added: “I can’t believe how clean you keep things with so many little ones. You need a medal. Love all of your wallpaper.”
And a third commented: “I am in awe of how capable you are, lovely house tour.”
The Radford children are: Chris, 29, Sophie, 25, Chloe, 23, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 18, Millie, 17, Katie, 16, James, 15, Ellie, 13, Aimee, 13, Josh, 11, Max, 10, Tillie, eight, Oscar, seven, Casper, six, Hallie, three, Phoebe, two, and Archie, one, and Bonnie, six months. Their son Alfie was stillborn in 2014. Bonnie had the same due date as Alfie. After Archie was born, the couple said it was “strange” knowing he would be their last.
And when the entire family appeared on ITV’s This Morning in January 2018, Sue said: “Archie is definitely going to be the last Radford baby.” But eldest daughter Sophie, who has three kids herself, shook her head and claimed she “can’t see her mum stopping” and she wasn’t wrong as months later Sue fell pregnant with Bonnie. Childhood sweethearts Sue and Noel’s first child, Chris, was born when Sue was aged just 14.
Sue and Noel were both given up for adoption after they were born, and they decided to keep Chris and raise him as teenage parents. They got married and had their second child, Sophie, when Sue was 17. Noel even had a vasectomy, later reversed, after baby number nine.
The pair face a monumental task each day just to feed, clothe and ferry about their huge brood. They spend an estimated £30,000 a year of their own money bringing up their children – including birthdays with a reported budget of £100 per child and Christmas at £100 to £250 per child. In addition, they also have a holiday abroad each year!!!!
Have a look inside their home!