Gloucestershire estate

This eighteenth century and regency Gloucestershire country house, spoiled by ill-planned extensions and alterations during the early 20th century and suffering from neglect thereafter, was bought by a client in late 1990. After prolonged negotiations with English Heritage and the District Council, consent was obtained for the removal of the later additions, replanning the house round a central courtyard, altering and extending it. The project included restoring the original structure, masonry, joinery, plasterwork, chimney pieces etc, all by local craftsmen employing traditional skills and local materials.

Ashlar stone facing added to the south façade in the 19th century was being destroyed by rusting iron cramps. The façade was refaced with new natural ashlar stone.

The upper part of the south bow was distressed by a failing roof structure. The stonework was removed and later reinstated over a new ring beam.

An unusual early 19th century pool house was sadly dilapidated and damaged by overgrown tree suckers to the point where the form of the original roof could not be determined. Historical research unearthed some early photographs which enabled it to be authentically restored.