Bringing another old building back to life

Bringing another old building back to life

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Posted: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:57

Bringing another old building back to life

Here at Carden we've been busy! At last Bank Farmhouse is finished, restored and ready to let. A C17th Cheshire Farmhouse with C19th façade in the hamlet of Carden, Bank Farmhouse was restored using our own high standards where traditional build, modern energy efficiency and environmental conscience meet.

The old farmhouse has been re-roofed, re-underpinned, re-wired and re-plumbed. Our own oak trees (which needed felling as they were in dangerously close proximity to the road) were felled, split and used in the C17th timber framed wing of the house. Lime mortar and render was used throughout alongside thermally efficient infill panels. All original floors, wooden and Victorian scullery tiles were
painstakingly cleaned and relaid, windows were remade using conservation grade slim fit energy efficient double glazed panels, hand cast window furniture was sourced from Norfolk, hand forged door furniture from Shropshire, and breathable paints, Cumbrian slate and Axminster carpets were used throughout.

The heating is serviced by a (Swedish sorry – not British) ground source heat pump. But a British Clearview cast iron stove additionally heats the timber gabled end part of the house which overlooks over 90 acres of our conservation Higher Level Stewardship meadow.

Bank Farmhouse will, for now, be available on a long term let to a local family. It is such an important local building that we feel it deserves time to settle down and enjoy its reincarnation as a family home. Across the Green however is Carden Green Cottage, which is available for holiday bookings, and which has proved extremely popular with those who have already sampled its quaint features and luxurious home comforts.

Very best wishes,
Didy
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The photo shows the front of Bank Farm mid way through the restoration.

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