Set in the Cotswolds near Lechlade, this grade II listed property had been ‘updated’ in the 1980’s and the new owners wanted to take many of these changes back to the original whilst at the same time modernising the house for today’s lifestyle.
The external fabric of this Cotswold stone house was given a gentle refurbishment and complete redecoration. The majority of the metal windows were replaced or refurbished and the slate roof was overhauled with the flat roof over the main entrance being completely replaced with lead.
The original orangery, made of cast iron and curved glass, underwent glazing repairs and redecoration, including refurbishment of the weighted sliding roof shutter.
Internally, there were significant alterations to the layout of the ground floor to form a large opening between the dining room and the kitchen. A new kitchen, utility area and secondary kitchen were installed along with a staff office.
The existing stone floors were refurbished, as were all the existing doors and skirting boards. The main staircase was refurbished and redecorated and repairs made to the wood panelling.
All the existing bathrooms were replaced with high quality sanitary ware, floor and wall tiling and electric under floor heating was installed. New mechanical and electrical, including AV, was installed throughout the house.
The basement was refurbished to create a temperature-controlled cheese cellar and a wine cellar that are separated from the tasting room by a double glazed metal screen and sliding door. The cellar was constructed using reclaimed bricks with solid natural limestone shelves with zinc veneered sliding shelves for easy access to the wine cases.
A new plant room building was constructed to house a wood chip biomass boiler, which serves the heating for the main house as well as the swimming pool building and the staff cottage.
WG Carter also converted some outbuildings and stables into a pool house, outdoor kitchen and staff cottage. Click here for further details.
Architect: Michaelis Boyd
Photographer: Nick Guttridge